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

Brewster stymies Hornets to start season

The stakes weren’t as high, but the result was the same. Oroville’s football team suffered a 21-6 loss in its opening contest of the season Friday, Aug. 31, managing just 140 yards of offense and committing a pair of costly second half turnovers.

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Tigers blast Bridgeport in opener

Tonasket’s football team dominated Bridgeport in its season opener on Friday, Aug. 31, behind four touchdowns by Michael Orozco.

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Demolition Derby this weekend

TONASKET – The Tonasket Demolition Derby will be held Sunday, Sept. 2, at 1:00 p.m. at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds.

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Tonasket schools to ask for capital levy

TONASKET – Citing the need to keep district facilities in top condition and replace an aging alternative education building, as well as provide for a slowly growing student population, the Tonasket School Board approved superintendent Paul Turner’s request to ask the voters for a capital levy to provide funding for those needs.

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UPDATED HIgh School Sports Schedule, Aug. 30-Sept. 8

Friday, Aug. 31

Football (varsity) – Brewster at Oroville, 7:00 pm

Football (varsity) – Bridgeport at Tonasket, 7:00 pm

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‘Doc’ Hastings swings through Tonasket

TONASKET – Richard N. “Doc” Hastings is about as sure a bet as there can be to win re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives out of Washington’s 4th Congressional District.

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Tonasket mayor apologizes, takes heat for remarks

TONASKET – Sometimes it seems as though no one pays attention until you make a mistake.

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NVH makes cuts to control warrants

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital District’s warrant level has stubbornly remained at over $2.5 million for several months, putting the hospital in danger of not getting its debt to Okanogan County paid off by its target date of Dec. 2013.

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Brent Baker / staff photoTonasket's Collin Aitcheson, shown here at last year's WIAA state wrestling tournament, competed in July at the USAW Junior Greco Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota.

Tonasket’s Aitcheson competes at Greco nationals

TONASKET – Collin Aitcheson probably didn’t know what he was getting into when he and some of his Tonasket High School wrestling teammates started dabbling in Greco-Roman wrestling last spring.

For Aitcheson, it meant a summer filled with the kind of training in a new variety of the sport and a trip to Fargo, North Dakota, in July to compete in the USAW Junior Greco-Roman Nationals tournament.

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Brent Baker / staff photoForty years after a disastrous Olympics experience, Doris Heritage is still providing wisdom and encouragement to athletes -- and, occasionally, their parents.

Half-Baked: An encounter with my favorite Olympian

I’m one of those people who can’t quite get enough of the Olympics. I won’t confess to being a rhythmic gymnastics addict, but I love watching some of the lesser-known sports and seeing the same levels of skill and passion we often see elsewhere. Watching a bunch of NBA stars jumping around like high school kids after winning gold was pretty cool.

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