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

Bridgeport, Brewster down Oroville soccer

Playing shorthanded for most of the season, the Oroville soccer team saw its campaign come to a close last week with a 16-3 loss to Bridgeport and a 19-0 defeat at Brewster.

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Brent Baker / staff photo — Matilde Pacheca celebrates with Jesus Alvarez (11) after Pacheca scored the equalizing goal late in the first half of Thursday's upset victory over Okanogan.

Tiger soccer squad upsets Okanogan

TONASKET – If the season had to end without a trip to the playoffs, this was the way to do it.

Tonasket’s soccer team was already looking to next year after surprising Okanogan on Thursday, May 3, 2-1. The Bullodgs went on to win their district playoff opener on Saturday and now play two seeding games on the way to playing in the state tournament.

“This was a great way to finish,” said Tonasket coach Jack Goyette. “We’ve been working hard all season, but we were a little down after a tough week. We’d taken some beatings, so it was nice to end this way.

Okanogan scored first, midway through the first half, but the Tigers got the equalizer just before half on a Matilde Pacheca shot from outside the box.

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Tigers 2nd in CTL; Hornets gear up for post-season

CASHMERE – Cashmere simply overwhelmed the field with sheer numbers at the Caribou Trail League championships on Friday, May 4.

But what Tonasket couldn’t match in quantity, it claimed in quality as the Tigers brought home five individual league titles on the boys side, to Cashmere’s six.

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Kelly Cariker

New job, new face at North Valley

TONASKET – The digital age has a much different set of demands than did the age of paper and photographic negatives. With those ever-increasing requirements come job responsibilities that were undreamed of just a decade ago.

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Jeremy Clark, new Tonasket Elementary principal.

Jeremy Clark coming on board as TES principal

TONASKET – Jeremy Clark says his interview process with the Tonasket School District was as much about him getting a feel for the staff, administration and community as it was about his being interviewed.

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Linda Black, volunteer coordinator for the Tonasket Visitors and Business Resource Center (TVBRC) gives a season-opening pep talk to her team of nearly 30 volunteers on Wednesday, April 25. Black also arranged for presentations by three area business owne

Tourism conference upcoming this month

TONASKET – The Okanogan Tourism Council will be hosting a tourism and training workshop in Pateros on May 17 that will focus on helping local businesses to build on their strengths.

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Mayor floats idea to fund sewer expansion

TONASKET – Sewage tends to be a stinky subject, even when it’s being discussed in the City Council chambers.

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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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