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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112Observations Only: Waiting time
112Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
112Across The Fence: “Medicine Bill”
112Capitol View: A new twist just might get health insurance for the working poor
111Observations Only: Curious things, part II
111Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
111Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
111Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
111Totally Random: October, the pink month
111Observations Only: One more time
111Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
111Capitol View: They’re back, and look what they brought with them
110Observations Only: Hog wash
110Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
110Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
110Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
110Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
110No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
110News from Lincoln: Nebraska needs tax reform
110Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
110Anno Domini: Giving thanks for what matters
109The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
109Teen Voice: Equality
109A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
109The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
109Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
109Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
109Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
109Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
109Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
109Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
108A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
108Teeing Off: Around the Green
108Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
108Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
108Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
108Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
108Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
108News from Lincoln: Transgender issues need to be addressed
108All Points West: We shall not give into fear
108Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
108News from Lincoln: The Forecasting Board met, priority designation is completed
107Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
107Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
107Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
107A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
107Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
107Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
107Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
107
107No Till Notes:
107At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
107News from Lincoln: Packing bill is a bad idea
106Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
106Observations Only: A fine line
106Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
106The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
106Observations Only: A matter of paradox
106Observations Only: The need to understand
106Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
106Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
106Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
106No-till Notes: Early registration discounts
106No-Till Notes: 10 tips
105Observations Only: Willfulness
105Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
105Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
105Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
105Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
105Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
105Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
105Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
105From the capitol: Honoring Our Veterans
105Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
105Why parents are important
105News from Lincoln: Property tax relief still in the works
105Washington Report: Keeping meat on the menu
104The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
104A Stray Moment: Without a net
104Observations Only: Off to the races
104Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
104Lyman Review: Devil calf
104Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
104Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
104Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
104Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
104All Points West: A community on the move
104Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
103Observations Only: Expect the best
103A Stray Moment: God Knows
103The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
103The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
103Observations Only: The vision
103The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
103Our View: Community responsible for kids
103Totally Random: Trusting the fates
103Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
103Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
103No-til Notes: Changing plans
103No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
103The Christmas Story
102Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
102Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
102Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
102Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
102Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
102Observations Only: Beginnings
102A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
102Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
102Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
102Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
102Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
102A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
101Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
101Observations Only: A soul’s journey
101Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
101Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
101Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
101Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
101No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
101Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
101Capitol View: Where’s the peace and joy in border closings and gun-free zones?
101All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
100Observations Only: The shadow of error
100The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
100Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
100Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
100No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
100Letters to the Editor
100Teen Voice: Too many activities leads to negative effects
100Capitol View: Lawmakers want to consider old friend, school foundation aid
100Jane’s Secret, XCVIX: Endings and beginnings
99A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
99Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
99Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
99Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
99Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
99Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
99Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
99Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
99Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
99For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
99Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
99 Across The Fence: County Fair
99Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
99No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
99From the hill: Giving Thanks
99From the capitol: The State of Nebraska Agriculture
99Washington report: Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
99No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
98Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
98Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
98Teen Voice: Being a girl
98Totally Random: My journey, life after living
98Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
98At the Library: March into a good book
98All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
98From the hill: Stand Up for Life
98“The Ex” by Alafair Burke
98No-Till Notes: Water conservation, part 2
97From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
97The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
97 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
97No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
97Jane’s Secret LXV Quicksand
97A Stray Moment: Review: ‘The Book Thief’ steals the fiction stage
96Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
96Teen Voice: Shadow art
96Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
96Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
96Teen Voice: My rebellion
96Teen Voice: Inspire me
96No-Till Notes: The value of water
96Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
96The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
96Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
96News from Lincoln: Hog bill vote was disappointing
96News from Lincoln: Greetings from the Capitol
95A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
95Teen Voice: The need to get away
95Prairie Dogs
95Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
95A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
95Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
95Teen Voice: He’s my dad
95A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
95From the hill: Serving You
95From the hill: Keeping America Safe
95Jane’s secret, CXVI: The telling
94Observations Only: Journey's end
94A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
94Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
94Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
94Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
94The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
94Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
94Teen Voice: The rivalry
94Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
94Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
94Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
94At the Monument: Night Sky
94Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
94Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
94Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
93Teen Voice: Where is the love?
