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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383At the Monument: Junior Rangers
381Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
380Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
379Lyman Review: Branding Time
376Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
376Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
374Across The Fence: Last Christmas
374View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
374In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
371Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
370Observations Only: The last toothpick
369Teen Voice: Where is the love?
369Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
366Nature Notes: Love is in the air
366Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
365Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
364No-till Notes: Moving forward
362Our View: Community responsible for kids
361Totally Random: Where does it go?
361Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
360Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
359Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
355Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
354Totally Random: Trusting the fates
354In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
354Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
351Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
349Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
349Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
346Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
343Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
342Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
341Observations Only: The vigil
341Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
341Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
341No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
340Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
340Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
337Linked Lives
336At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
334History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
331Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
330Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
327Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
327Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
325Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
324Support emergency services personnel
323Religious freedom must be protected
322Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
321At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
316Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
316College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
314Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
312Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
311Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
311Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
310In the Hills: Explore the state parks
310Website Resources
307Lyman Review: Winter's dog
307At the Monument: That old (historic) building
307Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
306Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
305No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
304Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
303Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
303Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
301Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
299Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
299From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
297No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
296Across the Fence: Amanda
296Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
295Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
294Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
293Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
291Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
288Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
287Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
286Lyman Review: Dog fun
286Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
286New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
282Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
280At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
278At the Monument: Where are the animals?
277Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
276Teen Voice: Inspire me
274Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
272Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
271No-til Notes: Changing plans
269Greetings from the State Capitol
269Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
267Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
265No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
255No-Till Notes: Back in the field
250Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
247Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
246Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
244Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
242Be kind through communications
241At the Monument: Art in National Parks
233Synchronicity:What brings me back
233Letter to the editor
229View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
228Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
225Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
224Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
223Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
223No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
217Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
213Letters to the Editor
207A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
205Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
202In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
195A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
183Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
183Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
177Fourth of July meetings
174Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
173A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
169Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
166Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
165Prairie Dogs
161Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
160Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
160No-Till Notes: The value of water
157Creatures of the Night
155Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
155 Across The Fence: County Fair
152Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
151
150Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
147Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
146
144At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
143Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
141No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
141Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
136Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
136Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
134No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
133
132At the Monument: Night Sky
131No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
126In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
125Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
125No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
124Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
124Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
120No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
117A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
113Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
108Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
106A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
103
100
94Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
93At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
92Reach out for challenges
89Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
82
76At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
70Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
55Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17889Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5091We need a few good people
3234What's the deal with organic milk?
2862Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2654Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2647Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2308Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2259Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2257The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2250Completely Different: It's all in the family
2109Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2096Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2081Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
2009Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1967Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1963Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1961Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1961Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1918The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1896Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1881A Small World: Time traveling
1866Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1861Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1854Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1852Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1829Time keeps flowing like a river
1801A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1787Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1785Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1784Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1778Letter to the Editor
1758Observations Only : The orphanage
1749My mini Pen and me
1734Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1725Teen Voice: March Madness
1719Our view . . .Sports Complex
1719Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1719Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1719From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1706Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1704Completely Different: Your local government and you
1700Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1692Remembering When
1687Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1686Observations only : Sisters of the world
1685Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1682Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1674Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1673Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1672Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1672Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1665Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1661Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1647Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1638From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1636Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1631It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1613Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1594Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1573Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1529Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1513Observations Only: Reality check
1490SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1485Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1475Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1460Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1448Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1443Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1367Completely Different: The Quest
1346Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1343Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1314Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1300Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1292Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1283Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1277Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1273Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1269Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1263From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1258The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1252Across the Fence: Building Barns
1248Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1241Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1241Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1239Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1238Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1230Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1226Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1216From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1212From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1212Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1212No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1206Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1196Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1190From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1190From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1189Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1179Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1172Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1168Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1165The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1162Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1155Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1155A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1146Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1144Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1144A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1138Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1136Across the Fence: On The road
1135Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1133Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1130From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1128Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1116Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1114Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1111From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1111Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1110A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1107The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1107Assad’s endgame
1103Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1090Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1089Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1088Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1087Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1084From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1080Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1080From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1078Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1072Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1071A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1064Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1060Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1060Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
1057Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
1052Observations Only - Two ages of man
1042Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1039Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1038The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1037Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1034A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
1032Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
1026Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
1025From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
1017Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
1017A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
1013Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
1011Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
1006 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
1002Observations Only: Painting a picture
999Teen Voice: Today’s television
996Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
992Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
991Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
991Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
989Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
988Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
988Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
983Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
982Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
980Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
979From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
977Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
976From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
971Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
969From the Superintendent’s Desk
968Across The Fence: A day For thanks
967From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
965From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
963Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
962Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
960From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
959Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
958Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
957Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
954Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
951Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
951Observations Only: A new direction
946Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
940From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
938Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
936Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
933Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
933A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
932The zombie apocalypse and you
925Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
922Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
920Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
919Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
918Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
916Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
913Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
912From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
911Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
909From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
906From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
898Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
896A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
896The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
895Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
894Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
894Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
891Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
891Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
888Observations Only: Giving up
885Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
884Trash cans
882A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
880The hills, part 1: Mustangs
879The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
877A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
876Observations Only: Curious things
876Across the Fence: The hand dug well
874Teen Voice: Catfished
872From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
871Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
871Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
870Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
869Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
868Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
868Teen Voice: The road of hatred
867Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
862Observations Only: The joy of money
862Teen Voice: The more the merrier
862The Block
860Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
856The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
856At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
855Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
854Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
851Observations Only: Saturday delight
851A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
848Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
848A Stray Moment: Without a net
845A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
842Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
840Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
837Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
836Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
833Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
832Life's curve balls
831A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
831Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
829A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
828A Stray Moment: God Knows
827 Taking a big risk
826Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
825From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
825A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
825The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
824Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
821Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
821Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
818A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
818Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
816Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
815Teen Voice: Not just another ride
815Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
812Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
812The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
811Observations Only: Going home
811Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
810The ghost of Ayn Rand
810From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
810Observations Only: Scourge of violence
809Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
809Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
807Observations Only: Extreme measures
806Seeing the works of the master
803Timing makes perfect
803A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
803Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
802A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
800The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
800The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
799Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
799Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
798Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
797A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
796Observations Only: Counting chickens
796Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
794Observations Only: Just around the corner
794Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
793The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
793Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
793A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
793Teen Voice: Body image
793The Good Life: The two different types of business people
790Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
789View from the block
786Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
786Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
785SELL-OUT!
785Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
784Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
783Observations Only: Uneventful flight
782Totally Random: My journey, life after living
781A Stray Moment: The last time
780Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
779The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
774It's no surprise
774Teen Voice: Living within our means
770A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
768Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
768Rural America and immigration reform
767Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
766Welcome to Gering
766Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
766Observations Only: Surprises
766Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
765Observations Only: A gift of serenity
764Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
764Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
763Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
763Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
763Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
762Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
761A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
761Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
761Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
760Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
760Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
759Observations Only: Journey's end
759Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
757Age of reason
757Silence please
757Observations Only: No thank you
756Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
756Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
755From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
755Teen Voice: Shadow art
755Observations Only: The awful truth
752Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
751Do You Tube?
749Observations Only: Critical thinking
748Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
747Observations Only: What's in a word?
746Teen Voice: Serendipity
746Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
744LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
744Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
743A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
742Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
742Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
740Economic development update
739Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
739Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
735Observations Only: Curious things, part II
734Observations Only: Together again
734Observations Only: North Powder
734Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
734Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
733Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
733A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
731Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
730Observations Only: Sister odyssey
729From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
729Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
729Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
726Observations Only: Sister lost
726Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
725Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
724Observations Only: Spider adventure
724The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
723Observations Only: Blue chip stock
721From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
719Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
718Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
716Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
714Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
713Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
712Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
711I'm falling for Tumblr?
709Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
708Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
707A real leaning tree Christmas
706Guest Voices…
705Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
702Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
699From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
698From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
696Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
696A Small World: Special guest
695Observations Only : White water
695Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
695Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
695The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
694Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
694Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
693Teen Voice: Being a girl
693The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
692The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
691Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
689Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
688A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
688Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
687Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
685Permission to remember
685Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
684Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
683Observations Only: The meeting
682My Thanksgiving prayer
681Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
681Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
679The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
678Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
677Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
675Our View: The elephant in the room
673A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
671Observations Only: A matter of matter
670Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
669Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
669Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
668The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
668The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
665Social time has important benefits
664Home of the Brave
664Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
663Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
662Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
660Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
658The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
658Observations Only: Indifferent love
658Teeing Off: Around the Green
658Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
658The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
656Practice safe barbecue basics
656Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
655Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
655Teen Voice: Happy news
655Observations Only: Good and evil
655Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
653Observations Only: The shadow of error
652Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
651LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
649Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
646Observations Only: Expect the best
644Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
642Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
642The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
640The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
640Observations Only: A fine line
640Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
639Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
637Observations Only: Beginnings
633Observations Only: Divine spirit
632Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
630Anno Domini: We gather together
624Observations Only: A matter of paradox
622Our View: Bravo OTD committee
622Teen Voice: Equality
622Observations Only: Divine prompts
622Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
616Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
613Observations Only: A sad week
612Observations Only: Choices
612Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
610Completely Different - The magic of spring
610A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
608Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
606Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
606Teen Voice: Silence
604A Halloween Story: The scary dream
602A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
602Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
599Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
599Building Bridges: Love your enemies
598Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
598Totally Random: October, the pink month
597Totally Random: Life’s ripples
595Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
594Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
593Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
593Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
592Observations Only: Temptation
590Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
589Observations Only: Off to the races
589Lyman Review: Devil calf
586Observations Only: The vision
578Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
576Observations Only: Willfulness
576Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
575Teen Voice: The need to get away
573Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
569Observations Only: The need to understand
568Observations Only: A good daughter
562Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
561Teen Voice: Stress test
557Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
553Our View: Visionaries wanted
552Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
551Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
550Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
549Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
548Teeing Off: Persistence
547Across the Fence: The Pony Express
543Teeing Off: Mind Gym
542Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
542Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
537Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
533Teen Voice: Remember what you have
531Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
531Teen Voice: Footprints
529Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
528Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
527Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
526Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
523Anno Domini: On this remembering day
523Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
520Teen Voice: The rivalry
520Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
519Teeing Off: The thing about state
519Lyman Review: The love goat
518Observations Only: Saint Marge
516Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
515Observations Only: Waiting time
514Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
514Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
513Teen Voice: The Other Side
513Totally Random: Happy Halloween
513Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
511Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
507Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
507Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
504Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
503Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
502No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
501Teen Voice: My rebellion
495Observations Only: Gone away
493Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
487Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
486Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
482Teen Voice: What is love?
