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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 22, 2017 

A Man's Soap Opera

Back when I was younger, (yes, that long ago), I found something on television that would change my Saturday-morning cartoon watching forever. If I got up early enough I could watch the Lone Ranger (in black and white) and Sergeant Preston before...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 15, 2017

Is it finally here?

Although spring does not officially start until March 20, I feel something in the air. Along with feeling the brisk morning air, I am smelling the morning wetness, seeing the sprouting buds, hearing the early-morning song birds and feeling the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 8, 2017

Senior Profile: Olivia Arnold

I sat down with the young lady I call “Live” and learned a bit more about what makes her tick. I have known the Arnold family for a long time and have watched this senior at Lake Roosevelt bloom into an amazing adult, but I heard more than I...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 1, 2017

Communication - the key to everything

Ask any married couple who has a successful marriage and the word “communication” will come up as a key to a healthy, long partnership. Also, any successful business will use the word communication as a key to a thriving venture. In the last...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 22, 2017

Winter woes will yield to spring

“It was a dark and stormy night.” This is considered one the worst beginnings of a suspenseful novel. But we have been living it. Cold weather, lots of snow and now the melt-off. Add very little sunshine and the winter blues hit you where it...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 15, 2017

Senior Profile: Will Friedlander

I recently sat down with a young man I have known for a long time. Will “The Thrill” Friedlander is a man of few words, as many of you know, but I was able to extract a few things from the current senior at Lake Roosevelt High School. I asked...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 8, 2017

The week of "supers"

The Super Bowl was Sunday, and if you missed it you missed a little bit of NFL history. Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick solidified their spots in the annals of Best QB and Best Coach of all time....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 1, 2017

Continue helping the youth

Our youth can sometimes get a bad rap. A small group of rebellious teens can sometimes make an impression on an individual that defines an entire generation in that person’s eyes. The words disconnected, lazy, distracted and entitled are some of...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 25, 2017

My fellow Americans

What a confusing weekend in America. The greatest democracy in the world held its most historical and patriotic event Friday, and those who did not agree with the outcome of the process (a process that I have not agreed with at times, I might add)...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 18, 2017

Thinking about those who gave

This past week I received a wake-up call. That came on the same day that I learned of Eldon Wilson’s passing and of Duane Frye’s illness. These two men have given more to our community and nation than we will probably ever know. Eldon sat beside...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 11, 2017

Senior Profile: Aiyanna Picard

As we start the New Year I wanted to highlight some of the seniors in this year’s class at Lake Roosevelt who are succeeding and striving to make a difference in their own lives. I choose Aiyanna Picard because, well, she is “The Legend,” and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 4, 2017

Childhood greats who passed in 2016

The year 2016 saw many of my childhood heroes and icons pass away. As the year wound down, they seemed to come in waves and it got me thinking more and more about the celebrities who entertain us throughout the years, and in some cases become part of...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 28, 2016

Looking back, marching forward

As 2016 is wrapping up and we prepare for what lies ahead in 2017, it is always good to glance back at the last year and remember the events that affected us most. Now, I could go global for this column, but I decided to keep it personal because I...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas Coulee Country

Last Sunday night was Faith Community Church’s Annual Christmas Dinner and it got me to thinking about holiday traditions. Maybe it was the Archers and their 30-plus years of service to God and church. Maybe it was watching the Hansens’,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 14, 2016

Winter memories

This early snow and cold front has me remembering back to my childhood and the fun we had in the snow jungles during winter. We spent almost all day outside, in the bitter cold. Of course, we were stacked up with layers upon layers of long johns,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 7, 2016

Your Story, Part 2

Last week I started telling you about my story, using only the three important parts that I thought were most relevant to my story. Sometimes what we think is important or a part of us is not essential to the heart of the person listening to our stor...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 30, 2016

Your Story Part 1

It starts with a question. That question can be difficult for some to answer, or for others it can release the flood gates of time and you end up knowing everything about them. A simple question, “What’s your story?” can require a person to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 23, 2016

Who's Next?

Wrestling is a dedication sport. It is not always about the wins and losses and skill level. It is about the dedication you put into yourself and the time you’re willing to put in to be the best. How much are you willing to sacrifice? This time of...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 16, 2016

Remembering the Musings

I read in last week’s paper of the passing of Reg Morgan. To say the least, I am a little heartbroken to hear of this. On these very pages, week after week, Reg wrote about fishing, hunting, travel and the occasional stray pet as he let you in on...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 9, 2016

What is important to talk about?

Communication has always been a key to success. Ask any businessman or woman and they will agree. Ask any teacher and they will also agree. Ask any coach and the answer is the same: communication is key to winning and losing. In the classroom, on the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 2, 2016

Gems in the Coulee: Keith Powell

When someone mentions artists in the Coulee, we almost always think of Keith Powell. We have all seen his handiwork on buildings, paintings or other stuff around the area, and this Friday a dream of his is coming true as he has a “Grand Opening”...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 26, 2016

Patriotism, the lost voices of America

In school we start each day with the Pledge of Alliance. At sporting events the National Anthem starts each contest. Buildings across the nation start each day with the early morning rising of the red, white and blue up the flag pole, and on military...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 19, 2016

Father, son and sagebrush

I had a great weekend. Opening day of hunting season and a long overdue time spent with my stepson. Great conversation, teachable moments and the realization that a little boy had become a man sometime over the last few hunting trips were the bulk...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 12, 2016

This one's for YOU

As most of us are trying to decide our political view on things, there are others out there who are struggling with much more serious issues. No, not clowns, and, no, not Cougars or Huskies, but a struggle that hits a little closer to home. The...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 5, 2016

Bits and pieces from a busy weekend

I had a busy weekend, just like a bunch of you did, so here is a synopsis of big things that happened over the weekend. Football was huge this weekend. LR Raiders 5-0 and an epic comeback and win in overtime in Oroville. Huskies win, Cougars win,...

 

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