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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75Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
74Our View: The elephant in the room
74Teeing Off: Mind Gym
74Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
74Observations Only: Hog wash
74Totally Random: Happy Halloween
74Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
74At the Monument: Art in National Parks
74What’s really going on with our water?
74Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
74Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
73Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
73Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
73From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
73Teen Voice: Living within our means
73Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
73Completely Different - The magic of spring
73Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
73Teen Voice: The Other Side
73Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
73For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
73Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
73Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
72Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
72Observations Only: The last toothpick
72Teen Voice: Where is the love?
72Lyman Review: Dog fun
72In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
72Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
72Website Resources
71Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
71Lyman Review: Winter's dog
71Totally Random: Trusting the fates
71Teen Voice: Footprints
71Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
71Lyman Review: Branding Time
70Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
70Teen Voice: Equality
70I'm falling for Tumblr?
70Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
70Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
70Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
70Guest Voices…
70Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
70Teen Voice: To the future
70Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
70View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
70Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
70No-Till Notes: Back in the field
69From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
69Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
69Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
69Our View: Community responsible for kids
69Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
69Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
69Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
69Teen Voice: Cyber War
69At the Monument: That old (historic) building
69Religious freedom must be protected
69Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
69Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
69Their View: Goal post move unfair
69Synchronicity:What brings me back
68From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
68Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
68No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
68Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
68Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
68Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
68Letters to the Editor
68Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
67Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
67Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
67Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
67Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
67Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
66Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
66Nature Notes: Love is in the air
66Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
66Support emergency services personnel
65The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
65At the Library: March into a good book
65No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
64From the Hill: More Work Ahead
64Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
64Totally Random: Where does it go?
64
63Why you should visit the zoo in February
63Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
63At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
62Teen Voice: What is love?
62Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
62Teen Voice: Inspire me
62Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
61Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
61Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
60Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
60Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
60Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
60Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
59Rural America and immigration reform
58Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
58Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
58From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
56Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
55Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
55Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
52Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
51Greetings from the State Capitol
48Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
38Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
33Letter to the Editor
30Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
28Letter to the Editor
25Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
23Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
Most Read News Stories of 2012
600Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
579All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
504The Christmas Story
460Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
438To whom are we thankful?
368Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
343A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
325Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
316At the Monument: Museum collections
307Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
307A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
305A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
303Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
294Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
290Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
274Support letters requested for airport
268Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
266Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
261No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
259Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
259The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
240Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
239A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
237Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
235A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
235At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
235In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
228Letters to the Editor
225Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
225Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
224No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
217Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
217Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
213Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
210Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
206At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
206No Till Notes:
206Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
202Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
202A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
200Observations Only : White water
199No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
199In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
194At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
191Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
191Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
190Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
189Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
189A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
186What's the deal with organic milk?
186Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
184The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
184Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
181Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
180Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
179At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
173
173At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
167Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
166Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
165Observations Only: A soul’s journey
164Completely Different: It's all in the family
164College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
164Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
161All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
160Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
159Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
159Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
159At the Monument: Where are the animals?
159All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
158Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
157Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
156Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
155Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
154Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
154No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
153Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
151Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
151At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
151No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
149Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
148Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
145Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
144Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
141A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
141Creatures of the Night
140Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
140From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
140A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
139
138Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
136Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
135Totally Random: The Golden Rule
135Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
133A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
133Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
133Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
132
131Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
130Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
130Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
130Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
129Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
128Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
128Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
128Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
128Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
128Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
128 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
128Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
127Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
127At the Monument: Living History
127No Till Notes: Moving Forward
126A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
126Across the Fence: The hand dug well
125Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
125Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
125Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
124In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
123Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
123Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
123Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
123Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
123Jane’s Secret: The Telling
122Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
122Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
122Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
121Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
120The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
120A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
119Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
119Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
119Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
119A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
118Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
118Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
118Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
118Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
117Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
117Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
116Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
116Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
116Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
115Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
115Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
115Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
114Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
114Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
114Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
113The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
113Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
113Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
112A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
112Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
111Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
111Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
111Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
111Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
111No-Till Notes: The value of water
110Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
110Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
109Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
109Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
109Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
109A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
109Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
109Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
109Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
108Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
108A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
108Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
108Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
108Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
108Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
107Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
107Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
107Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
107Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
107Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
107Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
107Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
107No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
107At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
106From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
106Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
106A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
106The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
106No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
106A real leaning tree Christmas
106Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
106 Across The Fence: County Fair
106No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
106Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
105Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
105From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
105The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
105Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
105Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
105Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
104Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
104Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
104Assad’s endgame
104Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
104A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
104Observations Only: Gone away
104History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
103Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
103A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
103Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
103Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
103Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
103Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
103A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
103No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
102A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
102Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
102A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
102Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
102Observations Only: Reality check
102A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
101Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
101From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
101Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
101Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
101The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
101A Small World: Special guest
101Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
101Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
100Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
100From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
100A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
100Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
100Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
100Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
100Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
99Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
99Across the Fence: On The road
99Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
99Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
99Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
99Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
99Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
99Observations Only: Temptation
99Observations Only: The shadow of error
99Observations Only: Indifferent love
99Observations Only: A sad week
99No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
99In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
98From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
98Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
98Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
98Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
98No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
98Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
97Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
97Across the Fence: Building Barns
97Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
97The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
97Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
97Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
97A Halloween Story: The scary dream
97Anno Domini: On this remembering day
97Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
97Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
97Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
97Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
96The ghost of Ayn Rand
96Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
96Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
96A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
96Observations Only: Divine spirit
96A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
96Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
96The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
96Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
96No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
95Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
95Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
95Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
95A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
95Teen Voice: The need to get away
95Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
95Observations Only: The need to understand
95Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
95Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
95Building Bridges: Love your enemies
95At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
95Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
95Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
94Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
94From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
94From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
94Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
94Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
94Anno Domini: We gather together
94Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
94Across the Fence: Amanda
93Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
93The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
93Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
93From the Superintendent’s Desk
93Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
93Observations Only: Critical thinking
93Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
93Teeing Off: Persistence
93Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
93Lyman Review: Devil calf
93Teen Voice: Silence
93Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
93Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
93Totally Random: My journey, life after living
93Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
93No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
92Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
92Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
92Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
92Observations Only: Uneventful flight
92Observations Only: Curious things
92Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
92Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
92Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
92Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
92Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
92Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
92Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
92No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
91Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
91Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
91Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
91Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
91Observations Only: Beginnings
91Observations Only: A gift of serenity
91Observations Only: Divine prompts
91Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
91Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
91Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
91No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
91Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
90Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
90Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
90From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
90Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
90Teeing Off: Around the Green
90Lyman Review: One mean chicken
90Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
90Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
90Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
90Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
90No-til Notes: Changing plans
90Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
90Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
90
89Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
89Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
89The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
89Observations Only: Curious things, part II
89Observations Only: Journey's end
89Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
89Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
89Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
89From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
89Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
89Observations Only: A matter of matter
89Observations Only: A good daughter
89Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
89Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
89Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
89Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
89Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
89At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
89Reach out for challenges
88Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
88From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
88Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
88Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
88Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
88Teen Voice: Remember what you have
88Observations Only: A matter of paradox
88A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
88Lyman Review: The love goat
88Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
88Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
88
87Completely Different: Tales from the mat
87Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
87Teen Voice: Today’s television
87Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
87Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
87Observations Only: Expect the best
87Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
87Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
87Observations Only: Saint Marge
87Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
87Across The Fence: A day For thanks
87Teen Voice: The gift of caring
87Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
87No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
87Be kind through communications
87In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
87Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
87Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
86Being a Nebraskan – border to border
86A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
86From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
86Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
86Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
86Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
86Observations Only: The vision
86Observations Only: Off to the races
86A Small World: Savoring county fair days
86Observations Only: The visit
86Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
86Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
86Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
86Teen Voice: My rebellion
86Across The Fence: Last Christmas
86SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
86No Till Notes: Final Stop
85A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
85Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
85Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
85Observations Only: Good and evil
85Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
85A Stray Moment: Without a net
85The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
85Observations Only: The awful truth
85Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
85Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
85Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
85In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
84Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
84From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
84A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
84Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
84Observations Only: Willfulness
84Observations Only: Choices
84A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
84Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
84Observations Only: Final moment
84Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
84Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
83Observations Only: Just around the corner
83Observations Only: The meeting
83Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
83Across the Fence: The Pony Express
83The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
83The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
83Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
83 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
83The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
83Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
83Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
83
83Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
83Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
82Observations only : Sisters of the world
82Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
82Observations Only: A new direction
82It's no surprise
82Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
82Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
82Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
82Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
82Teen Voice: Being a girl
82Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
82Teen Voice: Body image
82Observations Only: Waiting time
82Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
82Teen Voice: Stress test
82Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
82Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
82Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
82At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
82Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
81Across the fence: Something worth remembering
81Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
81Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
81Observations Only: Giving up
81Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
81Observations Only: Scourge of violence
81Teen Voice: Catfished
81Observations Only: Going home
81Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
81Totally Random: Life’s ripples
81Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
81Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
81Prairie Dogs
81Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
81At the Monument: Night Sky
80Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
80Observations Only : The orphanage
80Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
80The Block
80A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
80Observations Only: Sister odyssey
80Observations Only: Sister lost
80A Stray Moment: God Knows
80Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
80Observations Only: A fine line
80Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
80Observations Only: A day in August
80Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
80Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
80In the Hills: Explore the state parks
80New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
80At the Monument: Junior Rangers
80Fourth of July meetings
80
79Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
79Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
79From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
79Observations Only: Blue chip stock
79A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
79Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
79Teen Voice: Serendipity
79The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
79Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
79Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
79Teeing Off: The thing about state
79Teen Voice: The rivalry
79Teen Voice: Self-expression
79Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
79Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
79No-Till Notes: Looking Back
79View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
79Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
78A last look at the Nebraska Zone
78Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
78Observations Only: The joy of money
78Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
78A Stray Moment: The last time
78A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
78From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
78Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
78The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
78Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
78
78Observations Only: The vigil
78No-till Notes: Moving forward
78Linked Lives
78Letter to the editor
78Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
78
78Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
77Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
77A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
77The hills, part 1: Mustangs
77Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
77The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
77Teen Voice: Shadow art
77Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
77The Good Life: The two different types of business people
77Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
77Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
77Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
77Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
77Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
76It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
76Time keeps flowing like a river
76Observations Only: Extreme measures
76Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
76Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
76Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
76Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
76Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
76Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
76Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
76Observations Only: The last goodbye
76Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
76Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
76At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
75Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
75The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
75Age of reason
75Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
75A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
75Observations Only: Painting a picture
75Observations Only: North Powder
75From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
75Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
75Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
75The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
75A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
75Totally Random: October, the pink month
75Observations Only: One more time
75Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
74Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
74Trash cans
74A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
74Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
74Our View: The elephant in the room
74Teeing Off: Mind Gym
74Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
74Observations Only: Hog wash
74Totally Random: Happy Halloween
74Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
74At the Monument: Art in National Parks
74What’s really going on with our water?
74Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
74Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
73Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
73Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
73Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
73From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
73Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
73Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
73From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
73Teen Voice: Living within our means
73Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
73Completely Different - The magic of spring
73Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
73Teen Voice: The Other Side
73Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
73For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
73Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
73Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
72A Small World: Time traveling
72Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
72Observations Only: Saturday delight
72Silence please
72Observations Only: Surprises
72Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
72Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
72Observations Only: The last toothpick
72Teen Voice: Where is the love?
72Lyman Review: Dog fun
72In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
72Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
72Website Resources
71Observations Only : Mission accomplished
71Observations Only - Two ages of man
71Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
71Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
71Observations Only: No thank you
71Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
71Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
71Lyman Review: Winter's dog
71Totally Random: Trusting the fates
71Teen Voice: Footprints
71Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
71Lyman Review: Branding Time
70From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
70Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
70 Taking a big risk
70Teen Voice: Not just another ride
70From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
70Observations Only: Spider adventure
70Observations Only: Together again
70From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
70Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
70Teen Voice: Equality
70I'm falling for Tumblr?
70Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
70Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
70Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
70Guest Voices…
70Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
70Teen Voice: To the future
70Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
70View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
70Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
70No-Till Notes: Back in the field
69Do You Tube?
69Teen Voice: The more the merrier
69Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
69The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
69The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
69From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
69Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
69Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
69Our View: Community responsible for kids
69Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
69Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
69Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
69Teen Voice: Cyber War
69At the Monument: That old (historic) building
69Religious freedom must be protected
69Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
69Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
69Their View: Goal post move unfair
69Synchronicity:What brings me back
68Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
68Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
68Completely Different: Your local government and you
68The zombie apocalypse and you
68Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
68From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
68Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
68No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
68Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
68Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
68Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
68Letters to the Editor
68Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
67From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
67The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
67Teen Voice: The road of hatred
67Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
67Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
67Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
67Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
67Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
67Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
66My mini Pen and me
66Life's curve balls
66Observations Only: What's in a word?
66Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
66Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
66Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
66Nature Notes: Love is in the air
66Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
66Support emergency services personnel
65Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
65View from the block
65SELL-OUT!
65Economic development update
65Home of the Brave
65Remembering When
65Observations Only: Counting chickens
65Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
65The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
65At the Library: March into a good book
65No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
64Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
64Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
64Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
64The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
64Teen Voice: Happy news
64From the Hill: More Work Ahead
64Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
64Totally Random: Where does it go?
64
63Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
63The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
63Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
63The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
63Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
63Why you should visit the zoo in February
63Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
63At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
62Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
62Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
62Completely Different: The Quest
62Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
62From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
62Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
62LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
62Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
62Teen Voice: What is love?
62Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
62Teen Voice: Inspire me
62Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
61Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
61Welcome to Gering
61Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
61Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
60Letter to the Editor
60Timing makes perfect
60Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
60Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
60Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
60Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
60Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
59Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
59Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
59Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
59Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
59Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
59From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
59LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
59Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
59Rural America and immigration reform
58We need a few good people
58Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
58Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
58Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
58From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
58Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
58Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
58Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
58Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
58From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
57Teen Voice: March Madness
57Practice safe barbecue basics
56Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
56From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
56Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
56Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
55Seeing the works of the master
55Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
55Permission to remember
55Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
55Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
54Our view . . .Sports Complex
54Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
54Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
54Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
53Social time has important benefits
53From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
53My Thanksgiving prayer
52Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
51Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
51Greetings from the State Capitol
49Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
48Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
48Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
44Our View: Visionaries wanted
43Our View: Bravo OTD committee
38Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
33Letter to the Editor
30Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
28Letter to the Editor
25Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
23Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
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