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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146Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
144Prairie Dogs
142Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
140Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
140Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
140 Across The Fence: County Fair
140
133Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
132Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
130No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
130Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
128At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
119Creatures of the Night
117No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
115In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
112No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
111A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
110Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
104Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
102At the Monument: Night Sky
102Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
100Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
100Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
99Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
95Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
94
90
87No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
81Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
81No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
79Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
75
69Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
65No Till Notes: Final Stop
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17535Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5069We need a few good people
3193What's the deal with organic milk?
2842Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2622Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2579Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2287Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2235The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2230Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2212Completely Different: It's all in the family
2087Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2076Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2061Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1994Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1954Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1949Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1947Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1945Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1904The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1883Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1870A Small World: Time traveling
1839Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1837Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1834Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1815Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1811Time keeps flowing like a river
1786A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1779Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1776Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1772Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1764Letter to the Editor
1748Observations Only : The orphanage
1738My mini Pen and me
1718Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1715Teen Voice: March Madness
1708Our view . . .Sports Complex
1702From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1700Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1692Completely Different: Your local government and you
1691Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1685Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1683Remembering When
1678Observations only : Sisters of the world
1677Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1668Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1665Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1664Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1662Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1660Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1659Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1654Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1644Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1632Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1619Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1614From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1611It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1602Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1601Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1588Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1528Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1505Observations Only: Reality check
1492Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1474SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1465Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1464Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1452Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1410Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1378Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1354Completely Different: The Quest
1339Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1288Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1284Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1273Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1266Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1265Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1256Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1242Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1239The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1238From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1233Across the Fence: Building Barns
1231Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1229Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1228Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1215Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1207Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1206Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1205Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1197From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1194No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1188Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1183Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1181From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1174Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1174Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1171Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1163From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1162From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1151Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1151Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1148Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1138Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1137Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1133A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1133The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1120Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1118Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1111Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1111From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1109Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1108Across the Fence: On The road
1108Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1099Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1098Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1097A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1090Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1090Assad’s endgame
1088From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1088A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1084Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1081Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1081The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1071Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1066Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1066Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1058Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1058From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1056From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1055Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1054Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1051A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1046Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1041Observations Only - Two ages of man
1040Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1024Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1024Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
1023Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1022The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1021Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1016Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1012Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
1005From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
1004Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
1002A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
1001Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
997Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
996Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
991A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
990Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
988Observations Only: Painting a picture
983Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
975Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
975Teen Voice: Today’s television
975Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
974Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
969Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
968Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
965Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
965 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
964Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
960From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
960Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
960Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
959Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
957Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
954From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
953Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
948From the Superintendent’s Desk
946Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
945From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
945From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
942Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
938From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
938Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
938Across The Fence: A day For thanks
936Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
933Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
932Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
931Observations Only: A new direction
926Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
922Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
919The zombie apocalypse and you
918From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
915Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
914A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
912Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
910Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
904Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
900Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
898Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
896Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
896Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
893From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
892Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
890From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
889Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
885Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
882Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
881From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
880Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
879The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
877Observations Only: Giving up
877Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
874Trash cans
871A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
871A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
869A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
867Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
863The hills, part 1: Mustangs
863Teen Voice: Catfished
861The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
860Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
859From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
859Across the Fence: The hand dug well
858Observations Only: Curious things
857Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
856Teen Voice: The road of hatred
856Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
855Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
851Observations Only: The joy of money
851Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
851Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
850Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
846Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
845Teen Voice: The more the merrier
844The Block
844Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
841Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
841Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
840Observations Only: Saturday delight
840The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
839At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
835A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
829A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
827Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
826Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
822Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
821Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
819A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
818Life's curve balls
817Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
815Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
815Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
814From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
813 Taking a big risk
813A Stray Moment: Without a net
812A Stray Moment: God Knows
811A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
810The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
810Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
807A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
806Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
806Teen Voice: Not just another ride
804Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
803A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
803Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
801Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
800Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
799Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
799Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
799The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
795Observations Only: Scourge of violence
795Observations Only: Going home
794The ghost of Ayn Rand
794A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
792Seeing the works of the master
791Observations Only: Extreme measures
789From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
788The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
787Observations Only: Counting chickens
786Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
785Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
784Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
784Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
783A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
781Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
780Timing makes perfect
779Observations Only: Just around the corner
779A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
778Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
778Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
777Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
777Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
777The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
776The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
775View from the block
775Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
774Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
773SELL-OUT!
772Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
771A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
770Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
769Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
768A Stray Moment: The last time
768Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
766Totally Random: My journey, life after living
764Observations Only: Uneventful flight
764Teen Voice: Living within our means
762The Good Life: The two different types of business people
758It's no surprise
758Teen Voice: Body image
757Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
755Observations Only: Surprises
754Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
754Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
752Welcome to Gering
752Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
752Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
752Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
751Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
750Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
750Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
748A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
748Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
748Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
748The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
747Silence please
747Rural America and immigration reform
746Observations Only: Journey's end
746Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
745Age of reason
744Do You Tube?
744From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
744Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
743Observations Only: No thank you
742Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
741Observations Only: What's in a word?
741Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
741A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
741Observations Only: The awful truth
740Observations Only: A gift of serenity
738Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
737Teen Voice: Serendipity
735Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
735Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
734Teen Voice: Shadow art
731LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
731Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
730Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
729Observations Only: Critical thinking
727Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
726Economic development update
726A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
725Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
724Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
724Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
723Observations Only: Together again
723Observations Only: North Powder
721Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
721Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
721Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
720Observations Only: Curious things, part II
719From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
719Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
716Observations Only: Sister odyssey
715Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
712Observations Only: Spider adventure
712Observations Only: Sister lost
711Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
711The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
710Observations Only: Blue chip stock
710A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
710Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
709Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
707From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
706Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
705Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
703I'm falling for Tumblr?
703Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
701Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
700Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
697Guest Voices…
696Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
694Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
690Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
687A real leaning tree Christmas
686From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
684From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
683Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
682Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
680Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
677Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
677Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
677The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
676Observations Only : White water
676Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
676Teen Voice: Being a girl
675A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
675Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
674Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
673Permission to remember
671My Thanksgiving prayer
671Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
671The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
670Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
670Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
669The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
668Observations Only: The meeting
667Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
667Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
665A Small World: Special guest
665Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
664Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
663Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
659Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
658The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
658Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
658Our View: The elephant in the room
655Social time has important benefits
653Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
653Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
652Home of the Brave
652Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
652The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
651Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
649The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
648Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
647Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
647A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
643Observations Only: Good and evil
643Teeing Off: Around the Green
642LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
641Teen Voice: Happy news
640Practice safe barbecue basics
640Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
637Observations Only: A matter of matter
635Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
635Observations Only: Expect the best
634Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
634Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
631Observations Only: The shadow of error
631The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
630Observations Only: Indifferent love
629Observations Only: A fine line
628Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
626The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
626Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
625Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
625Observations Only: Beginnings
624Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
623The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
623Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
619Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
614Our View: Bravo OTD committee
614Observations Only: Divine spirit
613Anno Domini: We gather together
610Teen Voice: Equality
609Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
608Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
601Observations Only: A matter of paradox
601Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
599Completely Different - The magic of spring
598Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
597Observations Only: Choices
597Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
595Observations Only: Divine prompts
595The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
594A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
590Teen Voice: Silence
588Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
587Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
585Observations Only: A sad week
581Observations Only: Temptation
580Observations Only: Off to the races
580Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
579Totally Random: Life’s ripples
579Building Bridges: Love your enemies
578Totally Random: October, the pink month
577Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
577A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
577A Halloween Story: The scary dream
574Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
572Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
572Lyman Review: Devil calf
571Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
570Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
568Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
568Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
566Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
565Observations Only: The vision
563Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
562Observations Only: Willfulness
561Teen Voice: The need to get away
558Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
551Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
546Our View: Visionaries wanted
546Observations Only: The need to understand
545Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
544Teen Voice: Stress test
539Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
536Across the Fence: The Pony Express
534Observations Only: A good daughter
530Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
529Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
526Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
525Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
524Teeing Off: Persistence
524Teen Voice: Footprints
523Teeing Off: Mind Gym
523Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
519Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
518Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
516Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
516Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
515Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
513Teen Voice: The rivalry
512Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
509Lyman Review: The love goat
508Teen Voice: Remember what you have
504Observations Only: Saint Marge
504Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
503Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
502Observations Only: Waiting time
501Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
497Anno Domini: On this remembering day
497Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
494Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
492Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
492Totally Random: Happy Halloween
491Teeing Off: The thing about state
491Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
489Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
488Teen Voice: The Other Side
488Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
485Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
483Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
481Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
480Observations Only: Gone away
479Teen Voice: My rebellion
476Teen Voice: What is love?
475Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
475No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
472Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
470Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
461Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
460Observations Only: Hog wash
459Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
458Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
457Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
457Teen Voice: Self-expression
456 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
452Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
445Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
442Why you should visit the zoo in February
439From the Hill: More Work Ahead
439Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
438Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
435Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
430
430Lyman Review: One mean chicken
430Observations Only: The visit
424Teen Voice: Cyber War
423For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
422At the Library: March into a good book
421A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
420Observations Only: A day in August
416Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
415Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
413Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
411Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
408What’s really going on with our water?
404Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
402Observations Only: The last goodbye
399Observations Only: One more time
399In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
392No-Till Notes: Looking Back
390Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
389Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
388Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
387Observations Only: Final moment
386Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
386Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
385Teen Voice: The gift of caring
382Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
380Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
378No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
378Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
377Their View: Goal post move unfair
376Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
375Teen Voice: To the future
372Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
371View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
370Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
369Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
368Lyman Review: Branding Time
367At the Monument: Junior Rangers
365Across The Fence: Last Christmas
365Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
365Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
362Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
361Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
361Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
359Teen Voice: Where is the love?
358Our View: Community responsible for kids
357Totally Random: Where does it go?
357Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
356Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
356In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
355Observations Only: The last toothpick
355Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
351Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
350Nature Notes: Love is in the air
350Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
347In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
342Totally Random: Trusting the fates
341Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
341Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
340Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
339Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
335Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
335Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
334Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
334Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
333Observations Only: The vigil
333Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
331Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
330Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
329Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
328Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
327Linked Lives
324Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
322At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
322History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
319Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
318No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
317Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
316Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
313Religious freedom must be protected
310Support emergency services personnel
309At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
308Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
307Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
305College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
304In the Hills: Explore the state parks
304Website Resources
301Lyman Review: Winter's dog
299Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
299Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
299Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
298At the Monument: That old (historic) building
298Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
297Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
296Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
295Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
294Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
294No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
292From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
290Across the Fence: Amanda
290Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
289Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
289Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
288Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
286Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
286Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
285Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
283Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
282No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
279Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
279No-till Notes: Moving forward
277Lyman Review: Dog fun
274At the Monument: Where are the animals?
273Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
273At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
273New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
273Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
269Teen Voice: Inspire me
268Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
261Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
261No-til Notes: Changing plans
261Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
259Greetings from the State Capitol
258Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
258No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
256Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
255Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
252Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
251No-Till Notes: Back in the field
237Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
233At the Monument: Art in National Parks
233Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
232Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
229Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
226Be kind through communications
225Synchronicity:What brings me back
222View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
221Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
215Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
215No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
212Letter to the editor
209Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
200Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
193Letters to the Editor
192Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
191In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
187A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
179A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
169Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
169Fourth of July meetings
156Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
151Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
146Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
144Prairie Dogs
142Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
140Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
140Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
140 Across The Fence: County Fair
140
133Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
132Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
130No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
130Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
128At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
119Creatures of the Night
117No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
115In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
112No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
111A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
110Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
104Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
102At the Monument: Night Sky
102Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
100Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
100Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
99Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
95Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
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87No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
81Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
81No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
79Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
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69Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
65No Till Notes: Final Stop
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