93No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
93Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
93Jane’s Secret, LXVII For heaven’s sake
93News from Lincoln: Nebraska’s roads still a challenge
93Capitol View: Lengthy debate, little progress as Legislature grinds on
92Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
92Totally Random: The Golden Rule
92Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
92A Small World: Special guest
92Teen Voice: Cyber War
92In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
92Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
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92Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
92News from Lincoln: State Senators visit western Nebraska
92Washington report: The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
92Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
92Jack’s Insights: We could all benefit from more ‘think’ time
91Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
91Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
91Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
91Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
91 The Blight Way – Bo Tully #1 - by Patrick F. McManus
91Capitol View: Ricketts, some lawmakers want to put a lid on it, again
91An open letter to Trump supporters
90From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
90Observations Only: A good daughter
90A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
90Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
90At the Monument: That old (historic) building
90No-till Notes: Moving forward
90No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
90Infamy - by Richard Reeves
90From the hill: Working for you
90Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
89Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
89Teeing Off: Persistence
89The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
89A real leaning tree Christmas
89Capitol View: Say goodbye to ConAgra, but don’t lament departure
88Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
88The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
88Observations Only: Choices
88Observations Only: Divine prompts
88In the Hills: Explore the state parks
88Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
88Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
88No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
88Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
88Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
88Washington report: A new chapter for the U.S. House
88No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
87Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
87Lyman Review: Dog fun
87Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
87Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
87Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
87Across The Fence: Van Tassell
87No-till Notes” Conservation Agriculture, part 2
87Jane’s Secret, LXVIII: An old wrong revealed
86A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
86Lyman Review: One mean chicken
86Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
86In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
86A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
86Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
86At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
86No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
86Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
86Teen Voice: Character exceeds good grades
85Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
85Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
85Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
85At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
85At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
85A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
85No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
85From the hill: Unprovoked dangers
84Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
84Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
84Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
84Teen Voice: Silence
84Observations Only: The visit
84Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
84Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
84Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
84Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
84A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
84Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
84LR 35 is a dangerous proposition for our state and nation
83Totally Random: Where does it go?
83Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
83A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
83Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
83No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
83Support letters requested for airport
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83Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
83Capitol View: Lawmakers convene 2016 session
82Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
82From the Hill: More Work Ahead
82Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
82Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
82No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
82No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
82A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
82Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
82No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
82From the hill: Spurring Innovation
82From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
82Teen Voice: Out with homework
82Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
82From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
82Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
82Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
82Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
82Guest View: Nebraska (property) tax system ‘dysfunctional’
81Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
81Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
81Completely Different - The magic of spring
81Observations Only: Divine spirit
81Teen Voice: What is love?
81Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
81Nature Notes: Love is in the air
81Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
81View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
81A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
81Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
81Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
81At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
81Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
81Across The Fence: The Butterfield Overland Mail
81No-till Notes: CSC Classroom
81News from Lincoln: Tourism can bolster economy
81Capitol View: Credit Where Credit Is Due
81News from Lincoln: Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
81From the hill: The Year Ahead
81A book review: Once Shadows Fall, by Robert Daniels
81No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
80From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
80I'm falling for Tumblr?
80Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
80Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
80A Small World: Savoring county fair days
80Totally Random: Happy Halloween
80Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
80Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
80Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
80Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
80View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
80Letter to the editor
80Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
80From the capitol: A new era for the Nebraska National Guard
80From the capitol: Budgeting the Nebraska Way
79Teen Voice: Serendipity
79Teen Voice: Living within our means
79A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
79Teen Voice: Self-expression
79Teen Voice: Footprints
79Reach out for challenges
79Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
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79Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
79A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
79Across The Fence: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain (Part I)
79Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
79From the hill: Protecting Our Local Communities
78Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
78Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
78From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
78Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
78No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
78No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
78Easter
78Across The Fence: The Solomon River Stampede
78Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
78News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
77Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
77Teen Voice: Body image
77Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
77Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
77Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
77Across The Fence: Last Christmas
77Support emergency services personnel
77Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
77No-Till Notes: Back in the field
77Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
77Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
77Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
77Power of legumes
77In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
77Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
77Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
77Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
77Across The Fence: Old Julesburg and new
77Washington report: Feeding a world in need
77Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
77Right up Your Allie: A new day, a new me
76The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
76Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
76A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
76Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
76Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
76No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
76Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
76Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
76Across The Fence: The Zeek Homestead
76News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
75Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
75Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
75Greetings from the State Capitol
75From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
75At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
75Synchronicity:What brings me back
75Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
75No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
75No-till Notes: Stripper head
75Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
75All Points West: The only stupid question
75No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
75Jack’s Insights: Research and Extension Center to undergo review
74Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
74Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
74Teeing Off: Mind Gym
74The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
74At the Monument: Art in National Parks
74Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
74Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
74Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
74Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
74No-Till Notes: Observations
74Across the Fence: A gathering of warriors at Arikaree Fork
74From the hill: Back to Where it All Began
73Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
73From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
73Across the Fence: The Pony Express
73From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
73Teen Voice: Remember what you have
73Teeing Off: The thing about state
73Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
73Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
73At the Monument: Where are the animals?
73Linked Lives
73Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
73Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
73Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
73A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
73From the capitol: Keeping Nebraska Safe
73News from Lincoln: Committee reviews property tax proposals
72Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
72Lyman Review: The love goat
72Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
72No Till Notes: Moving Forward
72No-Till Notes: Potential
72No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
72Torn between now and somewhere down the line
71From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
71Teen Voice: Catfished
71Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
71Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
71Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
71Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
71In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
71At the Monument: Living History
71Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
71Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
71Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
70Lyman Review: Branding Time
70Their View: Goal post move unfair
70History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
70Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
70Creatures of the Night
70Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
70Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
70Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
70Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
70Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
70Our View: City needs to hit green with eatery
70Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
70No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 2
70Senioritis: Get your seniors moving, grooving
69From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
69The Good Life: The two different types of business people
69Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
69A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
69Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
69From the capitol: Practicing Fiscal Restraint
68Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
68Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
68Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
68Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
68The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
68Lyman Review: Winter's dog
68Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
68At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
68College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
68Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
68To whom are we thankful?
68Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
68Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
68News from Lincoln: PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
68A national day of Thanksgiving
68Senior View: People get old, but hugs don’t
68Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
67Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
67Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
67Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
67Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
67New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
67At the Monument: Junior Rangers
67Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
67‘The Life We Bury’ by By Allen Eskens A book review
67No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
67Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
67Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
67A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
66Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
66Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
66At the Monument: Museum collections
66Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
66Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
66No Till Notes: Residue levels
65Religious freedom must be protected
65From the capitol: It’s Fall in Nebraska
64Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
64Rural America and immigration reform
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64Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
64Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
64Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
64Fourth of July meetings
64In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
63Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
63What’s really going on with our water?
63At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
62Our View: The elephant in the room
62Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
62Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
62Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
62Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
62The Good Life: There is good everywhere
62No-Till Notes: Water conservation
61Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
61In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
61Website Resources
61In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
61No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
61No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
61From the Capitol: Prioritizing taxpayers
60Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
60At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
59Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
59At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
59Our view: United we can build
59Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
59Teen Voice: What makes young people truly outstanding?
58Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
58 Giving thanks for family, faith and friends
58No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
58News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
57No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
57At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
57Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
57Stop texting your wish-list to Santa
56A Halloween Story: The scary dream
56Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
56At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
56Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
56At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
56The Good Life: All that remains is love
56Enjoy the festivities
56Teen Voice: Looking to be teacher’s pet?
55Review: ‘Half Bad’ by author Sally Green
55Tumbleweeds on the loose
55No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
54Teen Voice: The Other Side
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54NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
53Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
52At the Monument: Find Your Park
52Our view: Getting the Gering plaza right
52Compassion, respect don’t cost a thing
51Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
51Be kind through communications
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51Walkable, bikeable communities
50Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
50Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
50At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
50A mom’s thoughts on social media
49Achieving your dreams takes work
49At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
48At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
47A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
47Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
45Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
45Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
45The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?
44I love Thanksgiving
43Simply October
42Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
41The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
41Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
41‘Is there something I can do?’
40Letter to the Editor
40No Till Notes: Seven billion plus
39Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
39Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
37Letter to the Editor
37Welcome home
36Letter to the Editor
34Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
33
28Our View: A failure to communicate
27Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
26At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
26Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
22To The Editor
Most Read News Stories of 2012
1718Across The Fence: C.B. Irwin: Wyoming’s “Giant Cowboy”
795The Oregon Trail’ by Rinker Buck
752From the capitol: Customer Friendly Government
581The Good Life: Memorial Day more than barbeque
487Capitol View: Plans coming together for 150th birthday
450Capitol View: Term limits, partisan governor changing Nebraska Legislature
448All Points West: Long live great coffee
434Curiosity Corner: Playing the Nebraska license plate game
422News from Lincoln: Cooperation assures fire safety
409From the capitol: An Unfair and Unjust Law
379All Points West: Bullying death shocks family
373Capitol View: Term limits tossing out 11 veterans
370Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
325Capitol View: The end is near, haste makes waste
320Capitol View: The watched pot begins to boil
311Across The Fence: Massacre Canyon
307From the capitol: A System That Cares
307Teen Voice: Playing backup goalie was the best thing
304Capitol View: Voting no? Do you have a better solution?
304From the Hill: Working for Offutt
300Curiosity Corner: A very bad, bad storm
287Washington Report: Excellence in economic development
281No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
281Washington Report: Power of the Purse
281Capitol View: Nice or not, Tourism Commission dealings under the microscope
277Capitol View: The Hall of Fame Commission wants to hear from you
271Healthy: What you believe, you become
269Washington Report: Obamacare’s continued co-op failures
268Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
264Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
263From the hill: Good Neighbors
262Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
261Capitol View: The interim, that awkward time
258Washington report: Young Nebraskans serving community and country
257Washington Report: Competing in a global economy
254Jack’s Insights – April 2016
252Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
252From the hill: Connecting Through Safe Skies
248From the hill: “Hello” World
248Teen Voicen: Is there a cure for Senioritis?
