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 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...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 23, 2016

Change your life

This weekend is Easter, and although it has snuck up on us and arrived early this year, the meaning is just as relevant today as the events that led to it many, many years ago. Contrary to today’s tradition, it is not about a bunny, chocolate,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 16, 2016

Trimming the fat

Ask any butcher: trimming the fat off a beef or a deer is essential to the prime cuts of meat. Some butchers just throw away the excess fat; others use it in other places, like in burger. Others even give the fat away or sell it to candle makers or...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 9, 2016

When the heart hurts from a distance

It is a big world. Most people, when asked about things they want to accomplish in life, answer at least part of the question with, “See the world” or “Travel.” A lot of us get to do that. Oth...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 2, 2016

Put down the controller and walk away, spring is here

The gray days filled with gloom and chill are disappearing fast. The robins are moving in and the buttercups are blooming. Sneezing is more prevalent, and that means spring is here. Yes, you may open the curtains now and even open up the door....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 24, 2016

Chicken overload and other things from the weekend

There comes a time in every man’s life when enough is enough. I reached my tipping point with chicken this weekend. Let me explain before you start telling me about “how good chicken is” for me. My lovely wife, (I know, many a husband’s sad...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 17, 2016

Meet an LR Hall of Fame and Gem in the Coulee inductee: Victor Camarena

Recently Victor “The Mongoose” Camarena was named Regional Junior High Wrestling Coach of the Year. Big accomplishments for any man, but even greater for Victor. Victor is a former Raider himself and a former state-caliber wrestler. To be honest,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 10, 2016

The climb continues through perseverance

What would have happened if Michael Jordan would have quit basketball after not making his high school team as a freshman? Or if George Washington had told his troops, “We are getting our butts kicked and starving and freezing; let’s go home.”...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 3, 2016

Two words for fighting sickness

Sickness can be a war on many fronts. From the common cold to a major disease, it affects us in a wide variety of situations that cause us to go to war for ourselves. Sometimes it is a battle of one and sometimes you must devise a plan filled with...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 27, 2016

Gems in the Coulee: Operation Red Apple

Most of you know nothing about a secret operation that is going on at Lake Roosevelt. But I am about to let you in on an undercover operation that has been lifting the spirits of staff and blessing everyone from bus drivers to teachers at the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 20, 2016

The persuasive perspective

Experience + your current situation x encouragement = decisions being made. That sounds simple enough, and I am sure there are a lot of other factors involved, but really this is the basis for our decisions. Plus all you math geeks (Jeremiah and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 13, 2016

The game of groans

This last weekend was the start of the NFL Playoffs. Wins by the Chiefs, Seahawks, Steelers and Packers set things up for an action-packed football weekend coming up. But I want to talk about the game between the Bengals and the Steelers and the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 6, 2016

Things I thought about during winter break

Sometimes you just get some extra time to think about things. Things like, “did I really write that the Chiefs would win the Super Bowl?” and “did I really just see that person pick their nose while working the cash register?” You know, thing...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 30, 2015

New year, new fear - predictions 2016

I thought I would start the new year with some predictions for 2016. You know, stuff I think will happen and more than likely will. Confidence is the key here. • So prediction number one is, (drum roll) the Coulee area will purchase more snow...

 

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