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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 7, 2016 

Your Story, Part 2

Last week I started telling you about my story, using only the three important parts that I thought were most relevant to my story. Sometimes what we think is important or a part of us is not essential to the heart of the person listening to our stor...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 30, 2016

Your Story Part 1

It starts with a question. That question can be difficult for some to answer, or for others it can release the flood gates of time and you end up knowing everything about them. A simple question, “What’s your story?” can require a person to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 23, 2016

Who's Next?

Wrestling is a dedication sport. It is not always about the wins and losses and skill level. It is about the dedication you put into yourself and the time you’re willing to put in to be the best. How much are you willing to sacrifice? This time of...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 16, 2016

Remembering the Musings

I read in last week’s paper of the passing of Reg Morgan. To say the least, I am a little heartbroken to hear of this. On these very pages, week after week, Reg wrote about fishing, hunting, travel and the occasional stray pet as he let you in on...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 9, 2016

What is important to talk about?

Communication has always been a key to success. Ask any businessman or woman and they will agree. Ask any teacher and they will also agree. Ask any coach and the answer is the same: communication is key to winning and losing. In the classroom, on the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 2, 2016

Gems in the Coulee: Keith Powell

When someone mentions artists in the Coulee, we almost always think of Keith Powell. We have all seen his handiwork on buildings, paintings or other stuff around the area, and this Friday a dream of his is coming true as he has a “Grand Opening”...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 26, 2016

Patriotism, the lost voices of America

In school we start each day with the Pledge of Alliance. At sporting events the National Anthem starts each contest. Buildings across the nation start each day with the early morning rising of the red, white and blue up the flag pole, and on military...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 19, 2016

Father, son and sagebrush

I had a great weekend. Opening day of hunting season and a long overdue time spent with my stepson. Great conversation, teachable moments and the realization that a little boy had become a man sometime over the last few hunting trips were the bulk...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 12, 2016

This one's for YOU

As most of us are trying to decide our political view on things, there are others out there who are struggling with much more serious issues. No, not clowns, and, no, not Cougars or Huskies, but a struggle that hits a little closer to home. The...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 5, 2016

Bits and pieces from a busy weekend

I had a busy weekend, just like a bunch of you did, so here is a synopsis of big things that happened over the weekend. Football was huge this weekend. LR Raiders 5-0 and an epic comeback and win in overtime in Oroville. Huskies win, Cougars win,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 28, 2016

We remember '86 and more

This weekend the class of 1986 from the great halls of Lake Roosevelt will celebrate 30 years out in the real world. Classmates will come back to the streets of Electric City, Elmer City, Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam, their old stomping grounds, to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 21, 2016

Native American Day

This Friday is Native American Day. For some it is just a day off from school or work. For others it is just another, but for a large population that lives very near here this day is their day to be...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 14, 2016

Coming together

I am still not used to being on the other side of an emergency. For years I was the one running to the fire or person in need, instead of sitting and watching. But Sunday, ironically on 9-11, I watched as firefighters, medics and police rallied to...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 7, 2016

9/11 Do Not Forget

I was getting up to go to work, headed to the shower and decided to click on the TV. What I saw happening in New York City would change not only me but an entire nation. I watched as terrorists took down planes on American soil. This event kept the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 31, 2016

Changing of the guard at LR

There are those who fear change, the unknown that comes with something new. We get used to the way things were done in the past, we become comfortable. So when in a single school summer, we get a new superintendent, a new school board member, a new...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 24, 2016

Take a bite out of crime

Recently, a group of people went to Crown Point to pray. Not too unusual, but what they prayed against might be. They prayed against crime. In particular, they prayed against the recent uproar of criminals in our area. It has gotten bad. The place...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 17, 2016

Perspective changes everything

Have you ever witnessed something with a group of people and, while talking afterward, realize that you all saw something slightly different? Or have you ever heard a cop interviewing witnesses and all their stories are different? Perspective can...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 10, 2016

The wheels on the bus go round and round

Remember that old song from our younger days, which we would just keep singing and singing as we rode the bus to school or on a field trip? I was reminded of that song at a Public School Employees (PSE) Conference over the weekend. I sat at a table...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 3, 2016

Enjoy the dog days of summer

The heat finally showed up, and now we start limiting our time outside in the middle of the day. Water is the best friend of most of us right now and like a local man wearing his farm boy overalls with the legs rolled up for some air flow,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 27, 2016

Our values are most important

My wife and I were recently involved in some training that is taking us one step closer to what God is obviously calling us to do. More on that some other time; I want to talk to you about a little hands-on assignment we had to do in the class. The...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 20, 2016

It is time to appreciate the badge

One of my best friends is a cop. As a matter of fact, I can think of about 10 people I consider friends who are police officers around the country. I was a reserve officer once, myself. I wore a uniform and a badge and qualified with a gun to use...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 13, 2016

Don't draw a line in the sand

The recent events in Dallas and around the country have erupted a shockwave of violence and heartache across our land. This has left many of us citizens shaking our heads, our fingers and in our boots. I have a lot to say about what we are watching d...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 6, 2016

Family, photos and fireworks

The last few days, Karrie and I spent with friends who have adopted us as family. They have a large family with a lot of moving parts and we blended in the best we could and felt like a part of the root system of this great tree. We became an...

 
 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....

 

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