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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68Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
68Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
68Totally Random: Happy Halloween
68No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
68Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
68Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
68No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
68Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
67Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
67Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
67Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
67Teen Voice: Stress test
67Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
67At the Monument: That old (historic) building
67Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
67Across the Fence: Amanda
67Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
67No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
67
67Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
66Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
66Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
66Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
66Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
66Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
66Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
66Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
66At the Monument: Night Sky
66Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
66At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
66No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
66Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
65Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
65The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
65Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
65A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
65Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
65Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
65From the Hill: More Work Ahead
65Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
65Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
65Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
65Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
65Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
65Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
65NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
64Observations Only: Sister lost
64Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
64Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
64Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
64From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
64Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
64Rural America and immigration reform
64Teen Voice: The rivalry
64Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
64Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
64Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
64Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
64Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
64In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
64No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
64
64At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
64At the Monument: Museum collections
63Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
63Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
63From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
63Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
63Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
63Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
63Teen Voice: Body image
63Observations Only: A matter of paradox
63Teen Voice: The Other Side
63Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
63Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
63Observations Only: The vigil
63Teen Voice: To the future
63Nature Notes: Love is in the air
63In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
63At the Monument: Art in National Parks
63No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
63At the Monument: Junior Rangers
63Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
63All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
63At the Monument: Living History
63No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
62A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
62Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
62Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
62Observations Only: A fine line
62The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
62Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
62Support emergency services personnel
62No-till Notes: Moving forward
62Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
62Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
62Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
62Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
61Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
61Teen Voice: Remember what you have
61Observations Only: The last toothpick
61Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
61New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
61At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
61No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
61No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
61In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
61Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
61The Good Life: There is good everywhere
61At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
60Observations Only: Going home
60Observations Only: A soul’s journey
60Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
60Observations Only: Willfulness
60Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
60Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
60Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
60Totally Random: Life’s ripples
60Lyman Review: One mean chicken
60Teen Voice: The gift of caring
60At the Library: March into a good book
60Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
60What’s really going on with our water?
60Lyman Review: Branding Time
60No-Till Notes: Back in the field
60Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
60In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
60Creatures of the Night
60Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
60At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
60Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
60Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
60Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
59Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
59Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
59Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
59Completely Different - The magic of spring
59The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
59Observations Only: Divine prompts
59The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
59Across The Fence: Last Christmas
59Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
59Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
59Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
59At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
59Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
59Synchronicity:What brings me back
59No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
59Fourth of July meetings
59At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
59No Till Notes:
59No Till Notes: Moving Forward
59A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
58Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
58Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
58Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
58The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
58Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
58A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
58Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
58No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
58SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
58Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
58In the Hills: Explore the state parks
58College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
58Prairie Dogs
58Letters to the Editor
57Observations Only: Beginnings
57Guest Voices…
57Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
57Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
57Why you should visit the zoo in February
57Teen Voice: Cyber War
57Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
57Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
57Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
57Be kind through communications
57At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
57
57Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
56The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
56Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
56From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
56Teen Voice: Living within our means
56Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
56Observations Only: Expect the best
56Observations Only: Temptation
56From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
56Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
56Observations Only: Choices
56The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
56Totally Random: Trusting the fates
56Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
56Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
56For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
56In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
56Letter to the Editor
55From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
55Observations Only: Curious things
55Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
55Observations Only: Curious things, part II
55Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
55Teeing Off: Persistence
55Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
55Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
55Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
55Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
55View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
55Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
55Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
55At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
55Letter to the editor
55Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
55No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
55Reach out for challenges
55No-Till Notes: The value of water
55Our View: A failure to communicate
55Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
54Observations Only: Critical thinking
54Teen Voice: Serendipity
54Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
54Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
54Totally Random: The Golden Rule
54Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
54Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
54Teen Voice: The need to get away
54Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
54Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
54Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
54Teeing Off: Mind Gym
54Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
54Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
54Website Resources
54Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
53Observations Only: Journey's end
53I'm falling for Tumblr?
53Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
53Lyman Review: Dog fun
53Teen Voice: Footprints
53View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
53Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
53Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
53Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
53Support letters requested for airport
53The Christmas Story
52Observations Only: Uneventful flight
52Across the Fence: The Pony Express
52Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
52Teen Voice: Shadow art
52Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
52Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
52Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
52Religious freedom must be protected
52Linked Lives
52Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
52To whom are we thankful?
52No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
52All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
51From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
51Observations Only : White water
51The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
51No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
51Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
51Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
51Greetings from the State Capitol
51No-til Notes: Changing plans
51Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
51Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
51All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
51Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
51To The Editor
50Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
50Teen Voice: Catfished
50Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
50Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
50Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
50Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
50Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
50A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
50Letter to the Editor
50A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
49Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
49Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
49Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
49Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
49Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
49Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
49Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
49Teen Voice: Inspire me
49Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
49
48Teen Voice: Equality
48Lyman Review: Winter's dog
48At the Monument: Where are the animals?
48Their View: Goal post move unfair
47The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
47The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
47Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
47Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
47Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
47Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
47The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
47Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
46From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
46Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
46Totally Random: Where does it go?
46Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
45Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
45Teen Voice: Where is the love?
45No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
45Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
45At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
45No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
44Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
44Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
44Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
44Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
43Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
43Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
42Teen Voice: What is love?
42From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
42Letter to the Editor
42Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
41From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
41Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
40Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
37Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
37Our View: The elephant in the room
35Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
35Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
24Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
Most Read News Stories of 2012
304At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
280Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
228The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
209Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
195Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
195The Good Life: All that remains is love
193Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
192At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
191Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
187Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
175Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
173Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
170Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
168No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
165Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
164Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
157At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
152No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
150Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
150At the Monument: Find Your Park
149Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
146Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
146Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
144Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
140Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
130Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
128Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
125Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
123Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
122Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
120Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
119Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
119No-Till Notes: Observations
117Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
117No Till Notes: Saying uncle
116Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
116No-Till Notes: Potential
114Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
112Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
111Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
110Completely Different: It's all in the family
109Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
106A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
106Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
104No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
104No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
104Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
104Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
103Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
102Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
102Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
102Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
101Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
101A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
101Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
101Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
101Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
99Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
99Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
99Teeing Off: Around the Green
99Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
99Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
98What's the deal with organic milk?
98No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
97Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
97Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
97Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
96A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
96Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
95Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
94Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
94Anno Domini: On this remembering day
94Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
94Across The Fence: Massacre Canyon
93Across the Fence: Building Barns
93A Stray Moment: God Knows
93Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
93Lyman Review: Devil calf
93Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
93Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
93No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
93Teen Voice: He’s my dad
92The zombie apocalypse and you
92The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
92Observations Only: Hog wash
92Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
92Observations Only: Final moment
92Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
92Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
91Observations Only: The awful truth
91Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
91Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
91Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
91Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
91Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
90Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
90From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
90Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
90 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
90A Stray Moment: Without a net
90A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
90Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
90Observations Only: A sad week
90Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
90Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
90Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
90Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
89Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
89Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
89Observations Only: Gone away
89Totally Random: My journey, life after living
89Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
89Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
89Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
89Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
88Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
88Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
88Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
88A real leaning tree Christmas
88Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
88Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
88Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
88Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
87Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
87No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
87Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
87Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
86Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
86Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
86Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
86No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
85A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
85Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
85Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
85Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
85Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
85Observations Only: One more time
85Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
85Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
85Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
85Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
85Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
85A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
84A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
84Observations Only: A matter of matter
84Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
84Across The Fence: A day For thanks
84Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
84Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
84A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
84A mom’s thoughts on social media
83A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
83A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
83A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
83Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
83A Halloween Story: The scary dream
83The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
83Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
83Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
83Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
83Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
83Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
83At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
82Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
82Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
82A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
82Observations Only: The vision
82Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
82Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
82Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
82Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
82Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
82Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
82Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
82Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
82Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
81From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
81Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
81A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
81The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
81Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
81Observations Only: A day in August
81Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
81Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
81A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
81Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
81A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
81No Till Notes: Final Stop
81Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
81At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
80Completely Different: Your local government and you
80Observations Only: A new direction
80Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
80 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
80Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
80Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
80Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
80Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
80Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
80No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
80
80No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
80No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
80Our view: United we can build
80Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
79Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
79Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
79Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
79Observations Only: The shadow of error
79A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
79Observations Only: Off to the races
79Observations Only: Waiting time
79Anno Domini: We gather together
79Building Bridges: Love your enemies
79Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
79Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
79Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
79At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
78Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
78Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
78Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
78Observations Only: Divine spirit
78Observations Only: A good daughter
78Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
78Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
78Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
78No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
78Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
78History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
78Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
78
78A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
78Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
77Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
77Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
77Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
77Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
77Observations Only: Saturday delight
77Across the Fence: On The road
77Observations Only: A gift of serenity
77The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
77The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
77A Small World: Savoring county fair days
77Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
77Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
77Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
77Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
77Letters to the Editor
77 Across The Fence: County Fair
77Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
77A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
77A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
77Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
76Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
76Across the fence: Something worth remembering
76A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
76Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
76Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
76Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
76Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
76Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
76Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
76Our View: Community responsible for kids
76Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
76Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
76Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
76A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
75Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
75Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
75Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
75A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
75Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
75Observations Only: Good and evil
75Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
75Observations Only: The visit
75Lyman Review: The love goat
75Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
75Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
75A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
75Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
75Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
75No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
75Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
74Observations only : Sisters of the world
74A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
74A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
74Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
74Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
74The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
74Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
74Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
74A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
74A Small World: Special guest
74The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
74A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
74Observations Only: Reality check
74Teen Voice: Self-expression
74Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
74Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
74Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
74Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
74Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
74Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
74In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
74Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
74Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
73Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
73Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
73Assad’s endgame
73Observations Only: The need to understand
73Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
73Totally Random: October, the pink month
73Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
73No-Till Notes: Looking Back
73Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
73
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73Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
73Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
73No-till Notes: Stripper head
72Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
72Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
72Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
72The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
72SELL-OUT!
72It's no surprise
72Observations Only: Just around the corner
72Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
72From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
72Teeing Off: The thing about state
72Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
72Observations Only: The last goodbye
72Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
72Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
72The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
72Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
72Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
72Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
72Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
72A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
72Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
71Observations Only : The orphanage
71Completely Different: The Quest
71Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
71Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
71From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
71Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
71Teen Voice: Being a girl
71Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
71Observations Only: Indifferent love
71Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
71Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
71Teen Voice: My rebellion
71Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
71Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
71Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
71Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
71Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
71Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
71Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
71At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
71No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
71Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
71Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
71Jane’s Secret: The Telling
71Easter
70Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
70Trash cans
70Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
70Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
70Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
70A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
70Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
70Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
70Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
70Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
70A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
70Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
70Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
70Across the Fence: The hand dug well
70A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
70
70Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
70At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
70Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
70A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
70In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
70Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
70Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
70Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
69Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
69Timing makes perfect
69A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
69Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
69Observations Only: Surprises
69From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
69A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
69Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
69From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
69From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
69Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
69Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
69Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
69Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
69Observations Only: Saint Marge
69Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
69Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
69
69Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
69A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
69Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
68The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
68 Taking a big risk
68Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
68Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
68Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
68The Good Life: The two different types of business people
68Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
68Teen Voice: Silence
68Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
68Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
68Totally Random: Happy Halloween
68No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
68Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
68Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
68No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
68Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
67It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
67Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
67We need a few good people
67Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
67Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
67Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
67Do You Tube?
