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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175Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
171Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
166Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
165Prairie Dogs
162Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
162No-Till Notes: The value of water
161Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
157Creatures of the Night
155Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
155 Across The Fence: County Fair
154Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
153
152Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
149Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
148
146At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
145No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
145Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
142Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
138Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
137
136Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
134No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
133At the Monument: Night Sky
131No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
128Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
128Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
127In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
127No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
126Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
122A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
120No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
114Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
109Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
108A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
104
103
96Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
95Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
94At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
93Reach out for challenges
91
81At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
76Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
72Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
60Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
19A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
10In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
9Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17892Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5092We need a few good people
3235What's the deal with organic milk?
2863Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2654Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2651Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2310Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2260Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2258The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2253Completely Different: It's all in the family
2111Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2097Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2082Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
2009Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1967Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1963Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1963Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1961Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1919The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1897Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1882A Small World: Time traveling
1867Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1861Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1855Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1853Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1831Time keeps flowing like a river
1802A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1787Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1785Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1784Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1778Letter to the Editor
1760Observations Only : The orphanage
1751My mini Pen and me
1736Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1725Teen Voice: March Madness
1720From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1719Our view . . .Sports Complex
1719Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1719Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1706Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1705Completely Different: Your local government and you
1700Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1694Remembering When
1690Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1687Observations only : Sisters of the world
1685Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1682Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1674Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1674Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1674Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1673Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1666Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1661Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1650Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1639From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1637Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1631It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1613Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1595Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1573Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1529Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1514Observations Only: Reality check
1492SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1486Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1475Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1461Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1448Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1443Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1369Completely Different: The Quest
1348Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1343Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1314Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1304Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1295Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1283Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1278Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1275Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1270Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1263From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1258The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1253Across the Fence: Building Barns
1249Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1242Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1242Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1241Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1240Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1230Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1228Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1216From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1213From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1213Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1213No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1207Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1196Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1191From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1190Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1190From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1180Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1175Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1169Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1165Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1165The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1158A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1156Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1146Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1146Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1145A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1141Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1136Across the Fence: On The road
1135Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1133Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1130From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1128Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1117Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1115Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1113Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1111From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1111A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1108The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1107Assad’s endgame
1103Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1091Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1089Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1089Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1089Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1084From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1081Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1081From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1079Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1072Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1072A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1064Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1061Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
1060Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1058Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
1053Observations Only - Two ages of man
1042Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1039Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1039The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1039Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1034A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
1033Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
1027Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
1025From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
1018Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
1017A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
1013Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
1013Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
1007 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
1004Observations Only: Painting a picture
999Teen Voice: Today’s television
997Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
994Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
993Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
991Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
989Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
988Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
988Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
984Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
984Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
980Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
980From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
978Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
976From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
973Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
970From the Superintendent’s Desk
968Across The Fence: A day For thanks
967From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
965From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
965Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
962From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
962Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
960Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
958Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
958Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
956Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
953Observations Only: A new direction
952Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
946Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
940From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
938Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
936Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
933Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
933A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
932The zombie apocalypse and you
926Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
923Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
922Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
919Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
918Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
916Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
913Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
912From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
912Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
909From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
907From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
898Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
897A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
897The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
896Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
895Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
894Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
892Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
891Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
889Observations Only: Giving up
888Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
885Trash cans
884A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
880The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
880The hills, part 1: Mustangs
878A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
878Observations Only: Curious things
877Across the Fence: The hand dug well
876Teen Voice: Catfished
873From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
872Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
872Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
871Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
869Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
869Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
869Teen Voice: The road of hatred
867Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
862Observations Only: The joy of money
862Teen Voice: The more the merrier
862The Block
860Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
858At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
857The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
855Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
854Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
851Observations Only: Saturday delight
851A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
851A Stray Moment: Without a net
848Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
845A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
842Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
840Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
837Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
837Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
834A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
833Life's curve balls
833Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
831Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
829A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
829A Stray Moment: God Knows
828Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
827 Taking a big risk
825From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
825A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
825The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
824Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
822Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
821Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
819A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
818Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
817Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
815Teen Voice: Not just another ride
815Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
812Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
812Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
812The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
811Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
811Observations Only: Scourge of violence
811Observations Only: Going home
810The ghost of Ayn Rand
810From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
810Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
808Observations Only: Extreme measures
806Seeing the works of the master
805A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
803Timing makes perfect
803Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
803A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
800Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
800The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
800Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
800The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
799Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
797Observations Only: Counting chickens
797A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
796Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
795Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
794Observations Only: Just around the corner
794The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
794Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
793A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
793Teen Voice: Body image
793The Good Life: The two different types of business people
791Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
790View from the block
788Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
787SELL-OUT!
786Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
785Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
785Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
784Observations Only: Uneventful flight
782Totally Random: My journey, life after living
781A Stray Moment: The last time
780Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
780The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
774It's no surprise
774Teen Voice: Living within our means
772A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
768Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
768Rural America and immigration reform
767Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
767Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
766Welcome to Gering
766Observations Only: Surprises
766Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
766Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
765Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
765Observations Only: A gift of serenity
763Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
763Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
763Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
763Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
762A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
762Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
762Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
761Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
761Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
760Observations Only: Journey's end
760Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
758Age of reason
758Silence please
758Observations Only: No thank you
757From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
757Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
757Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
756Observations Only: The awful truth
755Teen Voice: Shadow art
752Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
751Do You Tube?
749Observations Only: Critical thinking
749Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
748Observations Only: What's in a word?
747Teen Voice: Serendipity
746Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
745Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
744LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
744A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
743Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
742Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
740Economic development update
739Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
739Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
737Observations Only: North Powder
736Observations Only: Curious things, part II
735Observations Only: Together again
735Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
735Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
734Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
733A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
732Observations Only: Sister odyssey
731Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
730Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
729From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
729Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
727Observations Only: Sister lost
726Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
725Observations Only: Spider adventure
725Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
724The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
723Observations Only: Blue chip stock
722From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
722Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
718Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
716Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
714Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
713Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
713Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
711I'm falling for Tumblr?
709Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
708Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
708A real leaning tree Christmas
706Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
706Guest Voices…
703Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
700Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
699From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
698From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
697The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
696Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
696The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
696A Small World: Special guest
695Observations Only : White water
695Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
695Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
694Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
694Teen Voice: Being a girl
692The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
691Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
690Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
689A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
689Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
689Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
686Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
686Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
685Permission to remember
683Observations Only: The meeting
682My Thanksgiving prayer
681Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
681The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
681Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
680Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
677Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
675Our View: The elephant in the room
673A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
672Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
671Observations Only: A matter of matter
670Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
670Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
668Social time has important benefits
668The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
668The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
666Home of the Brave
666Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
665Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
662Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
661Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
660The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
659The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
658Observations Only: Indifferent love
658Teeing Off: Around the Green
658Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
658Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
657Practice safe barbecue basics
656Teen Voice: Happy news
656Observations Only: Good and evil
655Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
655Observations Only: The shadow of error
655Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
653Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
652LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
649Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
647Observations Only: Expect the best
644Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
642Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
642The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
640The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
640Observations Only: A fine line
640Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
640Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
638Observations Only: Beginnings
634Observations Only: Divine spirit
632Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
630Anno Domini: We gather together
624Observations Only: A matter of paradox
623Teen Voice: Equality
622Our View: Bravo OTD committee
622Observations Only: Divine prompts
622Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
616Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
613Observations Only: Choices
613Observations Only: A sad week
612Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
611A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
610Completely Different - The magic of spring
610Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
607Teen Voice: Silence
606Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
604A Halloween Story: The scary dream
603A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
602Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
599Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
599Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
599Building Bridges: Love your enemies
598Totally Random: October, the pink month
597Totally Random: Life’s ripples
596Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
596Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
594Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
593Observations Only: Temptation
593Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
591Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
589Observations Only: Off to the races
589Lyman Review: Devil calf
587Observations Only: The vision
578Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
576Observations Only: Willfulness
576Teen Voice: The need to get away
576Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
573Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
569Observations Only: The need to understand
568Observations Only: A good daughter
562Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
561Teen Voice: Stress test
559Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
553Our View: Visionaries wanted
553Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
553Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
550Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
549Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
549Teeing Off: Persistence
548Across the Fence: The Pony Express
544Teeing Off: Mind Gym
542Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
542Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
537Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
533Teen Voice: Remember what you have
531Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
531Teen Voice: Footprints
530Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
529Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
529Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
526Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
524Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
523Anno Domini: On this remembering day
520Teen Voice: The rivalry
520Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
519Teeing Off: The thing about state
519Observations Only: Saint Marge
519Lyman Review: The love goat
517Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
516Observations Only: Waiting time
516Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
514Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
514Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
513Teen Voice: The Other Side
513Totally Random: Happy Halloween
511Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
508Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
507Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
504Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
503Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
503Teen Voice: My rebellion
502No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
497Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
495Observations Only: Gone away
488Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
487Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
483Teen Voice: What is love?
