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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37Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
37Observations Only: A matter of paradox
37Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
37Observations Only: The visit
37Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
37No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
37Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
37Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
37Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
37Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
37Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
37At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
37Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
37Lyman Review: Branding Time
37New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
37Website Resources
37No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
37At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
37No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
37A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
37Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
37Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
37The Good Life: There is good everywhere
37No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
36Observations Only : White water
36I'm falling for Tumblr?
36From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
36Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
36From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
36The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
36Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
36Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
36Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
36Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
36Teeing Off: The thing about state
36The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
36Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
36A Small World: Special guest
36Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
36A Small World: Savoring county fair days
36Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
36No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
36Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
36Observations Only: The last goodbye
36Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
36Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
36No-Till Notes: Looking Back
36Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
36Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
36Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
36Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
36At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
36No Till Notes: Final Stop
36Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
36At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
36All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
36At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
36Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
36Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
36Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
35Observations Only: Critical thinking
35From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
35Teen Voice: Catfished
35Observations Only: Journey's end
35Teen Voice: Equality
35Observations Only: A soul’s journey
35Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
35Observations Only: Expect the best
35Totally Random: The Golden Rule
35Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
35Teen Voice: Being a girl
35Across the Fence: The hand dug well
35Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
35Lyman Review: The love goat
35Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
35From the Hill: More Work Ahead
35Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
35Observations Only: A day in August
35Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
35Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
35Nature Notes: Love is in the air
35At the Library: March into a good book
35Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
35At the Monument: That old (historic) building
35Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
35For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
35Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
35Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
35Synchronicity:What brings me back
35Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
35In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
35At the Monument: Living History
35A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
35Jane’s Secret: The Telling
35To The Editor
35Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
34The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
34Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
34From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
34Teen Voice: Serendipity
34Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
34Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
34A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
34Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
34Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
34Observations Only: Beginnings
34Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
34Observations Only: Divine prompts
34Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
34Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
34Teen Voice: Remember what you have
34Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
34Rural America and immigration reform
34The Good Life: The two different types of business people
34Observations Only: The vision
34Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
34The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
34Teen Voice: Stress test
34A Halloween Story: The scary dream
34Across The Fence: Last Christmas
34Lyman Review: Winter's dog
34Observations Only: The last toothpick
34Teen Voice: The gift of caring
34Why you should visit the zoo in February
34Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
34Lyman Review: Dog fun
34Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
34Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
34Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
34Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
34Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
34Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
34Linked Lives
34Their View: Goal post move unfair
34At the Monument: Junior Rangers
34History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
34Letters to the Editor
34Fourth of July meetings
34Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
34A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
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34At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
34Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
34Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
34In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
34The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
34
34Letter to the Editor
34At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
34Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
33Observations Only: Uneventful flight
33From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
33Teen Voice: Living within our means
33Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
33Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
33Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
33Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
33Observations Only: Willfulness
33Completely Different - The magic of spring
33From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
33The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
33Teen Voice: Shadow art
33Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
33Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
33Observations Only: The need to understand
33Observations Only: Off to the races
33Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
33Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
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33Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
33Totally Random: Life’s ripples
33Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
33Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
33Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
33Teen Voice: My rebellion
33At the Monument: Art in National Parks
33Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
33Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
33Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
33At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
33In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
33Be kind through communications
33No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
33Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
33No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
33No Till Notes:
33Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
33No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
33Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
32Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
32Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
32From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
32The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
32Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
32The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
32Teen Voice: Silence
32Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
32Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
32Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
32Teen Voice: Cyber War
32Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
32Support emergency services personnel
32No-till Notes: Moving forward
32In the Hills: Explore the state parks
32Greetings from the State Capitol
32No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
32No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
32No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
32Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
32To whom are we thankful?
32Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
31The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
31Teen Voice: The need to get away
31Observations Only: Choices
31The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
31Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
31Teen Voice: The Other Side
31The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
31Teen Voice: The rivalry
31Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
31Teen Voice: To the future
31Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
31Totally Random: Trusting the fates
31Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
31Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
31Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
31View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
31Totally Random: Where does it go?
31Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
31Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
31At the Monument: Where are the animals?
31College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
31No-til Notes: Changing plans
31No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
31At the Monument: Night Sky
31Creatures of the Night
31Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
31No-Till Notes: The value of water
31At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
31Support letters requested for airport
31At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
30Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
30Across the Fence: The Pony Express
30Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
30Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
30Guest Voices…
30Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
30Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
30Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
30Totally Random: Happy Halloween
30Our View: Community responsible for kids
30Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
30Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
30Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
30Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
30Teen Voice: Inspire me
30Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
30Religious freedom must be protected
30Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
30View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
30What’s really going on with our water?
30Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
30No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
30Prairie Dogs
30Reach out for challenges
30Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
30All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
30Letter to the Editor
29From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
29Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
29The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
29Teeing Off: Persistence
29Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
29Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
29Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
29Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
29SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
29Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
29Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
29Teen Voice: Footprints
29Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
29At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
29No-Till Notes: Back in the field
29Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
29Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
29Letters to the Editor
28Our View: The elephant in the room
28Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
28Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
28Teen Voice: What is love?
28Observations Only: The vigil
28Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
28Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
28Teen Voice: Where is the love?
28In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
28Letter to the editor
28In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
28No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
28The Christmas Story
27Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
27Teeing Off: Mind Gym
27A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
27Teen Voice: Self-expression
27Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
27Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
27Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
26Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
26Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
26Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
24From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
19Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
17Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
7No Till Notes: Saying uncle
Most Read News Stories of 2012
137Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
126The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
118Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
102At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
96Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
96No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
87Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
85Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
79Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
78Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
78Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
76No-Till Notes: Observations
75Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
75Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
73Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
72No-Till Notes: Potential
71Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
71Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
71At the Monument: Find Your Park
68Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
67Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
67Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
65Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
64No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
62A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
62Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
61Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
61Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
59Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
59Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
58At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
57Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
57Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
57Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
54Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
54A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
54No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
53Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
53Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
53Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
53Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
53A mom’s thoughts on social media
52Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
52Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
52Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
52No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
51The zombie apocalypse and you
51Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
51A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
51Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
51Anno Domini: On this remembering day
51Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
51Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
51Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
51Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
51At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
51Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
50Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
50Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
50Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
50Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
50 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
50A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
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50Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
50Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
50Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
49Completely Different: It's all in the family
49Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
49A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
49Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
49A Stray Moment: God Knows
49Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
49Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
49Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
49Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
48What's the deal with organic milk?
48Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
48A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
48A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
48From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
48Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
48Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
48Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
48Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
48A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
48Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
48Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
48Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
48Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
47Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
47Across the Fence: On The road
47A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
47Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
47Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
47Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
47Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
47Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
46A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
46Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
46Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
46A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
46Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
46Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
46Observations Only: A sad week
46Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
46Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
46Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
46In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
46Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
46Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
46Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
46Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
46Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
46Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
46Our view: United we can build
45Across the fence: Something worth remembering
45Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
45A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
45Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
45A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
45Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
45A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
45Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
45Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
45A Stray Moment: Without a net
45Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
45Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
45Lyman Review: Devil calf
45Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
45Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
45Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
45Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
45Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
45Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
45Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
45A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
45Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
45A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
45All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
45Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
44Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
44Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
44Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
44Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
44Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
44Observations Only: Surprises
44Across the Fence: Building Barns
44A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
44Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
44Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
44Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
44Observations Only: Divine spirit
44Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
44Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
44Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
44The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
44Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
44Anno Domini: We gather together
44Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
44Observations Only: Final moment
44Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
44Building Bridges: Love your enemies
44Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
44No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
44Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
44Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
44Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
44A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
44At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
44Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
44Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
44Easter
43Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
43Observations Only: A new direction
43Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
43Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
43Observations Only: Blue chip stock
43A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
43Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
43Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
43Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
43Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
43Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
43Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
43A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
43A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
43Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
43Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
43Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
43Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
43A real leaning tree Christmas
43Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
43Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
43Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
43Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
43A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
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43Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
43No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
43Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
43A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
42Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
42Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
42Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
42Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
42Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
42Observations Only: Just around the corner
42Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
42A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
42A Stray Moment: The last time
42Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
42Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
42Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
42Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
42Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
42Observations Only: Waiting time
42A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
42Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
42Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
42Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
42Across The Fence: A day For thanks
42Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
42Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
42Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
42Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
42Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
42A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
42 Across The Fence: County Fair
42Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
42
42No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
42Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
42A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
42Letter to the Editor
42No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
42Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
42NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
41Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
41Completely Different: Your local government and you
41Completely Different: The Quest
41Home of the Brave
41Observations Only: Saturday delight
41Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
41A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
41It's no surprise
41From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
41The Block
41Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
41Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
41Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
41Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
41Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
41A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
41A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
41Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
41Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
41The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
41Observations Only: The shadow of error
41Observations Only: A matter of matter
41A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
41The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
41A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
41Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
41Observations Only: The awful truth
41The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
41Observations Only: Hog wash
41Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
41Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
41Totally Random: My journey, life after living
41Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
41Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
41Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
41Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
41Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
41Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
41Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
41
41No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
40A Small World: Time traveling
40Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
40Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
40Observations Only: The joy of money
40Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
40Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
40Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
40Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
40Assad’s endgame
40From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
40Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
40Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
40Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
40Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
40Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
40Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
40Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
40Observations Only: Good and evil
40Observations Only: A gift of serenity
40Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
40Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
40Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
40Teeing Off: Around the Green
40Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
40Observations Only: Saint Marge
40Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
40Observations Only: One more time
40 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
40Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
40Observations Only: Gone away
40Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
40Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
40Across the Fence: Amanda
40Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
40Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
40Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
40The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
40Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
40Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
40Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
40Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
40Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
40A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
40Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
40Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
40Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
40No Till Notes: Moving Forward
40A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
40Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
40Our View: A failure to communicate
40No-till Notes: Stripper head
39Observations Only : The orphanage
39Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
39The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
39Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
39Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
39Teen Voice: Not just another ride
39Observations Only: Together again
39Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
39Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
39Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
39Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
39Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
39Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
39Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
39Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
39Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
39Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
39Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
39Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
39Observations Only: A good daughter
39The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
39Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
39Totally Random: October, the pink month
39Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
39Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
39Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
39Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
39Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
39Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
39Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
39Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
39Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
39
39At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
39At the Monument: Museum collections
39Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
39No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
39Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
39Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
38Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
38Observations only : Sisters of the world
38Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
38Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
38Our view . . .Sports Complex
38Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
38Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
38Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
38SELL-OUT!
38Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
38Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
38Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
38Our View: Bravo OTD committee
38Observations Only: Painting a picture
38From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
38Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
38Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
38A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
38Observations Only: Curious things
38Observations Only: Going home
38Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
38Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
38From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
38From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
38Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
38Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
38Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
38Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
38Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
38Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
38Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
38Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
38Observations Only: A fine line
38Observations Only: Indifferent love
38Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
38Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
38Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
38Observations Only: Reality check
38Lyman Review: One mean chicken
38Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
38Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
38Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
38The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
38Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
38Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
38No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
38Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
38Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
38In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
38Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
38Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
38Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
38Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
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38Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
38Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
38Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
38No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
38Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
37Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
37It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
37Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
37Being a Nebraskan – border to border
37Observations Only - Two ages of man
37Age of reason
37 Taking a big risk
37Life's curve balls
37Welcome to Gering
37Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
37Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
37The hills, part 1: Mustangs
37Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
37Observations Only: Counting chickens
37Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
37Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
37Observations Only: The meeting
37Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
37Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
37Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
37Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
37Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
37Observations Only: Curious things, part II
37Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
37From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
37Observations Only: Sister lost
37Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
37Observations Only: Temptation
37Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
37Teen Voice: Body image
37Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
37Observations Only: A matter of paradox
37Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
37Observations Only: The visit
37Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
37No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
37Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
37Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
37Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
37Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
37Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
37At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
37Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
37Lyman Review: Branding Time
37New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
37Website Resources
37No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
37At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
37No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
37A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
37Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
37Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
37The Good Life: There is good everywhere
37No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
36Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
36Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
36Observations Only : Mission accomplished
36Time keeps flowing like a river
36Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
36My mini Pen and me
36Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
36Seeing the works of the master
36Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
36Trash cans
36Do You Tube?
