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

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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Brent Baker / staff photoViews of the Similkameen River abound on the trail, particularly on the more rugged upper half.

Strolling the Similkameen trail

OROVILLE – Sometimes it’s those things in your own back yard that are least appreciated.

It’s pretty early in the game to render a final verdict on whether or not the Similkameen Trail is properly appreciated, but its easy access, dual starting points and status as part of the Pacific Northwest Trail make it one of the area’s most family-friendly trails.

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Tonasket city council member Scott Olson (right) envisions a future with a small park, possibly some basketball hoops, murals on the warehouse walls and an improved trail for safe access from town to Chief Tonasket Park, which is beyond the trees at left.

Olson envisions improvements to Bonaparte Creek area in town

TONASKET – It’s not a plan, or a proposal, or anything solid at this point.

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