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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86The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
86Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
86Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
86Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
86Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
86At the Monument: Night Sky
86At the Monument: Living History
86No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
85Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
85From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
85Observations Only: Indifferent love
85Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
85Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
85Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
85In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
85No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
84Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
84From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
84Observations Only: A fine line
84The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
84Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
84Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
84Observations Only: The last goodbye
84Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
84Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
84Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
84Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
84No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
84Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
84At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
84Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
84At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
84Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
84NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
84Easter
83Observations Only: Critical thinking
83Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
83Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
83Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
83Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
83Observations Only: The need to understand
83
83Teen Voice: Self-expression
83Teen Voice: My rebellion
83Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
83Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
83Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
83Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
83The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
83
83In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
83Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
82Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
82Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
82Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
82Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
82Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
82Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
82At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
82Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
82Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
82Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
82
82Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
82
82Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
82No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
81Observations Only: Curious things
81Observations Only: Going home
81Observations Only: Journey's end
81Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
81The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
81Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
81The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
81A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
81Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
81Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
81Observations Only: The last toothpick
81Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
81No-till Notes: Moving forward
81At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
81At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
81No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
80Observations Only: Beginnings
80The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
80Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
80Observations Only: A matter of paradox
80Observations Only: Saint Marge
80Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
80Teen Voice: To the future
80Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
80Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
80No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
80Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
80
80Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
79Observations Only: Curious things, part II
79Observations Only: A soul’s journey
79Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
79Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
79SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
79No Till Notes:
79All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
79In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
79Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
79The Good Life: There is good everywhere
78No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
78Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
78Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
78Observations Only: The vigil
78Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
78No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
78No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
78Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
78Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
77Teeing Off: The thing about state
77Teen Voice: Stress test
77Totally Random: Happy Halloween
77Teen Voice: Cyber War
77At the Monument: Art in National Parks
77At the Monument: Museum collections
77Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
77A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
76Completely Different - The magic of spring
76Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
76Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
76Totally Random: Life’s ripples
76Teen Voice: The gift of caring
76No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
76At the Monument: Junior Rangers
76In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
76No-Till Notes: The value of water
76Letters to the Editor
76At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
75The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
75Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
75Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
75Observations Only: Temptation
75Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
75Observations Only: Divine prompts
75Teen Voice: Body image
75Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
75From the Hill: More Work Ahead
75At the Monument: That old (historic) building
75Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
75Synchronicity:What brings me back
75In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
75Prairie Dogs
75Creatures of the Night
75To whom are we thankful?
75Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
74Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
74The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
74Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
74In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
74No-Till Notes: Back in the field
74
74At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
74Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
73Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
73Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
73Guest Voices…
73From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
73Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
73Teeing Off: Persistence
73Teen Voice: The rivalry
73Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
73Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
73Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
73Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
73Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
72Observations Only : White water
72Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
72Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
72Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
72Teen Voice: The Other Side
72No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
72Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
72New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
72Fourth of July meetings
72Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
72Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
72Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
71Observations Only: Uneventful flight
71Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
71Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
71Totally Random: The Golden Rule
71Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
71Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
71Rural America and immigration reform
71Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
71Nature Notes: Love is in the air
71Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
71Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
71Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
71No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
70Teen Voice: Living within our means
70From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
70Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
70Across The Fence: Last Christmas
70Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
70Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
70Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
70Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
70Lyman Review: Branding Time
70Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
70College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
70In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
70Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
69Teen Voice: Serendipity
69The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
69The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
69Lyman Review: One mean chicken
69Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
69Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
69All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
68From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
68The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
68Teen Voice: Remember what you have
68Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
68Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
68Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
68Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
68Support emergency services personnel
68In the Hills: Explore the state parks
68At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
68At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
68Be kind through communications
68The Christmas Story
67Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
67Teen Voice: Equality
67Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
67Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
67Totally Random: Trusting the fates
67Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
67Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
67Why you should visit the zoo in February
67No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
67At the Library: March into a good book
67Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
66Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
66Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
66Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
66Lyman Review: Dog fun
66View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
66What’s really going on with our water?
