Across the Fence: I’m a sucker for a saddle
February 10, 2011 M. Timothy Nolting   
Every saddle has a story to tell and I try to listen to every one that speaks to me. Some of them have stories that are very obvious, especially the ones that are hand tooled on the fenders with words like, ‘Rodeo Queen 1995’ or ‘Bulldogging Champion 1977.’ Museums located in many parts of the west often display saddles donated by families of early cowboys and ranchers or perhaps there’s a silver studded saddle that belonged to someone famous. These saddles often have a story that’s easy to pick up on, since it’s generally written out on a card attached to the display. I especially like to listen to the saddles that are a bit more reluctant to speak and you have to coax the story out of them. Most especially I like to listen to the stories of those old saddles made in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

I wish that I had the saddles of my grandfathers, but you may remember when I told of my Grandpa Nolting’s horse barn that burned and he lost all of his horses and tack in the fire. The McClellan that he brought back with him from Ft. Riley and was promised to me, got lost in the shuffle over the years and was sold at his brother-in-laws estate sale. I didn’t even remember it was there until it was too late. My Grandpa Zeek, as I remember, had a beautiful, heavy, black working saddle that sold at auction after his stroke, when he and Grandma had to move to town. I’m hopeful that I’ll be the one chosen to receive my Dad’s saddle. It has stories to tell that I am already very familiar with.

Back in the mid-seventies, after a few years in the brick and concrete canyons of Kansas City I moved to Colorado and spent another several years riding a desk, all decked out in a three-piece suit. When I finally regained my senses and got back to grass and cattle and horses, I bought an old, 1912 high backed, A-fork, double rigged working saddle from an old retired cowboy in Longmont, Colo.

The leather wrap on the horn had been scarred and worn but not completely stripped away. He must have been a cowboy who tied hard and fast. Although the saddle has seen a lot of miles and plenty of wear, it’s still in good shape. Unfortunately it doesn’t fit too many of today’s horses whose backs are broader and withers less narrow that the cow ponies at the turn of the century. Now days it sits on a saddle rack in my office.

My next working saddle was an old Hereford saddle, well broke in but not worn out. It was the first, and only, padded seat saddle I’ve ever owned. I hated to admit that I no longer sat a hard-seated saddle but dang it all, it sure is comfortable. However, time and circumstance were such that I didn’t get to put many miles on the

Hereford, but it’s sitting in barn, covered with an old tarp and waiting.

Along the way, I’ve picked up other old saddles that have caught my eye and wanted to tell me their story. If I were a man of means, I’d have a barn full of old saddles. It seems that they call to me, like a cute little puppy in a pet store window that begs to be taken home.

I’ve brought home a very old, probably early 1870s, high backed, open seat saddle that is beyond its usable life but has plenty of stories to tell. The leather wrap around the horn is completely gone, the work of a dally man. The right side fender and skirt are rubbed thin from the wear of a rifle scabbard. For many, many years,
Levi Strauss and company manufactured their denim jeans with a metal rivet holding together the four corners of material at the crotch.

For almost as many years, cowboys complained about the discomfort of those jeans and schoolteachers complained about the deep scratches they left on the wooden seats of classroom desks. This old saddle has two layers of leather worn down to the tin cover over the tree.

The leather is worn in a half-inch wide, three-inch long scar. No doubt the result of the constant rubbing of rivet on leather. You should hear the stories it tells me about life in the days of the great cattle drives.

I’ve gathered up rawhide-covered saddletrees of all shapes and sizes, with dreams of someday reproducing the saddles that were built over them. My daughter presented me with a very old child’s high backed saddle that was nearly worn out, repaired and used some more. I think that with a little work, it may still be used again. In the meantime, I can look at that saddle and see a little buckaroo, riding beside his dad on a fall gather in the Nebraska sandhills.

