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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177Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
177Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
177Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
177From the hill: A Highway Bill for Nebraska
177News from Lincoln: Property tax relief still in the works
176Capitol View: Legal battle continues over Panhandle fracking decision
175The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
175Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
175Observations Only: The vigil
174Observations Only: A gift of serenity
174The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
174Observations Only: A matter of matter
174Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
174A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
174Observations Only: Waiting time
174Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
174Building Bridges: Love your enemies
174Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
174Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
174Guest Editorial: Medicaid expansion creates unfair playing field
174From the capitol: Growing a Culture of Life
173Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
173Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
173A Stray Moment: God Knows
173The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
173The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
173Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
173Observations Only: The last goodbye
173No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
173Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
173Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
173At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
173Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
173Teen Voice: Too many activities leads to negative effects
172Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
172Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
172Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
172Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
172Why parents are important
172All Points West: We shall not give into fear
172All Points West: A warm feeling on a big winter day
171A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
171A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
171Teen Voice: Equality
171Observations Only: Willfulness
171A Stray Moment: Without a net
171Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
171Capitol View: Lawmakers want to consider old friend, school foundation aid
171Washington report: To protect Americans, stop underestimating ISIS
171Capitol View: They’re back, and look what they brought with them
170Observations Only: Curious things
170 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
170Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
170Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
170Observations Only: A sad week
170Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
170Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
170Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
170Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
170Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
170Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
170Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
170From the Capitol: Good Life, Great Opportunity
169Observations Only: Curious things, part II
169Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
169Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
168Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
168The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
168Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
168Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
168No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
168Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
168A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
168News from Lincoln: Packing bill is a bad idea
167Observations Only: A fine line
167Observations Only: A matter of paradox
167Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
167Observations Only: Off to the races
167Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
167Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
167Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
167No Till Notes:
167Washington: Service to Nebraskans comes first
166Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
166Totally Random: October, the pink month
166Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
166Letters to the Editor
166Capitol View: A new twist just might get health insurance for the working poor
166Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
165From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
165Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
165A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
165Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
165Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
165Observations Only: Hog wash
165Our View: Community responsible for kids
165Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
165Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
165Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
165No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
165Jane’s Secret, XCV: Hazel’s decision
165Washington report: Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
164Observations Only: Beginnings
164Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
164Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
164No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
164Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
164Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
164No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
164Teen Voice: He’s my dad
164Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
164Jane’s Secret, XCVIX: Endings and beginnings
163Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
163Observations Only: One more time
163Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
163Totally Random: My journey, life after living
163News from Lincoln: Nebraska needs tax reform
162Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
162Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
162Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
162Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
162Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
162Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
162No Till Notes: Saying uncle
161The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
161Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
161Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
161Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
161Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
161No-Till Notes: The value of water
161News from Lincoln: Transgender issues need to be addressed
161No-till Notes: Early registration discounts
161News from Lincoln: The Forecasting Board met, priority designation is completed
160A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
160From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
160Teen Voice: Being a girl
160Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
160Lyman Review: Devil calf
160 Across The Fence: County Fair
160A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
160Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
160The Christmas Story
160News from Lincoln: Tourism can bolster economy
159Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
159The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
159Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
159Observations Only: The need to understand
159Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
159For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
159Curiosity Corner: Using the brain
158Observations Only: The shadow of error
158Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
158Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
158The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
158From the capitol: Honoring Our Veterans
158A Stray Moment: Review: ‘The Book Thief’ steals the fiction stage
158From the hill: Stand Up for Life
158From the Capitol: Legislative session progresses
157Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
157Observations Only: The vision
157The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
157Teen Voice: The rivalry
157Teen Voice: My rebellion
157Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
157No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
157Washington report: Feeding a world in need
157No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
157News from Lincoln: Health services continue to improve
156Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
156Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
156A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
156No-til Notes: Changing plans
156Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
156Teen Voice: Character exceeds good grades
156From the hill: Serving You
155Observations Only: A soul’s journey
155Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
155A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
155Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
155“The Ex” by Alafair Burke
154From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
154Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
154Teeing Off: Around the Green
154A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
154No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
154A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
154News from Lincoln: Hog bill vote was disappointing
153Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
153Observations Only: Expect the best
153Teen Voice: The need to get away
153Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
153Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
153
153Jane’s Secret: The Telling
153From the hill: Giving Thanks
152Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
152Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
152Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
152Capitol View: Say goodbye to ConAgra, but don’t lament departure
151Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
151 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
151All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
150Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
150Teen Voice: Cyber War
150No-till Notes: Moving forward
150A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
150Letters to the Editor
150A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
149Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
149Teen Voice: Shadow art
149Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
149Totally Random: Trusting the fates
149In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
149At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
149A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
149Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
149The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
149Washington report: A new chapter for the U.S. House
149At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
148Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
148Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
148From the hill: Back to Where it All Began
148Capitol View: Where’s the peace and joy in border closings and gun-free zones?
