About Brent Baker

Brent is a reporter for the Gazette-Tribune. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent started work at the G-T in 2011.

Stories by Brent Baker

NVH CEO defends decisions, hospital commissioners

TONASKET – “Yikes.”

That, in a word, was the response of the only person who expressed any interest in buying the financially struggling North Valley Assisted Living facility when he was presented with financial and bond information to examine.

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Harsh words may bring some satisfaction, but not results

There’s nothing quite like watching parents at Little League all-star tournaments.

I was chatting, some years ago, with the coach of such a Little League team that I covered at a district baseball tournament. Our conversation was interrupted by the unfolding drama of the tournament organizer (who also happened to be the county sheriff) compelling a dad to leave the premises after his objections to the decisions of his son’s coach became so belligerent that the kids on the field stopped playing to watch the ongoing discord.

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VA clinic continues growth

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital District’s VA clinic continues to grow, reported NVH Director of Ancillary Services Noreen Olma at the Thursday, March 28, Board of Commissioners meeting.

Olma said that as of the end of February, there were 569 veterans enrolled in the program

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Fit for the queens

A slideshow of the queens’ project that transformed the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds grandstands. TONASKET – It was an intricate plot several years in the making. And while spending several long days at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds without horses, pageantry, or even makeup was a different gig for Breanna Howell and Karlie Henneman, seeing the fruits [...]

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Saturday, March 30 Sports Results

Saturday (and Friday) track, baseball, softball, soccer and tennis results

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TSD stands pat on vocational program

TONASKET – Tonasket School Board members said they had never received as much feedback on an issue as they had over the potential elimination of the family consumer science vocational program at Tonasket High School.

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NVH prepares to move forward after day in court

TONASKET – A full day in court on Tuesday, March 19, resulted in a pair of favorable outcomes for the North Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners, which according to board chairwoman Helen Casey will allow the board to begin moving forward with finalizing the closure of the district’s Assisted Living facility.

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Thursday, March 28 Sports Results

Caribou Trail League and Central Washington 2B League Standings / Schedules / Season Results link Softball Tonasket 12, Liberty Bell 5 (NL) Boys Soccer Manson 5, Tonasket 1 (NL) Liberty Bell 6, Oroville 1 Tennis Entiat 4, Oroville 1 (boys) Oroville 3, Entiat 2 (girls) Granger 3, White Swan 2 (boys) (NL) Granger 4, White [...]

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Tuesday, March 26 sports scores

Tuesday soccer, baseball, softball, tennis and track results

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Pool/spray park projects, ATVs headline council discussions

TONASKET – Spray park or swimming pool? According to city planner Kurt Danison, that shouldn’t even be the question. The answer, he said, is both, not either/or.

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