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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39Observations Only: The last toothpick
39Teen Voice: Cyber War
39Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
39Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
39At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
39Linked Lives
39Letter to the editor
39Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
38From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
38Teen Voice: Living within our means
38Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
38A Stray Moment: God Knows
38Observations Only: A matter of matter
38Observations Only: Hog wash
38Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
38Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
38Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
38Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
38Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
37A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
37From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
37From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
37Teeing Off: Mind Gym
37Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
37A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
37Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
37Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
37Teen Voice: What is love?
37Teen Voice: To the future
37No-Till Notes: Looking Back
37Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
37No-till Notes: Moving forward
37Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
37Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
37No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
36Observations Only: Sister lost
36From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
36Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
36Completely Different - The magic of spring
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
36From the Hill: More Work Ahead
36Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
36Why you should visit the zoo in February
36Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
36Website Resources
36College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
36Fourth of July meetings
35Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
35Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
35Observations Only: Willfulness
35Lyman Review: Winter's dog
35No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
35Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
35Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
35Nature Notes: Love is in the air
35Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
35Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
35Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
34Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
34Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
34Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
34Teen Voice: Inspire me
34Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
34From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
34No-Till Notes: Back in the field
33Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
33Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
33Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
33Lyman Review: Dog fun
32The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
32Rural America and immigration reform
32At the Library: March into a good book
32Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
31Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
31Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
31Greetings from the State Capitol
30Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
29Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
29Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
28No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
27Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
23At the Monument: Living History
22Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
Most Read News Stories of 2012
458All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
445Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
403Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
349To whom are we thankful?
262Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
243A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
237Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
236At the Monument: Museum collections
228A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
219A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
209Support letters requested for airport
207Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
201Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
189No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
187No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
175In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
175Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
171Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
171Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
167No Till Notes:
159Letters to the Editor
159Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
153Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
153Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
153A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
153Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
152Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
151Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
151At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
151In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
149No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
135Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
131At the Monument: Where are the animals?
123Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
122Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
119What's the deal with organic milk?
119Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
118Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
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111At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
106Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
103Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
95Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
93Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
92Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
92The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
89Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
86Completely Different: It's all in the family
86Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
86Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
85Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
85Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
83Observations Only: A soul’s journey
83Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
82Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
82Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
82A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
81Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
81Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
80 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
76From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
76Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
75Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
75Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
75Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
74Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
74Totally Random: The Golden Rule
74In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
73A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
73At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
72Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
70From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
70Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
70Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
70Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
69Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
69At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
68Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
68A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
68Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
68Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
68Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
68Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
68Creatures of the Night
68Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
67Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
67Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
67Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
67Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
67Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
67Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
67Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
67Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
67Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
67Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
67Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
67Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
66The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
66Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
66No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
65Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
65Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
65Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
65Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
65No-Till Notes: The value of water
64Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
64Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
64Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
64Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
64Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
64Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
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63Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
63Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
63Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
63A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
63Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
63Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
63Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
62Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
62Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
62Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
62The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
62Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
62Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
62Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
61The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
61Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
61A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
61Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
61Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
61The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
61Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
61Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
61Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
61Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
61At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
61A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
60Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
60Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
60From the Superintendent’s Desk
60Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
60Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
60A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
60Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
60Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
60Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
60A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
60A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
59Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
59From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
59Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
59From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
59Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
59Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
59Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
59Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
59Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
59Observations Only: A sad week
59The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
59Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
59No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
58Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
58From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
58Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
58Across the Fence: The hand dug well
58Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
58Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
58Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
57The ghost of Ayn Rand
57Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
57Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
57From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
57A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
57Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
57Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
57Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
56Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
56Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
56Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
56Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
56 Across The Fence: County Fair
55Across the Fence: On The road
55Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
55A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
55Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
55A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
55Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
55From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
55Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
55Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
55Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
55Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
55Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
54Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
54Assad’s endgame
54From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
54Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
54Observations Only: Curious things
54Across the Fence: The Pony Express
54Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
54Teeing Off: Persistence
54Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
54The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
54Teen Voice: Silence
54Anno Domini: We gather together
54Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