148Washington report: The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
148From the hill: Keeping America Safe
147Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
147Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
147A Small World: Special guest
147From the Hill: More Work Ahead
147Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
147A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
147Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
147Jane’s Secret LXV Quicksand
146Observations Only: Choices
146Observations Only: Divine prompts
146Lyman Review: One mean chicken
146Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
146At the Library: March into a good book
146Lyman Review: Dog fun
146News from Lincoln: State Senators visit western Nebraska
145The Good Life: The two different types of business people
145Observations Only: A good daughter
145A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
145In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
145History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
145At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
145Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
144Observations Only: Journey's end
144Totally Random: The Golden Rule
144Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
144Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
143Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
143A real leaning tree Christmas
142A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
142Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
142Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
142Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
142Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
142No-Till Notes: 10 tips
142All Points West: Time for gathering around the table
141Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
141Teen Voice: Silence
141Observations Only: The visit
141Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
141Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
141Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
141No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
141Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
141No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
141All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
141Capitol View: Lengthy debate, little progress as Legislature grinds on
140From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
140Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
140Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
140Teen Voice: Where is the love?
140Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
140Letter to the editor
140Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
140At the Monument: Night Sky
140A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
140From the hill: The Year Ahead
139The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
139Teen Voice: Inspire me
139Prairie Dogs
139Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
139Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
139From the hill: Spurring Innovation
139From the hill: Working for you
138Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
138At the Monument: That old (historic) building
138Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
138Across The Fence: The Solomon River Stampede
138No-Till Notes: Water conservation, part 2
138Washington Report: Standing against abuses of power
137Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
137Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
137Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
137Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
137Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
137Across The Fence: Van Tassell
136Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
136Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
136Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
136Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
136Across The Fence: Last Christmas
136In the Hills: Explore the state parks
136No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
136Jane’s Secret, LXVIII: An old wrong revealed
136Capitol View: Ricketts, some lawmakers want to put a lid on it, again
135Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
135Teeing Off: Persistence
135Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
135Teen Voice: What is love?
135Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
135
134Teen Voice: Living within our means
134Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
134Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
134At the Monument: Art in National Parks
134No-till Notes” Conservation Agriculture, part 2
134 The Blight Way – Bo Tully #1 - by Patrick F. McManus
134From the hill: Unprovoked dangers
134Teen Voice: Out with homework
133Observations Only: Divine spirit
133Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
133Support letters requested for airport
133Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
133Jane’s Secret, LXVII For heaven’s sake
133Across The Fence: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain (Part I)
133News from Lincoln: Committee reviews property tax proposals
132Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
132Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
132Teen Voice: Self-expression
132Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
132Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
132Lyman Review: Branding Time
132Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
132Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
132Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
131A Small World: Savoring county fair days
131Lyman Review: The love goat
131Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
131Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
131At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
131View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
131No-Till Notes: Back in the field
131Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
131From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
131From the capitol: The State of Nebraska Agriculture
131News from Lincoln: Greetings from the Capitol
131In My View: It’s never too early to start thinking about retirement
130Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
130Completely Different - The magic of spring
130Totally Random: Where does it go?
130Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
130Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
130No-till Notes: CSC Classroom
130An open letter to Trump supporters
130No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
129I'm falling for Tumblr?
129Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
129Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
129Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
129At the Monument: Where are the animals?