246Washingorn report: American leadership needed in a chaotic world
245Washington: Protecting taxpayers
243Curiosity Corner: Rattlesnakes: the good, the bad, and the ugly
242From the hill: Accountability Matters
238Jane’s Secret, CXIV: The secret
234No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
233All Points West: Suffering from American-itis:
232Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
232From the Capitol: Budget balanced
230From the hill: Kerrie On
229Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
229News from Lincoln: The 2016 session is winding down
229Washington Report: Regulation rewind rolls on
228From the Hill: May in Nebraska
225Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
225Teen Voice: Rape decision sends wrong message
224News from Lincoln: New technology brings new challenges
223All Points West: Here’s to qualified moms everywhere
222The final decades of Howard Hughes after his fake death
220Bulldog Time: Teachers need to adjust their Habitudes
216Jane’s Secret, CXI: A bloody Day
215Capitol View: National Republican Convention 60 years ago had Nebraska twist
214Washington report: Helping Nebraska producers feed the world
214No-Till Notes: 10 tips, part 3
212Capitol View: What just happened? Is it over yet?
211No-Till Notes: Managing your bucket
208Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
206Curiosity Corner: If old barns could talk
205Capitol View: One year later, some things have changed
205All Points West: Newspapers still hold value
202Jane’s secret, CVIII: Bridget’s lament
201Think about manufacturing at polls
199Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
198All Points West: Rising above ourselves
197Capitol View: Four fountains becoming a capitol reality, finally
195From the Capitol: Holding government accountable
194Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
193Teen Voice: Social media preys on short attention spans
192All Points West: We couldn’t stop the fire
192Washington Report: Joining forces to fight red tape
191What's the deal with organic milk?
191Washington: Mindful of our heroes
188Jane’s Secret, CVI: The meeting
187Jane’s Secret, CIX: Windfall
187A Stray Moment: Prince – When Doves Cry
186Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
185Washington Report: A better way to help those in need
184Jane’s Secret, CVII: The meeting, part II
183All Points West: One of the dog days of summer
180Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
180News from Lincoln: Concluding the 2016 Legislative Session
180Teen Voice: Against all odds? No sweat
179News from Lincoln: Educating our youth about Nebraska
177From the Hill: We must unite to defeat ISIL
176Jane’s Secret, CX: Final arrangements
176News from Lincoln: Group studies state’s economic future
175Anno Domini: Still flying high at 239
174Observations Only: Gone away
173Nebraska Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner
172Jane’s Secret, CIV: Fool’s luck part II
171Across The Fence: A day For thanks
171Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
171Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
170Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
170Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
169Teen Voice: Teen slang
168All Points West: Staying alive in the gun trade
165Curiosity Corner: A Tale of Two Giants: Frederic and Theodore
163All Points West: Led by our tongues
163News from Lincoln: Senator fights for local control
162Capitol View: Memorial Day is over, it must be summer
162News from Lincoln: Filibuster kills gun rights bill
160Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
160From the capitol: Infrastructure Facilitates Life
160No-Till Notes: Harvesting water
160Capitol View: Could they get elected again?
159Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
159Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
159Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
159Across The Fence: Three Queens, Women in Rodeo.
159Washington report: Why we need international tax reform
158Observations Only: Critical thinking
158Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
157Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
157A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
156Capitol View: Veterans’ treatment court idea just makes sense
155Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
154A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
154Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
154All Points West: Getting to the truth of the matter
154Across The Fence: Relay race to Roseburg
154Jane’s Secret, CII: Fool’s bargain, part II
153Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
153Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
153A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
153Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
153From the capitol: Maintaining Local Control
153Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
151Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
151Why you should visit the zoo in February
150Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
150Jane’s Secret, CV: The quarrel
149Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
149Across the Fence: The hand dug well
149Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
149No-Till Notes: 10 Tips, part 2
149From the hill: EPA mandates are harming Nebraskans
148Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
148The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
148Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
148Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
148Jane’s Secret LXIV: The rescue
148Washington report: Conservative Champions
147Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
147Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
147From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
147Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
147Anno Domini: On this remembering day
147Guest Opinion: Property tax levies part of problem
146Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
146News from Lincoln: State to release plan to fight Alzheimer’s
146Washington report: Addressing the rising cost of higher education
145Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
145Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
145Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
145The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
145All Points West: Taking action against child abuse
145Capitol View:Lawmakers see the faces of the uninsured
143Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
143Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
143Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
143Guest Voices…
143Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
143Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
143A Stray Moment: My brother, a canoe, and Big Lake Alice
142A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
142SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
141Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
141Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
141From the hill: A Safer Place
140Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
140Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
140Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
140No-Till Notes: Looking Back
140From the hill: Remembering the Fallen
139Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
139Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
139No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
139Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
139Guest Editorial: Medicaid expansion creates unfair playing field
138Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
138Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
138Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
138Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
137Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
137Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
137A Stray Moment: Reflections on Oregon Trail Days
137All Points West: A prairie pursuit of happiness
137Jane’s Secret, CXIII: New York
136Observations Only: Sister lost
136From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
136Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
136From the hill: Nebraska’s Special Heroes
136Capitol View: Property tax debate continues as session winds down
136Teen Voice: Pancakes a better fundraising flavor
