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

Tonasket Mayor, Council spar over comments

TONASKET – Should city resident’s comments count for more than those of non-residents that frequently use city facilities?
Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb and council member Jill Vugteveen differed sharply on that issue during the Tuesday, May 13, city council meeting as they verbally crossed swords over Plumb’s solicitation of Facebook comments regarding the possibility of Tonasket joining a county-wide mosquito district.

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TSD to consider 8th graders in high school athletics

TONASKET – Eighth graders may soon be eligible to participate in some high school sports in the Tonasket School District as the school board is considering a proposal outlined by Athletic Director Kevin Terris at the board’s Monday, May 12, meetin

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NVH warrants continue to sink

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital’s debt to Okanogan County continued its downward trend so far in May, dipping to as low as $369,000 on Wednesday, May 6.

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May Festival

Photos by Gary DeVon

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Commissioners deny hospital consolidation is their goal

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Commissioners are not angling to consolidate the county’s three hospitals, they assured a North County-heavy audience at a session called by Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy on Wednesday, April 30.

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Mandates could tighten Tonasket Elementary space even more

TONASKET – Early projections for 2014-15 enrollment still look solid, said Superintendent Paul Turner at the Monday, April 28, Tonasket School District Board meeting. And while that is good news for staying the course for next year’s budget, it continues to highlight the district’s facilities needs.

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Rain clears out for Oroville invite

Tigers, Hornets gear up for post-season OROVILLE – A monsoon-like deluge delayed the start of Saturday’s Draggoo Financial Oroville Invitational, but once the rain was finished, the weather cooperated on about as nice a day as one could hope for at a spring track meet. That translated into a lot of personal bests for quite [...]

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First priority: communications

Drill serves its purpose, exposes issues TONASKET – The inability of first response personnel to communicate after leaving Tonasket and heading up Highway 20 is no secret. Anyone who has tried to use their cell phone while on the road knows this, as do ambulance, police and sheriff’s officers that have had to respond to [...]

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DOT officials visit Tonasket council

TONASKET – Two Washington Department of Transportation officials visited the Tonasket City Council during its Tuesday, April 8, meeting. While much of the talk concerned controversial topics such as the oft-discussed Heavy Haul Corridor proposal and the US-97 chip seal project that is getting underway. Local Programs Engineer Paul Mahre and Project Engineer Kirk Berg seemed to have more commonalities than differences with the council and mayor, who have been critical of work and plans for US-97 through town that they feel don’t address the city’s actual needs.

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TSD sets enrollment, school day

TONASKET – Setting the projected enrollment for the following school year is a critical though typically routine task for school districts as they must look into the proverbial crystal ball and estimate what sort of funding they will receive from t

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