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

NVH, other Critical Access Hospitals face budget axe

TONASKET – Proposed cuts to state Medicare and Medicaid funding have North Valley Hospital District officials concerned about the future of health care in the region, the future of the hospital and the potential economic impact if enacted.

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Dan and Corrina Karrer present the flag sent by Mary Karrer from Afghanistan to Armed Forces Legacy Project representatives George Frank and Roger Castelda. Photo by Brent Baker

Legacy Project receives flag flown in Afghanistan

TONASKET – George Frank was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from Afghanistan.

The package that came shortly thereafter left tears in his eyes.

Thanks to Mary Karrer, a Tonasket resident overseeing a construction project with the Army Corps of Engineers at Bagram Air Base, the Armed Forces Legacy Project is the proud recipient of an American flag flown on the Afghanistan base on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011.

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Tiger girls struggle with state-ranked foes

TONASKET – The Tonasket girls basketball team’s youth and inexperience were no match for unbeaten, second-ranked Cashmere on Saturday, Jan. 14, as the Bulldogs rolled past the Tigers 81-26. Cashmere improved to 14-0 (5-0 Caribou Trail League) while the Tigers dropped to 4-10 (0-4). Okanogan 62, Tonasket 12 OKANOGAN – Okanogan’s 25-2 run in the [...]

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Photo by Brent Baker — Connor Hughes (21) and the Hornets had no answer for 6-8 Ty Egbert, who kept Oroville from scoring many points in the paint during Friday's contest.

Battle for first is no contest

Lake Roosevelt handed Oroville a 72-29 defeat in a game that had first place on the line in the Central Washington 2B League North Division.

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Tigers solid in loss at Cashmere

The Tonasket boys basketball team didn’t come home from Cashmere with a victory, but their 50-39 loss to the Bulldogs may well have been their best performance of the season.

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Photo by Brent Baker — The Tonasket Apple Pie Invitational could easily have gone by the moniker "Mitchell Invitational" as for the second straight year Tiger coach Dave Mitchell's sons brought their teams to the tourney. Patrick (left) is the head coac

Tonasket, Oroville take 5th and 6th at Apple Pie

Tonasket’s wrestling team earned a fifth place finish at its Apple Pie Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14, while Oroville wrestled to a sixth-place finish.

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Photo by Brent Baker — Callie Barker (left) and Sierra Speiker try to contain Lake Roosevelt's Jada Desautel during Friday's loss to the Raiders.

State-ranked Raiders hold off Oroville girls

Oroville’s girls basketball team wasn’t able to upset Lake Roosevelt. But their 56-50 loss to the Raiders on Friday, Jan. 13, certainly sent a message.

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Photo by Owen Blauman / Provided by the <I>Mercer Island Reporter</I>Unforgettable: two of the writer's classmates, Kyle Pepple (left) and Doug Gregory, can't believe what they see as they're about to cut down the net. Thirty seconds after the 1981 state

Half-Baked: Some things we never forget

It’s still the most telling sports photo I’ve ever seen. Two kids on a ladder, about to cut the net down from a basketball rim. A typical pose after championship games. But what’s different is the looks of crushing shock on their faces, mouths wide open, the net beside them hanging untouched.

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Tonasket, Oroville wrestlers hit Saturday tournaments

Tonasket takes third at Warden tournament, while Hornets wrestle at individual-only ACH tourney

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Cascade's pressure defense left the Tigers, including Amber Kilpatrick, little room to maneuver.

Rough league start for Tonasket basketball teams

Tonasket’s basketball teams started the week with victories over Republic, but CTL play wasn’t so kind to the Tigers.

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