66For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
66Reach out for challenges
65Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
65Teen Voice: Catfished
65I'm falling for Tumblr?
65Observations Only: Choices
65Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
65Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
65At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
65Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
65Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
65Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
65No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
65Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
64Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
64From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
64Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
64The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
64Teen Voice: Shadow art
64Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
64Website Resources
64Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
63Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
63Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
63Teen Voice: The need to get away
63Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
63Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
63Lyman Review: Winter's dog
63Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
63Teen Voice: Inspire me
63Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
63No-til Notes: Changing plans
63Letter to the Editor
63To The Editor
62From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
62Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
62Across the Fence: The Pony Express
62Teeing Off: Mind Gym
62Teen Voice: Footprints
62Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
62Support letters requested for airport
62All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
61Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
61Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
61Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
61The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
61Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
61View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
61Their View: Goal post move unfair
61The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
61A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
61
61Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
61Our View: A failure to communicate
60Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
60Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
60Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
60Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
60Greetings from the State Capitol
60Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
60At the Monument: Where are the animals?
60Linked Lives
60Letter to the editor
60At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
60No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
59Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
59Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
59Religious freedom must be protected
59Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
59
59No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
58Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
58Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
58Letter to the Editor
57From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
57Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
57Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
57Totally Random: Where does it go?
57Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
56Teen Voice: Where is the love?
56Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
56Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
54Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
54Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
54Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
54From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
53Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
53Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
52Teen Voice: What is love?
52Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
52Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
52Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
51Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
50Letter to the Editor
49From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
49Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
48Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
48Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
44Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
43Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
41Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
40Our View: The elephant in the room
35Across The Fence: Relay race to Roseburg
Most Read News Stories of 2012
337At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
310Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
296The Good Life: All that remains is love
255The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
254Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
243At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
241Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
239Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
238Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
237No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
221Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
221Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
221Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
217No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
217At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
216Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
213Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
213Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
200Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
198Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
198Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
196Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
196No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
195Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
184Across The Fence: C.B. Irwin: Wyoming’s “Giant Cowboy”
179Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
172Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
171At the Monument: Find Your Park
171Teen Voice: He’s my dad
169Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
169Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
169Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
165Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
163Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
161Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
159No Till Notes: Saying uncle
158All Points West: Never far from the trail
156Completely Different: It's all in the family
155Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
155No-Till Notes: Potential
153No-Till Notes: Observations
151A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
151Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
150Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
150Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
148Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
148Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
148Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
148A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
144Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
144Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
142Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
141Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
139Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
139Across The Fence: Massacre Canyon
139No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
136Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
136Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
136A Stray Moment: Reflections on Oregon Trail Days
134What's the deal with organic milk?
133Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
133A Stray Moment: God Knows
133A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
133Welcome home
132Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
132Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
131No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
130Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
129Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
129No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
129Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
129Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
128Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
128Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
127Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
126Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
125Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
125Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
125No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
125Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
124A Stray Moment: Without a net
124Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
123A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
123Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
122Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
122A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
122A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
121Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
121No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
120A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
120All Points West: Getting to the truth of the matter
119Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
119Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
119Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
119Across The Fence: Three Queens, Women in Rodeo.