136From the capitol: Growing Overseas Trade
135Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
135Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
135Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
135Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
135News from Lincoln: Senator seeks EMT tax exemption
135All Points West: Living outside my comfort zone
135News from Lincoln: Senator requests priority for dignity act
134Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
134A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
134Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
134Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
134A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
133Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
133Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
133Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
133All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
133All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
133Washington report: Opportunities for young Nebraskans
133Jane’s Secret, CIII: Fool’s luck
133From the hill: Healing Our Nation
132Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
132Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
132Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
132Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
132Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
131Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
131Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
131Totally Random: Life’s ripples
131Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
131Observations Only: A day in August
131Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
131Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
131In my view: Citizens back protecting themselves
131News from Lincoln: Going under the knife
130Jane’s Secret, C: The first goodbye
130From the capitol: Growing a Culture of Life
129Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
129Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
129Observations Only: Saint Marge
129Observations Only: The last toothpick
129Building Bridges: Love your enemies
129Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
128Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
128Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
128Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
128No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
128Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
127Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
127Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
127News from Lincoln: Legislation addressed parks system
127News from Lincoln: Time flies on legislative session
127From the Capitol: Legislative session progresses
127All Points West: Hitting a milestone, plus one
126Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
126Trash cans
126Teen Voice: Stress test
126Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
126Teen Voice: The gift of caring
126Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
126A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
126All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
125Observations Only: Good and evil
125Observations Only: Indifferent love
125Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
125Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
125Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
124Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
124Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
124Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
124Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
124From the hill: Exposing a Rogue Regime
123Completely Different: It's all in the family
123Observations Only: Going home
123Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
123Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
123Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
123Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
123Curiosity Corner: Using the brain
123From the Hill: Protecting Your Financial Decisions
122Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
122Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
122Observations Only: Reality check
122Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
122Anno Domini: We gather together
122Observations Only: Final moment
122Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
122Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
122Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
121Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
121Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
121Observations Only: The vigil
121Teen Voice: To the future
121At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
121Wind Farms Expand, But Can They Survive Political Wrangling?
121A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
120Observations Only: Uneventful flight
120A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
120Observations Only: Temptation
120A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
120Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
120Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
120Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
120Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
120Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
120From the hill: A Highway Bill for Nebraska
120Anno Domini: Charlie Brown’s Christmas Miracle
119Time keeps flowing like a river
119Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
119Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
119No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
119All Points West: Never far from the trail
119Jane’s Secret, XCV: Hazel’s decision
119No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
118Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
118Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
118Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
118Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
118Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
118Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
118Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
118News from Lincoln: Veterans Day
118Jane’s Secret: The Telling
118Jane’s Secret, LXXX: Revealed at last
117Observations only : Sisters of the world
117Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
117Observations Only: The awful truth
117Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
117Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
117Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
117No Till Notes: Saying uncle
117Washington report: Keeping our commitment to Nebraska veterans
117The Good Life: Eclipse, a metaphor for life
117Creativity dampened by standardized testing
117Washington report: To protect Americans, stop underestimating ISIS
116From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
116Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
116 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
116Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
116Observations Only: The last goodbye
116Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
116Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
116Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
115Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
115A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
115Across the Fence: Amanda
115Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
115No Till Notes: Final Stop
115From the hill: Drowning in Regulation
115Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
114Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
114Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
114Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
114Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
114Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
114No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
114Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
114Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
114Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
114No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
114All Points West: A warm feeling on a big winter day
114Washington report: Protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms
114Jane’s Secret, CI Fools bargain
114Capitol View: Can Nebraska afford another assault on Cash Reserve Fund?
