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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 2, 2015 

"The Best Year Ever"

Those were the words spoken by the two leaders of Lake Roosevelt School, where I work, as they prepared their staff for the upcoming year. That is the plan for Raider Nation going into the 2015-16 school year. Can it be done? Yes, but there must be...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 26, 2015

Fire affects us all

As I write this, and probably as you read it, there are firefighters on the front line of a fire, battling the smoke, heat and flames. There is also a homeowner deciding if they should evacuate or...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 19, 2015

A day for remembering

As I write this today, my mind is wandering. You see, I just finished burying a neighbor’s pet, and my heart is broken for the Hearne family at the same time. Also, all day long we were going through boxes that have been in storage, some since our...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 5, 2015

Lessons from the weed patch

Sometimes you never know when a revelation of life will hit you. The past few weeks I have been in a few different weed patches, from Belvedere to Electric City and many in between. A few kids...

 
 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 6, 2015

Every day should be Teachers Week

First off, I would like to wish every teacher past and present a Happy Teachers Week. I have talked about my favorite teachers in the past and how they influenced my life. Even when I did not know or...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 29, 2015

Incorporating the "No Fly Zone"

I can’t help but think back sometimes in our country’s past and our great grandparents’ time and wonder if that time was harder or easier. I mean, obviously there was the great depression and that was very hard. Also when the pilgrims first...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 22, 2015

Is Aprils Fool's Day all month long?

Over the past month, a few funny things have happened. Well, to be honest, at the time it was not funny at all. Remember when our parents used to say, “Someday you will look back at this moment and laugh.” Well they were right, like they mostly...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 15, 2015

A too-late letter to dear Grandma

First of all, I am so sorry. Sorry I never came to try and fix our relationship. I will carry that burden now for the rest of my life. But most of all, I am sorry that we did not get to say goodbye to each other. Know this if nothing else: I still...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 8, 2015

Easter Revelations

This past weekend and the week leading up to Easter was a revealing week for me. My wife and I took part in some long lasting traditions that have been around for thousands of years. All were eye opening and shined a spotlight on my past mistakes,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 1, 2015

Mud puddles

The past few weeks have been a roller coaster ride for my family, and after talking to a few other people, they too have been going through some trials and tribulations. Then after the big wind storm that swept through the area, followed by an inspir...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 25, 2015

Forts: the forgotten practice

Remember the fort. Ours was in the middle of a bunch of sagebrush out by the bird hills. OK, some of you are saying, where the heck is the bird hills? Well, we locals know that out along the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 18, 2015

We need to honor the badge

With everything going on in the world right now — Ferguson, Missouri and other places — with the attack on law enforcement officers, I thought I should share my perspective on things. Not that my perspective is the right or wrong one, I just try...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 11, 2015

When I grow up …

When we were kids, we had dreams of being a firefighter, police officer or other things. Those dreams were influenced by a bunch of different things, including parents, grandparents, neighbors and books and TV. Somewhere along the line, as we are...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 25, 2015

New champions, old champions and losses

A coach once told me that a bad loss is sometimes the best thing for a team. It lets you know that there are still things to work on and that it exposes our weaknesses. That statement can be applied to our everyday life as well. Sometimes we are goin...

 

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