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

Full circle

Viet Nam vet returns to village where he fought, was wounded TONASKET – Talk about a stranger in a strange land. John Jones, along with his wife River and his Cambodian interpreter (and self-proclaimed body guard) arrived in Memae Village last spring. Near the Cambodia/Viet Nam border, the area is so remote that the sight [...]

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Half-baked: A gambol with the Geezers

When I grow up, I hope I can knock down a rugged wilderness backpacking trip like these guys. It’s been a long time since I was the “baby” of any particular group, but when I hooked up with the Geezers – a group of longtime friends who take annual wilderness expeditions – I found that [...]

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County fires still smolder

OKANOGAN COUNTY – Smoke continued to fill Okanogan County as the Carlton Complex fire in the southern half of the county continued to smolder, though as of Tuesday, Aug. 5, Incident Command had declared the fire 90 percent contained.

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Half-baked: The heavens from the Highlands

Performing surgery is not for the faint-hearted. Performing it on an emergency basis in the dark, with a dim red light providing the only illumination … that’s another matter entirely. Putting a telescope “under the knife” turned out to be an impromptu service provided by one of the directors of the Table Mountain Star Party [...]

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Half-baked: The social media ‘firestorm’

What a great week for Managing Editor Gary DeVon to be down for the count, recovering (nicely, I’ll report) from surgery. And ad manager Charlene Helm, on vacation to the coast. And my wife Kim, visiting family in Michigan. Up until Thursday evening, I spent a lot of time whining about all sorts of things. [...]

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Fire photos

Photos from the North Siwash Creek Fire near Tonasket, and the aftermath of the firestorm that destroyed a significant portion of Pateros’ residential section at the south end of Okanogan County.

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NVH takes big step as it emerges from warrants

TONASKET – When North Valley Hospital District officially emerged out of debt from Okanogan County for a day to kick off July, it was a landmark moment, but also only the beginning the next stage of the hospital’s return to financial health.

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Carlton Complex Fire Update, as of Sunday 7/20, 10 am

Carlton Complex Fire Update July 20, 2014 – 10:00 AM   Bill Hahnenberg, Incident Commander, National Incident Management Team Nathan Rabe, Deputy Incident Commander, Washington Interagency Incident Management Team   FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITES:  Blog: carltoncomplex.blogspot.com  On Facebook, search for: carlton complex wildfires  Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/   FIRE INFO PHONES (7 AM – 8 PM): [...]

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Out of warrants, for a day

TONASKET – It was, for now, only for a day, but North Valley Hospital edge its way out of warrants for the first time in years, as reported at the Thursday, July 10, Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Public hearings for mosquito district, transportation upcoming

TONASKET – Plans for the formation of a mosquito control district that would include Tonasket, Oroville, Omak and Okanogan have moved forward, though there is still no guarantee that a ballot measure will be approved by the Okanogan County Commissioners.

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