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 Chamber unlikely to pursue long-term tenancy at RV Park

TONASKET – Tonasket Chamber of Commerce president Dale Crandall said at the Tuesday, Feb. 28 chamber meeting that after examining options for the future of the Tonasket RV Park, attempting to make it legal for tenants to stay for longer than a month at a time would be inadvisable.

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Tonasket City Council raises privacy concern

TONASKET – Tonasket City Councilman Scott Olson has concerns about video surveillance being used in town without a policy in place. And while his motion at the council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 29, to curtail the use of such surveillance until a policy is written failed, he hopes his point was made.

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Tonasket SD prepares to extend school day

TONASKET – The Tonasket School District continues to examine the feasibility of returning the district to a full-length school day for the first time in more than a decade, as Superintendent Paul Turner outlined at the Tuesday, Feb. 27, board meeting.

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North Valley Hospital Director of Ancillary Services Noreen Olma shows of the hospital's new portable ultrasound unit at the NVH board of commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23. photo by Brent Baker

NVH soon to roll out ACEs program

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital is entering the final stages of preparations to roll out its Affordable Clinic Exam (ACEs) program beginning in April, said NVH Patient Financial Services Manager Jana Symonds at the Thursday, Feb. 23, district board meeting.

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Tonasket Chamber reviews website upgrade, RV Park future

TONASKET – The Tonasket Chamber of Commerce reviewed work on the pending upgrade of its website and discussed some options pertaining to the long-term viability to the RV Park at its Tuesday, Feb. 14 meeting.

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Drag racing at Tonasket Airport?

TONASKET – Could Sunday drag racing be coming to Tonasket?

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Photo by Brent Baker - The Hornets' Sierra Speiker cuts past Lake Roosevelt's Briana Monaghan on the way to the basket during Wednesday's season-ending loss to the Raiders.

Raiders end Oroville girls’ season

EAST WENATCHEE – The Oroville girls basketball team’s district tournament run came to a swift and decisive halt on Wednesday, Feb. 15, as an angry Lake Roosevelt team dispatched the Hornets 54-15 in a loser-out contest at Eastmont High School.

Lake Roosevelt hadn’t expected to be in this game; the Raiders had been upset on Monday by Mandy Southard’s Entiat team, which Oroville coach Mike Bourn had expected to play.

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Photo by Brent Baker - Jeffrey Stedtfeld tries to get control of Elma's Tanner Sample during Friday's consolation semifinal match.

Tonasket wrestlers go to the wire at Tacoma Dome

TACOMA DOME – Close matches are the norm at the state wrestling finals, and the four Tonasket wrestlers competing last Feb. 17-18 at the Tacoma Dome seemed to wrestle more than their share of battles that went to the wire. Jared Stedtfeld, the lone senior of the four, was the only one to come home with a state medal. But all earned at least one state tournament victory and coach Dave Mitchell said his team is already looking forward to next year.

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Photo by Brent Baker - The Hornets' Alex Alvarez scored a 16-5 victory over Darrington's Forrest Thompson in opening-round action at the state 1B/2B wrestling tournament on Friday, Feb. 17.

Another silver for Perez

TACOMA – In the end, a state championship just wasn’t in the cards for Nick Perez. The Oroville senior earned his third straight second-place finish at the Class 1B/2B state wrestling finals in the Tacoma Dome on Saturday as he and Alex Alvarez combined to lift the Hornets to a ninth-place finish in the team standings. Perez (145 pounds) had the misfortune to run into Republic’s Kyle Kirkendall in the state championship match. Kirkendall, who won state titles in 2009 and 2010, had beaten Perez in the Eastern Regional meet last week.

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Half-Baked: Face-to-face at center circle

It’s taken me years to figure out why I’ve come to love the sport of wrestling. Not the WWE variety; the “Olympic” style that concluded its high school season at the WIAA’s Mat Classic XXIV in the Tacoma Dome this past weekend. Wrestling has been an acquired taste for me. There’s not much pretty about it: it doesn’t feature the ballet-like athleticism of high-level basketball, the explosive playmaking of football, the languid pace punctuated by feats of impossible speed and precision of baseball.

What’s to love about a sport that features equal parts blood, sweat, pain and the constant threat of heartbreak?

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