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

My hell ended after 15 minutes … theirs won’t

It was the fall of 2002, and the devastation and fear wrought by 9/11 were still bubbling. Columbine was just three years in the past. I was sitting in a newspaper office in Standish, Michigan, trying to force our balky printer to spit out my sports pages so I could run them to our press [...]

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Friday, Dec. 14 Basketball Scores

Caribou Trail League and Central Washington 2B League Girls Basketball Brewster 76, Omak 35 Okanogan 66, Cascade 45 Entiat 73, Liberty Bell 33 (NL) Manson def. Waterville (NL) Almira-Coulee/Hartline 58, Kittitas 45 (NL) Sunnyside Christian 76, White Swan 52 (NL) Pateros 53, Lake Roosevelt 43 (NL) Girls basketball standings / scores / schedules Boys Basketball Brewster 56, Omak 47 Okanogan 63, Cascade 46 Liberty Bell 61, [...]

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‘Town hall’ regarding Tonasket Assisted Living to be held Dec. 19

TONASKET – A community-driven town hall discussion about the financial situation at the Tonasket Assisted Living facility will be held at the Tonasket Community Church, 24 E. Tonasket Ave. (above the U.S. Bank) on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting, which is open to the public, will provide a forum in which to [...]

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Tonasket City Council approves budget; Hines resigns

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council approved the city’s 2013 budget at its Wednesday, Dec. 12, meeting, completing a process made ever more difficult by declining revenues coming into the city coffers. The largest items in the $6,347,033 budget were water project ($1.99 million) and sewer project ($1.37 million) expenses. The water project is funded [...]

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Oroville wrestlers travel to Okanogan

OKANOGAN – Oroville’s wrestling team won six of 10 matches in a mix-and-match at Okanogan with Chelan on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Winners for the Hornets included Eddie Ocampo (pin), Ronel Kee (won two matches with a pin and an overtime takedown), Michael Ripley (pin), Blake Rise (pin), and Taylor Robertson (pin). The Hornets host Davenport, [...]

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Omak holds off Oroville girls

OROVILLE – Oroville staged a huge fourth quarter comeback, outscoring Omak 20-7 over the final eight minutes, but fell three points short in a 46-43 non-league girls basketball loss to the Pioneers on Dec. 11. The Hornets scored just two points in the second quarter in falling behind 25-13 at the half. Briana Moralez scored [...]

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A Christmas Cinderella playing at CCC Dec. 15-18

TONASKET – Diana Luca Brown will be directing four performances of “A Christmas Cinderella at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket, Dec. 15-18. Performances will be Saturday, Dec. 15, at 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4:00 p.m.; and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 16-17, at 1:00 p.m. in a pair of weekday matinees. Admission is [...]

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Brock Hires to perform at The Junction Dec. 14

Tonasket singer and songwriter Brock Hires will be performing this Friday in an unconventional venue: inside The Junction at the corner of US-97 and SR-20 on the south end of town.

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Oroville boys hoops squad falls to Omak

OROVILLE – Gil Ildelfonso scored a career-high 15 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Oroville boys basketball team as the Hornets fell to Omak on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 56-42. Omak led 30-20 at halftime, but the Pioneers pulled further ahead in the third quarter as Marvin Frank scored 11 of his game-high 24 points. [...]

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Tigers walloped by defending state champs

TONASKET – Defending state girls basketball champion Okanogan ran to a 26-2 first quarter lead at Tonasket on Tuesday, Dec. 11, coasting to a 66-8 victory over the Tigers. Okanogan led 37-6 at the half. Tonasket managed just one basket in the second half, which was shortened considerably by the running clock rule that took [...]

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