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 hears proposal from Oroville Housing Authority

TONASKET – Cheryl Lewis of the Oroville Housing Authority approached the Tonasket City Council at its Tuesday, April 10 meeting to propose forming a joint housing agreement to help the cities to join forces in dealing with housing issues.

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Waterville softball overcomes Hornets

The Oroville softball team scored a season-best 10 runs in its first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Waterville, but it wasn’t enough to get the Hornets in the win column as the Shockers claimed an 18-10 victory.

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Oroville soccer battles low numbers

The 4-1 loss at Bridgeport didn’t disappoint Oroville boys soccer coach Mike Pitts in the least bit.

Having to play the game 9-on-11 was another matter.

With only nine players available for their Saturday, April 14, match against the Mustangs, Pitts hoped that Bridgeport would be willing to match the Hornets’ numbers, as other teams have this season.

No such luck.

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Tonasket's Kjeld Williams takes a cut against Omak on Saturday, April 14.

Omak fends off Tigers’ bid

Tonasket’s baseball team had its chances against Omak in the first game of their Saturday, April 17, doubleheader.

The Pioneers, though, snapped a 3-3 tie with a five-run fifth inning and went on to sweep the Tigers with a 10-0 victory in the second game of the afternoon.

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Tonasket's Ryker Marchand and Adam Halvorsen compete in the 1600 meter run at the Tigers' invitational.

Tonasket boys, girls each 2nd at home invite

Tonasket’s boys and girls each took second at the Tigers’ home invitational on Friday, April 13, while Oroville’s boys finished seventh and the girls took fourth.

Both teams were missing significant contributors due to the Future Business Leaders of America state competition in Seattle over the weekend.

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Frustrated Tigers fall to Omak

An old adage states that familiarity breeds contempt. In the case of the Tonasket soccer team, having the same referees officiate just about every game is at least building a growing sense of frustration.

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Amber Monroe fires a throw from shortstop during Saturday's doubleheader with Omak.

Closing the gap

As the Tonasket fastpitch softball team gets ready to face teams for the second time around, Tigers coach Emily Rimestad is eager to see the payoff of her young team’s improvement.

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Photo by Brent Baker - Oroville's Sierra Speiker shook off an early challenge from Tonasket's Kylie Dellinger to win the 1600-meter run at the March 31 Eagle Home Mortgage Invitational.

Tigers, Hornets shiver through Oroville meet

The Tonasket and Oroville track and field teams, as well as most of the other county teams and schools from as far away as Leavenworth, Moses Lake and Northport, braved cold, wet and windy conditions Saturday, March 31, and battled their way through the Hornets’ own Eagle Home Mortgage Invitational.

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Cierra Williams performs "Jesus, Take the Wheel" at the Nashville Country Star state finals at the Omak PAC on Saturday, March 31. Brent Baker photos

Not the big prize, but maybe the best one

OMAK – Cierra Williams may not have broken into the ranks of the big prizes at Saturday’s Nashville Country Star state finals.

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NVH to study alternate use of empty Assisted Living rooms

TONASKET – In an effort to take care of two needs at once, the North Valley Hospital Board of directors is evaluating whether or not to convert several of the rooms in its Assisted Living facility into office space.

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