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 By Jesse Utz    Opinion 

Faith of a nation

Faith can be a funny thing, depending on where you’re standing and what you put your faith into. I was raised to put my faith in God first, family second and country third, but... — Updated 5/27/2020

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Churches empty, so is the tomb

This year Easter will be different. That is a fact. But the holiday is still going to happen. So what can you do? I have had a few people ask me this week what they can do for... — Updated 4/8/2020

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Summer jobs search

Think back to our younger days, a time where we had to find a summer job. It seemed a requirement at the time, and for many parents it was a requirement. The reason I bring this up... — Updated 3/11/2020

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

Valentine Oh! Valentine

A few years back, a lot of them really, there was an article written in this very paper entitled “Flames of Love.” It was written by Temple Stark, a reporter here that has... — Updated 2/5/2020

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

It has been a long time coming

Anyone that follows any sport at all knows how special it is when your team finally makes it to the championship game. It does not matter if it is in Little League sports, high... — Updated 1/22/2020

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 10/30/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 10/16/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 10/9/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 10/2/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 9/11/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 9/4/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 7/17/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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 h... — Updated 5/1/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 4/17/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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.... — Updated 4/10/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 4/3/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 3/27/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 3/20/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 3/13/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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, ne... — Updated 2/27/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 2/6/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 1/30/2019

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion

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... — Updated 1/23/2019

 

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