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 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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Tonasket's Cierra Williams (shown performing at a high school event last month) will be one of 15 finalists vying for top honors on Saturday at the Nashville Country Star state finals at the Omak PAC. Photo by Brent Baker

Cierra Williams shoots for Nashville Star prize

TONASKET – It’s a fortunate person who can turn their passion into their profession.

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Parents of migrant/bilingual students gathered for a monthly meeting Wednesday, March 21, to allow them to communicate with district administrators and receive topical information useful in assisting their students in learning. This month's meeting addres

Tonasket PAC working to integrate migrant families

TONASKET – Children of migrant parents or others who speak very little English face daunting challenges when they start school for the first time in a district such as Tonasket.

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Tonasket soccer downs Hornets

TONASKET – The schedule only gets tougher from here, but early returns for the Tonasket boys soccer team have been nothing but positive. The Tigers improved their non-conference record to 3-0-1 with a 4-1 victory over Bridgeport on Saturday, March 24, heading into their first Caribou Trail League clash with Cascade on Tuesday. “We played [...]

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Tonasket fights off cold, Hornets

TONASKET – Tonasket’s baseball team earned its first win of the season, holding off an Oroville comeback before pulling away to a chilly 16-6 victory on Thursday, March 22.

The Tigers built an early 6-0 lead before Oroville fought back to trim the margin to 6-5.

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