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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100Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
99No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
92Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
92 Across The Fence: County Fair
85Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
84Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
81No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
74In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
64Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
56At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
49Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
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16525Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
4924We need a few good people
3129What's the deal with organic milk?
2803Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2427Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2251Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2202The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2180Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2164Completely Different: It's all in the family
2068Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2042Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2017Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1981Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1931Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1921Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1917Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1916Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1885The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1849A Small World: Time traveling
1847Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1813Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1812Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1796Time keeps flowing like a river
1790Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1769A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1759Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1759Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1756Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1749Letter to the Editor
1728Observations Only : The orphanage
1721My mini Pen and me
1705Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1701Teen Voice: March Madness
1690Our view . . .Sports Complex
1684From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1679Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1672Completely Different: Your local government and you
1662Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1662Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1661Observations only : Sisters of the world
1648Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1648Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1647Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1647Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1642Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1640Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1637Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1630Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1623Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1592It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1585Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1580Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1578From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1576Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1575Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1571Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1526Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1474Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1456Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1438Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1438Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1425Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1359Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1336Completely Different: The Quest
1323Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1287Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1251Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1248Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1233Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1232Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1221The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1214Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1214Across the Fence: Building Barns
1205Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1197From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1195Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1193Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1184Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1180Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1178Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1177Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1166From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1165No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1162Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1159Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1149Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1141Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1132From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1129Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1126Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1119From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1119Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1111Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1107Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1106The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1104Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1099From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1098Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1097A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1093Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1085Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1083Across the Fence: On The road
1080Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1078Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1074Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1070A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1069Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1067From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1067Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1066Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1062From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1056Assad’s endgame
1053The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1052A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1051Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1049Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1048Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1035Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1033Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1032Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1028Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1023Observations Only - Two ages of man
1022Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1018A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1016From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1014Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1011Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1006The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1002Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
999From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
995Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
994Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
981Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
979A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
972Observations Only: Painting a picture
971Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
971Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
968Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
967Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
966Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
962From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
960Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
954Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
950A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
949Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
947Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
946Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
944Teen Voice: Today’s television
943Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
942Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
940Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
940Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
940Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
937Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
935Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
930Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
926Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
924Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
922Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
918Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
915From the Superintendent’s Desk
914From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
913 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
911Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
911Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
909From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
908Observations Only: A new direction
908From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
908Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
908Across The Fence: A day For thanks
906From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
901Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
900The zombie apocalypse and you
895Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
894From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
892Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
891Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
888Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
881Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
881A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
879Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
876Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
873From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
872Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
870Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
869Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
868Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
866Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
862Observations Only: Giving up
862Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
860Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
859Trash cans
857From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
856Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
855Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
855A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
855Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
855From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
849The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
848From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
847A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
845A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
843The hills, part 1: Mustangs
843Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
842Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
838The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
838Teen Voice: The road of hatred
837Observations Only: The joy of money
837From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
833Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
832Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
832Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
830Teen Voice: The more the merrier
828The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
827Observations Only: Saturday delight
827Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
825Teen Voice: Catfished
824The Block
824Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
822Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
822Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
821Across the Fence: The hand dug well
820A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
820Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
819Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
819Observations Only: Curious things
817At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
813Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
810Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
805Life's curve balls
805Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
805A Stray Moment: God Knows
805Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
802A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
798Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
796 Taking a big risk
796Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
795Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
795From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
793Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
791A Stray Moment: Without a net
790A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
790Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
789The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
789A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
789A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
787Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
785The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
782Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
782Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
781Teen Voice: Not just another ride
781A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
781The ghost of Ayn Rand
781Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
778Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
777Observations Only: Scourge of violence
776Observations Only: Counting chickens
776Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
775A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
775Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
773Observations Only: Extreme measures
773From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
773The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
772Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
771Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
769Seeing the works of the master
769Timing makes perfect
767Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
766Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
765Observations Only: Going home
762Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
762Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
761View from the block
757Observations Only: Just around the corner
757Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
756The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
756Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
755A Stray Moment: The last time
755Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
754Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
750SELL-OUT!
