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 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...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 16, 2015

The best present

If you asked a child what the “best present” they could receive this year would be, you would get answers that vary. One might say a pony, another might say a Playstation III with some kind of Star Trek-sounding adapter. All would say a new phone...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 9, 2015

Memories of Santa, and one to remember

One of my favorite memories of my childhood is Christmastime. I loved it when family would come over and we would gather together. The adults would sit around the living room and share stories and laughter from their childhood. The joy was...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 2, 2015

Goodbye to the good, bad and ugly

No, I am not going anywhere. But sometimes the dreams we build up get temporarily postponed. Now, the title is about goodbyes and I am not going to elaborate on who is the good or the bad, or even the ugly; you can figure that out for yourselves....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving of thanks

This year, at this time, it is important that we think about the last 365 days and think of the things that we are most thankful for. (I know, that is a lot of words beginning with “th.”) We have watched on the news recently or read online the te...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 18, 2015

Lake Roosevelt Hall of Fame inductees added

A few months ago I inducted the first two unofficial Raider Hall of Famers: Shawn and Nick Ford. Today I am inducting a few more former Raiders and coaches into the hallowed halls of Raider Nation. Now, you can’t have a Raider Hall of Fame and not...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 11, 2015

Gems in the Coulee: U.S. military veterans

The insert in this paper, honoring the men and women who served our country, has the pictures of not only heroes in our community, but heroes that belong to our whole nation. I will never know the hell on earth that some of these soldiers went...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 4, 2015

Veterans Day, a day to celebrate and remember

What would this country look like if we did not have men and women who gave their lives for us? Think about that a second or two. Yes, our country, at times, is pretty screwed up, but that is what freedom can do. It can give us a false sense of...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 28, 2015

A Tale of Two Senior Nights

Sometimes it is hard to predict what is going to happen in a sporting event. That was the case in the last two senior nights at Lake Roosevelt High School. Volleyball and Football had their celebrations of graduating seniors, who in turn were...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 21, 2015

Aches and pain of aging and hunting

I remember my first day of high school football practice. What I remember more is the next day barely being able to get out of bed. Every muscle, joint and bone seemed to scream with an extreme aching that had never been felt before by this young...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 14, 2015

A simple question reveals much

I recently heard a question asked to a small group of kids: If you had three wishes, what would they be? The answers varied, but it got me thinking what my answer would be. It is a very difficult task to take on but I think I finally broke it down...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 7, 2015

Consolidation makes hard work but good sense

That dirty word is in the news again: consolidation. But this time it is being brought up in city halls. First off, I will stand up and give a standing ovation to those members of government who are...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 30, 2015

A list for the rest of your life

So, let’s say someone said to you, “You can only take 10 things with you for the rest of your life.” All of the rest of your stuff will be destroyed, and the clothes on your back don’t count against you. What do you take? My mind instantly...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 23, 2015

Gems in the Coulee: Steve Archer

If I said the words, “Faith Community Church,” one of your first thoughts would be the Archers. They have been here since the beginning. In an era that pastors don’t usually stay in one place longer than 10 years, the Archers have been here...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 16, 2015

Change already being felt

The first week of school is in the books and the positive atmosphere is already showing itself. Remember when we all said we wanted to see some change in Raider Country? Well, here it comes and it feels good. Volleyball, football and cross country...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 9, 2015

Lake Roosevelt Hall of Fame: Nick and Shawn Ford

Nick Ford and Shawn Ford, two country brothers from Grand Coulee, and Lake Roosevelt graduates, were gear heads who felt more comfortable under the hood of an old car in Mr. Hood’s auto shop class than they did anywhere else. Back then, their last...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 2, 2015

"The Best Year Ever"

Those were the words spoken by the two leaders of Lake Roosevelt School, where I work, as they prepared their staff for the upcoming year. That is the plan for Raider Nation going into the 2015-16...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 26, 2015

Fire affects us all

As I write this, and probably as you read it, there are firefighters on the front line of a fire, battling the smoke, heat and flames. There is also a homeowner deciding if they should evacuate or...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 19, 2015

A day for remembering

As I write this today, my mind is wandering. You see, I just finished burying a neighbor’s pet, and my heart is broken for the Hearne family at the same time. Also, all day long we were going through boxes that have been in storage, some since our...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 5, 2015

Lessons from the weed patch

Sometimes you never know when a revelation of life will hit you. The past few weeks I have been in a few different weed patches, from Belvedere to Electric City and many in between. A few kids...

 

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