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'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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School board approves life skills curriculum purchase

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board approved the purchase of the IMC Life Skills curriculum for use in the elementary school at its Monday, June 11 school board meeting.

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Members of Tonasket Elementary fourth grade teacher Scott Olson's class, including (l-r) Ruby Capote, Kevin Garcia, Enrique Long-Sandoval, Kyndall Rollins and Christina Torres, visited 105-year-old Lula Gardener to learn about what school was like 100 yea

A Taste of History: Lula Gardner

Lula Gardener, 105-years-old, shares school memories with TES 4th graders

TONASKET – The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.
Though the world is a dramatically different place than it was 100 years ago, five students in Scott Olson’s fourth grade class found that the experience of attending school is in many ways similar to what it was in 1912.
And they got to find that out from someone who was there at the time as they paid a visit to 105-year-old Lula Gardener, who was a first grader at Horse Spring Coulee’s “Bungalow School” a century ago and attended there through the eighth grade.

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Jasmine Grangroth, Cierra Williams and Co-Valedictorian Michelle Timmerman sing the National Anthem to open Saturday's graduation.

Tonasket celebrates Class of 2012

TONASKET – Tonasket High School’s Class of 2012 topped off its senior year with graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 9, fittingly displaying its flair for the artistic throughout the commencement ceremony.

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Cheyne Olney gets up close and personal with  his Round 2 partner on Saturday night. Olney  ended up as the Founder's Day Rodeo top  money-earner for the weekend. Brent Baker / staff photo

Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo

TONASKET – Colby Reily of Stratford, WA, claimed the 8th Annual Jeremy Ives Memorial Bullriding title at the Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo on June 1-2, as the only bullrider to score in the short go to conclude the competition.

Of the eight finalists, seven were thrown from their bulls before completing their ride. Reily’s 84 enabled him to jump to the forefront and claim the Jeremy Ives Memorial Beltbuckle and jacket, edging out Cheyne Olney of Toppenish.

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Architect addresses NVH board

TONASKET – NAC Archtecture was awarded the bid for design of the next phase of North Valley Hospital’s basement construction project. Lead architect Michael O’Malley was on hand for the Board of Commissioners’ Thursday, May 31 meeting to give a brief talk on the next phase of the project.

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Spring All-League Teams and Final Standings

Note: honorable mentions list only Tonasket and Oroville entries. BASEBALL All-Caribou Trail League Player of the Year: Kyle Weiler, Cashmere Coach of the Year: Jeff Carlson, Cashmere Sportsmanship: Tonasket 1st Team Kyle Weiler, Cashmere, sr. Colton Loomis, Cashmere, sr. Alex Chipman, Cashmere, sr. Cooper Elliott, Cashmere, sr. Mitchell Darlington, Cashmere, sr. Jake Dilly, Cashmere, sr. [...]

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