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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2022Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
1975Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
1963Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1945Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1903Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1900Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1884Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1873Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1852The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1824A Small World: Time traveling
1813Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1788Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1777Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1764Time keeps flowing like a river
1743A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1737Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1730Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1728Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1724Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1720Letter to the Editor
1698Observations Only : The orphanage
1695My mini Pen and me
1682Teen Voice: March Madness
1677Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1658Our view . . .Sports Complex
1646Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1646Completely Different: Your local government and you
1637Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1634Observations only : Sisters of the world
1632Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1631Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1624Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1623Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1618Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1618Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1612From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1598Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1585Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1573It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1569Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1566Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1552Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1536Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1516Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1502Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1484From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1471Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1443Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1414Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1398Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1385Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1376Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1331Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1307Completely Different: The Quest
1304Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1255Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1219Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1205Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1186Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1177Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1176Across the Fence: Building Barns
1165The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1143Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1142Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1137From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1135From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1134Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1133Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1125Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1121Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1115Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1101From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1098Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1097Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1095Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1088No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1083Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1079Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1076Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1072Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1068From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1065The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1064Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1064Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1059From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1053Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1050Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1049Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1048A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1043Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1037Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1034A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1030Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1026Across the Fence: On The road
1026From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1025Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1014Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1013From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1011Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1011Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1009The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1009Assad’s endgame
1007Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1005Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1003Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
999Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
988Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
986Observations Only - Two ages of man
986Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
985Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
983Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
978Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
978Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
977Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
975The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
967A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
963Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
958Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
957Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
950A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
950From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
946From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
934Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
932Observations Only: Painting a picture
931A Small World: Savoring county fair days
930Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
929Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
924Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
916From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
915Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
915Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
910Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
907Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
906Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
904Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
904Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
902Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
902Teen Voice: Today’s television
900Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
896Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
894Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
894Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
894Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
893Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
888Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
887Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
886Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
886Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
882Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
881Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
877Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
873From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
873Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
871From the Superintendent’s Desk
870From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
869The zombie apocalypse and you
867From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
866Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
863Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
862From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
862A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
862Across The Fence: A day For thanks
861From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
860Observations Only: A new direction
858Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
852Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
850Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
842Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
839Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
837Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
836From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
835Observations Only: Giving up
833Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
833Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
832Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
832Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
828Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
826 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
825Trash cans
819Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
818Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
817A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
815A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
813Teen Voice: The road of hatred
812The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
812The hills, part 1: Mustangs
811Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
810From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
810From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
809Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
809From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
808A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
807Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
804Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
803Observations Only: The joy of money
802Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
802Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
801Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
800Teen Voice: Catfished
798The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
794From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
792The Block
790Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
790Teen Voice: The more the merrier
790The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
789Observations Only: Saturday delight
789A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
788Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
788At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
787Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
787A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
787Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
783Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
781A Stray Moment: God Knows
780Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
777Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
773Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
772From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
772Observations Only: Curious things
771A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
769Life's curve balls
767Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
767Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
765 Taking a big risk
765A Stray Moment: Without a net
764Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
761A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
761Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
759Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
758Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
758The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
757A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
754Teen Voice: Not just another ride
754The ghost of Ayn Rand
754Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
754A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
754Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
752Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
752Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
752Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
749A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
747Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
747Across the Fence: The hand dug well
746Observations Only: Extreme measures
746Observations Only: Counting chickens
744Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
742Seeing the works of the master
741From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
739The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
738Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
737Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
737Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
735Timing makes perfect
735Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
735Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
734The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
734A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
732Observations Only: Scourge of violence
730Observations Only: Just around the corner
728Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
727SELL-OUT!
727Observations Only: Going home
726View from the block
724Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
723A Stray Moment: The last time
720The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
718Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
717Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
716Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
715Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
714Welcome to Gering
714It's no surprise
714Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
711Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
709Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
708A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
707The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
706Observations Only: Uneventful flight
706Teen Voice: Body image
705Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
703A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
703Rural America and immigration reform
702Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
702Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
702Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
700Observations Only: Surprises
698Do You Tube?
698Silence please
698Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
698Teen Voice: Living within our means
697A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
697Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
697Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
696Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
696Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
694Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
693Observations Only: No thank you
693Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
693A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
692Observations Only: What's in a word?
692Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
692Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
691Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
691Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
691Observations Only: A gift of serenity
690Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
688Economic development update
688Observations Only: The awful truth
687From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
687LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
687Observations Only: Journey's end
687The Good Life: The two different types of business people
685Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
685The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
684Age of reason
684Teen Voice: Shadow art
683From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
682Observations Only: Together again
680Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
680Teen Voice: Serendipity
679Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
679Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
678Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
677Observations Only: Critical thinking
676From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
676Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
675Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
675A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
674Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
671Observations Only: North Powder
671Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
671Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
669Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
668Observations Only: Sister odyssey
668Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
668A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
664Observations Only: Spider adventure
664Observations Only: Curious things, part II
662Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
662Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
661The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
660A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
659Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
658Guest Voices…
657Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
656Observations Only: Blue chip stock
655Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
654Observations Only: Sister lost
653Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
653Totally Random: My journey, life after living
651Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
649Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
646Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
645I'm falling for Tumblr?
