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 By Jess Utz    Opinion

I scream, you scream, we all scream …

I got to witness something very special last week. I will tell you about that in second,d but first I just want to remind you that it is summer. It happened when we were not looking... — Updated 7/15/2020

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Treasure the time

This past week our family has lost three men who were mentors or treasured icons in our eyes. They were irreplaceable, and that got us as a family to really treasure those... — Updated 7/8/2020

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

How is your time spent during distancing?

I was pondering this today. How are we spending our time during our self-isolation and social distancing? The way I see it we must look at the bright side of a dark situation. So... — Updated 5/20/2020

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Hope, Love, Pray

I don’t know if you noticed the signs near the bridge and other places since our social distancing started, but rumor is they are all over the entire Colville Indian Reservation.... — Updated 4/29/2020

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

A different kind of moment

The way we celebrate different events during this isolation time is, well, to put it bluntly, strange for us a family. We are a family much like many of you that gather together... — Updated 4/22/2020 Full story

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Senior Profile: Megan Abel

By now, everyone knows that going to school is over for Washington state and many other states around the nation, but what many do not is that school is still happening for many.... — Updated 4/15/2020

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Senior Profile: Jordan Flett

This week I am bring you another senior from the halls of Lake Roosevelt High School. My interview was a little different this time because I sat down with Jordan Flett in front of... — Updated 3/4/2020

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Two heros will be missed

Sometimes the foundation of an institution can be shaken. The Lake Roosevelt Raiders have lost two very important educators and friends this year, but their impact in the community... — Updated 2/26/2020

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Senior Profile: Nick Baker

As you all know by now, I like to profile certain seniors at Lake Roosevelt High School. It gives you all a chance to learn a little bit about the adults that the Raiders are... — Updated 1/29/2020

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

A look back at who we lost in 2019

Every year, as I look back at the lists of the famous people who passed away, there are always a few that shock me. I had not heard, or I just plain missed, that one, and I am... — Updated 1/8/2020

 
 By Jess Utz    News

My dreams this Christmas

I have a few dreams for Christmas this year, and I thought it only fair to share with you all. I know this list may step on some toes, but I hope we can take this all in good fun an... — Updated 12/24/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

It's not what's under the tree

Sometimes this time of year can be hard to swallow. No not because of the “Coulee Crud” that seems to hang in the air and embed in everyone’s throat. It is because we see... — Updated 12/18/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Senior Profile: Jonathan Cante

Here is my second profile of a senior at Lake Roosevelt High School this year. If I was to look at this year’s seniors and pick one that has grown up the most over the years I... — Updated 10/23/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Back to School emotions

Summer 2019 has almost expired, and that means the kids have worn out their welcome at home and are being sent out with new clothes, a backpack and made to get on the big yellow bus... — Updated 8/28/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Shaking, Shifting and Sifting

I have heard these three words a lot lately. I have heard them from people in government, in the education system, from friends, and from the pulpit. They have been used in a... — Updated 8/21/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

A rocky trip

Thank goodness for the rainstorms that flowed through the area over the weekend. It was great news for firefighters and for our area. I know not everyone was happy with the... — Updated 8/14/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

What others think of our home

As we traveled around the state this summer and others asked where we were from, they would always get a look of excitement when we said Grand Coulee. Some had memories of long ago... — Updated 8/7/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Taking advantage of opportunity

Every once in a while, an opportunity walks down the street, looks you in the face and extends a hand. A pivotal moment looks upon you and smiles. This is when making the wrong... — Updated 7/31/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Poop Happens

As every young man already knows, poop is a regular subject matter in conversation. All chats with friends eventually turn to the poop subject. It happens with daddies too. Insert c... — Updated 7/24/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Protecting the Nest

I like to take pictures. A lot of you know that, and I don’t get out as much as I like to. I especially like to take pictures of birds, second, only recently, to taking pictures o... — Updated 7/10/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

Must Try: Smokin' Oak

Sometimes you just must get in the car and go. Well, if I’m honest, we had business to tend to in Vancouver, Washington, but Karrie had not been since she was a kid and I had... — Updated 7/3/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

This little light of mine

This is a different kind of summer for Karrie and me. We have a summer job. It consists of a little 4-month-old that I call granddaughter. But there is more, much more. We start our... — Updated 6/26/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

One person's smile

If anyone recently had to be stopped in the construction zone, as new electrical is being installed on the bridge in Coulee Dam, you might have noticed a certain flagger. You... — Updated 6/19/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

The importance of a board

This year’s graduating class, like many classes before them, had to sit in front of an “Oral Board” with community members that had looked over the educational portfolios the... — Updated 6/12/2019

 
 By Jess Utz    Opinion

The hum of summer

The heat came into the Coulee like someone opened the oven door to peek at the cookies and the furnace blast hit them at full force. And just like that, summer arrived … and so... — Updated 6/5/2019

 

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