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

School board grapples with policies, hears reports

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board discussed the intricacies of many of the policies it is revamping at its meeting Monday, Nov. 27, and heard a number of reports.

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Concerns over crematorium raised at Tonasket City Council

TONASKET – In addition to a long budget discussion at the Tuesday, Nov. 22 Tonasket Council Meeting, community concerns over a proposal to build a crematory highlighted a council session that stretched on for nearly three hours.

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Tonasket City Council weighs budget choices in tough economy

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council laid the final groundwork for the 2012 budget in its Tuesday, Nov. 22, meeting.

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Tonasket superintendent ponders consequences of budget cuts

TONASKET – The Tonasket School District is not unique in its search for answers when it comes to funding.

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Veterans Service Officer Shane Barton answers questions about his military career at the Tonasket Middle School Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 10. Photo by Brent Baker

VSO officer oversees growth of NVH Veterans Clinic

It’s no secret that Okanogan County is home to thousands of U.S. Armed Forces veterans.

It’s Shane Barton’s job to make sure that services available to those veterans become much less of a secret, or at least more widely known to those who are entitled to them.

Barton, the Veterans Services Officer at the VA Clinic at Tonasket’s North Valley Hospital, has seen explosive growth since he was hired in June. What began as a three-day-a-week, four-hour-a day, part-time job rapidly turned into something much bigger. The position will turn full-time in January, but Barton said he is already putting in full-time hours.

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NVH receives audit results, approves preliminary budget

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital District Board received the results of its 2010 audit and approved its preliminary budget for 2012 at its Thursday, Nov. 10, board meeting.

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Tonasket council approves sewer contract, keeps levy steady

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council approved its contract with engineering firm Varela and Associates, Inc., for the sewer project, decided to hold the tax levy at its current rate and held further budget discussions to highlight the Tuesday, Nov. 8, council meeting.

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Norma Jean Hart, owner of Hidden Treasures, is pictured with Arra Sue Buzzard (Caboodles) and Diane Fancher (Nothins Perfect), which are located inside Hidden Treasures at 31574 Highway 97 North, Tonasket. Photo by Charlene Helm

Nothins Perfect and Caboodles move in with Hidden Treasures

TONASKET – Longtime Tonasket business Hidden Treasures has a new tenant.

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Tonasket Middle School copes with student’s death

TONASKET – Tonasket School District’s students and staff members struggled late last week to come to terms with the death of a Tonasket Middle School student who passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 2.

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Tonasket School Board ponders levy options

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board is facing a number of decisions regarding the 2012 levy.

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