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

Bob Thompson's model shows his intent for the dual housing units being constructed at Pleasant Glade, just west of downtown Tonasket. Photo by Brent Baker

Tour gives glimpse of permaculture-oriented intentional community

TONASKET – As part of its weekend-long Earth Day celebration, the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket arranged a tour of Bob and Jane Thompson’s home.

Of course, this isn’t your grandfather’s log cabin we’re talking about.

The Thompsons built Okanogan County’s first underground home from 1980-84 while simultaneously working their wood stove business, Wizard Works.

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This win over full bunk bed, with storage drawers beneath, is just one of many models the Ensz family builds as part of their newly-opened 1-800-Bunkbed business. Photo by Brent Baker

Local family starts bunkbed biz

TONASKET – Bryan and LaJune Ensz were looking for some additional income and some after-school and summer work for their boys.

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Tonasket approves school day extension plan

TONASKET – It won’t happen all at once, but the Tonasket School District will begin the process of lengthening its school day after its board of directors approved superintendent Paul Turner’s proposal at the Monday, April 23, school board meeting.

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Late comeback falls short for Oroville baseball

OROVILLE – Waterville’s baseball team jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings and held on for an 8-3 victory over the Hornets on Tuesday, April 17.

Ned Mathis pitched and took the loss for Oroville.

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One-goal losses tough for Hornets

WINTHROP – Liberty Bell avenged an early-season defeat to Oroville on Saturday, April 21, edging the Hornets 4-3 in a Central Washington League game played 7-on-7 due to Oroville’s lack of available players.

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Hornet tennis blanks Wilson Creek

WILSON CREEK – Oroville’s tennis squad traveled to Wilson Creek to take on the Devils, with only three girls matches and no boys contests on the docket.

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Brent Baker / staff photoTonasket's Kjeld Williams was injured in a collision at third base during the Tigers' loss to Chelan last Tuesday.

Chelan comes back to scuttle Tonasket baseball team

TONASKET – The little things proved costly for the Tonasket baseball in team in their Tuesday, April 17, Caribou Trail League game with Chelan. The Tigers briefly took a 2-1 lead in the third inning, but had a golden opportunity to add to the lead that they couldn’t covert into more runs.

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Tonasket Junior Rodeo Results

TONASKET – Results for the Tonasket Junior Rodeo, held Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds, are as follows.

The four saddle-winners were Cayden Diefenbach of Omak for all-around Intermediate/Senior Cowgirl; Zachary Raley of Brush Prairie for Intermediate/Senior Cowboy; Tonasket’s Brooke Richey for all-around Pee-Wee/Junior Cowgirl; and Chantz Popelier of Omak for all-around Pee-Wee/Junior Cowboy.

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Tonasket Chamber reminds members to renew

TONASKET – The Tonasket Chamber of Commerce membership renewals are lagging, and the organization is hoping to encourage last year’s members to re-up for 2012.

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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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