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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 17, 2014 

The crown jewel: Lake Roosevelt School

As you read this, the new Lake Roosevelt School is open, and kids kindergarten through 12th grade are already walking the halls. Let me say this: It was a very emotional week as past teachers,...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    September 17, 2014 

Lady Raiders win two matches

Lady Raider Volleyball had a successful travel week, beating both Liberty Bell and Soap Lake. “We have been working hard on the mental game of volleyball, playing through adversity, and they have done exactly that,” Head Coach Nate Piturachsatit...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    September 17, 2014 

Raiders lose season opener 37-6

LR Football opened their 2014 season Friday night at home against the 0-1 Tonasket Tigers, as some Raiders had to step up to fill starting roles because of ineligibility or injuries. "I thought we...

 
 By Jennifer Varenchik    Opinion    September 10, 2014

This mascot skews reality about the first people

Until recently, I never really paid much attention to the Native American mascot issue.  “It’s not my fight,” I thought. I live in Los Angeles County, home of the largest urban Native American and Alaska Native population in the United...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 10, 2014

Reread the love letters

This last weekend was the men’s retreat again and once again a group of local men gathered and listened to how to be better dads, husbands and leaders. I am always in awe of the vast difference of...

 
 By John McNeil II    Sports    September 10, 2014

Lady Raiders struggle in opening tourney

Lady Raider Volleyball travelled to Davenport Sept. 6, for the season opening tourney. Only 13 Lady Raiders (seven varsity, six JV) were practice eligible to partake in the tournament. The small numbers hurt the Lady Raiders in matches where the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 3, 2014

One column is never enough!

Sometimes I just have too much to talk about. So this week I will give you a few paragraphs of thoughts or a potpourri of pondering, if you will. It is a rare occurrence that you can ask a chef if he...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 27, 2014

Things only heard in Coulee Country

Sometimes words or phrases said around town can only be associated with our area, and I think it is kind of the uniqueness and charm of our cities. So here are a few things that I have heard. In...

 
 By John Crabtree    Opinion    August 20, 2014

Moving rural America forward

In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 20, 2014

V.B.S. brings life full circle

Once a long, long time ago, I was a little kid, believe it or not. Yep, I was and I attended a Vacation Bible School not far from where I lived in Electric City. I don’t remember a lot of the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 13, 2014

Faith for the World: Pray

It is funny how things play out in the world and with what you do in your own little environment. Sometimes it tweaks your way of thinking on a global scale or a heavenly scale. Let me explain. If you...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 6, 2014

Gems in the Coulee: Kachane Piturachsatit

Most of you may never have met him, others just once or twice. Some will know the name only. Most will know at least one of his boys, some all three, but everyone will know Siam Palace. If you have...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 30, 2014

The last American tradition

America’s traditions are becoming diluted and, frankly, dying off. But one tradition appears to be alive and well, and over the last seven days we took part in the great tradition of camping. Our annual campout was a success overall, although this...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 23, 2014

Heartbreak: Here and around the world

The smoke is the sign. Our neighbors to the north have been devastated by the fires burning in their area. Hopefully by the time the paper hits our hands the flames will be extinguished and this raging beast we call a wildland fire, is dead....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 16, 2014

Stolen Security; let's get it back

There is an epidemic going on around us. Over the past month I have heard from strangers and friends about being the victims of crimes. As a matter of fact, the past few years in the Coulee have seen...

 
 By Kim Jorgensen Grant County Journal    Community    July 16, 2014

Basin Summer Sounds music festival this weekend

EPHRATA — A country band with a sound as big as Little Texas will headline the 11th annual Basin Summer Sounds music festival. This year’s event is Friday and Saturday, July 18-19. With hits like “God Blessed Texas,” “Kick A Little,” “W...

 
 By J.P. Squire    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Not a happy camper at Steamboat Rock State Park

I am the outdoor recreation journalist with the Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group based in Kelowna, British Columbia, responsible for a Making Tracks column and outdoor recreation features in valley-wide publications, The Okanagan Saturday and The...

 
 By John Overby    Opinion    July 9, 2014

Free market gas case study coming

I seem to recall the Star's editorial support of the "status quo" of gasoline prices here in the Coulee a few weeks ago. It was implied that detractors just didn't “know Jack" and that the higher prices were due to the free market system which...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 9, 2014

The turns you don't see coming

Have you ever ridden a roller coaster in the dark? A long time ago, wife Karrie and I had the privilege of going to California with a friend and visiting Disneyland. Space Mountain is a roller coaster in the dark and it was maybe the best ride I...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 2, 2014

The de-annexation of Coulee Country

It was recently brought to my attention that maybe we are looking at things wrong. Consolidating the community is probably a bad thing. Maybe we should be reverting back to the way things used to be. We should all be living in the past and never look...

 
 By Jack McKissen    Opinion    June 25, 2014

School district should consider solar panels

Since it’s been decided to repair/replace the roof of the high school gym, this would be an opportune time to install solar panels to generate electricity. This would reduce the power bill for the school district. The savings would probably be...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 25, 2014

"Pooka," man's best friend

The very first column I wrote for the paper, "Missing the missing trees," had a section in it about a dog that was walked by her master in those trees. (Ironically, more trees and shrubs are being...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 18, 2014

ONE could solve a lot of problems

If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all. That is what my mother and grandparents told me a lot over my younger years, and I am sure you were told the same. I try and always keep that in mind when I write this little...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 11, 2014

Trophies, friends and unicorns

It was another whirlwind weekend of projects, friends and graduation celebrations. As we visited with friends and people we call family these last few days, some things came to light, and smiles settl...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 4, 2014

Beavers, Tigers, Panthers and now Pirates

In our school history we have retired and put to pasture some of our mascots. Soon a Pirate will join them. Please, a moment of silence for our fallen identities of the past. Grand Coulee Tigers, Coulee Dam Beavers, Center School Dolphins, Grand...

 

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