479Observations Only: Hog wash
479Teen Voice: Self-expression
478Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
477Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
472Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
471 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
469Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
464Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
460A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
459Why you should visit the zoo in February
455Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
454Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
453No Till Notes: Final Stop
450Observations Only: The visit
450From the Hill: More Work Ahead
450Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
446
446Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
444Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
443Lyman Review: One mean chicken
442Observations Only: A day in August
441For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
436Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
436Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
435Teen Voice: Cyber War
429At the Library: March into a good book
427Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
422Observations Only: One more time
421Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
418Observations Only: The last goodbye
413What’s really going on with our water?
413In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
410Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
403Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
401Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
399Teen Voice: The gift of caring
399No-Till Notes: Looking Back
398Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
397Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
397Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
394Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
393Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
392Observations Only: Final moment
392Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
392Their View: Goal post move unfair
390Teen Voice: To the future
389Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
388No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
384Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
383Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
383At the Monument: Junior Rangers
381Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
380Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
379Lyman Review: Branding Time
376Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
376Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
374Across The Fence: Last Christmas
374View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
374In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
371Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
370Observations Only: The last toothpick
369Teen Voice: Where is the love?
369Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
366Nature Notes: Love is in the air
366Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
365Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
364No-till Notes: Moving forward
362Our View: Community responsible for kids
361Totally Random: Where does it go?
361Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
360Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
359Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
355Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
354Totally Random: Trusting the fates
354In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
354Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
351Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
349Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
349Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
346Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
343Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
342Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
341Observations Only: The vigil
341Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
341Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
341No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
340Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
340Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
337Linked Lives
336At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
334History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
331Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
330Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
327Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
327Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
325Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
324Support emergency services personnel
323Religious freedom must be protected
322Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
321At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
316Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
316College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
314Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
312Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
311Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
311Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
310In the Hills: Explore the state parks
310Website Resources
307Lyman Review: Winter's dog
307At the Monument: That old (historic) building
307Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
306Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
305No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
304Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
303Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
303Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
301Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
299Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
299From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
297No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
296Across the Fence: Amanda
296Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
295Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
294Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
293Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
291Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
288Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
287Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
286Lyman Review: Dog fun
286Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
286New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
282Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
280At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
278At the Monument: Where are the animals?
277Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
276Teen Voice: Inspire me
274Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
272Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
271No-til Notes: Changing plans
269Greetings from the State Capitol
269Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
267Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
265No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
255No-Till Notes: Back in the field
250Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
247Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
246Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
244Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
242Be kind through communications
241At the Monument: Art in National Parks
233Synchronicity:What brings me back
233Letter to the editor
229View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
228Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
225Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
224Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
223Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
223No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
217Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
213Letters to the Editor
207A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
205Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
202In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
195A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
183Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
183Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
177Fourth of July meetings
174Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
173A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
169Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
166Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
165Prairie Dogs
161Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
160Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
160No-Till Notes: The value of water
157Creatures of the Night
155Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
155 Across The Fence: County Fair
152Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
151
150Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
147Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
146
144At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
143Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
141No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
141Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
136Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
136Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
134No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
133
132At the Monument: Night Sky
131No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
126In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
125Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
125No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
124Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
124Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
120No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
117A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
113Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
108Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
106A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
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94Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
93At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
92Reach out for challenges
89Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
82
76At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
70Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
55Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
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