67A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
67Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
67Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
67Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
67Teen Voice: Stress test
67Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
67At the Monument: That old (historic) building
67Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
67Across the Fence: Amanda
67Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
67No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
67
67Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
66Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
66Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
66Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
66Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
66Observations Only: The joy of money
66Life's curve balls
66Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
66Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
66The Block
66The hills, part 1: Mustangs
66Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
66Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
66Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
66Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
66Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
66Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
66Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
66At the Monument: Night Sky
66Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
66At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
66No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
66Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
65A Small World: Time traveling
65Time keeps flowing like a river
65Economic development update
65Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
65Home of the Brave
65Observations Only: Together again
65Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
65Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
65The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
65Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
65A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
65Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
65Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
65From the Hill: More Work Ahead
65Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
65Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
65Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
65Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
65Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
65Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
65NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
64Observations Only : Mission accomplished
64Our view . . .Sports Complex
64Observations Only - Two ages of man
64From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
64Welcome to Gering
64Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
64Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
64Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
64Observations Only: Blue chip stock
64Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
64Observations Only: Sister lost
64Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
64Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
64Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
64From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
64Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
64Rural America and immigration reform
64Teen Voice: The rivalry
64Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
64Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
64Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
64Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
64Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
64In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
64No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
64
64At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
64At the Monument: Museum collections
63Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
63Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
63Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
63The ghost of Ayn Rand
63Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
63A Stray Moment: The last time
63Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
63Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
63Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
63Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
63From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
63Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
63Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
63Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
63Teen Voice: Body image
63Observations Only: A matter of paradox
63Teen Voice: The Other Side
63Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
63Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
63Observations Only: The vigil
63Teen Voice: To the future
63Nature Notes: Love is in the air
63In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
63At the Monument: Art in National Parks
63No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
63At the Monument: Junior Rangers
63Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
63All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
63At the Monument: Living History
63No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
62Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
62Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
62Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
62Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
62A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
62Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
62Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
62Observations Only: A fine line
62The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
62Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
62Support emergency services personnel
62No-till Notes: Moving forward
62Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
62Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
62Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
62Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
61A last look at the Nebraska Zone
61Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
61Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
61Being a Nebraskan – border to border
61Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
61Age of reason
61Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
61Teen Voice: The more the merrier
61Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
61Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
61Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
61Teen Voice: Remember what you have
61Observations Only: The last toothpick
61Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
61New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
61At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
61No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
61No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
61In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
61Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
61The Good Life: There is good everywhere
61At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
60Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
60My mini Pen and me
60Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
60Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
60Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
60Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
60Observations Only: North Powder
60From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
60Observations Only: Going home
60Observations Only: A soul’s journey
60Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
60Observations Only: Willfulness
60Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
60Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
60Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
60Totally Random: Life’s ripples
60Lyman Review: One mean chicken
60Teen Voice: The gift of caring
60At the Library: March into a good book
60Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
60What’s really going on with our water?
