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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 28, 2016

We remember '86 and more

This weekend the class of 1986 from the great halls of Lake Roosevelt will celebrate 30 years out in the real world. Classmates will come back to the streets of Electric City, Elmer City, Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam, their old stomping grounds, to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 21, 2016 

Native American Day

This Friday is Native American Day. For some it is just a day off from school or work. For others it is just another, but for a large population that lives very near here this day is their day to be...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 14, 2016

Coming together

I am still not used to being on the other side of an emergency. For years I was the one running to the fire or person in need, instead of sitting and watching. But Sunday, ironically on 9-11, I watched as firefighters, medics and police rallied to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 7, 2016

9/11 Do Not Forget

I was getting up to go to work, headed to the shower and decided to click on the TV. What I saw happening in New York City would change not only me but an entire nation. I watched as terrorists took down planes on American soil. This event kept the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 31, 2016

Changing of the guard at LR

There are those who fear change, the unknown that comes with something new. We get used to the way things were done in the past, we become comfortable. So when in a single school summer, we get a new superintendent, a new school board member, a new...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 24, 2016

Take a bite out of crime

Recently, a group of people went to Crown Point to pray. Not too unusual, but what they prayed against might be. They prayed against crime. In particular, they prayed against the recent uproar of criminals in our area. It has gotten bad. The place...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 17, 2016

Perspective changes everything

Have you ever witnessed something with a group of people and, while talking afterward, realize that you all saw something slightly different? Or have you ever heard a cop interviewing witnesses and all their stories are different? Perspective can...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 10, 2016

The wheels on the bus go round and round

Remember that old song from our younger days, which we would just keep singing and singing as we rode the bus to school or on a field trip? I was reminded of that song at a Public School Employees (PSE) Conference over the weekend. I sat at a table...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 3, 2016

Enjoy the dog days of summer

The heat finally showed up, and now we start limiting our time outside in the middle of the day. Water is the best friend of most of us right now and like a local man wearing his farm boy overalls with the legs rolled up for some air flow,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 27, 2016

Our values are most important

My wife and I were recently involved in some training that is taking us one step closer to what God is obviously calling us to do. More on that some other time; I want to talk to you about a little hands-on assignment we had to do in the class. The...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 20, 2016

It is time to appreciate the badge

One of my best friends is a cop. As a matter of fact, I can think of about 10 people I consider friends who are police officers around the country. I was a reserve officer once, myself. I wore a uniform and a badge and qualified with a gun to use...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 13, 2016

Don't draw a line in the sand

The recent events in Dallas and around the country have erupted a shockwave of violence and heartache across our land. This has left many of us citizens shaking our heads, our fingers and in our boots. I have a lot to say about what we are watching d...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 6, 2016

Family, photos and fireworks

The last few days, Karrie and I spent with friends who have adopted us as family. They have a large family with a lot of moving parts and we blended in the best we could and felt like a part of the root system of this great tree. We became an...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 29, 2016

Admiration for foster care givers

My wife and I have had it on our hearts for years to be foster parents. We even looked into adoption at one time and almost adopted a little girl from North Dakota. For many different reasons things just never panned out and we put a value on our...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 22, 2016

What's going on out there?

Here are a few thoughts from the last few weeks. Remember, my thoughts are strictly my thoughts, not anyone’s at the paper, school, church or in my household. Please do not hold them accountable for anything I might write here or say in public....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 8, 2016

The disappearing classes

With the recent class of graduates surviving the sticky heat in the gym and receiving their neatly bound diplomas, I decided to look back at some of the subject courses throughout the years that have mysteriously disappeared from the schedules of...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 1, 2016

Gems in the Coulee: Dr. Dennis Carlson

Sometimes the hard work of one man can go unnoticed. But in the case of Dr. Dennis Carlson, we have a new Pre-K-through-12 school that cannot go unnoticed. Since his arrival here in Coulee Country, he has made an impact. He would be the first to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 18, 2016

And now some advice for 2016 grads

Relax. That’s right, I said it. Relax. You have had a strenuous senior year and you are thinking that this has been so hard. Note that I said “thinking.” I use that word because for most of you, you think the last four years were the most gruel...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 11, 2016

Seniors, are you ready for the next step? Part 2

Last week I started a peek into the Senior class which, before we know it, will be stepping out on stage and receiving that coveted paper that says, “Congratulations, you have met all the requirements …” and lets them know that the next step...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 4, 2016

Seniors, are you ready for the next step?

This is the time of year when a small group of people in our community start to panic. A whirlwind of activity surrounds them, with every day being one step closer to that goal they have coveted for the last 13 years: graduation. The senior class of...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 27, 2016

A gem in the Coulee: Richard Hill

Most of you probably have no idea who this is. Some USBR employees know him, but more importantly a handful of high school kids know him too. Recently Mr. Hill came to Lake Roosevelt and spoke some tr...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 20, 2016

What is the root cause?

A lot of stuff has been happening across Coulee Country, and the entire nation, for that matter. Theft, drugs, abuse and neglect are just a few of the plagues that are ravaging our neighborhoods and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 13, 2016

Be vigilant against suicide

A crisis is upon us. A father recently reached out to me and had an idea for a column. He had noticed a scary situation taking form with a group of young people. This group was and is a tight-knit community type of clique that speaks of death constan...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 6, 2016

Polishing history

My favorite subject in school is and was history. I loved learning of our country’s and state’s past triumphs and struggles. I still today loves hearing of people’s journeys — where they came from, their ancestry and what events reshaped...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 30, 2016

Piercings, dancing, resurrection and a Calloway

Well, it was a packed week last week, but Spring Break is just around the corner. With a week-long rest coming I thought I would give you my highlights for the last seven days. Fundraising can be a drag sometimes. With the peddling of all kinds of...

 

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