644From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
639From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
638Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
637Permission to remember
635A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
635Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
634Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
631Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
629Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
629Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
628My Thanksgiving prayer
627Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
627Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
626The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
622Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
620Teen Voice: Being a girl
620Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
618Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
616Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
616Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
615Our View: The elephant in the room
615The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
615A real leaning tree Christmas
613The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
611Home of the Brave
611Observations Only: The meeting
611Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
611Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
610Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
609Social time has important benefits
609The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
609Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
607LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
606Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
605Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
605Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
605Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
605Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
604Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
603Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
602Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
602Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
600Practice safe barbecue basics
599A Small World: Special guest
596Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
596Teen Voice: Happy news
596Observations Only : White water
595Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
593Remembering When
591Observations Only: Expect the best
591The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
591Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
591Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
589Our View: Bravo OTD committee
588Observations Only: Good and evil
588The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
588Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
587Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
587A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
586Observations Only: A fine line
586The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
585The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
584Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
583Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
577Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
576Teeing Off: Around the Green
575The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
575Observations Only: The shadow of error
575Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
572Observations Only: Beginnings
570Observations Only: A matter of matter
561Observations Only: Indifferent love
559Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
558Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
557Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
555Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
552Teen Voice: Equality
552Observations Only: Divine spirit
552Observations Only: A matter of paradox
550Observations Only: Choices
548Completely Different - The magic of spring
545A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
544Observations Only: Divine prompts
543Anno Domini: We gather together
542Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
540Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
539Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
537Totally Random: Life’s ripples
534Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
534Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
534Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
533Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
532Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
531Teen Voice: Silence
528A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
520Observations Only: Willfulness
520Observations Only: The vision
520Observations Only: Off to the races
519Our View: Visionaries wanted
519Observations Only: Temptation
517Teen Voice: The need to get away
517Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
515Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
513Observations Only: A sad week
513Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
510Totally Random: October, the pink month
509Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
509Observations Only: The need to understand
509Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
505Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
504Lyman Review: Devil calf
503A Halloween Story: The scary dream
502Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
493Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
491Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
490Building Bridges: Love your enemies
489Teen Voice: Stress test
489Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
487Teeing Off: Mind Gym
485Teeing Off: Persistence
483Observations Only: A good daughter
482Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
481Across the Fence: The Pony Express
481Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
479Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
478Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
475Teen Voice: The rivalry
470Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
465Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
465Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
464Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
458Observations Only: Waiting time
458Observations Only: Saint Marge
458Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
455Teeing Off: The thing about state
453Teen Voice: Remember what you have
452Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
452Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
451Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
451Teen Voice: Footprints
447Teen Voice: The Other Side
447Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
445Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
443Lyman Review: The love goat
441Observations Only: Reality check
441Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
440Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
434Teen Voice: What is love?
431Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
428Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
428Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
428Anno Domini: On this remembering day
426Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
424Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
423Totally Random: Happy Halloween
423Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
420Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
419Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
415Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
413Observations Only: Gone away
412Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
411Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
408Observations Only: Hog wash
408Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
404Teen Voice: My rebellion
403Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
403Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
403Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
402Teen Voice: Self-expression
401No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
401Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
399Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
399Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
398Lyman Review: One mean chicken
391 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
389Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
387Why you should visit the zoo in February
382Teen Voice: Cyber War
378Observations Only: The visit
378From the Hill: More Work Ahead
378Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
377Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
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369Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
369Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
367Observations Only: A day in August
363Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
362Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
360SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
359Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
359At the Library: March into a good book
355Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
354Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
354The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
351Observations Only: The last goodbye
345Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
345No-Till Notes: Looking Back
344Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
340Observations Only: One more time
340Observations Only: Final moment
340Teen Voice: The gift of caring
339No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
337Teen Voice: To the future
336Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
335Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
335Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
332Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
332What’s really going on with our water?
327Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
327Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
324Across The Fence: Last Christmas
324Observations Only: The last toothpick
322Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
321Our View: Community responsible for kids
320Teen Voice: Where is the love?
320Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
319Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
317Lyman Review: Branding Time
316Totally Random: Trusting the fates
314Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
311Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
310Nature Notes: Love is in the air
303Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
301Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
300Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
299Observations Only: The vigil
298Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
296Totally Random: Where does it go?
295Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
294Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
294View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
293Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
292Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
292In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
291Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
290Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
283In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
281Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
281Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
281Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
280Their View: Goal post move unfair
276Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
269Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
268Religious freedom must be protected
267Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
266At the Monument: Junior Rangers
265Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
264Lyman Review: Winter's dog
263Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
262Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
259Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
258Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
258Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
256In the Hills: Explore the state parks
255Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
252Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
252Linked Lives
251At the Monument: That old (historic) building
249In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
246Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
241Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
240Lyman Review: Dog fun
240Across the Fence: Amanda
240For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
239Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
238Support emergency services personnel
237Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
236At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
234At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
234Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
232Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
232College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
230Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
230Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
226Teen Voice: Inspire me
224Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
223Greetings from the State Capitol
222Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
222At the Monument: Where are the animals?
221From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
219No-till Notes: Moving forward
218Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
217Website Resources
215Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
208Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
207New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
206No-Till Notes: Back in the field
201Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
201Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
200No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
198View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
198Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
197Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
195Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
194Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
192No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
190Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
188At the Monument: Art in National Parks
184Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
183Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
178Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
177No-til Notes: Changing plans
176History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
173Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
170Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
165Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
163At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
159Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
154Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
151Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
147Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
141No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
140Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
129Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
121Synchronicity:What brings me back
118No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
104Be kind through communications
99Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
77Letters to the Editor
77Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
62Letter to the editor
51Fourth of July meetings
38Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
22Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
6Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
5In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
5Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
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