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 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...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    June 4, 2014

Beavers, Tigers, Panthers and now Pirates

In our school history we have retired and put to pasture some of our mascots. Soon a Pirate will join them. Please, a moment of silence for our fallen identities of the past. Grand Coulee Tigers, Coulee Dam Beavers, Center School Dolphins, Grand...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    May 28, 2014

Memories on Memorial Day

When I was younger, a cemetery brought visions of ghosts and creepy monsters. Not to mention a music video by Michael Jackson that made all the ghouls dance in unison. It was a place you did not want to go and always felt a little uncomfortable. As...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 21, 2014

Gems in the Coulee: Lucas Bird

  There is a kid in town who is racing his way to NASCAR. That kid is Lucas Bird, a home grown product of the Coulee area who has won races in just about every car he has been in. Last year he was...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 14, 2014

It's the most underpaid position in the world

  There is a job out there that never gets the recognition and respect it deserves. You are all guessing right now, but let me help a bit. It’s not a firefighter, law enforcement or military....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 7, 2014

Life of a ghost town

This last weekend we took a last-second trip to Liberty, Wash. Never heard of it? Well, if you google it you will have a hard time, too. It used to be a town near Cle Elum, a mining town, and in its...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 30, 2014

Two year Anniversary

Well, about two years ago I started writing this column for The Star. It started with missing the missing trees and we have covered many subjects along the way. In the beginning I was doing a monthly...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    April 23, 2014

Rabbit tracks

One of my most trusted readers and a small friend of mine, (even though she tells me to Shut Up every time she sees me) wanted me to do my column about the Easter Bunny. So since I don’t want to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 16, 2014

Things I think about

OK, sometimes when I look around the Coulee I see things or hear things, and I cannot help but dwell on these things for a while and just think. For example, “I won’t buy a house below the dam....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    April 9, 2014

Landslides, blizzards and family Spring Break 2014

We decided to visit my family in North Dakota over spring break. We had never done this in all these (almost 20) years of being together. Mom and Sis were excited to have us, as was Gage (turning 6...

 

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