This past weekend another saddle caught my eye and begged to tell me its story. We were at an auction in Scottsbluff and it just sat there, staring at me with its forlorn pommel, begging me to take it home. It’s a late 1800s Miles City Montana Saddlery, high backed, double rigged saddle. No doubt it belonged to a dally man as the leather is stripped from the horn. Any saddle made in Miles City, Mont. likely started life between a horse and a cowboy beneath Montana skies. The cowboy who used this saddle must have been a larger than average man. The leather at the top of the cantle is worn almost to the point where the stitching is about to wear through. In fact, at some point it was re-stitched. It takes a pretty good-sized fella to wear the leather down on the top edge of a high back cantle. The left fender has stretched and torn just above the skirt edge and has been reinforced with a leather strip that has also been worn in two. And some day, the old saddle will tell me a story about its days on a west Texas ranch. How do I know?

The scratches on the fenders and the added, hand-made tapaderos tell of mesquite brush and cactus.

However, with a little saddle soap, elbow grease and leather scraps, I plan to bring a bit of renewed life to the old saddle and give it a chance to gather up some new stories to tell.

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265Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
265Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
265Teeing Off: The thing about state
265Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
265Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
264Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
264All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
263Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
263Totally Random: The Golden Rule
263Teeing Off: Mind Gym
263Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
263No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
262Observations Only: A soul’s journey
262Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
262Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
262Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
261Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
261The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
261Lyman Review: One mean chicken
261Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
261No Till Notes:
261No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
259Observations Only: The last goodbye
259Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
259Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
258Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
257Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
257A mom’s thoughts on social media
256No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
256Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
255Observations Only: Expect the best
255Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
255Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
254From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
254Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
254Observations Only: The visit
254Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
253No-till Notes: Moving forward
253No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
252Teen Voice: Serendipity
252Teen Voice: Self-expression
252Observations Only: The vigil
252Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
251Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
251Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
251At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
251No Till Notes: Moving Forward
250Lyman Review: The love goat
250At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
250Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
249Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
249A Halloween Story: The scary dream
249Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
249Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
249Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
249Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
248Teen Voice: Shadow art
248Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
248A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
248From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
247Observations Only: Uneventful flight
247Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
246Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
246Totally Random: Happy Halloween
246No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
246No-Till Notes: The value of water
246At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
246No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
246A new chapter for the U.S. House
245Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
245No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
245Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
245Keeping Nebraska Safe
244Observations Only: Going home
244Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
244Veterans Day
244Simply October
244Practicing Fiscal Restraint
243Teen Voice: The rivalry
243In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
242Teen Voice: Equality
242Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
242All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
242Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
241Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
241The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
241Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
241Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
241Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
241Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
240Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
240Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
240Teen Voice: Cyber War
240Lyman Review: Dog fun
240Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
239Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
239No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
239Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
239Transgender issues need to be addressed
239Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
238Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
238The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
238Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
238Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
238Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
238No-till Notes: Stripper head
238No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
237From the Hill: More Work Ahead
237Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
237Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
237Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
236From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
236Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
235Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
235No-til Notes: Changing plans
235Nebraska needs tax reform
235At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
235NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
235Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
234We shall not give into fear
234Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
233At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
233At the Monument: Living History
233Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
232Observations Only: Curious things
232Completely Different - The magic of spring
232New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
232No-Till Notes: Back in the field
232A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
232To whom are we thankful?