129Across The Fence: The Butterfield Overland Mail
129Capitol View: Credit Where Credit Is Due
129Capitol View: Lawmakers convene 2016 session
128From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
128Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
128Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
128Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
128Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
128Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
128Nature Notes: Love is in the air
128Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
128Support emergency services personnel
128Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
128No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
128Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
128Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
128News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
128Jack’s Insights: We could all benefit from more ‘think’ time
127Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
127From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
127Teen Voice: Body image
127Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
127Totally Random: Happy Halloween
127In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
127Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
127The Good Life: All that remains is love
127A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
127No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
127Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
127From the hill: Protecting Our Local Communities
127Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
126From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
126Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
126Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
126Teen Voice: Footprints
126Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
126Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
126
126No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
126Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
126Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
126Across the Fence: A gathering of warriors at Arikaree Fork
126News from Lincoln: PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
125Teen Voice: Serendipity
125Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
125Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
125Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
125Greetings from the State Capitol
125Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
125Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
125No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
125Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
124Teen Voice: Catfished
124Teeing Off: Mind Gym
124Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
124Creatures of the Night
124Reach out for challenges
124Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
124Across The Fence: Old Julesburg and new
124Across The Fence: The Zeek Homestead
124Infamy - by Richard Reeves
124News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
124Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
124Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
123Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
123Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
123Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
123View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
123Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
123Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
123Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
123At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
123No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
123Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
123Guest View: Nebraska (property) tax system ‘dysfunctional’
122From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
122From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
122New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
122Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
122Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
122Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
122At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
122From the capitol: A new era for the Nebraska National Guard
122A book review: Once Shadows Fall, by Robert Daniels
122Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
121Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
121At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
121Fourth of July meetings
121No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
120Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
120Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
120Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
120Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
120
119Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
119Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
119Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
119Lyman Review: Winter's dog
119Synchronicity:What brings me back
119Power of legumes
119Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
118Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
118What’s really going on with our water?
118At the Monument: Junior Rangers
118Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
118At the Monument: Living History
118Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
118Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
117From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
117Teen Voice: Remember what you have
117Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
117Website Resources
117Their View: Goal post move unfair
117In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
117Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
117From the capitol: Practicing Fiscal Restraint
116Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
116Across the Fence: The Pony Express
116From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
116Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
116Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
116Religious freedom must be protected
116At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
116College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
116At the Monument: Museum collections
116Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
116Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
116Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
116LR 35 is a dangerous proposition for our state and nation
115Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
115Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
115Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
115A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
114At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
114Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
114Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
114All Points West: The only stupid question
114From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
114News from Lincoln: Celebrations mean making connections
113Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
113Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
113No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
113A national day of Thanksgiving
112Rural America and immigration reform
112Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
112Linked Lives
112Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
112Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
112Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
112Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
111Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
111Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
111Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
111No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
111Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
111Jack’s Insights: Research and Extension Center to undergo review
111Washington Report: Improving rural air service
110Teeing Off: The thing about state
110Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
110Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
110In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
110Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
110To whom are we thankful?
110The Good Life: There is good everywhere
110A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
110Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
109Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
109Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
109Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
109From the hill: The PAWS Act
108Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
108‘The Life We Bury’ by By Allen Eskens A book review
108Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
107Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
107Senioritis: Get your seniors moving, grooving
106Our View: The elephant in the room
106No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
106Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
106No-till Notes: Stripper head
106No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
106From the capitol: Budgeting the Nebraska Way
105Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
104Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
104Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
104No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
104Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
103
103A Halloween Story: The scary dream
103In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
103No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
103Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
103Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
103Our View: City needs to hit green with eatery
102Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
102Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
102Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
102From the capitol: It’s Fall in Nebraska
101Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
101Right up Your Allie: A new day, a new me
101Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
100No Till Notes: Moving Forward
100No-Till Notes: Potential
99In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
99Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
99No Till Notes: Residue levels
99Review: ‘Half Bad’ by author Sally Green
99Senior View: People get old, but hugs don’t
99Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
98Be kind through communications
98No-Till Notes: Observations
97Teen Voice: The Other Side
97At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
97No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
97Torn between now and somewhere down the line
96Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
96Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
96No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
96No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
95Easter
94No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 2
93From the capitol: Keeping Nebraska Safe
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92
92Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
92Simply October
91Walkable, bikeable communities
91From the Capitol: Prioritizing taxpayers
91Teen Voice: What makes young people truly outstanding?
90At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
90 Giving thanks for family, faith and friends
89A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
89No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
88Achieving your dreams takes work
87Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
87
87A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
87Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
86
86The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
86At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
85Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
85Compassion, respect don’t cost a thing
84Tumbleweeds on the loose
84Our view: Getting the Gering plaza right
84Teen Voice: Looking to be teacher’s pet?
