Work smarter but keep the Gering Police Department
February 24, 2011 Al and Lois Herbel   
The following is a letter written on Feb. 15 by Lois and Al Herbel to the Gering City Council members concerning the proposed merger of the Gering and Scottsbluff police departments. A condensed version of the letter was published in the Feb. 24 edition of the Gering Citizen as a guest editorial. Below is the letter in its entirety.

To: Gering City Council

It will be necessary for us to be out of town on February 24, 2011, the date for the combined city councils meeting. Therefore, we are writing to you to encourage you to vote “no” on any consolidation of the Scottsbluff and Gering Police Departments. This request is based on information given to the public in the form of newspaper articles and information discussed at city meetings. Listed below are some of our concerns with this proposal.

• No financial savings will be realized from employee salaries. The combined departments create a situation of comparability with larger departments across the state for salary negotiations which calls for higher salaries. No savings would be realized for many years, if ever.
• Costs to consolidate appear one way on paper but, in actuality, could end up costing more than projected. There are always unanticipated costs that cause projects to cost more than was predicted. Consolidation of the police departments would be no different.
• The additional costs in making the departments consistent have not been addressed in the studies. A consolidated department would need to have standardization throughout the department. That means weapons, badges, fleet, uniforms, letterheads, and other essential equipment would need to be purchased so both departments are standardized. These costs have not been addressed.
• Gering City Council would lose all control over the police department. As it stands now, Gering needs can be addressed by Gering City Council to improve quality of life for Gering residents, but consolidation would take that away. Gering would be at the mercy of Scottsbluff Council or some sort of joint service agency. Gering’s needs could easily be tabled or ignored because Gering would have relinquished control to another agency.
• Residents would be asked to pay an additional tax to support consolidation. Presently, we pay a city tax which funds the Gering Police Department but we do not pay an additional tax for protection. However, with consolidation, taxpayers would be asked to pay the additional tax as well as the city tax. Gering City Council, as a whole, will lose any power to control this new tax or how it is spent.
• If a joint service agency is formed, how would agency members be trained to govern police departments? It will be very easy for this agency and the chief of police to become quite political.
• If a joint service agency is formed, it was stated that the agency would be comprised of 1-2 council members from each city council. Gering has 8 council members and Scottsbluff has 4. If 2 council members from each city are members of the agency, Scottsbluff would have 50% of their council represented and Gering would have 25% of their council represented. Gering City Council would be at a disadvantage in representation to the joint service council.
• Recently, consolidation information has been presented by Scottsbluff only. We have not heard from Gering Police chief, Gering patrol officers, Gering captains, etc. The presentations have come from one department. If Gering Police Department is in the background prior to consolidation, one can only assume what could happen after consolidation. If consolidated, we see this one-sidedness continuing to be an ongoing and a growing problem.
• We need to hear from both Scottsbluff and Gering officers on the street. We have only heard from administration. Many are fearful of retaliation but the patrol officers have much “in the trenches” knowledge that could help in this decision and their information is being ignored.
• Living in Gering is different than living in Scottsbluff. Gering has a more relaxed, small-town atmosphere than Scottsbluff. We have something that most communities do not have – a choice of which city we would like to reside. Bigger is not always better and often times is less sustainable. We need to appreciate this luxury we have and capitalize on it.
• Gering and Scottsbluff are similar in location only. The cities are very different in philosophies, form of government, needs, crime rates, crime types, etc. If consolidated, it appears that it could be very difficult for Scottsbluff to understand Gering’s problems. Therefore, we could expect very little resolution when the need arises for such things as more staff, different ordinances, equipment, training, etc.