54In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
53Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
53Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
53A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
53Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
53A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
53Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
53Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
53From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
53Teen Voice: The need to get away
53Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
53Teeing Off: Around the Green
53The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
53Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
53No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
53At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
53Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
53At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
53Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
53Be kind through communications
53Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
53Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
52Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
52Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
52A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
52From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
52A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
52Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
52Observations Only: Reality check
52Totally Random: My journey, life after living
52
52No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
51Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
51Across the Fence: Building Barns
51Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
51Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
51From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
51Observations Only: Beginnings
51The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
51Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
51A Halloween Story: The scary dream
51Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
51Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
51Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
51Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
51Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
51Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
51Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
51Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
51A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
51
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51Reach out for challenges
50Completely Different: Your local government and you
50The Block
50Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
50Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
50A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
50Observations Only: Critical thinking
50Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
50From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
50Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
50Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
50Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
50Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
50Teen Voice: Remember what you have
50Observations Only: The need to understand
50A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
50Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
50Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
50The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
50In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
50Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
50Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
50No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
50Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
49Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
49From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
49Observations Only: The meeting
49Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
49Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
49Observations Only : White water
49Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
49Observations Only: Temptation
49Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
49Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
49Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
49Across The Fence: A day For thanks
49Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
49Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
49Building Bridges: Love your enemies
49No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
49Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
49
49Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
48Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
48A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
48A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
48Teen Voice: Catfished
48From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
48Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
48Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
48Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
48Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
48Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
48Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
48Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
48Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
48The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
48Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
48Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
48Teen Voice: My rebellion
48Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
48Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
48Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
48Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
48Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
48New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
48Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
48Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
48Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
47Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
47Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
47Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
47From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
47Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
47A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
47Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
47The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
47Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
47Observations Only: A gift of serenity
47Observations Only: Divine spirit
47Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
47A Small World: Savoring county fair days
47Lyman Review: Devil calf
47Teen Voice: Stress test
47Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
47Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
47A real leaning tree Christmas
47Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
47SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
47Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
47View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
47History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
47No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
47Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
47
46Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
46The zombie apocalypse and you
46Teen Voice: Today’s television
46Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
46Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
46Observations Only: Journey's end
46Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
46Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
46Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
46Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
46A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
46Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
46The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
46A Stray Moment: Without a net
46Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
46Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
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46Totally Random: Life’s ripples
46Teen Voice: The rivalry
46Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
46Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
46Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
46Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
46No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
46Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
46Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
46In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
46Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
46Across the Fence: Amanda
46Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
46Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
46In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
46At the Monument: Night Sky
45Being a Nebraskan – border to border
45Observations Only: A new direction
45The hills, part 1: Mustangs
45From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
45Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
45The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
45Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
45Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
45Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
45Teen Voice: Body image
45Observations Only: Indifferent love
45Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
45Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
45Lyman Review: One mean chicken
45Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
45Observations Only: Saint Marge
45Observations Only: The visit
45Lyman Review: The love goat
45Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
45Totally Random: October, the pink month
45Observations Only: Gone away
45Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
45Teen Voice: The gift of caring
45Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
45What’s really going on with our water?
45Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
45No-til Notes: Changing plans
45Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
45Prairie Dogs
45Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
45Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
44Completely Different: Tales from the mat
44Observations Only : The orphanage
44A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
44Observations Only: Just around the corner
44A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
44Observations Only: North Powder
44Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
44From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
44Observations Only: Curious things, part II
44I'm falling for Tumblr?
44Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
44Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
44Teen Voice: Being a girl
44A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
44The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
44Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
44Teeing Off: The thing about state
44A Small World: Special guest
44Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
44Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
44Across The Fence: Last Christmas
44Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
44Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
44Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
44Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
44Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
44Religious freedom must be protected
44Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
44Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
44No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
44No Till Notes: Final Stop
44Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
43It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
43Time keeps flowing like a river
43Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
43Completely Different: The Quest
43From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
43Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
43Observations Only: Painting a picture
43Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
43Our View: The elephant in the room
43Observations Only: Expect the best
43Observations Only: The shadow of error
43Observations Only: A matter of paradox
43The Good Life: The two different types of business people
43Teen Voice: The Other Side
43Observations Only: The vision
43Observations Only: Off to the races
43Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
43Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
43Observations Only: A day in August
43Our View: Community responsible for kids
43Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
43Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
43Teen Voice: Where is the love?
43Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
43Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
43Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
43Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
43Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
43Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
42Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
42Across the fence: Something worth remembering
42Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
42Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
42Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
42Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
42From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
42Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
42Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
42The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
42Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
42Observations Only: Good and evil
42Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
42Guest Voices…
42Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
42Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
42Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
42Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
42Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
42Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
42Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
42Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
42Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
42Teen Voice: Footprints
42Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
42At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
42At the Monument: Art in National Parks
42Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
42No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
42Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
41Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
41A last look at the Nebraska Zone
41Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
41Do You Tube?
41Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
41Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
41Teen Voice: The more the merrier
41Teen Voice: Not just another ride
41A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
41Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
41Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
41Teen Voice: Serendipity
41Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
41Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
41Observations Only: Choices
41Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
41Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
41A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
41A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
41Observations Only: Waiting time
41Totally Random: Happy Halloween
41Teen Voice: Self-expression
41Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
41Observations Only: The vigil
41Observations Only: Final moment
41Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
41Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
41Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
41Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
41Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
41Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
41Support emergency services personnel
41Lyman Review: Branding Time
41No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
41For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
41Their View: Goal post move unfair
41At the Monument: Junior Rangers
41Synchronicity:What brings me back
41Letters to the Editor
41Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
40Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
40Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
40Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
40Home of the Brave
40Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
40A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
40Remembering When
40A Stray Moment: The last time
40Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
40Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
40Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
40Teen Voice: Happy news
40Observations Only: Uneventful flight
40Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
40Observations Only: Going home
40Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
40Observations Only: A fine line
40The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
40Teen Voice: Shadow art
40Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
40Observations Only: Divine prompts
40Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
40Observations Only: A good daughter
40Observations Only: The awful truth
40Anno Domini: On this remembering day
40Observations Only: One more time
40 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
40Observations Only: The last goodbye
40Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
40Totally Random: Trusting the fates
40View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
40Totally Random: Where does it go?
40At the Monument: That old (historic) building
40Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
40In the Hills: Explore the state parks
40Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
40Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
40Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
39Observations only : Sisters of the world
39Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
39My mini Pen and me
39Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
39Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
39Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
39LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
39Observations Only: Blue chip stock
39Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
39Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
39Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
39Teen Voice: Equality
39Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
39The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
39Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
39Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
39Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
39Observations Only: The last toothpick
39Teen Voice: Cyber War
39Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
39Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
39At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
39Linked Lives
39Letter to the editor
39Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
38Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
38The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
38Age of reason
38SELL-OUT!
38Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
38It's no surprise
38From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
38Teen Voice: The road of hatred
38Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
38Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
38From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
38Teen Voice: Living within our means
38Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
38A Stray Moment: God Knows
38Observations Only: A matter of matter
38Observations Only: Hog wash
38Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
38Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
38Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
38Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
38Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
37Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
37Our view . . .Sports Complex
37Observations Only - Two ages of man
37Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
37Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
37Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
37Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
37From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
37LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
37Observations Only: Sister odyssey
37The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
37Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
37Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
37Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
37Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
37A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
37From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
37From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
37Teeing Off: Mind Gym
37Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
37A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
37Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
37Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
37Teen Voice: What is love?
37Teen Voice: To the future
37No-Till Notes: Looking Back
37Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
37No-till Notes: Moving forward
37Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
37Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
37No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
36Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
36We need a few good people
36Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
36Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
36Seeing the works of the master
36Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
36View from the block
36Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
36Trash cans
36Economic development update
36Observations Only: The joy of money
36The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
36Observations Only: No thank you
36Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
36From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
36Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
36Observations Only: Scourge of violence
36Observations Only: Sister lost
36From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
36Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
36Completely Different - The magic of spring
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
36From the Hill: More Work Ahead
36Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
36Why you should visit the zoo in February
36Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
36Website Resources
36College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
36Fourth of July meetings
35Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
35Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
35Permission to remember
35 Taking a big risk
35Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
35Observations Only: What's in a word?
35Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
35Observations Only: Giving up
35From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
35From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
35Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
35Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
35Observations Only: Willfulness
35Lyman Review: Winter's dog
35No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
35Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
35Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
35Nature Notes: Love is in the air
35Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
35Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
35Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
34Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
34Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
34Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
34Letter to the Editor
34Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
34Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
34Life's curve balls
34Practice safe barbecue basics
34Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
34Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
34The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
34Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
34Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
34Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
34Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
34Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
34Teen Voice: Inspire me
34Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
34From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
34No-Till Notes: Back in the field
33Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
33Teen Voice: March Madness
33Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
33Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
33Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
33Observations Only: Extreme measures
33Silence please
33Observations Only: Counting chickens
33Observations Only: Together again
33Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
33Observations Only: Surprises
33The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
33The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
33The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
33Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
33Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
33Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
33Lyman Review: Dog fun
32A Small World: Time traveling
32Observations Only : Mission accomplished
32Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
32Social time has important benefits
32Timing makes perfect
32Observations Only: Spider adventure
32Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
32The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
32Rural America and immigration reform
32At the Library: March into a good book
32Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
31Welcome to Gering
31Observations Only: Saturday delight
31Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
31Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
31Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
31Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
31Greetings from the State Capitol
30Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
30Our View: Visionaries wanted
30Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
29From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
29Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
29Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
28No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
27Our View: Bravo OTD committee
27Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
26My Thanksgiving prayer
23At the Monument: Living History
22Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
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