About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. 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 worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

Stories by Brent Baker

NVH board reviews redistricting plan, potential budget cuts

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital District Board of Commissioners couldn’t take action on the proposal, but a redistricting plan met no opposition at a public hearing that led off the Thursday, Dec. 8 board meeting.

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Damon Halvorsen drills his seventh 3-pointer late in Saturday's 77-67 victory over Oroville.

Tigers rain 3-pointers on Hornets

Tonasket has been deadly from the perimeter in its first two games, hitting a total of 22 3-pointers, including 12 against rival Oroville a 77-67 victory over the Hornets.

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Tonasket's Alicia Edwards and Oroville's Kelsey Hughes - with a little help from teammate Briana Moralez - grapple for possession during Saturday's Tonasket victory.

Tonasket girls sting Hornets

Tigers hang on for 32-31 victory over Oroville on Dec. 3.

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Shorthanded Hornets open wrestling season at Davenport

Injuries, illness and eligibility issues kept Oroville from fielding half its roster at Saturday’s season-opening Davenport Wrestling Invitational.

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The Tigers' Austin Booker flashes a grin after completing a long-practiced move during a match at Saturday's Omak wrestling tournament.

Youthful Tigers take fourth at Omak

The Tiger wrestlers squeezed out a fourth place finish out of the 11-team field at Omak on Dec. 3.

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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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