113Observations Only: Curious things
113From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
113The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
113Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
113Observations Only: A matter of matter
113Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
113Observations Only: A sad week
113Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
113Letters to the Editor
113Teen Voice: What I’ve learned
113Anno Domini: Curtain Call: A Song for a Friend
113From the hill: Nebraska’s Heroes
112Observations Only : White water
112Observations Only: A gift of serenity
112Observations Only: Waiting time
112Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
112Across The Fence: “Medicine Bill”
112Capitol View: A new twist just might get health insurance for the working poor
111Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
111Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
111Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
111Across the Fence: Building Barns
111Observations Only: Curious things, part II
111Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
111Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
111Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
111Totally Random: October, the pink month
111Observations Only: One more time
111Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
111Capitol View: They’re back, and look what they brought with them
110Observations Only: Hog wash
110Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
110Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
110Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
110Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
110No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
110News from Lincoln: Nebraska needs tax reform
110Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
110Anno Domini: Giving thanks for what matters
109Teen Voice: The more the merrier
109The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
109Teen Voice: Equality
109A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
109The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
109Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
109Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
109Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
109Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
109Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
109Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
108A last look at the Nebraska Zone
108A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
108Teeing Off: Around the Green
108Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
108Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
108Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
108Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
108Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
108News from Lincoln: Transgender issues need to be addressed
108All Points West: We shall not give into fear
108Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
108News from Lincoln: The Forecasting Board met, priority designation is completed
107Age of reason
107Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
107Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
107Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
107Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
107A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
107Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
107Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
107Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
107
107No Till Notes:
107At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
107News from Lincoln: Packing bill is a bad idea
106From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
106Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
106Observations Only: The meeting
106Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
106Observations Only: A fine line
106Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
106The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
106Observations Only: A matter of paradox
106Observations Only: The need to understand
106Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
106Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
106Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
106No-till Notes: Early registration discounts
106No-Till Notes: 10 tips
105Observations Only: Willfulness
105Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
105Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
105Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
105Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
105Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
105Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
105Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
105From the capitol: Honoring Our Veterans
105Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
105Why parents are important
105News from Lincoln: Property tax relief still in the works
105Washington Report: Keeping meat on the menu
104It's no surprise
104A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
104The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
104A Stray Moment: Without a net
104Observations Only: Off to the races
104Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
104Lyman Review: Devil calf
104Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
104Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
104Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
104Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
104All Points West: A community on the move
104Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
103Observations Only: Saturday delight
103Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
103Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
103Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
103Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
103Observations Only: Expect the best
103A Stray Moment: God Knows
103The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
103The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
103Observations Only: The vision
103The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
103Our View: Community responsible for kids
103Totally Random: Trusting the fates
103Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
103Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
103No-til Notes: Changing plans
103No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
103The Christmas Story
102Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
102Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
102Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
102Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
102Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
102Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
102Observations Only: Beginnings
102A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
102Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
102Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
102Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
102Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
102A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
101From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
101Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
101Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
101Observations Only: A soul’s journey
101Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
101Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
101Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
101Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
101No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
101Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
101Capitol View: Where’s the peace and joy in border closings and gun-free zones?
101All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
100Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
100Observations Only: The shadow of error
100The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
100Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
100Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
100No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
100Letters to the Editor
100Teen Voice: Too many activities leads to negative effects
100Capitol View: Lawmakers want to consider old friend, school foundation aid
100Jane’s Secret, XCVIX: Endings and beginnings
99We need a few good people
99Observations Only : The orphanage
99Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
99A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
99Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
99Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
99Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
99Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
99Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
99Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
99Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
99Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
99For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
99Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
99 Across The Fence: County Fair
99Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
99No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
99From the hill: Giving Thanks
99From the capitol: The State of Nebraska Agriculture
99Washington report: Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
99No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
98Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
98Observations Only: A new direction
98Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
98Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
98Teen Voice: Being a girl
98Totally Random: My journey, life after living
98Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
98At the Library: March into a good book
98All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
98From the hill: Stand Up for Life
98“The Ex” by Alafair Burke
98No-Till Notes: Water conservation, part 2
97Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
97From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
97The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
97 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
97No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
97Jane’s Secret LXV Quicksand
97A Stray Moment: Review: ‘The Book Thief’ steals the fiction stage
96A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
96Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
96Teen Voice: Shadow art
96Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
96Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
96Teen Voice: My rebellion
96Teen Voice: Inspire me
96No-Till Notes: The value of water
96Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
96The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
96Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
96News from Lincoln: Hog bill vote was disappointing
96News from Lincoln: Greetings from the Capitol
95It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
95Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
95Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
95SELL-OUT!
95 Taking a big risk
95Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
95Observations Only: Just around the corner
95A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
95Teen Voice: The need to get away
95Prairie Dogs
95Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
95A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
95Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
95Teen Voice: He’s my dad
95A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
95From the hill: Serving You
95From the hill: Keeping America Safe
95Jane’s secret, CXVI: The telling
94Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
94Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
94Observations Only: Journey's end
94A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
94Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
94Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
94Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
94The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
94Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
94Teen Voice: The rivalry
94Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
94Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
94Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
94At the Monument: Night Sky
94Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
94Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
94Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
93Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
93Home of the Brave
93Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
93Observations Only: Together again
93Teen Voice: Where is the love?
93No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
93Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
93Jane’s Secret, LXVII For heaven’s sake
93News from Lincoln: Nebraska’s roads still a challenge
93Capitol View: Lengthy debate, little progress as Legislature grinds on
92Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
92Totally Random: The Golden Rule
92Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
92A Small World: Special guest
92Teen Voice: Cyber War
92In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
92Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
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92Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
92News from Lincoln: State Senators visit western Nebraska
92Washington report: The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
92Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
92Jack’s Insights: We could all benefit from more ‘think’ time
91From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
91Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
91Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
91Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
91Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
91 The Blight Way – Bo Tully #1 - by Patrick F. McManus
91Capitol View: Ricketts, some lawmakers want to put a lid on it, again
91An open letter to Trump supporters
90Life's curve balls
90Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
90Observations Only: Extreme measures
90From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
90Observations Only: A good daughter
90A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
90Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
90At the Monument: That old (historic) building
90No-till Notes: Moving forward
90No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
90Infamy - by Richard Reeves
90From the hill: Working for you
90Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
89Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
89Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
89Teeing Off: Persistence
89The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
89A real leaning tree Christmas
89Capitol View: Say goodbye to ConAgra, but don’t lament departure
88My mini Pen and me
88Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
88Observations Only: The joy of money
88Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
88Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
88Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
88The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
88Observations Only: Choices
88Observations Only: Divine prompts
88In the Hills: Explore the state parks
88Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
88Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
88No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
88Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
88Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
88Washington report: A new chapter for the U.S. House
88No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
87Completely Different: Tales from the mat
87Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
87Lyman Review: Dog fun
87Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
87Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
87Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
87Across The Fence: Van Tassell
87No-till Notes” Conservation Agriculture, part 2
87Jane’s Secret, LXVIII: An old wrong revealed
86Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
86Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
86A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
86Lyman Review: One mean chicken
86Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
86In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
86A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
86Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
86At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
86No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
86Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
86Teen Voice: Character exceeds good grades
85Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
85Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
85The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
85Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
85Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
85Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
85Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
85At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
85At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
85A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
85No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
85From the hill: Unprovoked dangers
84Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
84The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
84Observations Only: What's in a word?
84Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
84Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
84Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
84Teen Voice: Silence
84Observations Only: The visit
84Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
84Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
84Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
84Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
84A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
84Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
84LR 35 is a dangerous proposition for our state and nation
83A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
83Totally Random: Where does it go?
83Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
83A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
83Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
83No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
83Support letters requested for airport
83
83Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
83Capitol View: Lawmakers convene 2016 session
82Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
82From the Hill: More Work Ahead
82Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
82Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
82No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
82No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
82A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
82Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
82No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
82From the hill: Spurring Innovation
82From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
82Teen Voice: Out with homework
82Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
82From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
82Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
82Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
82Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
82Guest View: Nebraska (property) tax system ‘dysfunctional’
81Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
81Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
81Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
81Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
81Completely Different - The magic of spring
81Observations Only: Divine spirit
81Teen Voice: What is love?
81Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
81Nature Notes: Love is in the air
81Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
81View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
81A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
81Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
81Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
81At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
81Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
81Across The Fence: The Butterfield Overland Mail
81No-till Notes: CSC Classroom
81News from Lincoln: Tourism can bolster economy
81Capitol View: Credit Where Credit Is Due
81News from Lincoln: Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
81From the hill: The Year Ahead
81A book review: Once Shadows Fall, by Robert Daniels
81No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
80Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
80Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
80Observations Only - Two ages of man
80Observations Only: No thank you
80From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
80I'm falling for Tumblr?
80Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
80Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
80A Small World: Savoring county fair days
80Totally Random: Happy Halloween
80Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
80Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
80Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
80Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
80View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
80Letter to the editor
80Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
80From the capitol: A new era for the Nebraska National Guard
80From the capitol: Budgeting the Nebraska Way
79Across the fence: Something worth remembering
79Observations Only: Sister odyssey
79Observations Only: Blue chip stock
79Teen Voice: Serendipity
79Teen Voice: Living within our means
79A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
79Teen Voice: Self-expression
79Teen Voice: Footprints
79Reach out for challenges
79Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
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79Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
79A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
79Across The Fence: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain (Part I)
79Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
79From the hill: Protecting Our Local Communities
78Observations Only : Mission accomplished
78Being a Nebraskan – border to border
78Assad’s endgame
78Observations Only: Painting a picture
78Observations Only: North Powder
78Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
78Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
78Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
78Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
78Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
78From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
78Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
78No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
78No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
78Easter
78Across The Fence: The Solomon River Stampede
78Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
78News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
77Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
77Teen Voice: Body image
77Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
77Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
77Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
77Across The Fence: Last Christmas
77Support emergency services personnel
77Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
77No-Till Notes: Back in the field
77Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
77Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
77Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
77Power of legumes
77In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
77Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
77Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
77Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
77Across The Fence: Old Julesburg and new
77Washington report: Feeding a world in need
77Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
77Right up Your Allie: A new day, a new me
76Economic development update
76The ghost of Ayn Rand
76LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
76From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
76The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
76Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
76A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
76Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
76Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
76No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
76Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
76Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
76Across The Fence: The Zeek Homestead
76News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
75Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
75Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
75Observations Only: Spider adventure
75Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
75Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
75Greetings from the State Capitol
75From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
75At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
75Synchronicity:What brings me back
75Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
75No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
75No-till Notes: Stripper head
75Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
75All Points West: The only stupid question
75No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
75Jack’s Insights: Research and Extension Center to undergo review
74Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
74Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
74Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
74Teeing Off: Mind Gym
74The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
74At the Monument: Art in National Parks
74Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
74Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
74Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
74Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
74No-Till Notes: Observations
74Across the Fence: A gathering of warriors at Arikaree Fork
74From the hill: Back to Where it All Began
73A Small World: Time traveling
73Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
73Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
73Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
73From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
73Across the Fence: The Pony Express
73From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
73Teen Voice: Remember what you have
73Teeing Off: The thing about state
73Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
73Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
73At the Monument: Where are the animals?
