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 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...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 2, 2014

Gems in the Coulee – Fern Blaylock

Her name goes hand in hand with the food bank and hugs and kisses. Those by themselves are enough to put her on the list of local gems, but this small-in-stature lady has a heart that is bigger than...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 26, 2014

Spring has sprung, Yippie!

The birds are chirping, the trees are budding, bugs are making an appearance and the kids are getting rambunctious. Spring is here and summer just around the next bend. So that means a few things are...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 19, 2014

Fight for OUR hospital

I don’t have all the answers. There, I said it. Kids are now smiling and so is my wife. Now, with that being said, I think it is about time I wrote about the big issue in our community, the...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 12, 2014

Raiders, Babies and a Polar Plunge

This past week was a busy one. So here is a recap of the week in a glimpse. The week started with a “Man Date.” Jeremy Hanson and I traveled to watch the Raider Boys B-Ball play in the Regional...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 5, 2014

My Uncle, a veteran

This morning I got the news, the kind of news that no one wants to get, whether it’s expected or not; my uncle had died. Ninety-nine percent of you don’t know him; he did not live here, never...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 26, 2014

Beyond Olympics - our own "gold"

So the Olympics are done passing out medals for another year, but there was a very big medal passed out this weekend, and boys’ Raider Basketball moved one step closer to get their chance at a...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 19, 2014

Winter Olympics: Heartbreaks, heros and their stories

Have you been watching the winter games in Russia? We have, on and off, and something has changed for me. In the past I would be cheering for the USA all the way and be disappointed if we did not get...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 12, 2014

Valentines help, it's never too late

What happened to the good old days when we could just drop a superhero Valentine in the handmade pink heart taped to our secret valentine’s desk? Or we could just give her a stuffed animal or a...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    February 5, 2014

Gems in the Coulee: Jim Barry

This is a different kind of Gem in the Coulee. The man I speak about today is a father, first and above everything else. He prefers to work behind the scenes and let others be the face of success and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 29, 2014

When a dream becomes real

It seems that ever since the Grand Coulee Tigers and the Coulee Dam Beavers turned into the Lake Roosevelt Raiders, a new school has been a dream. So right around 50 years of school boards,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    January 22, 2014

Lessons learned standing in line

As I was standing in line at Safeway the other night, the young lady at the register was trying to buy a few things and apparently she did not have enough money. She was embarrassed and a look of worry covered her face. She was trying to get her...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    January 15, 2014

Advice from hunting divas Haley Neddo and Olivia Ludwig As you

Advice from hunting divas Haley Neddo and Olivia Ludwig As you may know, my success rate for harvesting anything this last hunting season was poor. Honestly, it was less than poor because I did have...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    January 8, 2014

My view on the world's last 365 days

I sometimes wonder, “What is going to make our history book that is happening today?” So I researched the last 365 days to see what I thought would be written for future generations to study and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 30, 2013

Looking into a New Year

You have heard of New Years Resolutions. Well, I have never believed in making these statements when I know in my mind I am going to break them. So I am going to look into the future. Yes, I am puttin...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 23, 2013

"2013, Did Not Shut Up!"

This column started off last year as a twice-a-month, slap-you-in-the-face, get motivated, make-you-think piece in the paper. It soon became an every week read-at-the-coffee-drinking station of your...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 18, 2013

Happy Dec. 18 birthday

To whom? Well this date in history has given birth to some pretty important and down right famous people. Some notorious, some infamous and some local cool cats. So where do we start? Well, let’s...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 11, 2013

The Story

There was a storm blowing. Bitter coldness caused the frost on his beard to freeze in a crust of ice. She rode, but felt the cold worse than he. She was wrapped in a big blanket and kept her head...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 4, 2013

A tradition in Coulee, going to the birds

I recently became aware of a tradition in our area that is on the brink of extinction, and that because of a few people that don’t live here, it has squeaked by the last few years. The Annual...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 27, 2013

Tears in a man's eyes

Not too many years ago, I almost died. Literally. My wife called everyone she could think of and told them they better come visit me before it was too late. My memory of those days are very foggy, and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 20, 2013

Losing arts = lost opportunities

Well, LRHS and GCD Middle school got the bands back together not long ago when they hired the new band teacher, Lisa Vaughn. I have seen her working late to get caught up after the late start. There...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 13, 2013

Horse rescue operation bound to grow

A horse's story can be hard to tell and even harder to listen to. These horses have horrible stories of abuse, neglect, abandonment and starvation. But that is all changing for a few of them. Buddy,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 6, 2013

"The Empty Nest" can sting a bit

I was all prepared to write this column about “Elk Tag Soup! It’s What’s For Dinner,” but life got in the way as soon as I got home from Mooney Landing Elk Camp. Our son, who graduated this ye...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 30, 2013

I challenge you all

I had a great conversation with a really good friend a few weeks ago. She spoke of the difficulties in her life and how things can sometimes snowball to a place where we never have seen ourselves, or...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 23, 2013

Teachers, the unsung heros

I was not a good student. Big surprise, right? To be totally honest, for years the comment card on my report card read: Very good student, does not perform to potential, just does enough to get by. Th...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 16, 2013

Yes, I missed!

But I was not the only one. This column was supposed to be about a father and son going on what was most likely their last hunting trip together. It was going to conclude with the father getting a...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    October 9, 2013

Gems in the Coulee - Mikey Williams

The Raider sports is in full swing at Lake Roosevelt, and for one person football season is his time to work. He is at every practice, every game (home and away), every meeting, he even checks in on...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 2, 2013

"Help, history needs a telling"

Sometimes I think I know a lot of things about our area. Other times I have no idea. So I thought I would throw some things out there and see if any of you can answer these things for me. So here we...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    September 25, 2013

Winning and losing, smiles and tears

This last weekend I got to go to Airways Heights and watch my nephew Zack score two touchdowns running like Russel Wilson and throw another TD through the air. So proud. He looked calm, cool and...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    September 18, 2013

Fishing, canoes and tomahawks

Manly men doing manly things! I went to the men’s retreat this past weekend with other men from Faith Community Church. We went to the Peniel Ranch on the lower river road between Omak and Agency Ca...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    September 11, 2013

Kids, time to get dirty, with dirt

A post that has been making its rounds on Facebook got me thinking about the way things used to be and the way things are now. When was the last time you saw kids playing cowboys and Indians? I know...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Lifestyles    September 4, 2013

Smells like a locker room in here

Do you smell that in the air? The smell of dirty sneakers and cleats, sweaty football pads and gym socks. Yep. High school and middle school fall sports is upon us. Parents will soon be finding the tr...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 28, 2013

Respect the blood, sweat and tears of freedom

After hearing the disturbing news from Spokane of WWII Vet Delbert Belton (Shorty), being beaten to death by two cowardly young men, ( I will not use the two murderers’ names in my column because...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 21, 2013

Turtles, moose and bear, Oh my!

Living in Coulee Country can surprise you sometimes. During the last few weeks I was reminded that we do live in the country. Maybe not extreme rural America, but we do have the luxury of seeing some...

 

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