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

Oroville girls wallop Curlew

CURLEW – Oroville’s girls basketball team raced to an early lead Saturday, Dec. 1, at Curlew and coasted to a 51-28 victory over the Cougars to win their second game in two days. “They had a couple of good guards that bombed in some early threes,” said Oroville coach Mike Bourn. “But we were a [...]

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Tonasket scorches Lady Lions in opener

  TONASKET – After just one game, the Tonasket girls basketball team is already showing progress. The Tigers, who only reached the 50-point mark once all last season, blew past that on Friday, Nov. 30, with a season-opening 65-35 victory over Liberty Bell. The contest was never in doubt as Tonasket raced to a 21-2 [...]

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Tigers pull away late for opening-night win

Agustin Pedregon’s winning percentage as the Tonasket boys basketball coach will never be higher. The Tigers won their new coach’s opening game 60-50 over Liberty Bell on Friday, Nov. 30, to lift Pedregon to a technically-unbeaten 1-0 record on opening night. They also made it a bit interesting in doing so.

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Saturday, Dec. 1 Wrestling and Basketball Scores

Caribou Trail League and Central Washington League Wrestling Omak PIT Tournament – Tonasket 2nd place Oroville at Davenport Tournament Boys Basketball Oroville 58, Curlew 48 (NL) Mabton 60, White Swan 52 (NL) East Valley (Yakima) 57, Chelan 40 (NL) Ephrata 65, Brewster 47 (NL) Okanogan 70, Medical Lake 46 (NL) Sultan 51, Cascade 38 (NL) [...]

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Oroville girls win opener despite free throw struggles

Hornets overcome struggles at the line to win opener, 49-34.

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Friday, Nov. 30 Hoops Scores

Caribou Trail League and Central Washington League Scores Girls Basketball Tonasket 65, Liberty Bell 35 (NL) Oroville 49, Kettle Falls 34 (NL) Selah 57, Quincy 21 (NL) (at Sundome) LaSalle 50, Cashmere 40 (NL) Wilbur-Creston 56, Bridgeport 44 (NL) Kittitas 44, Warden 30 (NL) Riverside Christian 52, Naches Valley 35 (NL) Girls Basketball Scores / Schedules / Standings [...]

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Sally Rose Howerton

Hidden Talents opens in Tonasket, grand opening Saturday

TONASKET – Sally Rose Howerton feels that there is a big need to fill for local artists and hopes that her new shop, Hidden Talents at 315 S. Whitcomb in Tonasket, can satisfy that need, and then some.

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Tonasket council approves 2% ad valorem hike

Still faces budget crunch with sales tax initiative in limbo TONASKET – A divided Tonasket City Council approved a two percent hike in the city’s ad valorem tax at the Tuesday, Nov. 13, council meeting. In its debate on the issue, council members recognized that city residents were resistant to raising taxes — the 0.1 [...]

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NVH Board approves preliminary budget

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners approved the hospital’s preliminary 2013 budget at its Thursday, Nov. 8, meeting.

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Five months, ten days, eight hours

Jim Pruitt, the area’s last known surviving World War II Prisoner of War, was honored at the Tonasket High School Veterans Day assembly and awarded a certificate recognizing his service to the country. Michael Stewart and Gazette-Tribune reporter Brent Baker interviewed Mr. Pruitt about his harrowing experience as a POW. Below are excerpts from that interview; the full interview will be included as part of the oral histories that are being collected at the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project.

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