60Lyman Review: Branding Time
60No-Till Notes: Back in the field
60Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
60In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
60Creatures of the Night
60Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
60At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
60Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
60Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
60Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
59Permission to remember
59Our View: Bravo OTD committee
59From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
59Observations Only: Extreme measures
59Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
59From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
59From the Superintendent’s Desk
59Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
59Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
59Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
59Completely Different - The magic of spring
59The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
59Observations Only: Divine prompts
59The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
59Across The Fence: Last Christmas
59Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
59Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
59Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
59At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
59Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
59Synchronicity:What brings me back
59No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
59Fourth of July meetings
59At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
59No Till Notes:
59No Till Notes: Moving Forward
59A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
58Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
58Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
58Observations Only: Painting a picture
58Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
58Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
58Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
58Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
58Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
58Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
58Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
58The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
58Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
58A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
58Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
58No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
58SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
58Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
58In the Hills: Explore the state parks
58College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
58Prairie Dogs
58Letters to the Editor
57Completely Different: Tales from the mat
57Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
57LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
57Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
57Observations Only: Beginnings
57Guest Voices…
57Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
57Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
57Why you should visit the zoo in February
57Teen Voice: Cyber War
57Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
57Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
57Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
57Be kind through communications
57At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
57
57Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
56Letter to the Editor
56View from the block
56Practice safe barbecue basics
56From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
56Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
56Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
56From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
56The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
56Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
56From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
56Teen Voice: Living within our means
56Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
56Observations Only: Expect the best
56Observations Only: Temptation
56From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
56Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
56Observations Only: Choices
56The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
56Totally Random: Trusting the fates
56Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
56Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
56For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
56In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
56Letter to the Editor
55Teen Voice: Not just another ride
55Observations Only: Counting chickens
55Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
55The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
55From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
55Observations Only: Curious things
55Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
55Observations Only: Curious things, part II
55Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
55Teeing Off: Persistence
55Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
55Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
55Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
55Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
55View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
55Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
55Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
55At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
55Letter to the editor
55Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
55No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
55Reach out for challenges
55No-Till Notes: The value of water
55Our View: A failure to communicate
55Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
54Seeing the works of the master
54Observations Only: Spider adventure
54Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
54Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
54Observations Only: Critical thinking
54Teen Voice: Serendipity
54Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
54Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
54Totally Random: The Golden Rule
54Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
54Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
54Teen Voice: The need to get away
54Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
54Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
54Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
54Teeing Off: Mind Gym
54Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
54Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
54Website Resources
54Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
53Teen Voice: March Madness
53A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
53The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
53From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
53Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
53Observations Only: Journey's end
53I'm falling for Tumblr?
53Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
53Lyman Review: Dog fun
53Teen Voice: Footprints
53View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
53Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
53Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
53Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
53Support letters requested for airport
53The Christmas Story
52Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
52Observations Only: Giving up
52From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
52The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
52Observations Only: Uneventful flight
52Across the Fence: The Pony Express
52Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
52Teen Voice: Shadow art
52Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
52Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
52Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
52Religious freedom must be protected
52Linked Lives
52Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
52To whom are we thankful?
52No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
52All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
51From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
51From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
51Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
51Observations Only: Sister odyssey
51From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
51Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
51Observations Only: The meeting
51From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
51Observations Only : White water
51The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
51No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
51Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
51Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
51Greetings from the State Capitol
51No-til Notes: Changing plans
51Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
51Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
51All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
51Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
51To The Editor
50Silence please
50Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
50Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
50Teen Voice: Catfished
50Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
50Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
50Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
50Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
50Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
50A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
50Letter to the Editor
50A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
49Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
49Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
49Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
49Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
49Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
49Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
49Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
49Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
49Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
49Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
49Teen Voice: Inspire me
49Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
49
48Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
48Social time has important benefits
48Observations Only: What's in a word?
48The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
48The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
48From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
48Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
48Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
48Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
48Teen Voice: Equality
48Lyman Review: Winter's dog
48At the Monument: Where are the animals?
48Their View: Goal post move unfair
47Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
47Teen Voice: Today’s television
47Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
47Observations Only: Scourge of violence
47The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
47The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
47Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
47Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
47Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
47Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
47The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
47Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
46Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
46Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
46Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
46From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
46Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
46Totally Random: Where does it go?
46Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
45Observations Only: No thank you
45LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
45Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
45Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
45Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
45Teen Voice: Where is the love?
45No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
45Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
45At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
45No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
44Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
44From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
44Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
44Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
44Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
44Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
43Remembering When
43From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
43Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
43Teen Voice: Happy news
43Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
43Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
42Our View: Visionaries wanted
42Teen Voice: The road of hatred
42The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
42Teen Voice: What is love?
42From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
42Letter to the Editor
42Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
41Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
41Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
41From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
41Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
40Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
37Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
37Our View: The elephant in the room
35Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
35Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
34My Thanksgiving prayer
34Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
31Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
24Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
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