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.
About Brent BakerBrent 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
Waitsburg-Prescott wasn’t able to stop the Oroville offense very often.
Problem was, the Hornets couldn’t stop the W-P offense at all.
The Cardinals, trying for their second straight state 2B championship, ran over, around and through the Oroville defense to a 54-26 victory in Friday’s opening-round playoff game at Pasco’s Edgar Brown Stadium.
State football and volleyball scores for NCW area teams
OROVILLE – Oroville will see a familiar set of uniforms across the line of scrimmage when they line up for the first round of state 2B playoff action on Friday. The Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals ousted Oroville from the playoffs in 2010 and went on to win the state championship in 2011. Good news for Oroville: standout [...]
TONASKET – One play away. Tonasket’s football team just needed one play — and had several chances to make that one play — to hang on to a narrow lead at Riverside on Friday. A win would have lifted the Tigers to their first .500 season in five years. Instead, that one big play eluded [...]
PUYALLUP – Oroville warmed up for the start of the state 2B playoffs with a 72-0 victory over Chief Leschi of Puyallup on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Hornets held Chief Leschi to minus-2 yards of total offense for the game, including -54 yards on the ground. Oroville led 33-0 after the first quarter and 53-0 [...]
PASCO – Distance runners are their own breed, so it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Sierra Speiker’s first words after winning her second Class 1B/2B state cross country title in three years were self-critical. The Oroville junior, who won her first championship as a freshman and took second last year, pulled away to a [...]
Saturday’s results, highlighted by a state championship for Sierra Speiker.
TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital District Board of Commissioners in an effort to help boost hospital patient volumes, is considering whether to offer patients a discount tied to the patients’ tax assessment to the district.
Caribou Trail League and Central Washington 2B League CTL/NEA non-playoff crossovers Riverside 29, Tonasket 28 Omak 32, Kettle Falls 13 Chelan 42, Newport 13 CTL/NEA state play-in crossovers Cashmere (#1 CTL) 66, Lakeside (#4 NEA) 9 Cascade (#2 CTL) 44, Medical Lake (#3 NEA) 14 Quincy (#3 CTL) 16, Freeman (#2 NEA) 7 Chewelah (#1 NEA) [...]