36From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
36From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
36A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
36Observations Only: Giving up
36Observations Only: Sister odyssey
36Observations Only: North Powder
36Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
36Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
36Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
36From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
36Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
36Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
36Observations Only : White water
36I'm falling for Tumblr?
36From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
36Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
36From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
36The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
36Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
36Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
36Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
36Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
36Teeing Off: The thing about state
36The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
36Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
36A Small World: Special guest
36Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
36A Small World: Savoring county fair days
36Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
36No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
36Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
36Observations Only: The last goodbye
36Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
36Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
36No-Till Notes: Looking Back
36Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
36Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
36Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
36Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
36At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
36No Till Notes: Final Stop
36Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
36At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
36All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
36At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
36Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
36Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
36Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
35We need a few good people
35Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
35Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
35The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
35Permission to remember
35Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
35Economic development update
35Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
35The ghost of Ayn Rand
35Remembering When
35The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
35Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
35From the Superintendent’s Desk
35Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
35Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
35From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
35Teen Voice: Today’s television
35Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
35Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
35Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
35Observations Only: Critical thinking
35From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
35Teen Voice: Catfished
35Observations Only: Journey's end
35Teen Voice: Equality
35Observations Only: A soul’s journey
35Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
35Observations Only: Expect the best
35Totally Random: The Golden Rule
35Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
35Teen Voice: Being a girl
35Across the Fence: The hand dug well
35Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
35Lyman Review: The love goat
35Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
35From the Hill: More Work Ahead
35Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
35Observations Only: A day in August
35Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
35Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
35Nature Notes: Love is in the air
35At the Library: March into a good book
35Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
35At the Monument: That old (historic) building
35Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
35For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
35Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
35Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
35Synchronicity:What brings me back
35Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
35In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
35At the Monument: Living History
35A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
35Jane’s Secret: The Telling
35To The Editor
35Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
34A last look at the Nebraska Zone
34Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
34View from the block
34Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
34Practice safe barbecue basics
34Teen Voice: The more the merrier
34The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
34Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
34Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
34Teen Voice: The road of hatred
34Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
34LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
34Observations Only: Spider adventure
34Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
34From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
34Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
34The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
34The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
34Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
34From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
34Teen Voice: Serendipity
34Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
34Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
34A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
34Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
34Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
34Observations Only: Beginnings
34Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
34Observations Only: Divine prompts
34Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
34Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
34Teen Voice: Remember what you have
34Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
34Rural America and immigration reform
34The Good Life: The two different types of business people
34Observations Only: The vision
34Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
34The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
34Teen Voice: Stress test
34A Halloween Story: The scary dream
34Across The Fence: Last Christmas
34Lyman Review: Winter's dog
34Observations Only: The last toothpick
34Teen Voice: The gift of caring
34Why you should visit the zoo in February
34Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
34Lyman Review: Dog fun
34Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
34Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
34Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
34Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
34Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
34Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
34Linked Lives
34Their View: Goal post move unfair
34At the Monument: Junior Rangers
34History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
34Letters to the Editor
34Fourth of July meetings
34Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
34A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
34
34
34At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
34Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
34Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
34In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
34The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
34
34Letter to the Editor
34At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
34Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
33Completely Different: Tales from the mat
33Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
33Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
33From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
33Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
33Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
33Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
33From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
33Observations Only: Uneventful flight
33From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
33Teen Voice: Living within our means
33Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
33Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
33Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
33Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
33Observations Only: Willfulness
33Completely Different - The magic of spring
33From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
33The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
33Teen Voice: Shadow art
33Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
33Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
33Observations Only: The need to understand
33Observations Only: Off to the races
33Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
33Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
33
33Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
33Totally Random: Life’s ripples
33Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
33Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
33Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
33Teen Voice: My rebellion
33At the Monument: Art in National Parks
33Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
33Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
33Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
33At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
33In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
33Be kind through communications
33No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
33Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
33No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
33No Till Notes:
33Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
33No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
33Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
32Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
32Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
32Letter to the Editor
32Observations Only: What's in a word?