749Observations Only: Uneventful flight
749A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
748Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
748Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
748A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
745Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
745The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
744It's no surprise
743Teen Voice: Body image
743Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
741A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
740Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
740The Good Life: The two different types of business people
739Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
738Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
737Welcome to Gering
736Observations Only: Surprises
736Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
733Silence please
733Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
733Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
732Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
732Rural America and immigration reform
730Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
730Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
728Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
727Age of reason
727A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
726Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
724Do You Tube?
724Teen Voice: Living within our means
723Observations Only: What's in a word?
723Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
723Observations Only: A gift of serenity
722Observations Only: No thank you
722Observations Only: The awful truth
720The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
719Observations Only: Journey's end
719Teen Voice: Shadow art
717Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
717Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
716Observations Only: Critical thinking
716From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
716Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
714Economic development update
714Teen Voice: Serendipity
714Totally Random: My journey, life after living
713Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
713Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
712A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
710Observations Only: Together again
709LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
709Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
709Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
707Observations Only: North Powder
707A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
706Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
705Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
705Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
704From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
704Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
703Observations Only: Sister odyssey
703Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
703Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
701Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
701Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
701Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
700Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
698Observations Only: Blue chip stock
698A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
696From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
695The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
694Observations Only: Spider adventure
693Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
691Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
691Observations Only: Curious things, part II
687Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
687Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
684Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
684Guest Voices…
684Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
683Observations Only: Sister lost
681Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
679Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
677Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
673Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
669From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
669Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
666I'm falling for Tumblr?
666Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
665Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
664A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
663Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
662From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
659Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
659Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
659A real leaning tree Christmas
658The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
657Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
656Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
655Permission to remember
654Teen Voice: Being a girl
653Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
652Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
652Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
650The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
650The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
647My Thanksgiving prayer
647Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
646Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
645Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
645Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
645Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
641Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
641Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
640Social time has important benefits
640Observations Only: The meeting
639Observations Only : White water
639A Small World: Special guest
636Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
636Our View: The elephant in the room
635The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
635Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
634A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
633Home of the Brave
632Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
631Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
631Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
630Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
628Observations Only: Good and evil
627Practice safe barbecue basics
626LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
626Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
626Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
626The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
622Teen Voice: Happy news
622The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
622Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
620Remembering When
619Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
618Observations Only: Expect the best
617Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
615Observations Only: A fine line
614Teeing Off: Around the Green
612Observations Only: A matter of matter
611Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
611Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
611The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
611The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
609Our View: Bravo OTD committee
608Observations Only: The shadow of error
608Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
607The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
605Observations Only: Beginnings
604Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
603Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
597Observations Only: Divine spirit
597Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
596Observations Only: Indifferent love
596Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
593Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
591Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
589Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
588Completely Different - The magic of spring
586Observations Only: Choices
586Observations Only: A matter of paradox
585Teen Voice: Equality
585Anno Domini: We gather together
580A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
575Observations Only: Divine prompts
573Teen Voice: Silence
572Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
570Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
569Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
565Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
563Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
561Observations Only: Temptation
561Totally Random: Life’s ripples
560A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
558Observations Only: Off to the races
555Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
554Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
553Observations Only: A sad week
551Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
551Observations Only: The vision
549Lyman Review: Devil calf
548Observations Only: Willfulness
548Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
546Teen Voice: The need to get away
544Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
542Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
542Totally Random: October, the pink month
538Our View: Visionaries wanted
535Observations Only: The need to understand
535Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
535Building Bridges: Love your enemies
533Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
532Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
529Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
526A Halloween Story: The scary dream
524Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
524Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
520Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
520The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
517Teeing Off: Persistence
514Observations Only: A good daughter
513Teen Voice: Stress test
512Across the Fence: The Pony Express
511Teeing Off: Mind Gym
510Teen Voice: Footprints
509Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
507Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
507Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
504Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
504Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
499Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
497Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
494Teen Voice: Remember what you have
493Teen Voice: The rivalry
492Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
490Observations Only: Waiting time
489Observations Only: Saint Marge
486Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
482Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
480Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
477Teen Voice: The Other Side
477Teeing Off: The thing about state
476Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
474Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
473Lyman Review: The love goat
469Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
467Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
462Teen Voice: What is love?
