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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201Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
200The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
200Observations Only: Final moment
200No-Till Notes: Back in the field
199Observations Only: The visit
199At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
199Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
198Observations Only: A day in August
198Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
197Observations Only: Waiting time
197Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
197At the Monument: Night Sky
197Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
197Our View: A failure to communicate
196The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
196No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
196At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
195Totally Random: My journey, life after living
195In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
195Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
194Observations Only: Sister lost
194Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
194Observations Only: Hog wash
194Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
193The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
192Observations Only: One more time
191Observations Only: The vigil
190Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
189Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
188Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
188A Halloween Story: The scary dream
188Observations Only: The last goodbye
188At the Monument: Junior Rangers
187The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
187The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
187Teen Voice: My rebellion
186Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
186The Good Life: The two different types of business people
186A Small World: Special guest
186Teen Voice: Silence
186Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
185Observations Only: The last toothpick
185Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
184The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
184From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
184From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
184Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
184Lyman Review: Devil calf
183From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
183The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
183In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
182Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
182A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
181Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
181Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
181Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
181Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
181At the Monument: Art in National Parks
180Teeing Off: Around the Green
179Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
179Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
179Teen Voice: The need to get away
179The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
178The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
178Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
178Prairie Dogs
178Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
177Teen Voice: Being a girl
177The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
177Lyman Review: The love goat
177Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
176Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
176Teeing Off: Persistence
176Lyman Review: One mean chicken
176Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
176Teen Voice: The gift of caring
175The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
175The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
174Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
174Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
173Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
173The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
173At the Monument: That old (historic) building
172Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
172Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
171Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
170Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
170Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
170Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
170
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170To The Editor
169Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
169Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
169At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
168Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
168Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
168Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
167Teen Voice: Remember what you have
167Teeing Off: The thing about state
167Teen Voice: Stress test
167Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
167Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
167In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
167Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
166Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
166Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
166Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
166Completely Different - The magic of spring
166A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
166Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
166Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
165Teen Voice: Catfished
165Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
165Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
165Website Resources
165Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
165Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
164
164Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
163Across the Fence: The Pony Express
163Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
163Teen Voice: Body image
163
163Totally Random: October, the pink month
163Totally Random: Happy Halloween
163Teen Voice: Self-expression
163At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
162Teen Voice: Living within our means
162Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
162Teen Voice: The Other Side
162Teeing Off: Mind Gym
162Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
162Lyman Review: Branding Time
161A Small World: Savoring county fair days
161Lyman Review: Winter's dog
161Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
161At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
161Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
160Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
160Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
160Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
160Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
160Totally Random: Life’s ripples
160Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
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159Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
159Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
159Reach out for challenges
158Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
158Teen Voice: Shadow art
158Be kind through communications
158A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
157Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
157Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
157Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
157Fourth of July meetings
157Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
156Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
156Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
156Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
156Totally Random: Trusting the fates
156Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
156Lyman Review: Dog fun
155Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
155Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
155Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
155Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
155New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
154From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
154Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
154Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
154
153From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
153Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
153Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
153Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
153A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
153Nature Notes: Love is in the air
153At the Library: March into a good book
153Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
152Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
152Teen Voice: The rivalry
152From the Hill: More Work Ahead
152Teen Voice: Cyber War
152Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
152Linked Lives
151Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
151Letter to the editor
151Letter to the Editor
150Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
150Why you should visit the zoo in February
150View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
150Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
150For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
150Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
149Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
149Our View: The elephant in the room
149Teen Voice: To the future
149Teen Voice: Where is the love?
149In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
149In the Hills: Explore the state parks
149In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
149Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
148Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
148Teen Voice: Equality
148I'm falling for Tumblr?
148Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
148Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
148Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
148What’s really going on with our water?
147Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
147Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
147Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
147Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
147Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
147View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
146From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
146Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
146Our View: Community responsible for kids
146Teen Voice: Footprints
145Teen Voice: Inspire me
145Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
145Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
145Letter to the Editor
144Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
144Their View: Goal post move unfair
144Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
143Rural America and immigration reform
143Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
143Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
142From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
142Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
142Support emergency services personnel
142Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
141Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
141Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
141Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
141Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
140Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
140Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
140Synchronicity:What brings me back
140Letters to the Editor
139Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
139Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
139Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
138From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
138Guest Voices…
138At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
138Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
137Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
136Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
136Religious freedom must be protected
135Teen Voice: What is love?
135Totally Random: Where does it go?
135Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
135Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
134Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
133Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
132Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
131Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
131Greetings from the State Capitol
131Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
130Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
129From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
128Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
124Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
124Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
117Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
114Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
107At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
95No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
92Letter to the Editor
90Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
80Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
79At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
40Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
28Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
25No-till Notes: Stripper head
21Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
20Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
Most Read News Stories of 2012
918Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
823NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
759Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
693All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
600The Christmas Story
554Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
545Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
535To whom are we thankful?
516Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
491A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
491Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
472A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
469Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
466Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
451Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
445A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
433At the Monument: Museum collections
427Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
417No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
416Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
415Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
414No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
403The Good Life: There is good everywhere
401Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
390Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
389No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
385Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
383Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
383Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
374A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
373Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
373A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
370Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
367Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
358The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
357Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
357A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
356History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
356Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
356Support letters requested for airport
355Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
353Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
346Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
345No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
343Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
341A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
340Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
338Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
337No Till Notes:
337A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
336Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
334Observations Only: A soul’s journey
333The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
325Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
325Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
324Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
324Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
322At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
321Observations Only : White water
321Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
320What's the deal with organic milk?
320Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
319Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
318Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
312Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
311Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
308In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
305Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
305Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
303No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
302Letters to the Editor
301A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
301A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
301Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
300Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
300Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
299Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
299Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
298At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
297Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
294A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
294At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
294
291Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
289Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
289Across the Fence: The hand dug well
286Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
286No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
285Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
285Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
284Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
282A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
282Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
282In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
281Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
280Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
279Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
278At the Monument: Where are the animals?
277At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
276Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
276Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
276Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
276Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
275Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
274Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
274All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
271From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
271Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
271Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
270Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
270Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
269Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
268Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
267Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
266Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
265Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
265Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
265At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
264Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
264Jane’s Secret: The Telling
263Teen Voice: Serendipity
263At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
262Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
262Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
261A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
261No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
260Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
260A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
259Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
259Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
259Building Bridges: Love your enemies
259No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
258Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
257A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
257The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
256Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
256Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
256Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
255Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
254Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
254Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
253Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
253Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
253Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
253 Across The Fence: County Fair
252A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
252Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
252Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
251A real leaning tree Christmas
251At the Monument: Living History
251Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
250Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
250Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
249A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
249Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
249A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
249Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
249Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
249Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
249No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
249No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
249Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
248Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
248A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
248No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
247Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
247Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
246Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
246Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
245Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
245A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
245Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
244A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
244Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
244Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
244Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
244Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
244No-Till Notes: The value of water
243Completely Different: It's all in the family
243Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
243Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
243Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
243A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
243No Till Notes: Moving Forward
242The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
242Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
242Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
241Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
240Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
240Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
240Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
240Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
240Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
239Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
239A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
239Observations Only: Indifferent love
239Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
239Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
237Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
237Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
237Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
235Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
235Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
235Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
235College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
234Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
234A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
234A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
234Anno Domini: We gather together
233Observations Only: The shadow of error
233Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
233Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
233Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
233Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
232Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
232Observations Only: Temptation
232Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
232Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
231Observations Only: A good daughter
231Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
231Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
231Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
231Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
231Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
231Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
230Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
230 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
230No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
230Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
230Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
230A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
230Creatures of the Night
230Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
229Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
229A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
229Anno Domini: On this remembering day
229No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
229Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
229All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
227A Stray Moment: Without a net
227Across the Fence: Amanda
227Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
227Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
227Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
226Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
226Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
225A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
225Observations Only: Gone away
225Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
225Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
224Totally Random: The Golden Rule
224 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
224Observations Only: The need to understand
224No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
224Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
224No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
223A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
223Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
223Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
223Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
223Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
223
222Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
222Observations Only: Divine prompts
222No-Till Notes: Looking Back
222Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
221Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
221A Stray Moment: God Knows
221Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
221Observations Only: A gift of serenity
221Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
221Observations Only: Reality check
221Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
221No-til Notes: Changing plans
221Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
221
220Observations Only: A matter of matter
220Across The Fence: A day For thanks
220No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
219Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
219Observations Only: Journey's end
219Observations Only: Divine spirit
219Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
218Observations Only: Curious things, part II
218Observations Only: A sad week
218Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
218Across The Fence: Last Christmas