231Rural America and immigration reform
231Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
231Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
231Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
231The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
230Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
230Teen Voice: Body image
230Totally Random: Trusting the fates
230In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
230Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
229From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
229Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
229Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
229Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
228Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
228At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
227Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
227Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
227At the Library: March into a good book
227Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
227Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
226Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
226No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
226Committee reviews property tax proposals
225From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
225Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
225Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
225Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
225Lyman Review: Winter's dog
225Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
225Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
225The Good Life: There is good everywhere
224Letters to the Editor
224Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
223Teen Voice: The Other Side
223Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
223No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
223Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
223No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
222Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
222Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
222In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
222Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
222At the Monument: Museum collections
222Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
221Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
221At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
221Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
220Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
220From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
220
220Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
220Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
220
220Working for you
219Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
219Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
219Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
219Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
219For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
219At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
219Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
218Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
218News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
217Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
217The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
217Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
217Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
217Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
217Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
217Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
217A national day of Thanksgiving
216From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
216Teen Voice: Inspire me
215Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
215Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
215Prairie Dogs
214Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
214Website Resources
214In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
213Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
213At the Monument: Night Sky
212Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
212Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
212Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
212Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
212Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
211Nature Notes: Love is in the air
211Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
211Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
211Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
211I love Thanksgiving
210Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
209Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
209Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
209Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
209Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
209Lyman Review: Branding Time
209Letter to the editor
209Honoring Our Veterans
209Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
208Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
208Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
208Linked Lives
207Observations Only: Choices
207Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
206Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
206At the Monument: Junior Rangers
206
206At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
206Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
206Serving You
205Teen Voice: Footprints
205Easter
205The State of Nebraska Agriculture
203Teen Voice: Living within our means
203Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
203Their View: Goal post move unfair
203Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
203At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
202Across the Fence: The Pony Express
202Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
202Fourth of July meetings
202
201Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
201Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
200Guest Voices…
200Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
200Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
200View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
200At the Monument: That old (historic) building
200In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
200Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
200At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
200A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
199Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
199Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
199Tumbleweeds on the loose
199This year in the Regulation Rewind
198Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
198Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
198Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
198At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
198Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
198Giving Thanks
197Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
197View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
197Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
196Creatures of the Night
196Letters to the Editor
196PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
195
194At the Monument: Art in National Parks
194Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
194Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
193Teen Voice: Catfished
193Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
192From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
192Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
192Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
192Reach out for challenges
192Budgeting the Nebraska Way
191Teen Voice: Where is the love?
190Support emergency services personnel
190No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
189Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
189Synchronicity:What brings me back
188Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
187Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
186From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
186Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
186Feeding a world in need
185Teen Voice: What is love?
184No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
184Our view: United we can build
183I'm falling for Tumblr?
183In the Hills: Explore the state parks
183Be kind through communications
182Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
182The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
181Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
181Greetings from the State Capitol
181Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
181In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
181At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
180What’s really going on with our water?
180At the Monument: Where are the animals?
180
180
179Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
179Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
178Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
178Support letters requested for airport
178A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
177College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
176At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
175In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
173From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
171Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
171Unprovoked dangers
171Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
170Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
170Nebraska’s Heroes
169News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
168A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
167Totally Random: Where does it go?
167Religious freedom must be protected
167At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
167Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
166Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
165No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
163
163To The Editor
156Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
155Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
155Our View: A failure to communicate
155All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
154Protecting Our Local Communities
153Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
153From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
152Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
151
148Our View: The elephant in the room
146
146Letter to the Editor
146No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
144Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
144Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
143Hog bill vote was disappointing
142Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
138Letter to the Editor
135Packing bill is a bad idea
132Letter to the Editor
129The Year Ahead
118Spurring Innovation
114Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
114News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
109It’s Fall in Nebraska
105No-Till Notes: Water conservation
102Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
97Defending life is essential to defending freedom
94Walkable, bikeable communities
87Stand Up for Life
78Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
54Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
26No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 2
24Guest View: Nebraska (property) tax system ‘dysfunctional’
22Capitol View: Lengthy debate, little progress as Legislature grinds on
19From the Capitol: Prioritizing taxpayers
18Keeping America Safe
15Teen Voice: What makes young people truly outstanding?