32Silence please
32Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
32Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
32The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
32Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
32Observations Only: Scourge of violence
32Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
32Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
32From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
32The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
32Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
32The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
32Teen Voice: Silence
32Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
32Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
32Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
32Teen Voice: Cyber War
32Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
32Support emergency services personnel
32No-till Notes: Moving forward
32In the Hills: Explore the state parks
32Greetings from the State Capitol
32No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
32No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
32No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
32Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
32To whom are we thankful?
32Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
31From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
31Timing makes perfect
31Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
31Observations Only: Extreme measures
31Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
31From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
31Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
31The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
31The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
31The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
31Teen Voice: The need to get away
31Observations Only: Choices
31The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
31Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
31Teen Voice: The Other Side
31The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
31Teen Voice: The rivalry
31Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
31Teen Voice: To the future
31Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
31Totally Random: Trusting the fates
31Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
31Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
31Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
31View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
31Totally Random: Where does it go?
31Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
31Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
31At the Monument: Where are the animals?
31College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
31No-til Notes: Changing plans
31No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
31At the Monument: Night Sky
31Creatures of the Night
31Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
31No-Till Notes: The value of water
31At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
31Support letters requested for airport
31At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
30Teen Voice: March Madness
30Our View: Visionaries wanted
30Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
30From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
30From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
30Observations Only: No thank you
30From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
30Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
30Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
30Teen Voice: Happy news
30Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
30Across the Fence: The Pony Express
30Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
30Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
30Guest Voices…
30Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
30Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
30Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
30Totally Random: Happy Halloween
30Our View: Community responsible for kids
30Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
30Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
30Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
30Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
30Teen Voice: Inspire me
30Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
30Religious freedom must be protected
30Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
30View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
30What’s really going on with our water?
30Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
30No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
30Prairie Dogs
30Reach out for challenges
30Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
30All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
30Letter to the Editor
29Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
29From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
29Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
29From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
29Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
29The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
29Teeing Off: Persistence
29Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
29Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
29Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
29Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
29SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
29Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
29Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
29Teen Voice: Footprints
29Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
29At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
29No-Till Notes: Back in the field
29Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
29Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
29Letters to the Editor
28Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
28LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
28From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
28Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
28Our View: The elephant in the room
28Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
28Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
28Teen Voice: What is love?
28Observations Only: The vigil
28Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
28Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
28Teen Voice: Where is the love?
28In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
28Letter to the editor
28In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
28No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
28The Christmas Story
27Social time has important benefits
27Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
27Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
27Teeing Off: Mind Gym
27A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
27Teen Voice: Self-expression
27Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
27Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
27Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
26Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
26Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
26Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
25My Thanksgiving prayer
24From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
19Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
17Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
7No Till Notes: Saying uncle
Dominos Pizza
Fresh Foods
Vista Energy
Kendell Henderson