118The zombie apocalypse and you
118Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
118Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
118Enjoy the festivities
117From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
117Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
117Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
116Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
116Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
115Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
115A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
115A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
115Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
115Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
114 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
114Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
114Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
113Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
113Totally Random: My journey, life after living
113Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
113Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
113Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
113Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
112A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
112Observations Only: The awful truth
112Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
112No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
112Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
112A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
112Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
111Across the Fence: Building Barns
111Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
111Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
110Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
110A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
110Teeing Off: Around the Green
110Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
110Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
110A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
110Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
110Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
110Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
109Observations Only: Hog wash
109Observations Only: Gone away
109Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
109Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
109Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
109A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
109Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
109Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
109Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
108Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
108Lyman Review: Devil calf
108No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
108Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
108Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
107Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
107Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
107The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
107Anno Domini: On this remembering day
107Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
107Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
107Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
106Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
106A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
106Across the Fence: The hand dug well
106A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
106Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
106Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
106A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
105A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
105Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
105Teen Voice: Being a girl
105Observations Only: A sad week
105Observations Only: One more time
105Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
105A real leaning tree Christmas
105Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
104Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
104Observations Only: Final moment
104Building Bridges: Love your enemies
104History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
104A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
104At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
103A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
103Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
103A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
103Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
103Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
103Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
102Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
102Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
102Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
102Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
102Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
102Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
102Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
102Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
102Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
102A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
102No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
102Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
102Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
101A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
101Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
101Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
101Anno Domini: We gather together
101Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
101 Across The Fence: County Fair
101Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
101No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
100Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
100Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
100Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
100Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
100A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
100Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
100Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
100Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
100Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
100Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
100A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
100Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
100At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
99Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
99Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
99Observations Only: A new direction
99Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
99Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
99Observations Only: A matter of matter
99Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
99The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
99Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
99Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
99Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
99Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
99No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
99Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
98Completely Different: Your local government and you
98Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
98Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
98Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
98Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
98Across The Fence: A day For thanks
98Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
98Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
98Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
98No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
98A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
98Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
98Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
98Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
97Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
97From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
97Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
97The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
97Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
97Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
97Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
97Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
97Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
97Jane’s Secret LXIV: The rescue
96Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
96Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
96Observations Only: Good and evil
96Observations Only: The vision
96Observations Only: Off to the races
96Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
96Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
96Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
96Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
96Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
96Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
96Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
96No Till Notes: Final Stop
96Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
96Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
96At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
95Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
95Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
95Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
95Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
95Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
95Observations Only: A day in August
95Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
95Jane’s Secret: The Telling
95Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
94Observations only : Sisters of the world
94Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
94Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
94A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
94A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
94Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
94Observations Only: The shadow of error
94Observations Only: A good daughter
94The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
94Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
94Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
94A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
93Time keeps flowing like a river
93Completely Different: The Quest
93Across the fence: Something worth remembering
93The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
93A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
93Observations Only: Waiting time
93Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
93 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
93Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
93Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
93
93No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
93A mom’s thoughts on social media
92Across the Fence: On The road
92Observations Only: Sister lost
92Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
92Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
92Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
92Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
92Observations Only: A gift of serenity
92Observations Only: Divine spirit
92Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
92The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
92Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
92A Halloween Story: The scary dream
92Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
92Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
92Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
92No Till Notes: Moving Forward
91SELL-OUT!
91Observations Only: Saturday delight
91Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
91Observations Only: Just around the corner
91Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
91A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
91Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
91Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
91Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
91A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
91A Small World: Savoring county fair days
91Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
91Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
91Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
91Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
91Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
91Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
90Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
90It's no surprise
90A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
90Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
90From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
90Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
90Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
90Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
90Totally Random: October, the pink month
90Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
90Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
90Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
90Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
90Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
90No-till Notes: Stripper head
89Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
89Trash cans
89Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
89Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
89Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
89Observations Only: Expect the best
89A Small World: Special guest
89A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
89Our View: Community responsible for kids
89Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
89Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
89Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
89Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
89A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
89A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
89Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
89Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
89
89At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
89Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
89Our view: United we can build
88The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
88Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
88Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
88Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
88Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
88Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
88Observations Only: Reality check
88Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
88Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
88Across the Fence: Amanda
88No-Till Notes: Looking Back
88Letters to the Editor
88Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
88A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
88Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
87Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
87Observations Only: The joy of money
87Assad’s endgame
87From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
87Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
87Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
87From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
87The Good Life: The two different types of business people
87Teen Voice: Silence
87Observations Only: The visit
87Lyman Review: The love goat
87No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
87Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
86Observations Only : The orphanage
86Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
86A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
86Observations Only: Willfulness
86The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
86Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
86Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
86Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
86Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
86At the Monument: Night Sky
86At the Monument: Living History
86No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
85Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
85Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
85Observations Only: Surprises
85Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
85Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
85Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
85From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
85Observations Only: Indifferent love
85Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
85Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
85Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
85In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
85No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
84A last look at the Nebraska Zone
84Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
84Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
84Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
84Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
84Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
84Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
84Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
84Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
84Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
84From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
84Observations Only: A fine line
84The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
84Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
84Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
84Observations Only: The last goodbye
84Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
84Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
84Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
84Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
84No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
84Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
84At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
84Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
84At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
84Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
84NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
84Easter
83A Small World: Time traveling
83We need a few good people
83Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
83Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
83Do You Tube?
