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

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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Tonasket makes contingency plans for fire

TONASKET – Tonasket first response agencies and Mayor Patrick Plumb met Friday evening to make contingency plans should the Carleton Complex fire become a threat to the greater Tonasket area. The fire, which was ignited by lightning Monday evening, exploded from about 18,000 acres in four separate conflagrations Thursday into a 170,000 acre nightmare by [...]

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One last push?

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council approved a plan that all involved hope will be the final step in getting the Tonasket Water Ranch constructed in Chief Tonasket Park sooner rather than later.

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Tonasket schools set community meetings

TONASKET – The Tonasket School District has scheduled a series of meetings in order to give the community a chance to visit with Superintendent Paul Turner regarding the future direction of the school district. The meetings (which include ice cream) will be geared toward gathering information that will be used in strategic planning sessions in [...]

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Tractor Pulls and Sock Hop return

TONASKET – Big rigs, smoker tractors, a few semis, local talent and, of course, KXLY television’s Mark Peterson will be returning to Tonasket July 18-19 for the fourth annual Truck and Tractor Pulls.

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