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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 27, 2019

Senior profile: Rosa Carter

This week I am profiling another outstanding senior at Lake Roosevelt High School. I have watched her grow up right before our eyes. She has had many ups and downs in her educational career here...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    November 13, 2019

What happened to us?

When this paper comes out there will be 35 shopping days until Christmas, and eight days till Thanksgiving. (Pause to let that sink in) OK, breathe. In the past at our house, we would be making lists...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 30, 2019

Two kids and a lady

Sometimes things are very fun around this place. Since Karrie has a new job title of Grandma, the fun level has picked up dramatically. There are tears sometimes, but so it goes with a 9-month-old...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 16, 2019

The credibility of the trusted

As I was growing up in the 1980s and 90s, if you read a newspaper you could take it as fact. The same could be said about the local and national news on television. No matter what paper you read or...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 9, 2019

Where do you stand? It makes a difference

Recently, we have heard a lot about different people taking a stand. These people from different backgrounds, different educations, different financial statuses and different beliefs have drawn a...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    October 2, 2019

Senior Profile: LorRinda Richardson

It is that time of year again, and I recently sat down with one of the stars at Lake Roosevelt to give you a sneak peek into a wonderful young lady’s life and future. I met LorRinda Richardson a...

 

The hunting story

Since hunting season is getting started and the sportsmen of the rifle are heading out soon to their favorite grounds, I thought I would tell you all my favorite hunting story. Of course, I must...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    September 4, 2019

Labor Day Blessings

If your Labor Day weekend was anything like mine, it was packed full of awesomeness, and we stayed busy. I saw lots of you doing lawn work, finishing honey-do lists and traveling over the unofficial...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 17, 2019

Birthday wishes

On Friday, a very special lady will celebrate her ??th birthday. I am smart enough to not put the actual digits in the paper for everyone to see. That would lead to me never having another birthday...

 
 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...

 

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