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 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...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 29, 2018

Pathways

We have all taken a different path to get to right where we are today. For some, it has been a long and windy road of ups and downs, mountains and valleys. For others it has been a quick hop, skip...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 22, 2018

Back to school…what?

It is that time of year again. It seems to come earlier and earlier every year, and our summers get shorter and shorter. It is time for the awesome employees of school districts across the nation to g...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 15, 2018

Heroes in our coulee

All of us have stories of this past weekend. I also know that the fire is far from out as I write this, but many of us are taking a breath of not-so-fresh air and relaxing for the first time in days....

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 8, 2018

Simply the best

At a recent conference in Kennewick, Wash., two local stars from our school district were honored with high awards. I had the honor and privilege of being on hand when these two powerful superstars...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 1, 2018

Relationships

In this day and age, the word “relationships” can have a skewed meaning. The younger generation may immediately think of the number of friends they have on Facebook or their followers on...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 25, 2018

The tale of a cat and a motorcycle

Let’s start with the cat. We have a very cuddly and cute kitty named Camaro. She has the sweetest temperament and has stayed pretty small for her age. We adopted her many years ago into our family a...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 18, 2018

Huckleberry hounds

This last weekend was our annual family campout and this year we welcomed Cairo on his first visit to the “plantation,” our huckleberry heaven. The crop was in good standing this year; an...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    July 11, 2018

Road trip

Sometimes you never know where your road trip will take you. The plan was to head to Conconully, Washington, to see their annual Independence Day Celebration. We had a plan when we went to bed on Frid...

 

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