83No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
83Stop texting your wish-list to Santa
82At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
82Enjoy the festivities
82No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
81News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
81No-Till Notes: Water conservation
80No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
80Our view: United we can build
80A mom’s thoughts on social media
79Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
77No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
75Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
74Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
71Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
70NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
70Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
70At the Monument: Find Your Park
69At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
68I love Thanksgiving
67Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
67Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
67The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?
66At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
65Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
65Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
63Welcome home
63No Till Notes: Seven billion plus
62At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
58Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
57Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
57Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
55Letter to the Editor
53‘Is there something I can do?’
49Letter to the Editor
46
44Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
42Our View: A failure to communicate
42Letter to the Editor
40At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
39Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
34Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
31To The Editor
23In My View: It’s never too early to start thinking about retirement
Most Read News Stories of 2012
1926Across The Fence: C.B. Irwin: Wyoming’s “Giant Cowboy”
1268From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
1215Across the Fence: Trails across Nebraska
1156The Oregon Trail’ by Rinker Buck
900From the capitol: Customer Friendly Government
735All Points West: Making sense of Pokemon Go craze
644The Good Life: Memorial Day more than barbeque
563Capitol View: Plans coming together for 150th birthday
562Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
538Capitol View: Term limits, partisan governor changing Nebraska Legislature
537No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
521Curiosity Corner: Playing the Nebraska license plate game
519News from Lincoln: Cooperation assures fire safety
514All Points West: Long live great coffee
502From the capitol: An Unfair and Unjust Law
481Book Review: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
467Capitol View: Term limits tossing out 11 veterans
463All Points West: Bullying death shocks family
421Capitol View: National Republican Convention 60 years ago had Nebraska twist
409Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
399Washington Report: Excellence in economic development
398Capitol View: The end is near, haste makes waste
390Teen Voice: Playing backup goalie was the best thing
386In My View: Defying disabilities
384Capitol View: Nice or not, Tourism Commission dealings under the microscope
383Capitol View: The watched pot begins to boil
374Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
373Capitol View: Voting no? Do you have a better solution?
369Across The Fence: Massacre Canyon
369From the Hill: Working for Offutt
367Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
364Washington Report: Power of the Purse
360Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
359Washington Report: Obamacare’s continued co-op failures
356Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
352Capitol View: The interim, that awkward time
349From the hill: Connecting Through Safe Skies
347Washington Report: Competing in a global economy
345Washington: Protecting taxpayers
344Curiosity Corner: A very bad, bad storm
343From the capitol: A System That Cares
343Capitol View: The Hall of Fame Commission wants to hear from you
339Washington report: Young Nebraskans serving community and country
338From the hill: Accountability Matters
334From the hill: Good Neighbors
333Observations Only : White water
328Bulldog Time: Teachers need to adjust their Habitudes
327From the hill: “Hello” World
326Washingorn report: American leadership needed in a chaotic world
322From the Hill: We must unite to defeat ISIL
321The final decades of Howard Hughes after his fake death
320From the Hill: May in Nebraska
315Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
315No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
314All Points West: Hitting a milestone, plus one
313All Points West: Here’s to qualified moms everywhere
312Jack’s Insights – April 2016
307Teen Voicen: Is there a cure for Senioritis?
306Healthy: What you believe, you become
306From the hill: Kerrie On
305Washington Report: Regulation rewind rolls on
304Teen Voice: Rape decision sends wrong message
303Curiosity Corner: Rattlesnakes: the good, the bad, and the ugly
299News from Lincoln: New technology brings new challenges
298Jane’s Secret, CXIV: The secret
292Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
292Washington report: Helping Nebraska producers feed the world
290Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
290Jane’s Secret, CXI: A bloody Day
289All Points West: Suffering from American-itis:
287Jane’s secret, CVIII: Bridget’s lament
287A Stray Moment: Prince – When Doves Cry
285News from Lincoln: Senator addresses aging population
284All Points West: We couldn’t stop the fire
281No-Till Notes: Managing your bucket
280Capitol View: One year later, some things have changed
278Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
277News from Lincoln: The 2016 session is winding down
274Capitol View: What just happened? Is it over yet?