14No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
13Jane’s Secret, XCVIX: Endings and beginnings
12Jack’s Insights: Research and Extension Center to undergo review
Most Read News Stories of 2012
1983Teen Voice: Social media preys on short attention spans
882Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
764Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
762Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
758Across The Fence: C.B. Irwin: Wyoming’s “Giant Cowboy”
735Creativity dampened by standardized testing
710Capitol View: A new twist just might get health insurance for the working poor
660Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
653Capitol View: They’re back, and look what they brought with them
635Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
625Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
623Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
610Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
608Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
607Bulldog Time: Teachers need to adjust their Habitudes
591No-till Notes” Conservation Agriculture, part 2
573Reversing the President’s failed agenda
555Protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms
548A Stray Moment: Review: ‘The Book Thief’ steals the fiction stage
544Right up Your Allie: A new day, a new me
540What's the deal with organic milk?
540Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
539Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
538A Stray Moment: My brother, a canoe, and Big Lake Alice
537Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
531A Stray Moment: Reflections on Oregon Trail Days
526A Stray Moment: Without a net
526Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
515Anno Domini: Curtain Call: A Song for a Friend
512Across The Fence: Relay race to Roseburg
510Across The Fence: Three Queens, Women in Rodeo.
508Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
508Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
503Completely Different: It's all in the family
501Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
501The Good Life: Eclipse, a metaphor for life
500Teen Voice: Looking to be teacher’s pet?
492Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
491No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
484Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
483Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
483Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
481Infamy - by Richard Reeves
479Our view: Getting the Gering plaza right
478A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
477A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
472The Good Life: All that remains is love
469Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
464Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
464Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
463All Points West: Getting to the truth of the matter
461At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
461All Points West: Taking action against child abuse
460Compassion, respect don’t cost a thing
459At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
458Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
454Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
450A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
443Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
441Teen Voice: Too many activities leads to negative effects
439Teen Voice: What I’ve learned
438Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
438No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
438A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
438All Points West: Never far from the trail
437Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
437No-till Notes: Early registration discounts
436Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
435Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
434Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
432Across The Fence: “Medicine Bill”
429No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
429All Points West: The only stupid question
428Jane’s Secret, LXXX: Revealed at last
426Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
426State Senators visit western Nebraska
424Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
424Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
424Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
422Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
422No-till Notes: CSC Classroom
421Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
419Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
418Capitol View: Lawmakers convene 2016 session
409Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
409The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?
406Wind Farms Expand, But Can They Survive Political Wrangling?
404Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
404 Giving thanks for family, faith and friends
402All Points West: A community on the move
402All Points West: One of the dog days of summer
399Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
399Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
399Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
398No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
397Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
397Across the Fence: The hand dug well
397Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
395Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
394Anno Domini: Giving thanks for what matters
393Across The Fence: Van Tassell
392Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
391A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
391Observations Only: Gone away
390Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
390Across The Fence: The Solomon River Stampede
389Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
388Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
388The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
387Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
387Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
386Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
386Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
386Across the Fence: A gathering of warriors at Arikaree Fork
385Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
383Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
383Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
383Jane’s Secret, LXVIII: An old wrong revealed
382Jane’s Secret LXIV: The rescue
381Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
380Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
380 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
380Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
380Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
378No Till Notes: Residue levels
376Power of legumes
375A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
375Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
375Senior View: People get old, but hugs don’t
375Anno Domini: Charlie Brown’s Christmas Miracle
374Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
374Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
373The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
373Teen Voice: He’s my dad
372A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
372Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
371Jane’s Secret LXV Quicksand
371News from Lincoln: Filibuster kills gun rights bill
370From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
370Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
369A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
369Across The Fence: A day For thanks
369No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
369Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
368Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
368Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
368 The Blight Way – Bo Tully #1 - by Patrick F. McManus
367Observations Only: A new direction
367Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
367Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
366A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
366Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
366Capitol View: Where’s the peace and joy in border closings and gun-free zones?
365Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
365Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
364Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
363A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
361Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
361Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
360No Till Notes: Saying uncle
359Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
359Addressing Washington’s spending addiction
358Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
357Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
357No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
357Jane’s Secret, XCV: Hazel’s decision
356Observations Only: Indifferent love
356Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
356Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
355Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
355It's no surprise
355Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
355SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
354Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
354Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
353Teen Voice: Being a girl
353No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
352Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
352Across The Fence: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain (Part I)
351Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
351Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
350Capitol View: Credit Where Credit Is Due
349Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
349Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
349A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
347Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
347Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
347Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
347Jack’s Insights: We could all benefit from more ‘think’ time
346Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
346Totally Random: My journey, life after living
345At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
344Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
344Across The Fence: Old Julesburg and new
343A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
343A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
342No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
341A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
340Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
340All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
338Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
338Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
337Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
337Achieving your dreams takes work
337Tourism can bolster economy
336A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
335A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
334Lyman Review: Devil calf
333Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
333Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
333Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
332Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
332The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
332Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
332Jane’s Secret, LXVII For heaven’s sake
331The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
330Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
330Teen Voice: To the future
329Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
329Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
329Across The Fence: The Butterfield Overland Mail
328Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
328Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
327Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
327Teeing Off: Around the Green
327A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
327Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
327Keeping our commitment to Nebraska veterans
327No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
327Across The Fence: The Zeek Homestead
326Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
326Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
326From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
326Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
326A Stray Moment: God Knows
325 Across The Fence: County Fair
324Observations Only: Willfulness
324Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
324Anno Domini: On this remembering day
324Anno Domini: We gather together
324Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
323A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
323Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
323Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
322Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
321Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
321Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
321Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
321To protect Americans, stop underestimating ISIS
320Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
320Observations Only: A matter of matter
320Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
320Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
320Observations Only: Final moment
320A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
320Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
320Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
319From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
319Observations Only: A gift of serenity
319Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
319Across the Fence: Amanda
319Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
319Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
318The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
318Observations Only: A good daughter
318Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
318Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
318No-Till Notes: Observations
317Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
317Teen Voice: The need to get away
317Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
316Time keeps flowing like a river
316Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
316From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
316Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
316Capitol View: Say goodbye to ConAgra, but don’t lament departure
315Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
315Teen Voice: The gift of caring
315Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
315Review: ‘Half Bad’ by author Sally Green
314Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
314Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
314Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
314Teen Voice: Silence
314Across The Fence: Massacre Canyon
313Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
313Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
313 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
313Building Bridges: Love your enemies
312Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
312Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
311Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
311Observations Only: A sad week
311Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
310It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
310Completely Different: Tales from the mat
310Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
310Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
310The Good Life: The two different types of business people
310The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
310Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
310Property tax relief still in the works
309Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
309Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
309Observations Only: The awful truth
309Observations Only: Hog wash
309Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
309Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
309All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
309Teen Voice: Character exceeds good grades
308Totally Random: Life’s ripples
308Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
307Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
307Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
307Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
306Observations Only: Saint Marge
306Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
306Enjoy the festivities
305A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
305Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
305Observations Only: One more time
305A real leaning tree Christmas
305Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
304A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
304The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
304Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
304Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
303Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
303Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
303Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
303Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
302Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
302No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
302Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
302Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
301Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
301Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
301Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
301A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
301History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
300Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
300Observations Only: Good and evil
300Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
300The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
300Jane’s Secret: The Telling
300A new era for the Nebraska National Guard
299Observations only : Sisters of the world
299Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
299Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
298Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
298Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
298Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
298The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
298Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
298Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
298Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
297Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
297From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
297A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
297Totally Random: October, the pink month
297Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
297No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