218No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
218Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
217Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
217Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
217Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
217Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
216Observations Only: Expect the best
216Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
216Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
216Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
216No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
215Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
215Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
215Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
215No Till Notes: Final Stop
214Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
213Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
213Observations Only: Curious things
213Observations Only: Beginnings
213From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
213No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
213Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
213Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
213At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
212Observations Only: A matter of paradox
212Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
212Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
212Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
211Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
211Observations Only: The vision
211Observations Only: The awful truth
211Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
210Observations Only: Off to the races
210Observations Only: Saint Marge
210Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
209Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
209Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
209Observations Only: Going home
209Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
209Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
209Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
209Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
209No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
208Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
208From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
208Observations Only: Willfulness
208Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
208Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
207Across the Fence: Building Barns
207Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
207Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
207SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
207Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
206The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
206Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
205Observations Only: Uneventful flight
205Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
205Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
205Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
205Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
205No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
205No-till Notes: Moving forward
205Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
204From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
204Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
204The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
204Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
203Observations Only: Critical thinking
203Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
203Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
202Observations Only: Good and evil
202Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
201Observations Only: A fine line
201Observations Only: Choices
201Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
201Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
200The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
200Observations Only: Final moment
200No-Till Notes: Back in the field
199Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
199Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
199Observations Only: The visit
199At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
199Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
198Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
198Observations Only: A day in August
198Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
197Observations Only: Waiting time
197Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
197At the Monument: Night Sky
197Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
197Our View: A failure to communicate
196Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
196The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
196No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
196At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
195Totally Random: My journey, life after living
195In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
195Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
194Assad’s endgame
194Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
194Observations Only: Sister lost
194Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
194Observations Only: Hog wash
194Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
193Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
193The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
192Observations Only: One more time
191Across the Fence: On The road
191Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
191Observations Only: The vigil
190Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
189Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
189Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
188The ghost of Ayn Rand
188Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
188A Halloween Story: The scary dream
188Observations Only: The last goodbye
188At the Monument: Junior Rangers
187Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
187The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
187The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
187Teen Voice: My rebellion
186Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
186Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
186The Good Life: The two different types of business people
186A Small World: Special guest
186Teen Voice: Silence
186Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
185Observations Only: The last toothpick
185Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
184The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
184From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
184From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
184Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
184Lyman Review: Devil calf
183From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
183The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
183In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
182Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
182A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
181Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
181Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
181Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
181Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
181Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
181At the Monument: Art in National Parks
180Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
180Teeing Off: Around the Green
179Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
179Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
179Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
179Teen Voice: The need to get away
179The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
178The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
178Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
178Prairie Dogs
178Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
177From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
177Teen Voice: Being a girl
177The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
177Lyman Review: The love goat
177Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
176Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
176Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
176Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
176Teeing Off: Persistence
176Lyman Review: One mean chicken
176Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
176Teen Voice: The gift of caring
175The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
175The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
174Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
174Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
174Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
173Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
173Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
173Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
173The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
173At the Monument: That old (historic) building
172A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
172Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
172Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
172Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
171Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
170Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
170Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
170Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
170Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
170Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
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170To The Editor
169A last look at the Nebraska Zone
169Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
169A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
169A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
169A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
169Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
169Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
169At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
168Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
168Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
168Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
167Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
167Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
167Teen Voice: Remember what you have
167Teeing Off: The thing about state
167Teen Voice: Stress test
167Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
167Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
167In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
167Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
166Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
166Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
166Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
166Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
166Completely Different - The magic of spring
166A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
166Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
166Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
165Observations only : Sisters of the world
165Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
165Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
165Teen Voice: Catfished
165Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
165Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
165Website Resources
165Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
165Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
164A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
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164Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
163A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
163Across the Fence: The Pony Express
163Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
163Teen Voice: Body image
163
163Totally Random: October, the pink month
163Totally Random: Happy Halloween
163Teen Voice: Self-expression
163At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
162Across the fence: Something worth remembering
162Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
162A Stray Moment: The last time
162Teen Voice: Living within our means
162Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
162Teen Voice: The Other Side
162Teeing Off: Mind Gym
162Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
162Lyman Review: Branding Time
161A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
161A Small World: Savoring county fair days
161Lyman Review: Winter's dog
161Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
161At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
161Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
160Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
160Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
160Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
160Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
160Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
160Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
160Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
160Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
160Totally Random: Life’s ripples
160Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
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159Time keeps flowing like a river
159Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
159Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
159Reach out for challenges
158Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
158Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
158Teen Voice: Shadow art
158Be kind through communications
158A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
157Observations Only: A new direction
157Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
157Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
157Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
157Fourth of July meetings
157Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
156Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
156Observations Only : The orphanage
156Observations Only: Blue chip stock
156Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
156Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
156Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
156Totally Random: Trusting the fates
156Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
156Lyman Review: Dog fun
155Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
155Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
155Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
155Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
155Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
155New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
154Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
154From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
154Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
154Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
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153From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
153Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
153Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
153Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
153A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
153Nature Notes: Love is in the air
153At the Library: March into a good book
153Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
152Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
152Observations Only: Scourge of violence
152Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
152Teen Voice: The rivalry
152From the Hill: More Work Ahead
152Teen Voice: Cyber War
152Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
152Linked Lives
151Observations Only: Just around the corner
151Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
151Letter to the editor
151Letter to the Editor
150It's no surprise
150Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
150Why you should visit the zoo in February
150View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
150Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
150For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
150Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
149Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
149Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
149Our View: The elephant in the room
149Teen Voice: To the future
149Teen Voice: Where is the love?
