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

Hospital CEO breaks down NVH performance

TONASKET – Is the glass half full, or half empty?

North Valley Hospital District CEO Linda Michel seems to see that right now, it’s both. While the hospital has improved its overall financial standing in the two years since she arrived, the need to get the warrant level (low-interest loans from the county for operating expenses) reduced led her to delve more deeply into each department’s financial performance than had been done previously. Though NVH was on track last winter to have its warrants paid off by its target date of 2014, a recent rise in the warrant level made the need for that analysis more pressing.

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Tonasket Police plan school shooting drill

TONASKET – It’s a scenario no one wants to think about: a gunman loose in the local school, shooting staff and students.

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‘Report Night’ at Tonasket School Board meeting

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, featured a number of reports, as well as announcements of several personnel hirings and a pair resignations by longtime district employees.

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Council discusses noise ordinance revamp

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council will be reviewing its noise ordinance after a number of reports that the current law is ineffective.

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There's nothing resembling "fun" going on at the Tonasket City Pool this summer after it was shut down last fall and condemned this spring. The Tonasket City Council is trying to build a community-based coalition to spearhead the construction and long-ter

City seeks area-based council for new Tonasket swimming pool

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council was in agreement at its Tuesday, June 26, meeting that the city swimming pool needs to be replaced — not just repaired.

How to go about doing that was the subject of a lengthy discussion at which the council made clear it felt that would best be accomplished by a broad-based coalition of the community, including neighboring towns outside the Tonasket city limits.

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New Tonasket EMS director Michael Greene Photo by Brent Baker

New EMS director brings years of experience to job

TONASKET – Michael Greene and his wife retired to Tonasket last November hoping to focus their efforts on doing volunteer work in the community.

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Tonasket's Trevor Terris was selected as one of six high school juniors to join the WIAA's LEAP committee for the next two years.

Tonasket’s Trevor Terris gets LEAP bid

TONASKET – Trevor Terris’s long-range goals involve being involved with sports.

So when he found out he was selected as one of six incoming juniors across the state to be on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s LEAP (Leadership through Education, Activities, and Personal Development) committee), Terris saw it as a part of his big picture.

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NVH audit shows 2011 improvement

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital’s financial health has improved over the past two years and is on par with, or stronger than, most hospitals of comparable demographics, according to the 2011 independent auditor’s report recently completed by Dingus, Zarecor and Associates, PLLC.

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The Tonasket Police Department was the beneficiary of a donation by local gun shop owner Mike Murphy, who presented these rifles to the local cops at the June 13 City Council meeting.

Donation re-arms Tonasket cops

TONASKET – The Tonasket Police Department got a big boost from a local merchant as Mike Murphy of Murphy’s Sporting Goods donated a set of new guns, binoculars and other equipment to the department.

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Councilwoman Julianna Griffin, stepping down because she is moving to the Oroville area, was presented with a plaque honoring her service to the city by Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb. Photo by Brent Baker

Tonasket Planner suggests forming ‘Friends of the Pool’

City Planner Kurt Danison of Highlands Associates reported on a variety of topics at the Wednesday, June 13 Tonasket Council meeting, including the formation of a Friends of the Pool group to focus on a new or renovated city pool.

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