479Observations Only: Hog wash
479Teen Voice: Self-expression
478Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
477Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
473Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
471 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
469Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
466A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
464Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
460Why you should visit the zoo in February
457Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
455Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
455No Till Notes: Final Stop
451Observations Only: The visit
451From the Hill: More Work Ahead
450Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
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446Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
446Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
443Lyman Review: One mean chicken
443Observations Only: A day in August
441For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
437Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
436Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
436Teen Voice: Cyber War
429At the Library: March into a good book
427Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
424Observations Only: One more time
421Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
419Observations Only: The last goodbye
414In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
413What’s really going on with our water?
410Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
405Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
403Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
401Teen Voice: The gift of caring
399No-Till Notes: Looking Back
398Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
398Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
398Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
395Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
395Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
392Observations Only: Final moment
392Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
392Their View: Goal post move unfair
390Teen Voice: To the future
390At the Monument: Junior Rangers
389Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
388No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
385Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
384Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
382Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
381Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
379Lyman Review: Branding Time
377Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
376Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
375Across The Fence: Last Christmas
375View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
375In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
371Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
371Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
370Observations Only: The last toothpick
369Teen Voice: Where is the love?
367Nature Notes: Love is in the air
366Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
366Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
366No-till Notes: Moving forward
363Our View: Community responsible for kids
362Totally Random: Where does it go?
361Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
361Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
359Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
359Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
355Totally Random: Trusting the fates
355In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
355Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
354Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
351Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
349Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
346Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
344Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
343Observations Only: The vigil
343Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
343Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
342Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
342Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
341No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
340Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
339Linked Lives
338At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
335History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
333Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
330Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
329Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
328Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
325Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
325Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
324Support emergency services personnel
324At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
323Religious freedom must be protected
317Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
316College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
316Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
314Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
311Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
311In the Hills: Explore the state parks
311Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
310Website Resources
309At the Monument: That old (historic) building
308Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
307Lyman Review: Winter's dog
306Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
306Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
306No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
304Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
303Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
302Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
300Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
300From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
298Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
297Across the Fence: Amanda
297No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
296Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
295Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
294Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
293Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
288Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
288Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
286Lyman Review: Dog fun
286Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
286New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
284Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
282At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
279At the Monument: Where are the animals?
278Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
276Teen Voice: Inspire me
274Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
272Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
271Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
271No-til Notes: Changing plans
270Greetings from the State Capitol
267Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
266No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
257No-Till Notes: Back in the field
252Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
248Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
248Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
244Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
243At the Monument: Art in National Parks
242Be kind through communications
234Synchronicity:What brings me back
233Letter to the editor
231View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
231Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
227Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
225No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
224Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
224Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
218Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
216Letters to the Editor
208A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
207Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
204In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
196A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
184Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
184Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
178Fourth of July meetings
177A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
175Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
171Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
166Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
165Prairie Dogs
162Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
162No-Till Notes: The value of water
161Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
157Creatures of the Night
155Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
155 Across The Fence: County Fair
154Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
153
152Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
149Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
148
146At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
145No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
145Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
142Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
138Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
137
136Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
134No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
133At the Monument: Night Sky
131No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
128Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
128Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
127In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
127No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
126Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
122A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
120No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
114Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
109Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
108A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
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96Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
95Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
94At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
93Reach out for challenges
91
81At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
76Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
72Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
60Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
19A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
10In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
9Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
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