73Linked Lives
73Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
73Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
73Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
73A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
73From the capitol: Keeping Nebraska Safe
73News from Lincoln: Committee reviews property tax proposals
72Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
72Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
72Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
72Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
72Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
72Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
72Lyman Review: The love goat
72Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
72No Till Notes: Moving Forward
72No-Till Notes: Potential
72No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
72Torn between now and somewhere down the line
71Permission to remember
71Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
71Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
71A Stray Moment: The last time
71From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
71Teen Voice: Catfished
71Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
71Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
71Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
71Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
71In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
71At the Monument: Living History
71Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
71Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
71Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
70Lyman Review: Branding Time
70Their View: Goal post move unfair
70History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
70Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
70Creatures of the Night
70Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
70Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
70Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
70Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
70Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
70Our View: City needs to hit green with eatery
70Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
70No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 2
70Senioritis: Get your seniors moving, grooving
69Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
69Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
69From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
69The Good Life: The two different types of business people
69Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
69A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
69Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
69From the capitol: Practicing Fiscal Restraint
68The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
68Completely Different: The Quest
68Observations Only: Surprises
68Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
68Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
68Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
68Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
68The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
68Lyman Review: Winter's dog
68Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
68At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
68College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
68Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
68To whom are we thankful?
68Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
68Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
68News from Lincoln: PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
68A national day of Thanksgiving
68Senior View: People get old, but hugs don’t
68Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
67Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
67Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
67A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
67A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
67Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
67Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
67Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
67Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
67New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
67At the Monument: Junior Rangers
67Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
67‘The Life We Bury’ by By Allen Eskens A book review
67No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
67Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
67Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
67A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
66Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
66Completely Different: Your local government and you
66Welcome to Gering
66Across the Fence: On The road
66Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
66Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
66At the Monument: Museum collections
66Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
66Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
66No Till Notes: Residue levels
65Our view . . .Sports Complex
65The zombie apocalypse and you
65Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
65From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
65From the Superintendent’s Desk
65Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
65Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
65Religious freedom must be protected
65From the capitol: It’s Fall in Nebraska
64Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
64Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
64Observations Only: Counting chickens
64Observations Only: Scourge of violence
64Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
64Rural America and immigration reform
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64Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
64Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
64Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
64Fourth of July meetings
64In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
63From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
63Observations Only: Giving up
63Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
63What’s really going on with our water?
63At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
62Silence please
62Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
62Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
62From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
62Our View: The elephant in the room
62Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
62Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
62Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
62Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
62The Good Life: There is good everywhere
62No-Till Notes: Water conservation
61A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
61LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
61Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
61Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
61Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
61In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
61Website Resources
61In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
61No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
61No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
61From the Capitol: Prioritizing taxpayers
60Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
60A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
60Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
60The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
60Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
60At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
59Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
59Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
59At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
59Our view: United we can build
59Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
59Teen Voice: What makes young people truly outstanding?
58Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
58Do You Tube?
58Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
58A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
58Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
58 Giving thanks for family, faith and friends
58No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
58News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
57Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
57Our View: Visionaries wanted
57No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
57At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
57Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
57Stop texting your wish-list to Santa
56Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
56The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
56A Halloween Story: The scary dream
56Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
56At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
56Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
56At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
56The Good Life: All that remains is love
56Enjoy the festivities
56Teen Voice: Looking to be teacher’s pet?
55Review: ‘Half Bad’ by author Sally Green
55Tumbleweeds on the loose
55No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
54Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
54From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
54Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
54Teen Voice: The Other Side
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54NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
53Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
53Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
53Seeing the works of the master
53Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
53Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
53Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
52Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
52Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
52At the Monument: Find Your Park
52Our view: Getting the Gering plaza right
52Compassion, respect don’t cost a thing
51Letter to the Editor
51Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
51Be kind through communications
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51Walkable, bikeable communities
50Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
50Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
50Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
50Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
50At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
50A mom’s thoughts on social media
49Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
49Our View: Bravo OTD committee
49Teen Voice: Not just another ride
49Achieving your dreams takes work
49At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
48From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
48At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
47Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
47Teen Voice: Today’s television
47A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
47Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
46Practice safe barbecue basics
45From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
45Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
45Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
45Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
45The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?
44The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
44Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
44I love Thanksgiving
43Simply October
42Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
42Timing makes perfect
42Remembering When
42Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
42Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
41Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
41Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
41The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
41Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
41‘Is there something I can do?’
40Letter to the Editor
40No Till Notes: Seven billion plus
39Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
39Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
38Teen Voice: March Madness
38The hills, part 1: Mustangs
37Social time has important benefits
37The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
37Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
37From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
37Letter to the Editor
37Welcome home
36View from the block
36The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
36Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
36Letter to the Editor
34A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
34The Block
34From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
34From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
34Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
33From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
33From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
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30From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
28Our View: A failure to communicate
27Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
26At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
26Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
25My Thanksgiving prayer
24Teen Voice: Happy news
23Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
22From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
22To The Editor
21Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
19Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
15Teen Voice: The road of hatred
14Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
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