• Ordinances are not uniform. Gering needs are different than Scottsbluff and does not need uniform ordinances between the two cities. Ordinances need to be written to deal with situations at hand, not written for both cities because the other has to address a specific need.
• Several enticements have been mentioned in this consolidation proposal (Gering schools could have a resource officer, Gering could have another beat, there would be a child abuse investigator, 12 hour shifts, etc.) However, nothing has been mentioned as to when those enticements would be put into place. We know some of those enticements have been mentioned for years and they have never been implemented. After a consolidation is in place, there is no guarantee those enticements would become reality or they could be implemented and discontinued shortly afterwards. As funding becomes an issue, those enticements would be the first to be eliminated. Consolidation is not needed to implement these enticements because they could be implemented at any time without consolidation.
• Regarding 12 hour shifts, criminals don’t work shifts and they commit crimes at anytime during a shift. How will 12 hour shifts save overtime when officers respond to calls toward the end of shifts and then must write their reports? We wonder how many times report writing can not be completed in the 1 ½ hours at the end of shifts. Will the exhausted report writer be more or less accurate at the end of shift with longer duty days? How will reliability of those late hour reports affect court cases?
• Currently, Scottsbluff and Gering Police Departments, as well as Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Department and Nebraska State Patrol, share personnel, equipment and mutual aid. We would highly recommend that this cooperation, sharing of resources and support to Scottsbluff continue.
• Consolidation will only lead to more hard feelings between the two communities. One could blame the other when services are not rendered as expected. Over the last several years, efforts to create harmony between the two communities have been a priority. We foresee this police consolidation actually working in reverse if it were to take place.
• Scottsbluff Police Department is understaffed and often short-handed. This is not a new development but has been the standard mode of operation for the past few years. Since they have failed to fully staff their department, when would full staffing finally occur? How would they be required to keep their department fully staffed so officers are not pulled from Gering to cover the larger amount of crime that Scottsbluff experiences? We definitely foresee that Gering will lack adequate coverage in the event of consolidation. We do not see any concrete evidence, other than promises, that indicate otherwise.
• With Scottsbluff Police Department understaffed, attrition seems to have already taken place in that agency. Yet, in reality, Scottsbluff is still short-handed many times and must call on other agencies for assistance, require their officers to work on their scheduled days-off or work extended shifts, require supervisors to work beats, etc. If the departments were consolidated, Scottsbluff would probably be using Gering officers to alleviate staffing shortages they are currently experiencing.
• It has been suggested that a chief and two captains would be retained in a consolidated department. The remaining chief and two captains would be demoted but receive the same salary. How demoralizing it would be to be the chief and captains who were demoted! They posses the skills and abilities to perform the tasks of the job yet they would not be allowed to do so. This seems to be a real waste of talent and skills. Those who had been demoted might want to seek chief/captain positions with other agencies. How is a demotion going to be viewed by future potential employers? The demotion would be no fault to the employee but a future employer is not going to know that. How would sergeants view demoted captains receiving more pay for doing the same job the sergeants are doing? Would the demoted chief/captains receive annual raises like the other employees or would their salaries be frozen until it equaled the other sergeants? No morale building would take place with this decision.
• We have been told that through attrition, money would be saved. In reality, the departments do not have extra manpower now. We do not foresee a situation where attrition can ever take place to save additional budgeted funds.
• Since Gering has statistical proof of less crime and is considered a safer community, our seasoned officers could be placed or called into coverage of heavier Scottsbluff crime scenes. Logic follows that new officers will be sent to Gering for lighter duty to begin their law enforcement experience while experienced officers could be assigned beats in Scottsbluff. Once again, Gering would be at a disadvantage if new or inexperienced officers were only placed in Gering.