149In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
149In the Hills: Explore the state parks
149In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
149Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
148Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
148Observations Only: Giving up
148Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
148Teen Voice: Equality
148I'm falling for Tumblr?
148Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
148Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
148Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
148What’s really going on with our water?
147From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
147Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
147Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
147Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
147Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
147Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
147View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
146Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
146From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
146Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
146Our View: Community responsible for kids
146Teen Voice: Footprints
145 Taking a big risk
145Observations Only: Together again
145Teen Voice: Inspire me
145Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
145Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
145Letter to the Editor
144Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
144Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
144Their View: Goal post move unfair
144Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
143Observations Only: Extreme measures
143Rural America and immigration reform
143Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
143Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
142Age of reason
142From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
142Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
142Support emergency services personnel
142Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
141The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
141Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
141Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
141Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
141Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
141Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
140Observations Only: The joy of money
140Observations Only: The meeting
140Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
140Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
140Synchronicity:What brings me back
140Letters to the Editor
139Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
139Observations Only: Spider adventure
139Observations Only: Sister odyssey
139Observations Only: North Powder
139Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
139Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
139Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
138Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
138Observations Only: Painting a picture
138From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
138From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
138Guest Voices…
138At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
138Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
137Being a Nebraskan – border to border
137Observations Only: Surprises
137Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
137Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
136Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
136Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
136Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
136Religious freedom must be protected
135Observations Only - Two ages of man
135Teen Voice: What is love?
135Totally Random: Where does it go?
135Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
135Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
134Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
133Life's curve balls
133From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
133Silence please
133From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
133Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
133Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
133Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
132Completely Different: Tales from the mat
132Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
132Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
131Trash cans
131Observations Only: Saturday delight
131Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
131From the Superintendent’s Desk
131Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
131Greetings from the State Capitol
131Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
130Observations Only: Counting chickens
130Teen Voice: Today’s television
130Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
129Observations Only: No thank you
129Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
129The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
129From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
128Observations Only: What's in a word?
128Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
125Observations Only : Mission accomplished
125Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
124Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
124Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
122The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
120Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
119It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
119The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
119The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
119From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
118Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
117From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
117Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
114The Block
114The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
114Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
113The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
113From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
112Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
111The hills, part 1: Mustangs
111The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
110From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
107Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
107At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
104Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
103Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
103Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
102SELL-OUT!
101The zombie apocalypse and you
101Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
101Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
100Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
100Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
100From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
99A Small World: Time traveling
99Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
99Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
98My mini Pen and me
98Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
98Do You Tube?
98Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
97Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
97Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
96Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
95View from the block
95Teen Voice: The road of hatred
95Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
95Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
95Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
95No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
94Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
94Teen Voice: The more the merrier
94A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
94Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
93Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
93Economic development update
93Teen Voice: Not just another ride
92Remembering When
92Letter to the Editor
91Completely Different: Your local government and you
91Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
90Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
90Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
90Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
89Timing makes perfect
89Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
89Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
89Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
89Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
89Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
88Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
88Our view . . .Sports Complex
87We need a few good people
87Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
87LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
86Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
86Completely Different: The Quest
86Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
85From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
85LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
84Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
84Home of the Brave
84Teen Voice: Happy news
83Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
83Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
82Welcome to Gering
82Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
82From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
82Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
81Teen Voice: March Madness
81Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
80Letter to the Editor
80Seeing the works of the master
80Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
79Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
79From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
79At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
78Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
78From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
78Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
77Practice safe barbecue basics
76Social time has important benefits
76Permission to remember
75Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
75Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
74Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
73Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
73My Thanksgiving prayer
72From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
70Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
68From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
59Our View: Visionaries wanted
54Our View: Bravo OTD committee
40Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
28Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
25No-till Notes: Stripper head
21Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
20Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
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