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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 10, 2018

Senior Profile: Dylan Jenkins

Last year I wrote about a few seniors who are preparing to graduate high school and become members of society on a new level. I decided to share with you a few from this year as well. I recently sat...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 3, 2018

Looking back to the stars we lost in 2017

Someone once told me, “The older you get, the more people you know die.” It is a true statement. Here are some of the stars from television, movies and music that passed in 2017 whom I will truly...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 27, 2017

Changing the focus and moving forward, with a little inspiration

One of my desires is to one day be able to help people in need. I have been helped by many members of our community over the years and I have always wanted to “pay it forward.” I recently heard...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 13, 2017

Careers and life do mix

In case you had not heard yet, I got a new job at the school this year. I am the Pathways Coordinator at Lake Roosevelt. With that comes a couple of very big boots to fill. Those boots belonged to...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 6, 2017

The season upon us

Christmas. The word brings a wonderful excitement to children all around the world. Visions of presents, Santa, hot chocolate and goodies galore dance between the temples of the little ones. Blinking lights, snowmen and reindeer flicker on the lens...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 22, 2017


There are those moments in everyone’s life that you can look back upon and realize the importance of a pivotal decision. Two young ladies made those decisions this weekend and it made me think back... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 8, 2017

Growing up, Raiders and conversation

This weekend was jam packed with sports, emergencies and some really good impromptu conversations with strangers and friends. Here are the highlights. Raider football is headed to the state playoffs....

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 1, 2017

Gems in the Coulee: Sheila Darnold

If you know her, then you already know she goes way beyond what an average secretary does. If you don’t, then you have not had a child go through the school system in the last, well, a lot of years. Sheila Darnold’s work ethic is beyond superb....

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 25, 2017

Passion and belief

I recently had to write a recommendation letter for a young man in our community that has been nominated for an award. Part of the criteria was to write about his “Passion and Belief.” That got...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 18, 2017

Crosswalkers and other stuff

I do believe it is still a law to stop for people in crosswalks. On Monday morning I stopped for a couple that was standing in a crosswalk in Coulee Dam. They started to cross when the truck behind me gunned the gas to go around me. He sped by right...


Our history and the future

When we look at the history of our nation, it is hard to get the facts straight unless you lived it. By now we know our history books in school are skewed and sanitized to vaguely cover one topic and dive deep into another. It all depends on the...


"Play it again, Sam"

Sometimes a phrase in a movie becomes more popular than the actual flick. The words spoken can mean things to one person that fly completely over the head of another. We use these sayings or movie quotes on a day-to-day basis and they become part of...


I will remember; so shall you

That day is still vivid in my memory. This past Monday, September 11, Patriot Day, marked one of those days in American history we should never forget. Much like Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941; JFK’s Assassination November 22, 1963; and dropping...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 6, 2017

That stirring in your heart

I got a funny feeling. We have all had it, and sometimes ignored it. Sometimes we have changed plans just because of it. A gut feeling, a premonition, women’s intuition or whatever else you want to call it. The fact is that we sometimes get these f...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 30, 2017

A few things to dwell upon

The solar eclipse was fun. Well, as much fun as a large rock moving in front of a ball of fire can be. Some of the pictures out there were amazing, and of course some were faked, but Mr. Johnson, the science teacher from Lake Roosevelt, took some spe...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 23, 2017

Ring the bell, vacation is over

New shoes, new hairstyles and the new school year is here. If you blinked, you missed it; summer break is winding down and the 2017-18 school year is here. Ready or not, here it comes. Once again students will take a deep breath and venture into the...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 16, 2017

What do we believe anymore?

OK, by now we should all realize that we cannot believe everything on the internet, on social media, and on some network and cable news shows. Everything, it seems, is molded, skewed and edited to lean one direction or the other. What some may call...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 9, 2017

Back to Mayberry

There was a time, not so long ago, when neighbors helped each other out. They loaned tools, kept an eye on each other’s property and kids, and came over for neighborhood barbecues. The Andy Griffith Show depicted everyday small town life, a...

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 2, 2017

The games go on

When John Elway retired, the Broncos did not close down Mile High Stadium and go home; they came back and gave it all they could the next year. When Michael Jordan left the Bulls, the rest of the team did not quit and refuse to play the next year. Wh... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 26, 2017


Last week I wrote a column called “This old truck.” I got a lot of good feedback from guys and a few gals. But Saturday I got to see an old truck in action as it carried the casket of my good friend and mentor, Derlyn Brown. The truck was an... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 19, 2017

This old truck

Most of us have one. An old, rusted, two-door rig that moves slowly and rattles a lot, and packs our debris from here to there. Camping trips, dump runs and the occasional adventure are the only times they get out on the road, but we won’t get rid... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 12, 2017

The well of love

One of the hardest things to do as a servant of Christ is to find the good in everyone. Some people are just plain rude or have really done something diabolical in the past that has hurt us deeply. But God has been telling me something lately... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 28, 2017

Generations of service

I recently took part in some training, and they compared the four generations that are currently in the workforce: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials, all working together and the struggles with communication that occur... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 21, 2017

Artists unite

I do not consider myself an artist. Yes, I am a writer and an amateur photographer and even have grander ideas about drawing and painting. But I do not consider myself an artist. So when I found mysel... Full story

 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 14, 2017

The four will be missed

After this year, four matriarchs in the school district will be cuddling grandkids, snow birding, and beach combing. All four have left their marks on the youth of the area, and as the youth turn into adults they will take the lessons learned from... Full story


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