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

Terris and Hendrick reach state title tennis match

TONASKET – Brian Hendrick and Trevor Terris may on the surface seem not to have a lot in common. But one thing they shared was the desire and willingness to do what it took to get their tennis games to a level that had thus far evaded the two Tonasket seniors. And that meant setting [...]

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Speiker’s record-setting weekend

CHENEY – Sierra Speiker runs with such precision, you could calibrate a metronome to her pace. And despite a ruthless drive to achieve sometimes unattainable goals, she has carried herself with such grace that often her vanquished competitors are as excited as Speiker after the Oroville senior leaves them quickly receding in the rear view [...]

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Slideshow | Founders Day Weekend

Founders Day Parade, Shane Proctor Invitational Rodeo, Tonasket Street Dance … we may not have seen it all, but we saw a lot!

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Arrigoni completes jump from small town to big stage

Oroville grad qualifies for NCAA D-1 national meet CHENEY – A bet to get her high school teammate to play soccer, a community college basketball scholarship and the discovery of a new sport were just the beginning for Catie Arrigoni. The 2011 Oroville High School graduate, now attending Eastern Washington University, ran cross country her [...]

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Claire Jeffko finds closure through miracle find

TONASKET – Gaining a sense of closure hasn’t come easily for Claire Jeffko. She wasn’t sure it would be possible to find it, not since her husband of about 30 years, Ed Jeffko, vanished without a trace in his small, homebuilt fiberglass airplane.

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Founders Day PBR, dance and art

TONASKET – Tonasket’s 79th annual Founders Day weekend will see some significant changes this year, beginning Thursday, May 29, and highlighted the arrival of the Professional Bull Riders circuit Friday and Saturday, as well as Saturday night’s street dance in town.

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Kari Alexander to be front and center for a day as Grand Marshal

TONASKET – It seems to be a recurring theme that some of Tonasket’s most honored citizens are also the people that least like to be at the center of attention.
Kari Alexander, the 2014 Tonasket Founders Day Grand Marshal, fits that mold perfectly.

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Tonasket Mayor, Council spar over comments

TONASKET – Should city resident’s comments count for more than those of non-residents that frequently use city facilities?
Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb and council member Jill Vugteveen differed sharply on that issue during the Tuesday, May 13, city council meeting as they verbally crossed swords over Plumb’s solicitation of Facebook comments regarding the possibility of Tonasket joining a county-wide mosquito district.

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TSD to consider 8th graders in high school athletics

TONASKET – Eighth graders may soon be eligible to participate in some high school sports in the Tonasket School District as the school board is considering a proposal outlined by Athletic Director Kevin Terris at the board’s Monday, May 12, meetin

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NVH warrants continue to sink

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital’s debt to Okanogan County continued its downward trend so far in May, dipping to as low as $369,000 on Wednesday, May 6.

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