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

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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Speikers both earn medals at state cross country meet

Colfax’s Morgan Willson pulled away to a state 1B/2B girls cross country championship victory over Oroville’s Sierra Speiker on Saturday, Nov. 5, reclaiming the state title that Speiker had kept Willson from defending in 2010.

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Damon Halvorsen (1177) of Tonasket is off and running to start the state 1A cross country championship run in Pasco on Nov. 5.

Halvorsen, Hickman run at state

Damon Halvorsen and Jake Hickman returned to the state 1A cross country finals on Saturday, Nov. 5, for one last go-around.

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Tonasket's Jeff (7) and John (37) Stedtfeld gang up on a pair of Lakeside players during the Tigers' final game of the season on Friday, Nov. 4.

Lakeside pulls away from Tigers in finale

Tonakset hung with Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) for three quarters in both teams’ season finale on Friday, Nov. 4, but the Eagles eventually wore down the Tigers with a solid rushing attack and pulled away to a 34-13 victory.

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The Hornets' Angel Camacho hangs onto the ankle of Warden running back Adam Hansen during Oroville's 34-2 loss to the Cougars.

Warden ousts injury-riddled Oroville from playoffs

Oroville’s football playoff fortunes were dealt a severe blow when the injured C.J. Mathews was unable to suit up for Friday’s first round contest at Warden.

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