461Anno Domini: On this remembering day
459Totally Random: Happy Halloween
458Observations Only: Reality check
458Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
456Observations Only: Gone away
455Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
454Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
454Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
454Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
451Teen Voice: My rebellion
450Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
446Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
445Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
445Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
444Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
442Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
439No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
437Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
435Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
433Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
429Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
428Observations Only: Hog wash
428Teen Voice: Self-expression
427 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
424Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
422Why you should visit the zoo in February
421Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
420Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
418Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
414Lyman Review: One mean chicken
411Teen Voice: Cyber War
410Observations Only: The visit
406
406At the Library: March into a good book
405From the Hill: More Work Ahead
394Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
394SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
393Observations Only: A day in August
389Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
389Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
388Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
387What’s really going on with our water?
384Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
384For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
378Observations Only: The last goodbye
377Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
375No-Till Notes: Looking Back
373Observations Only: Final moment
373Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
372Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
368Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
367Observations Only: One more time
365Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
364Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
363No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
363Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
363Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
362Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
362Teen Voice: To the future
361Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
360Teen Voice: The gift of caring
356In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
354Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
354Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
353Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
352View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
351Across The Fence: Last Christmas
351Lyman Review: Branding Time
351Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
348Teen Voice: Where is the love?
348Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
346Our View: Community responsible for kids
345Totally Random: Where does it go?
345At the Monument: Junior Rangers
344Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
344Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
343Observations Only: The last toothpick
343Their View: Goal post move unfair
341Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
341Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
338Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
333Nature Notes: Love is in the air
333Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
331Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
331Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
328Totally Random: Trusting the fates
326In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
323Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
322In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
321Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
321Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
321Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
319Observations Only: The vigil
319Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
317Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
316Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
314Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
314Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
313Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
312Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
311Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
309Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
304Linked Lives
303Religious freedom must be protected
302Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
301Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
300History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
299Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
299Support emergency services personnel
297Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
297Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
296At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
295Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
294Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
290In the Hills: Explore the state parks
288Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
287Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
287Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
284At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
281Lyman Review: Winter's dog
281At the Monument: That old (historic) building
279Website Resources
276From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
276College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
275Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
274Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
274Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
273Across the Fence: Amanda
273Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
273Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
271Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
269Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
269Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
269No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
267Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
265Lyman Review: Dog fun
264Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
264Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
262Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
261At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
259Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
259Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
258New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
257Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
255Teen Voice: Inspire me
255At the Monument: Where are the animals?
251Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
250No-till Notes: Moving forward
250No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
249Greetings from the State Capitol
244Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
243Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
238Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
238No-til Notes: Changing plans
237Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
234Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
232No-Till Notes: Back in the field
228Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
227Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
226No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
225Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
225No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
217At the Monument: Art in National Parks
211View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
209Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
208Synchronicity:What brings me back
205Be kind through communications
203Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
198Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
198Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
196Letter to the editor
195Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
195No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
179Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
172Letters to the Editor
172Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
166In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
164Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
153A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
148Fourth of July meetings
145Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
142A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
132Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
123Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
122A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
111Prairie Dogs
105Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
102Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
100Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
99No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
92Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
92 Across The Fence: County Fair
85Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
84Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
81No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
74In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
64Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
56At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
49Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
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