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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 29, 2015 

Other school workers touch lives too

I spent the weekend with some of the most dedicated, passionate and hardworking school employees from around the state. I was at a conference for Washington Public School Employees, where during...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 22, 2015

Wanted: The moral thread of society

Have you heard this statement lately? “What is going on with our world today?” Or “That kind of stuff just did not happen when I was a kid.” Well, to be honest with past generations, “that stuff” probably did happen but it was behind...

 
 By John Crabtree    Opinion    July 15, 2015

Vibrant small towns embrace art and self-expression

Pablo Picasso said the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. And if you look in small towns and rural places you will find art and cultural expression in the most unlikely of places. Small towns develop art and cultural expe...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 15, 2015

Backyard lessons from a man

My Grandpa Utz delivered the Wenatchee World newspaper locally after he retired. He was the local distributor and on many, many occasions I traveled with him as he drove around the Nespelem area spreading the written news. We had many conversations...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 8, 2015

One trophy, one winner, U.S.A.

There are winners and losers, plain and simple. Yes, we have altered our youth sports over the years to develop a mentality of, “If I just participate, I will get a trophy like everyone else.” But that is not reality. Yes, we want the warm...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 1, 2015

Heat, heat and more heat

It’s hotter than a woolly mammoth in a sweater factory. There are lots of classic sayings out there to describe the current heat wave. Has anyone tried frying an egg on the sidewalk yet? Or barbecuing without turning on the gas? Just curious...

 
 By Jennifer Nielsen    Opinion    June 24, 2015

If you want to recycle, tell city council

To all Grand Coulee residents. The Grand Coulee City Council Meeting is July 7th (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. Recycling will be a big topic of discussion at this meeting. Whether or not recycling will be available in this area will most likely be decided at...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Thoughts on recycling

I have a few thoughts on recycling in the area. One thought is that if it’s too expensive then we don’t need every individual household to have its own recycle can, which would necessitate a truck to drive up and down every street picking up the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 24, 2015

Peace makers in a troubled world

If you have watched the world news at all, you know that a lot of very troubling things are occurring across the world and in our very own country. A shooting in a church in the south, escaped convicts that could be anywhere by now, and the epidemic...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 17, 2015

Inside peek of graduation week

Ask any senior, this past week was a stressful one. First there were the deadlines for assignments and papers. Then the Senior Dinner. Followed by Oral Boards. Then Baccalaureate. Then Practice for graduation. Then the event itself, followed by the...

 
 By Ken Jorgensen    Opinion    June 10, 2015

PUD should not change rates for big business

There seems to be some confusion about what a public utility district is intended to accomplish. The large corporations who have come into Grant County will attempt to lower their rates if they can, and in that attempt, they will urge a cost...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 10, 2015

Advice from a friend for graduates

Well class, the time has come. The time to become an adult, to make your own decisions and time to be on your own. You have been awaiting and dreaming a long time for this and it is now here. It seems like only yesterday that you were sitting in...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    June 10, 2015

Central Washington B League honors Raider tennis for sportsmanship

Raider Tennis received the CWL Sportsmanship award from the Central Washington B League for the 2015 season for the excellent sportsmanship exhibited by both boys' and girls' tennis squads. This is...

 
 By Cindy Jayne    Opinion    June 3, 2015

Legion post thanks community for support

As commander of American Legion Post 157, in Electric City, I want to publicly thank our communities and all of the veterans who made our annual Memorial Day breakfast such a success! From this one breakfast, we gathered enough donations to totally f...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 3, 2015

Shopping cart roundups

Do you ever wonder how all those shopping carts outside a store find their way back inside for the next customer to use? Kind of an amazing process when you think about it. Some shopper leaves the cart to aimlessly fend for itself, and then, as if...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    June 3, 2015

Alejandre and Schilling place at state

Two senior Raiders ended their high school track and field careers last week by placing in their events at the state track meet in Cheney. At the WIAA State Track Meet in Cheney, LR was represented...

 
 By Janice Holcomb    Opinion    May 27, 2015

Great service shows why shopping at home is a win-win

On Friday evening of Colorama weekend (and Mother’s Day) my mom’s refrigerator died. Luckily, she had her old one in the garage, but it was still concerning as we had eight adults and seven kids (7 and under) coming for the weekend. First thing S...

 
 By Jamie Holeman    Opinion    May 27, 2015

Why is the answer to change always no?

Why is it every time someone tries to bring something new into one of our little towns it is met with so much opposition? Are we as a “whole” community simply opposed to growth? Have we become so suppressed with our decision-making skills that we...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 27, 2015

Honoring our heros

Every once in a while someone from the community approaches me with an idea for this column. I usually write down the idea and add it to my topic list. Other times their idea spurs something in me to write about something similar. But recently a...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 27, 2015

Alejandre and Schilling advance to state meet

Two Raiders qualified last week to compete at the upcoming state track and field tournament in both of their events. At the District 5-6 track meet at Ephrata Friday, Octavio Alejandre took first in the shot put and second in discus, and Katelynn...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 27, 2015

Six Raiders named to all-league baseball squad

Six Raiders were named to the Central Washington 2B North All League Baseball team for the 2015 season. Devan Black was the only Raider named to the first team. This is Black’s second time on the first team, to which he was named in 2014 as a sopho...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 27, 2015

Two Lady Raiders named to all-league team

Two Lady Raiders have been named to the Central Washington North All-League Softball squad. One is appearing on the list for the second straight year. The other was a newcomer to the squad who has the potential to become a perennial on the...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 27, 2015

Raider golf ends season at districts

Four Lake Roosevelt golfers competed for a state berth at last week’s District 5-6 B tournament at Alta Lake, where Quincy Williams, Darin Whiteman, Lucas Bird, and Jonell Denschel learned the meaning of the term “gallery pressure.” “It was...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 20, 2015

First kill, welcome to summer

If you don’t know by now, we moved last year to the country, to a beautiful setting looking down the Columbia and up the San Poil. We enjoyed the winter with many a deer, birds of many kinds and the occasional coyote. The spring brought the...

 
 By John R McNeil II    Sports    May 20, 2015

Schilling and Alejandre to represent LR at districts

Lake Roosevelt’s senior throwers Katelynn Schilling and Octavio Alejandre qualified last week to move on from sub-districts at Tonasket Wednesday to the District 5-6 meet in Ephrata on Friday. “Our senior throwers excelled in this meet and will...

 

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