• Scottsbluff seems to have more difficulty with their budget than Gering. (ex: funding shortcomings for their cemetery, the zoo, fire department, etc). When Scottsbluff makes cuts to the budget, Gering police department could expect to be affected negatively if the departments were consolidated. Without consolidation, Gering is not affected by Scottsbluff’s budget.
• If consolidation results, Gering City Council and City Administrator will not have any control over the hiring and firing of the officers placed in Gering. They will not have control over who goes to training, what training the officers in Gering receive, or how often officers receive training. Gering’s crime rate is considerably less than Scottsbluff so one would wonder if the officers in Gering would receive less training. How will a joint service agency ensure Gering officers receive the same amount of training as officers in Scottsbluff? How often would officers receive training? Who determines who goes to training, or what training is needed?
• If combining Gering with Scottsbluff, we need to open the position of Police Chief to a nation-wide search and application process. We deserve a chief who has the experience, background and knowledge to blend two departments. We deserve someone we can all trust for our communities’ best interest. To our knowledge, neither chief nor any of the 4 captains have that expertise.
• Before any consolidation of agencies would take place, an external review of each agency needs to be conducted. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each agency? How are they working internally as far as following written policies, morale of officers, the scheduling of trainings for officers, etc.? Both have unions but how is that working for each department? Having an unbiased team come in and evaluate each agency is critical for Gering’s best interest. Why would we want our officers to join another force without knowing how that force is really functioning? That knowledge would come from examination of practices that exist when following policies, viewing the policies and procedures, interviewing employees at the administration and patrol levels, etc.
• Currently, Gering Police Department has a very excellent response time. Gering officers working in a much larger area with train tracks to cross would decrease the response time for Gering residents immensely.
• Distance in responding to Gering will inevitability increase the fuel budget, a cost that must be added to the expense of consolidation. This budget item would probably never decrease due to increased fuel usage and rising fuel prices in increasing response distance. This budget increase goes against efforts to otherwise be more sustainable.
• Economic development will be negatively affected for businesses of Gering with the consolidation. Scottsbluff and Gering Police Departments do not use the same facility to supply fuel, tires, etc. for their patrol fleets. With consolidation, the supplier of these goods would probably not be a Gering business. Gering officers patronize Gering food establishments during meal times. Those businesses could expect less patronization if consolidation were to happen. Both of these items affect the amount of sales tax Gering would collect, which is vital so several programs/projects continue and property tax relief is realized. Our downtown business world has decline greatly and we need to encourage as much business as possible.
• In order to strive to be more sustainable, a community needs to be walkable with services and business accessible to the residents. In a consolidated police department, the main office would be in Scottsbluff. Currently, the location of the main office in Gering is easily accessible to our residents. In order to be more sustainable, Gering needs to protect the walkability of its community.
• We strongly believe that implementation of the city sustainability plan will do more to conserve current and future city budgets than any possible financial savings that could result from a police consolidation. Even on paper, there appears to be no financial savings, immediately or within the next several years. However, by embedding the sustainability plan into daily city operations, savings could be realized immediately.

When marketing our communities, we need to advertise the resources we have and build on them. We have two distinct, unique communities that provide diversity to the residents of this area. We need to capitalize on that and promote it to others that might want to re-locate here. Let’s not destroy what we have, but instead let us promote it.

We need to work smarter but keep our police department as Gering’s. We need to continue to work with, be supportive and cooperative with Scottsbluff. We need to be the best neighbor we can be without giving away ourselves and our city. We encourage the Gering City Council to vote “no” on any consolidation option.