296A Small World: Time traveling
296A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
296Observations Only: Temptation
295Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
295Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
295Observations Only: A matter of paradox
295Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
295Observations Only: The vision
294Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
294The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
294Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
294No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
293A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
293A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
292The zombie apocalypse and you
292Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
292Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
292The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
292Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
292Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
292Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
292No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
292No-Till Notes: Potential
292Nebraska’s roads still a challenge
292Stop texting your wish-list to Santa
291Observations Only: Critical thinking
291Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
291Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
291Teen Voice: My rebellion
291Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
290Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
290Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
290Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
290Observations Only: The last toothpick
290Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
290Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
289Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
289Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
289Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
289Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
289No Till Notes: Final Stop
289Capitol View: Ricketts, some lawmakers want to put a lid on it, again
288Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
288Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
288Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
287Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
287Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
287Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
287Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
287Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
286Observations Only: Beginnings
286Observations Only: The need to understand
286Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
286Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
286Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
285Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
285Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
285Observations Only: The shadow of error
285Why you should visit the zoo in February
285Drowning in Regulation
284Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
284Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
284Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
284Observations Only: A fine line
284Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
284Observations Only: Off to the races
284No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
283A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
283Observations Only: Divine spirit
283Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
283Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
282Teen Voice: The more the merrier
282Across the Fence: Building Barns
282Observations Only: Sister lost
282Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
282Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
282A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
282Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
282Welcome home
281Observations Only: Just around the corner
281Observations Only: A day in August
280Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
280Observations Only: Waiting time
280A book review: Once Shadows Fall, by Robert Daniels
279Observations Only : The orphanage
279Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
279The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
279No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
279Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
279Capitol View: Lawmakers want to consider old friend, school foundation aid
279Back to Where it All Began
278Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
278Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
278Teen Voice: Remember what you have
277Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
277Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
277The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
277The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
277Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
277Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
277No-Till Notes: Looking Back
277Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
277A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
276Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
276The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
276Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
276Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
276Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
276‘Is there something I can do?’
276Our View: City needs to hit green with eatery
275A last look at the Nebraska Zone
275Completely Different: Your local government and you
275The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
275Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
275Across the Fence: On The road
275Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
275Observations Only: Divine prompts
275Teen Voice: Stress test
275Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
275Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
275The Christmas Story
275No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
275Why parents are important
274The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
274Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
274Observations Only: The joy of money
274Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
274Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
274Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
274Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
273The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
273A Small World: Special guest
273A Small World: Savoring county fair days
273A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
273Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
273Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
273Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
273Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
273A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
273Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
273Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
273No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
273Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
272Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
272Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
272Our View: Community responsible for kids
272Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
272Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
272Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
271Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
271Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
271Observations Only : White water
271Observations Only: Reality check
271At the Monument: Find Your Park
270Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
270Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
270Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
270Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
270Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
269Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
269Observations Only: Extreme measures
269Observations Only: Curious things, part II
269A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
269A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
269No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
269A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
269No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
269A warm feeling on a big winter day
268From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
268Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
268Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
268‘The Life We Bury’ by By Allen Eskens A book review
268No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
267We need a few good people
267Being a Nebraskan – border to border
267Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
267Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
267Across The Fence: Last Christmas
267Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
267Teen Voice: Out with homework
266Completely Different: The Quest
266Observations Only: Journey's end
266Teeing Off: Persistence
266A Highway Bill for Nebraska
265A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
265Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
265Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
265Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
265Teeing Off: The thing about state
265Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
265Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
264Across the fence: Something worth remembering
264Trash cans
264Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
264Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
264All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
263Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
263Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
263Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
263Totally Random: The Golden Rule
263Teeing Off: Mind Gym
263Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
263No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
262Observations Only: A soul’s journey
262Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
262Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
262Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
261Our view . . .Sports Complex
261Do You Tube?
261Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
261Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
261The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
261Lyman Review: One mean chicken
261Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
261No Till Notes:
261No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
260Observations Only: Saturday delight
260Observations Only: What's in a word?
259Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
259Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
259Observations Only: The last goodbye
259Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
259Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
258Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
258Observations Only - Two ages of man
258Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
257Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
257Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
257Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
257Life's curve balls
257Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
257Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
257A mom’s thoughts on social media
256No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
256Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
255Observations Only: Expect the best
255Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
255Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
254Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
254From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
254Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
254Observations Only: The visit
254Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
253No-till Notes: Moving forward
253No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
252Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
252From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
252Teen Voice: Serendipity
252Teen Voice: Self-expression
252Observations Only: The vigil
252Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
251Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
251Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
251At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
251No Till Notes: Moving Forward
250Observations Only: Blue chip stock
250Lyman Review: The love goat
250At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
250Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
249Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
249Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
249A Halloween Story: The scary dream
249Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
249Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
249Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
249Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
248Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
248Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
248Teen Voice: Shadow art
248Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
248A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
248From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
247Observations Only: Uneventful flight
247Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
246Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
246A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
246Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
246Totally Random: Happy Halloween
246No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
246No-Till Notes: The value of water
246At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
246No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
246A new chapter for the U.S. House
245Permission to remember
245The ghost of Ayn Rand
245Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
245No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
245Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
245Keeping Nebraska Safe
244Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
244Observations Only: Surprises
244Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
244Observations Only: Going home
244Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
244Veterans Day
244Simply October
244Practicing Fiscal Restraint
243Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
243Age of reason
243Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
243Teen Voice: The rivalry
243In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
242Observations Only : Mission accomplished
242Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
242A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
242Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
242Teen Voice: Equality
242Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
242All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
242Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
241Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
241The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
241Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
241Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
241Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
241Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
240The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
240Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
240Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
240Teen Voice: Cyber War
240Lyman Review: Dog fun
240Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
239Home of the Brave
239Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
239No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
239Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
239Transgender issues need to be addressed
239Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
238Seeing the works of the master
238Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
238Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
238The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
238Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
238Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
238Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
238No-till Notes: Stripper head
238No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
237SELL-OUT!
237The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
237From the Hill: More Work Ahead
237Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
237Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
237Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
236Observations Only: Painting a picture
236From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
236Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
235Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
235Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
235No-til Notes: Changing plans
235Nebraska needs tax reform
235At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
235NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
235Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
234A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
234A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
234We shall not give into fear
234Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
233At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
233At the Monument: Living History
233Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
232Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
232A Stray Moment: The last time
232Observations Only: Curious things
232Completely Different - The magic of spring
232New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
232No-Till Notes: Back in the field
232A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
232To whom are we thankful?
231Rural America and immigration reform
231Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
231Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
231Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
231The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
230Our View: Bravo OTD committee
230Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
230Teen Voice: Body image
230Totally Random: Trusting the fates
230In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
230Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
229Economic development update
229Observations Only: The meeting
229From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
229Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
229Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
229Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
228Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
228Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
228Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
228At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
227Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
227Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
227At the Library: March into a good book
227Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
227Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
226Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
226No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
226Committee reviews property tax proposals
225Assad’s endgame
225From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
225From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
225Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
225Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
225Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
225Lyman Review: Winter's dog
225Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
225Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
225The Good Life: There is good everywhere
224Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
224Letters to the Editor
224Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
223Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
223Teen Voice: The Other Side
223Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
223No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
223Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
223No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
222Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
222Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
222In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
222Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
222At the Monument: Museum collections
222Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
221From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
221Observations Only: North Powder
221Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
221Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
221At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
221Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
220From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
220Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
220From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
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220Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
220Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
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220Working for you
219 Taking a big risk
219Observations Only: Counting chickens
219Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
219The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
219Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
219Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
219Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
219Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
219For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
219At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
219Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
218Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
218News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
217Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
217From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
217Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
217The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
217Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
217Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
217Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
217Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
217Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
217A national day of Thanksgiving
216Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
216Observations Only: Scourge of violence
216From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
216Teen Voice: Inspire me
215Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
215Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
215Prairie Dogs
214Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
214Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
214Observations Only: Together again
214Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
214Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
214Website Resources
214In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
213From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
213Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
213Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
213At the Monument: Night Sky
212Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
212Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
212Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
212Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
212Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
212Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
211Welcome to Gering
211Nature Notes: Love is in the air
211Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
211Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
211Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
211I love Thanksgiving
210Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
209Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
209Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
209Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
209Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
209Lyman Review: Branding Time
209Letter to the editor
209Honoring Our Veterans
209Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
208Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
208Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
208Linked Lives
207Timing makes perfect
207Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
207Observations Only: Choices
207Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
206Teen Voice: Not just another ride
206From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
206Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
206At the Monument: Junior Rangers
206
206At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
206Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
206Serving You
205Practice safe barbecue basics
205Teen Voice: Footprints
205Easter
205The State of Nebraska Agriculture
203Observations Only: Sister odyssey
203Teen Voice: Living within our means
203Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
203Their View: Goal post move unfair
203Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
203At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
202Across the Fence: The Pony Express
202Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
202Fourth of July meetings
202
201The hills, part 1: Mustangs
201Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
201Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
201Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
200The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
200Guest Voices…
200Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
200Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
200View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
200At the Monument: That old (historic) building
200In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
200Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
200At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
200A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
199Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
199Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
199Tumbleweeds on the loose
199This year in the Regulation Rewind
198The Block
198Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
198Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
198Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
198At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
198Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
198Giving Thanks
197Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
197Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
197View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
197Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
196Creatures of the Night
196Letters to the Editor
196PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
195Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
195Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
195
194Letter to the Editor
194At the Monument: Art in National Parks
194Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
194Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
193Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
193Teen Voice: Catfished
193Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
192Social time has important benefits
192From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
192Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
192Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
192Reach out for challenges
192Budgeting the Nebraska Way
191Teen Voice: Where is the love?
190Observations Only: Giving up
190Support emergency services personnel
190No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
189Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
189Synchronicity:What brings me back
188My mini Pen and me
188View from the block
188Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
187Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
187Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
187Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
187Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
186From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
186Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
186Feeding a world in need
185Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
185Teen Voice: What is love?
184From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
184Observations Only: Spider adventure
184No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
184Our view: United we can build
183A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
183I'm falling for Tumblr?
183In the Hills: Explore the state parks
183Be kind through communications
182Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
182Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
182Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
182Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
182The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
181Teen Voice: March Madness
181Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
181Greetings from the State Capitol
181Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
181In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
181At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
180What’s really going on with our water?
180At the Monument: Where are the animals?
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179Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
179Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
178Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
178Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
178Support letters requested for airport
178A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
177College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
176At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
175Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
175Remembering When
175In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
173Silence please
173LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
173From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
172From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
171Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
171Unprovoked dangers
171Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
170The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
170From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
170Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
170Nebraska’s Heroes
169News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
168A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
167Totally Random: Where does it go?
167Religious freedom must be protected
167At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
167Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
166Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
165Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
165From the Superintendent’s Desk
165No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
164From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
164Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
163
163To The Editor
162Observations Only: No thank you
161LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
161From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
160Teen Voice: Today’s television
159Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
156Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
155Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
155Our View: A failure to communicate
155All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
154Protecting Our Local Communities
153Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
153From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
152Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
151
150From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
149Our View: Visionaries wanted
148Our View: The elephant in the room
146
146Letter to the Editor
146No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
144From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
144Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
144Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
144Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
143Teen Voice: The road of hatred
143Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
143Hog bill vote was disappointing
142Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
138Teen Voice: Happy news
138Letter to the Editor
135Packing bill is a bad idea
132Letter to the Editor
131Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
129The Year Ahead
125From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
124Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
122Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
118Spurring Innovation
114Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
114News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
109It’s Fall in Nebraska
105No-Till Notes: Water conservation
102Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
97Defending life is essential to defending freedom
94Walkable, bikeable communities
87Stand Up for Life
84My Thanksgiving prayer
78Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
54Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
26No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 2
24Guest View: Nebraska (property) tax system ‘dysfunctional’
22Capitol View: Lengthy debate, little progress as Legislature grinds on
19From the Capitol: Prioritizing taxpayers
18Keeping America Safe
15Teen Voice: What makes young people truly outstanding?
14No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
13Jane’s Secret, XCVIX: Endings and beginnings
12Jack’s Insights: Research and Extension Center to undergo review
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