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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 26, 2014 

Cardboards boxes, willing hearts and friends

Last week I gave you a (try and make you smile) column about making a rough draft of what you are thankful for. Well, after the week I had, the true Thanksgiving list is here and ready for your approval. So here we go. Cardboard boxes can be hard to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 19, 2014

Almost time to give thanks

With all that is going on in the world and the holidays right around the corner, I thought maybe I would start the preparation for being thankful. Just like a professional baseball player has to go to spring training before the season, and just like...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 12, 2014

National Anthem thoughts

I was standing at the Veterans Assembly last week at the high school during the National Anthem and found myself thinking of not only the 30-plus veterans on hand for the event that we were honoring but of other vets that lost their lives giving the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 5, 2014

Paying it forward

In the movie “Pay It Forward,” Haley Joel Osment creates an idea to make the world a better place. Help someone, just because they need it, and expect nothing in return. Just tell them to pay it...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 29, 2014

Chats that mean something

I have had the privilege the past few months to have had a couple of chats that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Sometimes in a world of fast paced mayhem and “gotta go” attitudes, a quick...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 22, 2014

Gems in the Coulee - Cathy Krohn

If you have been around the high school the last few years you know why this lady is a “gem.” If you have not, well let me throw some names at you: Rose Butterfly, Rebecca Hunt, Tiffany Peone, Leland Wellons, Craig Nissen, Kacey Palmer Ankney,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 15, 2014

Family, bucks and familiar ground

It is a rare occurrence that four family members can go on an expedition in the sage brush that surrounds us and come out with smiles. Yes, it was opening day for rifle deer season and I was out...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 8, 2014

Vote: It's your right and freedom

OK, most of the time I would veer away from politics here in my column, but I think, (No, I know) that this election coming in November is important. There are a lot of offices and issues on the ballot and the voice of the people needs to be heard...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 1, 2014

Tis the Season

Yep, tis the season. Hunting season that is. Sorry ladies, (unless you are one of those ladies who don the camouflage and belly crawl in the dirt just like, or better than, the fellas do). So if you...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 24, 2014

When the circus came to town

Traditions are important but sometimes when one fades away it isn’t till it is long gone that you wish, somehow, it was still around to enjoy. As I think back to some of the Coulee traditions as a kid, I start to wonder, “What happened to...

 
 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 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 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 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 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 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...

 

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