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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116At the Monument: Living History
115Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
115Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
115Totally Random: The Golden Rule
115Observations Only: Beginnings
115Completely Different - The magic of spring
115Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
115Observations Only: A matter of paradox
115Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
115Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
115Observations Only: Waiting time
115Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
115No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
114Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
114Observations Only: Divine prompts
114A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
114Lyman Review: The love goat
114Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
114In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
114Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
113A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
113Observations Only: Critical thinking
113Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
113From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
113Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
113The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
113The Good Life: The two different types of business people
113Teeing Off: The thing about state
113Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
113Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
113Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
113Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
113No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
112Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
112Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
112Teen Voice: Body image
112A Small World: Savoring county fair days
112Observations Only: Reality check
112Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
112Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
112Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
112No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
112Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
112Our View: Community responsible for kids
112Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
112Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
112A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
112
112Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
111From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
111Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
111Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
111From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
111The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
111Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
111The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
111Teen Voice: Stress test
111Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
111At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
111Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
111No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
111No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
111At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
111The Christmas Story
110Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
110Observations Only: The last goodbye
110Teen Voice: The gift of caring
110Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
110No-Till Notes: Looking Back
110The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
110Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
110Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
110Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
110Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
110NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
109Observations Only: Curious things, part II
108The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
108Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
108Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
108Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
108Totally Random: Happy Halloween
108Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
108In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
108Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
108Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
108No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
108Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
108A mom’s thoughts on social media
107Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
107Teen Voice: The rivalry
107Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
107Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
107
107Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
106Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
106Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
106Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
106Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
106Observations Only: The last toothpick
106No-till Notes: Moving forward
106Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
106Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
106In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
106No Till Notes:
106To whom are we thankful?
106No-till Notes: Stripper head
105Observations Only: Curious things
105Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
105Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
105The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
105The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
105Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
105All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
105At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
104Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
104Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
104Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
104Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
104At the Monument: Night Sky
104No Till Notes: Moving Forward
103Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
103The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
103Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
103Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
103Teen Voice: My rebellion
103Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
103Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
103No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
103No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
103At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
103Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
103No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
103Our view: United we can build
103Easter
102Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
102Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
102Totally Random: Life’s ripples
102Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
102Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
102View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
102Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
102Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
102Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
102A Stray Moment: My brother, a canoe, and Big Lake Alice
101Observations Only: A soul’s journey
101Observations Only: The vigil
101Why you should visit the zoo in February
101No-Till Notes: Back in the field
101No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
101Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
100Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
100Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
100Observations Only: Journey's end
100Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
100From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
100Teen Voice: The Other Side
100No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
100Teen Voice: Cyber War
100In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
100In the Hills: Explore the state parks
100New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
100At the Monument: Junior Rangers
100Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
100Prairie Dogs
100Letters to the Editor
99Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
99Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
99Teen Voice: Remember what you have
99Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
99Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
99Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
99Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
99At the Monument: That old (historic) building
99Website Resources
99
99In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
98Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
98Teen Voice: The need to get away
98Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
98From the Hill: More Work Ahead
98Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
98Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
98At the Library: March into a good book
98Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
98At the Monument: Art in National Parks
98At the Monument: Museum collections
98Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
98The Good Life: There is good everywhere
97The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
97Observations Only : White water
97Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
97Teeing Off: Persistence
97The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
97Rural America and immigration reform
97Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
97Nature Notes: Love is in the air
97Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
97No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
97Fourth of July meetings
97In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
97Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
97No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
97In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
97
97At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
97Teen Voice: What I’ve learned
96Observations Only: Going home
96Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
96Across The Fence: Last Christmas
96Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
96SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
96Synchronicity:What brings me back
96Be kind through communications
96Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
95Teen Voice: Serendipity
95The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
95Totally Random: Trusting the fates
95Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
95Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
95Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
95Support emergency services personnel
95For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
95Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
94Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
94Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
94Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
94
94Creatures of the Night
94No-Till Notes: The value of water
94At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
94Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
94Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
93Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
93Guest Voices…
93Observations Only: Choices
93Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
93The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
93Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
93Lyman Review: Dog fun
93No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
92Observations Only: Uneventful flight
92From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
92Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
92Teen Voice: Shadow art
92Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
92Lyman Review: Branding Time
92Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
92Letter to the editor
92Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
92At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
91Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
91Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
91Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
91No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
91Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
91At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
91Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
90Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
90Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
90Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
90View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
90No-til Notes: Changing plans
90Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
89Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
89Teen Voice: Living within our means
89Lyman Review: One mean chicken
89Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
89Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
89Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
89A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
88Teen Voice: Catfished
88Teen Voice: Equality
88Teeing Off: Mind Gym
88Lyman Review: Winter's dog
88At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
88No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
88At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
87From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
87Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
87Across the Fence: The Pony Express
87Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
87Teen Voice: Footprints
87All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
87Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
86Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
86Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
86Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
86Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
85From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
85Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
85Teen Voice: Inspire me
85Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
85Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
85Their View: Goal post move unfair
84Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
84Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
84Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
84At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
84Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
84Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
84College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
84
84Reach out for challenges
84The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
83I'm falling for Tumblr?
83Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
83What’s really going on with our water?
83Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
82The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
82Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
82Religious freedom must be protected
82Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
82Greetings from the State Capitol
82At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
82Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
81From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
81Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
81Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
81Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
81Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
81Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
81Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
81From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
81Linked Lives
80Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
80Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
79Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
79Support letters requested for airport
79To The Editor
78Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
78Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
77Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
77Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
77
77Letter to the Editor
77Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
76Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
75Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
75Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
75A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
74Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
74Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
73From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
73Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
73Our View: A failure to communicate
72From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
72Teen Voice: What is love?
72Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
72Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
71Totally Random: Where does it go?
71Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
70Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
70At the Monument: Where are the animals?
69Teen Voice: Where is the love?
68Letter to the Editor
67Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
67Letter to the Editor
66Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
59Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
59Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
54Our View: The elephant in the room
24Anno Domini: Curtain Call: A Song for a Friend
22‘Is there something I can do?’
17Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
Most Read News Stories of 2012
382Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
380Across The Fence: C.B. Irwin: Wyoming’s “Giant Cowboy”
369Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
360At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
343The Good Life: All that remains is love
335Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
319Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
305Bulldog Time: Teachers need to adjust their Habitudes
304Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
301Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
291A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
287No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
283At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
280Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
276The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
275Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
275Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
273Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
273All Points West: Getting to the truth of the matter
269No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
265At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
260Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
258Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
257Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
255Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
255All Points West: Never far from the trail
245Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
245Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
243No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
243Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
242Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
242Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
237Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
230Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
229Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
227A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
219Teen Voice: He’s my dad
216A Stray Moment: Reflections on Oregon Trail Days
215Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
215Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
215No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
214Completely Different: It's all in the family
214Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
211Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
209Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
208What's the deal with organic milk?
207No Till Notes: Residue levels
206Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
206Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
202Jane’s Secret LXIV: The rescue
200A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
199Across The Fence: Three Queens, Women in Rodeo.
197Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
194Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
194No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
194Across The Fence: Relay race to Roseburg
193Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
191Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
190Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
188Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
188At the Monument: Find Your Park
187Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
187A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
184Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
184Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
184No Till Notes: Saying uncle
183Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
182Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
182A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
181Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
181A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
181Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
180Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
180Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
179No-Till Notes: Potential
179Welcome home
178Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
178No-Till Notes: Observations
177Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
177Enjoy the festivities
174Across The Fence: Massacre Canyon
173A Stray Moment: God Knows
172Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
171Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
169Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
168Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
168No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
167Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
167Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
166A Stray Moment: Without a net
166Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
166Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
165Across the Fence: The hand dug well
165Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
165Jane’s Secret LXV Quicksand
164Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
164Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
164Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
163Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
162A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
162Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
162Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
161Teeing Off: Around the Green
160Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
160No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
160Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
159Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
157Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
156Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
156A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
156Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
156Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
155Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
154Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
154All Points West: A community on the move
153Totally Random: My journey, life after living
153Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
152Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
151Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
151Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
151Observations Only: Gone away
151Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
151A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
151Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
151Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
151Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
150Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
150A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
150Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
150A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
150Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
149Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
149Observations Only: A matter of matter
149Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
149Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
149A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
148A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
148Observations Only: The awful truth
148Observations Only: A sad week
148Across The Fence: Old Julesburg and new
147Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
147Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
147No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
146The zombie apocalypse and you
146Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
146Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
146Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
146The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
146Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
146Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
146 Across The Fence: County Fair
145From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
145 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
145Observations Only: The vision
145Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
145Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
144Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
144Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
144Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
143Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
143Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
143A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
143Teen Voice: Being a girl
143Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
143Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
143Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
142Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
142Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
142History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
142Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
142Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
142Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
141Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
141Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
141Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
141Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
141No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
141Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
140Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
140Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
140Anno Domini: On this remembering day
140No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
140A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
140Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
140No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
139Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
139Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
139A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
139Observations Only: A gift of serenity
139A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
139Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
139Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
139Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
139Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
138Across the Fence: Building Barns
138Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
138Observations Only: A good daughter
138Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
138Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
138Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
138Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
138Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
137Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
137Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
137Lyman Review: Devil calf
137Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
136A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
136Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
136Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
135A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
134Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
134Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
134A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
134Observations Only: Final moment
133A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
133Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
133A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
133A real leaning tree Christmas
133Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
133Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
133Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
133Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
133A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
133Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
133Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
132Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
132Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
132Observations Only: Divine spirit
132Observations Only: Indifferent love
132Observations Only: Hog wash
132Observations Only: One more time
132Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
131Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
131Observations Only: The shadow of error
131The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
131Anno Domini: We gather together
131Building Bridges: Love your enemies
131No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
131Jane’s Secret: The Telling
131At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
130Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
130Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
130Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
130Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
130Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
130Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
130Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
129Time keeps flowing like a river
129Observations Only: A new direction
129From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
129Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
129From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
129Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
129Observations Only: Off to the races
129A Halloween Story: The scary dream
129A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
129Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
128A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
128Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
128A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
128Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
128A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
128Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
128Totally Random: October, the pink month
128At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
127Observations Only: Willfulness
127Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
127Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
127Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
127Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
127No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
127Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
126Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
126A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
126Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
126Observations Only: Good and evil
126Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
126Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
126Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
126No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
126A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
126Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
126Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
125Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
125Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
125Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
125Across The Fence: A day For thanks
125Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
125Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
125Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
125Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
125All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
124Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
124Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
124Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
124Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
124Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
124Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
124No Till Notes: Final Stop
124Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
124
124Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
124All Points West: One of the dog days of summer
123Completely Different: Your local government and you
123Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
123Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
123Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
123Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
123The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
123Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
123Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
123Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
123Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
123Across the Fence: Amanda
123Across The Fence: “Medicine Bill”
122Completely Different: The Quest
122Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
122Across the Fence: On The road
122Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
122Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
122Observations Only: A fine line
122Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
122Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
122Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
121The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
121Across the fence: Something worth remembering
121Observations Only: The joy of money
121Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
121A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
121Observations Only: Sister lost
121Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
121Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
121A Small World: Special guest
121Teen Voice: Silence
121Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
121Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
121A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
121Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
121Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
121Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
121At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
120Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
120Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
120Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
120Observations Only: Expect the best
120A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
120Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
120The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
120Letters to the Editor
120Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
119Observations only : Sisters of the world
119A Small World: Time traveling
119Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
119Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
119Trash cans
119The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
119Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
119Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
119Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
119Observations Only: The need to understand
119Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
119Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
119
119Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
119Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
119Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
118SELL-OUT!
118Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
118Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
118Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
118Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
118Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
118Observations Only: Temptation
118Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
118 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
118Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
118Observations Only: A day in August
118Teen Voice: To the future
118Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
118Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
118Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
118Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
118Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
118No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
117A last look at the Nebraska Zone
117Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
117Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
117Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
117The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
117Observations Only: The visit
117Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
117Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
117Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
117Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
117Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
116A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
116Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
116Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
116Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
116
116Observations Only: Saint Marge
116Teen Voice: Self-expression
116A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
116Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
116No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
116At the Monument: Living History
115Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
115A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
115Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
115Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
115Totally Random: The Golden Rule
115Observations Only: Beginnings
115Completely Different - The magic of spring
115Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
115Observations Only: A matter of paradox
115Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
115Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
115Observations Only: Waiting time
115Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
115No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
114Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
114Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
114From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
114Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
114Observations Only: Divine prompts
114A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
114Lyman Review: The love goat
114Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
114In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
114Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
113A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
113Observations Only: Critical thinking
113Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
113From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
113Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
113The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
113The Good Life: The two different types of business people
113Teeing Off: The thing about state
113Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
113Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
113Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
113Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
113No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
112Completely Different: Tales from the mat
112Observations Only: Saturday delight
112Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
112Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
112Teen Voice: Body image
112A Small World: Savoring county fair days
112Observations Only: Reality check
112Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
112Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
112Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
112No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
112Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
112Our View: Community responsible for kids
112Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
112Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
112A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
112
112Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
111It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
111Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
111It's no surprise
111The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
111From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
111Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
111Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
111From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
111The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
111Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
111The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
111Teen Voice: Stress test
111Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
111At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
111Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
111No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
111No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
111At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
111The Christmas Story
110Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
110 Taking a big risk
110A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
110Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
110Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
110Observations Only: The last goodbye
110Teen Voice: The gift of caring
110Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
110No-Till Notes: Looking Back
110The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
110Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
110Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
110Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
110Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
110NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
109Our view . . .Sports Complex
109Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
109Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
109Do You Tube?
109Observations Only: Just around the corner
109Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
109Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
109Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
109Observations Only: Curious things, part II
108Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
108Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
108Life's curve balls
108Teen Voice: The more the merrier
108Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
108Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
108The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
108Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
108Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
108Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
108Totally Random: Happy Halloween
108Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
108In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
108Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
108Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
108No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
108Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
108A mom’s thoughts on social media
107Observations Only : The orphanage
107Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
107Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
107Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
107Teen Voice: The rivalry
107Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
107Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
107
107Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
106Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
106Being a Nebraskan – border to border
106Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
106Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
106A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
106Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
106Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
106Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
106Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
106Observations Only: The last toothpick
106No-till Notes: Moving forward
106Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
106Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
106In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
106No Till Notes:
106To whom are we thankful?
106No-till Notes: Stripper head
105Timing makes perfect
105Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
105Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
105Observations Only: Curious things
105Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
105Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
105The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
105The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
105Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
105All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
105At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
104Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
104We need a few good people
104Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
104Assad’s endgame
104Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
104Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
104Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
104Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
104At the Monument: Night Sky
104No Till Notes: Moving Forward
103Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
103Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
103From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
103Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
103Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
103The ghost of Ayn Rand
103A Stray Moment: The last time
103Observations Only: Surprises
103Observations Only: Blue chip stock
103Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
103The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
103Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
103Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
103Teen Voice: My rebellion
103Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
103Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
103No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
103No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
103At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
103Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
103No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
103Our view: United we can build
103Easter
102View from the block
102Economic development update
102Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
102A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
102Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
102Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
102Totally Random: Life’s ripples
102Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
102Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
102View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
102Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
102Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
102Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
102A Stray Moment: My brother, a canoe, and Big Lake Alice
101The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
101From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
101Observations Only: A soul’s journey
101Observations Only: The vigil
101Why you should visit the zoo in February
101No-Till Notes: Back in the field
101No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
101Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
100Observations Only: Painting a picture
100Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
100Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
100Observations Only: Journey's end
100Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
100From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
100Teen Voice: The Other Side
100No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
100Teen Voice: Cyber War
100In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
100In the Hills: Explore the state parks
100New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
100At the Monument: Junior Rangers
100Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
100Prairie Dogs
100Letters to the Editor
99Observations Only : Mission accomplished
99Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
99Observations Only: Together again
99Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
99Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
99Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
99Teen Voice: Remember what you have
99Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
99Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
99Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
99Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
99At the Monument: That old (historic) building
99Website Resources
99
99In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
98Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
98Letter to the Editor
98Welcome to Gering
98Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
98Teen Voice: The need to get away
98Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
98From the Hill: More Work Ahead
98Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
98Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
98At the Library: March into a good book
98Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
98At the Monument: Art in National Parks
98At the Monument: Museum collections
98Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
98The Good Life: There is good everywhere
97Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
97Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
97Our View: Bravo OTD committee
97Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
97The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
97Observations Only : White water
97Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
97Teeing Off: Persistence
97The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
97Rural America and immigration reform
97Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
97Nature Notes: Love is in the air
97Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
97No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
97Fourth of July meetings
97In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
97Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
97No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
97In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
97
97At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
97Teen Voice: What I’ve learned
96Permission to remember
96Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
96Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
96Observations Only: Going home
96Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
96Across The Fence: Last Christmas
96Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
96SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
96Synchronicity:What brings me back
96Be kind through communications
96Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
95Observations Only - Two ages of man
95Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
95Observations Only: Extreme measures
95The hills, part 1: Mustangs
95Teen Voice: Serendipity
95The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
95Totally Random: Trusting the fates
95Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
95Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
95Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
95Support emergency services personnel
95For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
95Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
94Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
94Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
94Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
94Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
94Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
94
94Creatures of the Night
94No-Till Notes: The value of water
94At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
94Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
94Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
93Home of the Brave
93Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
93Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
93Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
93Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
93Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
93Guest Voices…
93Observations Only: Choices
93Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
93The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
93Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
93Lyman Review: Dog fun
93No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
92Age of reason
92From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
92Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
92Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
92Observations Only: Uneventful flight
92From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
92Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
92Teen Voice: Shadow art
92Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
92Lyman Review: Branding Time
92Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
92Letter to the editor
92Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
92At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
91Seeing the works of the master
91Observations Only: North Powder
91Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
91Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
91Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
91Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
91Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
91Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
91No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
91Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
91At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
91Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
90Remembering When
90Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
90The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
90Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
90Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
90Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
90Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
90View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
90No-til Notes: Changing plans
90Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
89Teen Voice: March Madness
89My mini Pen and me
89The Block
89Observations Only: Giving up
89From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
89Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
89Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
89Teen Voice: Living within our means
89Lyman Review: One mean chicken
89Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
89Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
89Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
89A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
88Practice safe barbecue basics
88Observations Only: What's in a word?
88The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
88Teen Voice: Catfished
88Teen Voice: Equality
88Teeing Off: Mind Gym
88Lyman Review: Winter's dog
88At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
88No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
88At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
87Teen Voice: Not just another ride
87Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
87From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
87Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
87Across the Fence: The Pony Express
87Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
87Teen Voice: Footprints
87All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
87Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
86Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
86Observations Only: Counting chickens
86Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
86Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
86Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
86Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
85LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
85Observations Only: Sister odyssey
85From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
85From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
85Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
85Teen Voice: Inspire me
85Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
85Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
85Their View: Goal post move unfair
84The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
84Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
84Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
84Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
84At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
84Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
84Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
84College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
84
84Reach out for challenges
84The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
83From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
83Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
83Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
83Observations Only: Scourge of violence
83I'm falling for Tumblr?
83Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
83What’s really going on with our water?
83Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
82The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
82Silence please
82Observations Only: The meeting
82The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
82Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
82Religious freedom must be protected
82Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
82Greetings from the State Capitol
82At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
82Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
81Social time has important benefits
81Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
81Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
81Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
81Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
81From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
81Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
81Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
81Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
81Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
81Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
81Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
81From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
81Linked Lives
80A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
80Observations Only: No thank you
80From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
80From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
80Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
80Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
79From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
79Observations Only: Spider adventure
79From the Superintendent’s Desk
79Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
79From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
79Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
79Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
79Support letters requested for airport
79To The Editor
78Our View: Visionaries wanted
78From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
78Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
78Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
77Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
77Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
77Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
77Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
77Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
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77Letter to the Editor
77Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
76Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
76Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
76Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
76Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
75Teen Voice: Happy news
75Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
75Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
75Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
75A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
74From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
74Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
74Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
73Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
73From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
73Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
73Our View: A failure to communicate
72Teen Voice: The road of hatred
72Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
72From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
72Teen Voice: What is love?
72Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
72Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
71From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
71From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
71Totally Random: Where does it go?
71Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
70Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
70At the Monument: Where are the animals?
69Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
69Teen Voice: Where is the love?
68Letter to the Editor
67LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
67Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
67Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
67Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
67Letter to the Editor
66From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
66Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
66Teen Voice: Today’s television
66Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
61Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
59Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
59Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
54Our View: The elephant in the room
53My Thanksgiving prayer
47Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
24Anno Domini: Curtain Call: A Song for a Friend
22‘Is there something I can do?’
17Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
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