About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. 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 worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

Stories by Brent Baker

Tuesday, Sept. 9 Sports Results

Central Washington 2B League Cross Country – Tonasket 2.8 mi. Girls – 1. Cascade 36, 2. Tonasket 54, 3. Republic 55, 4. Omak 66 Top 10 – 1. Erin Mullins, CAS, 17:02; 2. Shania Graham, REP, 18:45; 3. Lydia Youkey, CAS, 19.55; 4. Addison Ivory, CHL, 20:09; 5. Kieran Ringel, CAS, 20:31; 6. Tiffany Byington, [...]

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Friday, Sept. 5 Football Scores

Central Washington 2B League Scores Warden 39, Tonasket 35 (NL) White Swan 28, Oroville 16 (NL) Brewster 22, Chelan 20 (NL) Okanogan 24, Cashmere 16 (NL) Darrington 35 Bridgeport 7 (NL) (Saturday Emerald City Kickoff Classic in Seattle) Liberty Bell 54, Soap Lake 15 (NL) Manson – bye

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DOT visits Tonasket council

TONASKET – Three representatives of the Washington Department of Transportation engaged in a lengthy discussion with the Tonasket City Council at their Tuesday, Aug. 28, meeting regarding a laundry list of traffic concerns that Mayor Patrick Plumb communicated to the DOT over the summer.

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Tonasket school enrollment swells

TONASKET – Tonasket School District’s administrators expressed excitement about the 2014-15 school year at their final school board meeting of the summer Monday, Aug. 25, as the district finished preparations to return to a full-length school day for the first time in nearly 20 years.

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Exchange student mom takes on Kenya water project

MUKURWE-INJ, KENYA – Exchange students coming to the United States usually find it takes some time to adjust to American culture and living. What sometimes gets forgotten is the re-adjustment to going home. Lawrence Wambugu was an exchange student at Tonasket High School during the 2012-13 school year. Among other things he participated in cross [...]

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Half-baked: School “grades” shouldn’t be taken at face value

Tonasket High School science teacher Shawn Rader explained to the district’s school board last March why he has been working on a concept called Standards Based Grading for some time. The grading system is something that is part of the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project that school districts implementing, but it’s been a passion of his for [...]

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Duck race nets nearly $2500

TONASKET – It’s just a drop of water in a very big pool, but it all helps.

The Tonasket Pool Committee’s rubber duck race – a fundraiser for the Tonasket swimming pool project that likely will cost around $2 million – brought in $2,465.

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Tonasket hires new police officer

TONASKET – The Tonasket Police Department has is has returned to its full complement of officers with the hiring of Matthew Beard, reported Police Chief Rob Burks at the Tuesday, Aug. 12, meeting of the Tonasket City Council.

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Tonasket Schools formulate strategic plan

TONASKET – Using the results of an online survey, as well as feedback from numerous community meetings, the Tonasket School Board engaged in a two-day strategic planning session last week to help crystallize its mission, vision and district-wide goals.

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Helen Casey: ‘Not closing nursing home’

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners Chair Helen Casey sought to quell rumors that the district’s Long Term Care facility was being targeted for closure, stating unequivocally at the Thursday, Aug. 14, board meeting that that was not something that was on the table.

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