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44Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
44Teeing Off: The thing about state
44A Small World: Special guest
44Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
44Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
44Our View: Community responsible for kids
44Across The Fence: Last Christmas
44Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
44Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
44Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
44Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
44Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
44Religious freedom must be protected
44Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
44Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
44No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
44No Till Notes: Final Stop
44Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
43Our View: The elephant in the room
43Observations Only: Expect the best
43Observations Only: The shadow of error
43Observations Only: A matter of paradox
43The Good Life: The two different types of business people
43Teen Voice: The Other Side
43Observations Only: The vision
43Observations Only: Off to the races
43Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
43Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
43Observations Only: A day in August
43Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
43Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
43Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
43Teen Voice: Where is the love?
43Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
43Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
43Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
43Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
43Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
43No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
43Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
43Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
42Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
42The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
42Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
42Observations Only: Good and evil
42Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
42Guest Voices…
42Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
42Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
42Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
42Observations Only: Waiting time
42Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
42Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
42Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
42Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
42Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
42Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
42Teen Voice: Footprints
42Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
42At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
42At the Monument: Art in National Parks
42Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
42Their View: Goal post move unfair
41Teen Voice: Serendipity
41Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
41Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
41Observations Only: Choices
41Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
41Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
41A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
41A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
41Totally Random: Happy Halloween
41Teen Voice: Self-expression
41Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
41Observations Only: The last goodbye
41Observations Only: The vigil
41Observations Only: Final moment
41Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
41Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
41Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
41Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
41Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
41Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
41Support emergency services personnel
41Lyman Review: Branding Time
41No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
41For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
41At the Monument: Junior Rangers
41Synchronicity:What brings me back
41Letters to the Editor
41Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
41Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
40Observations Only: Uneventful flight
40Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
40Observations Only: Going home
40Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
40Observations Only: A fine line
40The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
40Teen Voice: Shadow art
40Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
40Observations Only: Divine prompts
40Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
40Observations Only: A good daughter
40Observations Only: The awful truth
40Anno Domini: On this remembering day
40Observations Only: One more time
40 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
40Totally Random: Trusting the fates
40View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
40Totally Random: Where does it go?
40At the Monument: That old (historic) building
40Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
40In the Hills: Explore the state parks
40Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
40Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
39Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
39Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
39Teen Voice: Equality
39Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
39The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
39Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
39Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
39Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
39Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
39Observations Only: The last toothpick
39Teen Voice: Cyber War
39Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
39Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
39Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
39At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
39Linked Lives
39Letter to the editor
39Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
38From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
38Teen Voice: Living within our means
38Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
38A Stray Moment: God Knows
38Observations Only: A matter of matter
38Observations Only: Hog wash
38Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
38Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
38Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
38Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
38Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
37A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
37From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
37From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
37Teeing Off: Mind Gym
37Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
37A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
37Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
37Teen Voice: What is love?
37No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
37Teen Voice: To the future
37No-Till Notes: Looking Back
37No-till Notes: Moving forward
37Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
37Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
37No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
36Observations Only: Sister lost
36From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
36Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
36Completely Different - The magic of spring
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
36From the Hill: More Work Ahead
36Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
36Why you should visit the zoo in February
36Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
36Website Resources
36College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
36Fourth of July meetings
35Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
35Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
35Observations Only: Willfulness
35Lyman Review: Winter's dog
35Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
35Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
35Nature Notes: Love is in the air
35Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
35Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
35Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
34Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
34Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
34Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
34Teen Voice: Inspire me
34Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
34From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
34No-Till Notes: Back in the field
33Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
33Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
33Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
33Lyman Review: Dog fun
32The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
32Rural America and immigration reform
32At the Library: March into a good book
32Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
31Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
31Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
31Greetings from the State Capitol
30Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
29Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
29Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
28No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
27Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
24Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
24At the Monument: Living History
Most Read News Stories of 2012
459All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
446Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
403Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
349To whom are we thankful?
262Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
243A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
237Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
236At the Monument: Museum collections
228A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
221A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
209Support letters requested for airport
207Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
201Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
189No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
187No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
176Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
175In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
171Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
171Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
167No Till Notes:
159Letters to the Editor
159Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
153Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
153Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
153A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
153Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
152Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
151Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
151At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
151In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
149No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
135Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
131At the Monument: Where are the animals?
123Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
122Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
119What's the deal with organic milk?
119Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
118Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
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111At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
106Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
103Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
95Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
93Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
92Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
92The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
89Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
86Completely Different: It's all in the family
86Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
86Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
85Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
85Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
83Observations Only: A soul’s journey
83Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
83Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
82Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
82A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
81Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
81Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
80 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
77Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
76Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
76From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
76Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
75Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
75Totally Random: The Golden Rule
74Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
74In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
73A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
73At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
72Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
70From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
70Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
70Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
70Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
70At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
69Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
68Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
68A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
68Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
68Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
68Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
68Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
68Creatures of the Night
68Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
67Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
67Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
67Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
67Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
67Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
67Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
67Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
67Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
67Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
67Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
67Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
67Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
67Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
66The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
66Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
66No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
65Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
65Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
65Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
65No-Till Notes: The value of water
64Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
64Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
64Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
64Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
64Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
64Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
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63Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
63Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
63Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
63Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
63A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
63Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
63Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
63Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
62Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
62Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
62The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
62Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
62Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
62Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
61The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
61Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
61A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
61Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
61Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
61The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
61Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
61Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
61Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
61Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
61At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
61A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
60Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
60Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
60From the Superintendent’s Desk
60Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
60Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
60A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
60Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
60Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
60Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
60A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
60A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
59Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
59From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
59Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
59From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
59Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
59Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
59Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
59Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
59Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
59Observations Only: A sad week
59The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
59Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
59No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
58Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
58From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
58Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
58Across the Fence: The hand dug well
58Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
58Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
58Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
57The ghost of Ayn Rand
57Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
57Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
57From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
57A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
57Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
57Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
57Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
56Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
56Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
56Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
56Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
56 Across The Fence: County Fair
55Across the Fence: On The road
55Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
55A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
55Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
55A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
55Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
55From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
55Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
55Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
55Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
55Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
55Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
54Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
54Assad’s endgame
54From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
54Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
54Observations Only: Curious things
54Across the Fence: The Pony Express
54Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
54Teeing Off: Persistence
54Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
54The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
54The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
54Teen Voice: Silence
54Anno Domini: We gather together
54Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
54In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
53Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
53Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
53A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
53Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
53A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
53Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
53Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
53From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
53Teen Voice: The need to get away
53Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
53Teeing Off: Around the Green
53Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
53No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
53Totally Random: My journey, life after living
53At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
53Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
53At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
53Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
53Be kind through communications
53Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
53Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
52Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
52Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
52A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
52From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
52A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
52Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
52Observations Only: Reality check
52A Halloween Story: The scary dream
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52No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
51Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
51Across the Fence: Building Barns
51Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
51Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
51From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
51Observations Only: Beginnings
51The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
51Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
51Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
51Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
51Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
51Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
51Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
51Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
51Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
51Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
51A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
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51Reach out for challenges
50Completely Different: Your local government and you
50The Block
50Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
50Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
50A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
50Observations Only: Critical thinking
50Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
50From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
50Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
50Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
50Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
50Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
50Teen Voice: Remember what you have
50Observations Only: The need to understand
50A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
50Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
50Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
50The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
50Building Bridges: Love your enemies
50In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
50Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
50Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
50No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
50Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
49Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
49From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
49Observations Only: The meeting
49Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
49Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
49Observations Only : White water
49Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
49Observations Only: Temptation
49Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
49Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
49Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
49Across The Fence: A day For thanks
49Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
49Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
49Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
49No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
49Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
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49Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
48Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
48A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
48A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
48Teen Voice: Catfished
48From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
48Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
48Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
48Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
48Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
48Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
48Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
48Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
48Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
48The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
48Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
48Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
48Teen Voice: My rebellion
48Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
48Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
48A real leaning tree Christmas
48Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
48Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
48Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
48New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
48Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
48Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
48Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
47Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
47Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
47Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
47From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
47Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
47A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
47Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
47The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
47Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
47Observations Only: A gift of serenity
47Observations Only: Divine spirit
47Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
47Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
47A Small World: Savoring county fair days
47Lyman Review: Devil calf
47Teen Voice: Stress test
47Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
47Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
47SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
47Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
47View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
47History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
47No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
47Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
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46Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
46The zombie apocalypse and you
46Teen Voice: Today’s television
46Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
46Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
46Observations Only: Journey's end
46Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
46Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
46Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
46Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
46A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
46Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
46The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
46A Stray Moment: Without a net
46Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
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46Totally Random: Life’s ripples
46Teen Voice: The rivalry
46Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
46Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
46Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
46Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
46Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
46No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
46Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
46Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
46In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
46Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
46Across the Fence: Amanda
46Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
46Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
46In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
46At the Monument: Night Sky
45Observations Only : The orphanage
45Being a Nebraskan – border to border
45Observations Only: A new direction
45The hills, part 1: Mustangs
45From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
45Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
45The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
45Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
45Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
45Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
45Teen Voice: Body image
45Observations Only: Indifferent love
45Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
45Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
45Lyman Review: One mean chicken
45Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
45Observations Only: Saint Marge
45Observations Only: The visit
45Lyman Review: The love goat
45Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
45Totally Random: October, the pink month
45Observations Only: Gone away
45Teen Voice: The gift of caring
45Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
45What’s really going on with our water?
45Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
45No-til Notes: Changing plans
45Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
45Prairie Dogs
45Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
45Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
44Completely Different: Tales from the mat
44A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
44Observations Only: Just around the corner
44A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
44Observations Only: North Powder
44Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
44From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
44Observations Only: Curious things, part II
44I'm falling for Tumblr?
44Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
44Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
44Teen Voice: Being a girl
44A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
44The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
44Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
44Teeing Off: The thing about state
44A Small World: Special guest
44Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
44Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
44Our View: Community responsible for kids
44Across The Fence: Last Christmas
44Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
44Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
44Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
44Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
44Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
44Religious freedom must be protected
44Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
44Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
44No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
44No Till Notes: Final Stop
44Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
43It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
43Time keeps flowing like a river
43Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
43Completely Different: The Quest
43From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
43Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
43Observations Only: Painting a picture
43Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
43Our View: The elephant in the room
43Observations Only: Expect the best
43Observations Only: The shadow of error
43Observations Only: A matter of paradox
43The Good Life: The two different types of business people
43Teen Voice: The Other Side
43Observations Only: The vision
43Observations Only: Off to the races
43Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
43Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
43Observations Only: A day in August
43Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
43Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
43Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
43Teen Voice: Where is the love?
43Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
43Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
43Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
43Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
43Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
43No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
43Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
43Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
42A last look at the Nebraska Zone
42Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
42Across the fence: Something worth remembering
42Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
42Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
42Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
42Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
42From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
42Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
42Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
42The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
42Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
42Observations Only: Good and evil
42Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
42Guest Voices…
42Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
42Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
42Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
42Observations Only: Waiting time
42Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
42Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
42Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
42Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
42Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
42Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
42Teen Voice: Footprints
42Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
42At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
42At the Monument: Art in National Parks
42Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
42Their View: Goal post move unfair
41Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
41Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
41Do You Tube?
41Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
41Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
41Teen Voice: The more the merrier
41Teen Voice: Not just another ride
41A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
41Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
41Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
41Teen Voice: Serendipity
41Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
41Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
41Observations Only: Choices
41Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
41Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
41A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
41A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
41Totally Random: Happy Halloween
41Teen Voice: Self-expression
41Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
41Observations Only: The last goodbye
41Observations Only: The vigil
41Observations Only: Final moment
41Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
41Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
41Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
41Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
41Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
41Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
41Support emergency services personnel
41Lyman Review: Branding Time
41No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
41For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
41At the Monument: Junior Rangers
41Synchronicity:What brings me back
41Letters to the Editor
41Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
41Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
40Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
40Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
40Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
40Home of the Brave
40Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
40A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
40Remembering When
40A Stray Moment: The last time
40Observations Only: Blue chip stock
40Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
40Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
40Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
40Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
40Teen Voice: Happy news
40Observations Only: Uneventful flight
40Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
40Observations Only: Going home
40Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
40Observations Only: A fine line
40The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
40Teen Voice: Shadow art
40Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
40Observations Only: Divine prompts
40Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
40Observations Only: A good daughter
40Observations Only: The awful truth
40Anno Domini: On this remembering day
40Observations Only: One more time
40 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
40Totally Random: Trusting the fates
40View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
40Totally Random: Where does it go?
