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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    May 1, 2019

He huffed and he puffed

Last weekend the wind blew. It did not seem like an extraordinary wind. It was powerful, for sure, but it did not seem anything like storms we have seen here in the past. The wind howled, the trees sh...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 17, 2019

Resurrection Sunday

When I was growing up, I called it Easter, but as time has gone by and I have matured and educated myself I have come to realize that it is Resurrection Sunday. We celebrate the day that Christ left...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 10, 2019

A heart condition

I love cats! There, I said it and I am not ashamed. If I am being honest, I did not always feel that way. I used to have a negative spot in my heart for cats. Why, I am not sure. It could be the cat...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    April 3, 2019

Divine appointments

Spring break will be half over by the time you read this. The kids are running loose in neighborhoods everywhere, and staff from every school is resting up for the final leg of this school year....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 27, 2019

The choices we make

Every second of every day we make choices. Do I get up at 5 a.m. or hit snooze? Do I eat Lucky Charms for breakfast or oatmeal? Do I wear a blue shirt or a red shirt today? Every choice we make...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 20, 2019

The sun on my face means something

Today I stood with my face pointed to the sun. Warmth of the rays covered my face and a smile crept upon my lips. A vague memory flickered in my skull. A memory that seems to have happened a long,...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    March 13, 2019

Senior Profile: Terry "The King" Yazzie

I recently sat down with Senior Terry Yazzie and we talked about a variety of topics. The outcome of our talk was this: This is a young man I wish I could have gotten to know better. He has a great se...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 27, 2019

Fire walkers

Sometimes life throws us situations that make us feel like we are being burned alive from the inside out. A situation happens and it seems that our life has just been set ablaze, never to return to th...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    February 6, 2019

What a weekend!

I was going to tell you all about Alianna Rose this week and how she came into the world. As I thought about it, I realized that it was not my story to tell. It is the parents’ story; it is for...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 30, 2019

Where does your hope lie?

This past weekend was a powerful weekend for Karrie and me. I thought I had my column all worked out with exactly what I wanted to share with you all. I was going to give you a glimpse into divine...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 23, 2019

Communicating for the future of public education

Pretty much any decision made by our state, on anything, our legislation spends a lot of time in Olympia bouncing things from the House of Representatives to meetings in the Senate, back to meetings...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 16, 2019

He had a dream

On April 4, 1968, a shot rang out in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated. Riots started in many cities in the aftermath and the United States went into mourning. The...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 9, 2019

Remembering stars that went out in 2018

Every year I like to look back at the celebrities we lost the year before. As we focus on the blessings of the future, it is good to remember the ones we lost and the foundation on which we are buildi...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    January 2, 2019

Welcome 2019 in with prayer

It seems hard to believe that the actual year is 2019. Just under a year and we will be looking at 2020. When I was a kid I thought for sure we would have floating cars by now and kitchens that made...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 26, 2018

My hope for Christmas is that you would find yours

A young child cannot sleep the night before Christmas. Visions of the toys that will be there, the stockings overflowing with goodies, and the mouthwatering feast all keep a young mind from drifting...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 19, 2018

Senior profile: Gloria Michel

Continuing on with profiling a senior in Lake Roosevelt High School, this month I chose a senior who follows a family tradition of being profiled right here in these pages. Quincy “The Kid...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    December 5, 2018

A moment of reflection

It happened for me on Thursday night at the K Diamond K Ranch. As I sat in this big circle with 21 students from Lake Roosevelt and nine adults, I realized that a dream had come true. Natural Helpers...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 21, 2018

Give thanks

The holiday season is upon us and, as we start our list of chores to do for the festivities, we must remember that this first holiday is all about giving thanks. So amidst the second course of...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 7, 2018

The sand hill

If you live in the Grand Coulee Dam area, you know that the large volcano-looking structure beside the high school is called “the sand hill.” It is one of the markers of our little area that has...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 24, 2018

Senior Profile: Rainy Dawn Vargas-Thomas

There are some students who fly by under the radar, and they are moving to the college of their choice when you realize you missed out on knowing a senior who is pretty special. That is not the case w...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 3, 2018

A theater of possibilities

If we take a peek into our past and look at options available in it for kids in the Coulee area, we see many things to keep them busy. At one time there were two theaters showing current flicks of...

 

Like a roaring lion

Sometimes a subject, a number or an object comes up over and over again in a person’s life. This object or phrase seems to keep showing itself in conversation, dreams, stories or testimonies, and...

 

Senior profile: Kaleb "The Hitman" Horn

As you all know by now, I like to profile some seniors at Lake Roosevelt so you can get to know them a little better before they go out and conquer the world. This year there are some outstanding...

 

God can still "WOW" us

Over the weekend, our God showed me he is still present and listening, but more than that, he is moving among his children in awesome and powerful ways. I know some of you read the title and turned to Coulee Cops, but those of you whose attention was...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 5, 2018

Movie night

Someone I know recently came home from a trip to Spokane and declared, “You have to watch this movie.” He was pumped and said that the flick had even moved him to tears. Well that got me...

 

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