83 Taking a big risk
83Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
83Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
83From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
83Observations Only: Critical thinking
83Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
83Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
83Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
83Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
83Observations Only: The need to understand
83
83Teen Voice: Self-expression
83Teen Voice: My rebellion
83Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
83Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
83Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
83Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
83The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
83
83In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
83Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
82It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
82Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
82A Stray Moment: The last time
82Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
82Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
82Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
82Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
82Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
82Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
82At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
82Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
82Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
82Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
82
82Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
82
82Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
82No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
81Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
81Life's curve balls
81Welcome to Gering
81The hills, part 1: Mustangs
81A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
81Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
81Observations Only: Curious things
81Observations Only: Going home
81Observations Only: Journey's end
81Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
81The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
81Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
81The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
81A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
81Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
81Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
81Observations Only: The last toothpick
81Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
81No-till Notes: Moving forward
81At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
81At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
81No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
80From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
80Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
80A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
80Observations Only: Beginnings
80The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
80Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
80Observations Only: A matter of paradox
80Observations Only: Saint Marge
80Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
80Teen Voice: To the future
80Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
80Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
80No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
80Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
80
80Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
79Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
79Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
79View from the block
79Timing makes perfect
79Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
79Observations Only: Together again
79Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
79Observations Only: Curious things, part II
79Observations Only: A soul’s journey
79Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
79Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
79SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
79No Till Notes:
79All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
79In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
79Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
79The Good Life: There is good everywhere
78Our view . . .Sports Complex
78Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
78Being a Nebraskan – border to border
78Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
78Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
78The ghost of Ayn Rand
78Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
78Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
78No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
78Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
78Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
78Observations Only: The vigil
78Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
78No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
78No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
78Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
78Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
77Observations Only - Two ages of man
77Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
77Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
77Observations Only: Blue chip stock
77Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
77Teeing Off: The thing about state
77Teen Voice: Stress test
77Totally Random: Happy Halloween
77Teen Voice: Cyber War
77At the Monument: Art in National Parks
77At the Monument: Museum collections
77Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
77A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
76Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
76The Block
76The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
76Completely Different - The magic of spring
76Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
76Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
76Totally Random: Life’s ripples
76Teen Voice: The gift of caring
76No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
76At the Monument: Junior Rangers
76In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
76No-Till Notes: The value of water
76Letters to the Editor
76At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
75Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
75Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
75Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
75Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
75Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
75The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
75Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
75Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
75Observations Only: Temptation
75Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
75Observations Only: Divine prompts
75Teen Voice: Body image
75Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
75From the Hill: More Work Ahead
75At the Monument: That old (historic) building
75Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
75Synchronicity:What brings me back
75In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
75Prairie Dogs
75Creatures of the Night
75To whom are we thankful?
75Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
74Completely Different: Tales from the mat
74Economic development update
74Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
74Observations Only: Painting a picture
74Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
74LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
74Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
74Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
74The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
74Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
74In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
74No-Till Notes: Back in the field
74
74At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
74Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
73Observations Only : Mission accomplished
73Permission to remember
73Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
73Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
73Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
73Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
73Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
73Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
73Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
73Guest Voices…
73From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
73Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
73Teeing Off: Persistence
73Teen Voice: The rivalry
73Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
73Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
73Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
73Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
73Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
72Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
72Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
72Observations Only: Extreme measures
72Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
72Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
72From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
72Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
72Observations Only : White water
72Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
72Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
72Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
72Teen Voice: The Other Side
72No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
72Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
72New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
72Fourth of July meetings
72Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
72Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
72Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
71Age of reason
71Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
71Our View: Bravo OTD committee
71Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
71The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
71Observations Only: Uneventful flight
71Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
71Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
71Totally Random: The Golden Rule
71Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
71Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
71Rural America and immigration reform
71Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
71Nature Notes: Love is in the air
71Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
71Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
71Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
71No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
70Teen Voice: The more the merrier
70From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
70Observations Only: North Powder
70Teen Voice: Living within our means
70From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
70Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
70Across The Fence: Last Christmas
70Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
70Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
70Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
70Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
70Lyman Review: Branding Time
70Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
70College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
70In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
70Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
69My mini Pen and me
69Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
69Letter to the Editor
69Seeing the works of the master
69Home of the Brave
69Observations Only: Counting chickens
69Teen Voice: Serendipity
69The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
69The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
69Lyman Review: One mean chicken
69Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
69Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
69All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
68Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
68Practice safe barbecue basics
68Observations Only: Giving up
68Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
68Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
68From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
68The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
68Teen Voice: Remember what you have
68Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
68Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
68Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
68Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
68Support emergency services personnel
68In the Hills: Explore the state parks
68At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
68At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
68Be kind through communications
68The Christmas Story
67Teen Voice: March Madness
67The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
67The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
67Observations Only: Scourge of violence
67Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
67Teen Voice: Equality
67Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
67Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
67Totally Random: Trusting the fates
67Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
67Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
67Why you should visit the zoo in February
67No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
67At the Library: March into a good book
67Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
66Teen Voice: Not just another ride
66Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
66Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
66Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
66Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
66Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
66Lyman Review: Dog fun
66View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
66What’s really going on with our water?
66For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
66Reach out for challenges
65From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
65From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
65Observations Only: Spider adventure
65Observations Only: Sister odyssey
65From the Superintendent’s Desk
65Observations Only: The meeting
65Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
65Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
65Teen Voice: Catfished
65I'm falling for Tumblr?
65Observations Only: Choices
65Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
65Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
65At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
65Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
65Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
65Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
65No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
65Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
64Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
64From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
64Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
64The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
64Teen Voice: Shadow art
64Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
64Website Resources
64Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
63Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
63Observations Only: What's in a word?
63Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
63Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
63From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
63Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
63Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
63Teen Voice: The need to get away
63Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
63Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
63Lyman Review: Winter's dog
63Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
63Teen Voice: Inspire me
63Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
63No-til Notes: Changing plans
63Letter to the Editor
63To The Editor
62From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
62From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
62Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
62Across the Fence: The Pony Express
62Teeing Off: Mind Gym
62Teen Voice: Footprints
62Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
62Support letters requested for airport
62All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
61The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
61Silence please
61Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
61Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
61The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
61Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
61Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
61Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
61Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
61Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
61The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
61Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
61View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
61Their View: Goal post move unfair
61The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
61A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
61
61Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
61Our View: A failure to communicate
60From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
60A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
60From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
60Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
60Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
60Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
60Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
60Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
60Greetings from the State Capitol
60Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
60At the Monument: Where are the animals?
60Linked Lives
60Letter to the editor
60At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
60No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
59Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
59Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
59Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
59Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
59Religious freedom must be protected
59Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
59
59No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
58Observations Only: No thank you
58From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
58Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
58Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
58Letter to the Editor
57Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
57From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
57From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
57Teen Voice: Happy news
57From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
57Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
57Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
57Totally Random: Where does it go?
57Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
56Remembering When
56Teen Voice: Where is the love?
56Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
56Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
55LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
54Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
54Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
54From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
54Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
54Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
54Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
54From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
53Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
53Teen Voice: The road of hatred
53Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
53Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
53Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
53Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
52Social time has important benefits
52From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
52Teen Voice: Today’s television
52Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
52Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
52Teen Voice: What is love?
52Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
52Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
52Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
51Our View: Visionaries wanted
51Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
51Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
50Letter to the Editor
49From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
49Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
48Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
48Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
45Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
44Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
43Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
41Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
40Our View: The elephant in the room
39Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
39My Thanksgiving prayer
35Across The Fence: Relay race to Roseburg
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