40At the Monument: That old (historic) building
40Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
40In the Hills: Explore the state parks
40Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
40Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
39Observations only : Sisters of the world
39Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
39My mini Pen and me
39Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
39Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
39Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
39LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
39Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
39Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
39Teen Voice: Equality
39Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
39The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
39Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
39Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
39Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
39Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
39Observations Only: The last toothpick
39Teen Voice: Cyber War
39Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
39Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
39Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
39At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
39Linked Lives
39Letter to the editor
39Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
38Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
38The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
38Age of reason
38SELL-OUT!
38Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
38It's no surprise
38From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
38Teen Voice: The road of hatred
38Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
38Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
38From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
38Teen Voice: Living within our means
38Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
38A Stray Moment: God Knows
38Observations Only: A matter of matter
38Observations Only: Hog wash
38Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
38Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
38Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
38Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
38Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
37Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
37Our view . . .Sports Complex
37Observations Only - Two ages of man
37Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
37Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
37Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
37Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
37From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
37LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
37Observations Only: Sister odyssey
37The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
37Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
37Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
37Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
37Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
37A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
37From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
37From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
37Teeing Off: Mind Gym
37Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
37A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
37Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
37Teen Voice: What is love?
37No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
37Teen Voice: To the future
37No-Till Notes: Looking Back
37No-till Notes: Moving forward
37Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
37Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
37No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
36Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
36We need a few good people
36Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
36Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
36Seeing the works of the master
36Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
36View from the block
36Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
36Trash cans
36Economic development update
36Observations Only: The joy of money
36The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
36Observations Only: No thank you
36Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
36From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
36Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
36Observations Only: Scourge of violence
36Observations Only: Sister lost
36From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
36Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
36Completely Different - The magic of spring
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
36From the Hill: More Work Ahead
36Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
36Why you should visit the zoo in February
36Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
36Website Resources
36College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
36Fourth of July meetings
35Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
35Letter to the Editor
35Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
35Permission to remember
35 Taking a big risk
35Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
35Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
35Observations Only: What's in a word?
35Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
35Observations Only: Giving up
35From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
35From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
35Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
35Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
35Observations Only: Willfulness
35Lyman Review: Winter's dog
35Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
35Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
35Nature Notes: Love is in the air
35Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
35Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
35Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
34Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
34Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
34Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
34Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
34Life's curve balls
34Practice safe barbecue basics
34Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
34Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
34The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
34Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
34The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
34Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
34Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
34Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
34Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
34Teen Voice: Inspire me
34Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
34From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
34No-Till Notes: Back in the field
33Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
33Teen Voice: March Madness
33Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
33Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
33Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
33Observations Only: Extreme measures
33Silence please
33Observations Only: Counting chickens
33Observations Only: Together again
33Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
33Observations Only: Surprises
33The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
33The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
33Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
33Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
33Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
33Lyman Review: Dog fun
32A Small World: Time traveling
32Observations Only : Mission accomplished
32Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
32Social time has important benefits
32Timing makes perfect
32Observations Only: Spider adventure
32Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
32Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
32Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
32The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
32Rural America and immigration reform
32At the Library: March into a good book
32Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
31Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
31Our View: Visionaries wanted
31Welcome to Gering
31Observations Only: Saturday delight
31Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
31Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
31Greetings from the State Capitol
30From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
30Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
29Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
29Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
28No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
27Our View: Bravo OTD committee
27Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
26My Thanksgiving prayer
24Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
24At the Monument: Living History
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