274All Points West: Staying alive in the gun trade
272Washington Report: A better way to help those in need
271Anno Domini: Still flying high at 239
271Washington: Mindful of our heroes
270All Points West: Rising above ourselves
269From the Capitol: Holding government accountable
269Capitol View: What have we become America? Where are the answers?
268Washington Report: Joining forces to fight red tape
267All Points West: One of the dog days of summer
267From the Capitol: Budget balanced
266Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
264Teen Voice: Social media preys on short attention spans
264All Points West: Newspapers still hold value
263Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
263Capitol View: Four fountains becoming a capitol reality, finally
262Jane’s Secret, CVI: The meeting
261Curiosity Corner: If old barns could talk
259Jane’s Secret, CIX: Windfall
258Capitol View: Could they get elected again?
256Jane’s Secret, CVII: The meeting, part II
255Jane’s Secret, CX: Final arrangements
254In my view: Citizens back protecting themselves
253Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
253Jane’s Secret, CIV: Fool’s luck part II
253The Good Life: Honoring our pioneer legacy
251No-Till Notes: 10 tips, part 3
251Teen Voice: Against all odds? No sweat
251News from Lincoln: Going under the knife
250From the hill: A Bipartisan Biotech Compromise
249Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
246Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
246Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
246Nebraska Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner
244Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
243What's the deal with organic milk?
243Capitol View: Memorial Day is over, it must be summer
242News from Lincoln: Concluding the 2016 Legislative Session
242Capitol View: Nebraska Democrats - yes Democrats - making some noise
241All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
240Across The Fence: A day For thanks
240All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
240News from Lincoln: Group studies state’s economic future
240Washington Report: Keeping meat on the menu
239The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
239Observations Only: Gone away
238Capitol View: Veterans’ treatment court idea just makes sense
237Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
237Washington report: Why we need international tax reform
237Teen Voice: Teen slang
236Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
235News from Lincoln: Filibuster kills gun rights bill
234Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
233All Points West: Taking action against child abuse
232Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
232Think about manufacturing at polls
231A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
231Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
231Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
231All Points West: Getting to the truth of the matter
231From the hill: EPA mandates are harming Nebraskans
230Jane’s Secret, CII: Fool’s bargain, part II
230All Points West: Led by our tongues
230News from Lincoln: Educating our youth about Nebraska
229Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
229A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
229Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
228Anno Domini: On this remembering day
227Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
227Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
226Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
226Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
226Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
226Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
225Washington report: Conservative Champions
224Across The Fence: Three Queens, Women in Rodeo.
222Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
222Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
222Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
222News from Lincoln: Senator fights for local control
221Across the Fence: The hand dug well
221Across The Fence: Relay race to Roseburg
221News from Lincoln: State to release plan to fight Alzheimer’s
220A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
219From the hill: Nebraska’s Special Heroes
219Curiosity Corner: A Tale of Two Giants: Frederic and Theodore
218Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
218A Stray Moment: My brother, a canoe, and Big Lake Alice
217A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
217Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
217Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
216Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
216The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
216Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
215Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
215From the Hill: Providing Better Health Care for Our Children
214Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
214Observations Only: Critical thinking
214Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
214Washington report: Addressing the rising cost of higher education
213Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
213Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
213Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
213Jane’s Secret, CV: The quarrel
212Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
212A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
211Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
211Creativity dampened by standardized testing
211No-Till Notes: Harvesting water
210Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
210Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
210Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
209Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
209A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
209News from Lincoln: Senator seeks EMT tax exemption
208Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
208Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
208Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
208Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
208Anno Domini: We gather together
208Teen Voice: The gift of caring
208No-Till Notes: Looking Back
208Across The Fence: “Medicine Bill”
207Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
207Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
207Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
207Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
207News from Lincoln: Veterans Day
207From the hill: A Safer Place
206Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
206Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
206Washington report: Keeping our commitment to Nebraska veterans
206From the hill: Remembering the Fallen
205A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
204Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
204SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
203Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
203Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
203Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
203Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
203Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
203Capitol View:Lawmakers see the faces of the uninsured
202Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
202Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
202Jane’s Secret, CI Fools bargain
202News from Lincoln: Senator requests priority for dignity act
202Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
202Jane’s secret, CXVI: The telling
201Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
201Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
201Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
201Across the Fence: Amanda
201Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
201Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
201A Stray Moment: Reflections on Oregon Trail Days
201From the hill: Healing Our Nation
200Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
200Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
200Washington report: Opportunities for young Nebraskans
200All Points West: A prairie pursuit of happiness
199Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
199Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
199Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
199The Good Life: Eclipse, a metaphor for life
198Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
198Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
198Why you should visit the zoo in February
198From the hill: Nebraska’s Heroes
197Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
197Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
197Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
197A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
197Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
197Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
197Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
197Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
197Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
197Guest Opinion: Property tax levies part of problem
196From the capitol: Infrastructure Facilitates Life
195From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
195A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
195Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
195Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
195News from Lincoln: Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
195News from Lincoln: Time flies on legislative session
194Observations Only: Sister lost
194Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
194Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
194No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
194Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
194Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
194Jane’s Secret, C: The first goodbye
193The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
193Teen Voice: To the future
193Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
193Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
193Jane’s Secret LXIV: The rescue
192Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
192Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
192Anno Domini: Curtain Call: A Song for a Friend
192Capitol View: Property tax debate continues as session winds down
192Jane’s Secret, CXIII: New York
191Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
191The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
191The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
191Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
191Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
191Anno Domini: Charlie Brown’s Christmas Miracle
191Teen Voice: Pancakes a better fundraising flavor
190Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
190From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
190Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
190Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
190Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
190All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
190All Points West: Living outside my comfort zone
190Curiosity Corner: Roubidoux mysteries, part II
190Washington Report: A better way to empower Americans
189Observations Only: Saint Marge
189Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
189From the Hill: Protecting Your Financial Decisions
188Guest Voices…
188Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
188Wind Farms Expand, But Can They Survive Political Wrangling?
188All Points West: Never far from the trail
188Jane’s Secret, CIII: Fool’s luck
187The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
187A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
187Observations Only: Good and evil
187Totally Random: Life’s ripples
187Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
187Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
187A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
187From the capitol: Maintaining Local Control
186Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
186Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
186Teen Voice: What I’ve learned
186From the hill: Exposing a Rogue Regime
185Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
185Observations Only: Going home
185Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
185Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
184Observations Only: Temptation
184Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
184Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
184From the hill: Drowning in Regulation
183A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
183Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
183Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
183Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
183All Points West: A community on the move
183News from Lincoln: Nebraska’s roads still a challenge
183News from Lincoln: Legislation addressed parks system
182Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
182The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
182Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
182Observations Only: A day in August
182No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
182No-Till Notes: 10 Tips, part 2
181Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
181Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
181Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
181Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
181Observations Only: Final moment
181Observations Only: The last toothpick
181Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
181Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
181Capitol View: Can Nebraska afford another assault on Cash Reserve Fund?
180The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
180Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
180No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
180Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
180Jane’s Secret, LXXX: Revealed at last
179Observations Only: Uneventful flight
179Teen Voice: Stress test
179No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
179Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
179Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
179Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
179Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
179Washington report: Protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms
178Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
178Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
178A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
178Observations Only: Indifferent love
178Observations Only: The awful truth
178Observations Only: Reality check
178Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
178No Till Notes: Final Stop
178Anno Domini: Giving thanks for what matters
178From the capitol: Growing Overseas Trade
177Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
177Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
177Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
177Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
177Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
177From the hill: A Highway Bill for Nebraska
177News from Lincoln: Property tax relief still in the works
176Capitol View: Legal battle continues over Panhandle fracking decision
175Time keeps flowing like a river
175Completely Different: It's all in the family
175The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
175Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
175Observations Only: The vigil
174Observations Only: A gift of serenity
174The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
174Observations Only: A matter of matter
174Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
174A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
174Observations Only: Waiting time
174Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
174Building Bridges: Love your enemies
174Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
174Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
174Guest Editorial: Medicaid expansion creates unfair playing field
174From the capitol: Growing a Culture of Life
173Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
173Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
173A Stray Moment: God Knows
173The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
173The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
173Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
173Observations Only: The last goodbye
173No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
173Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
173Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
173At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
173Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
173Teen Voice: Too many activities leads to negative effects
172Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
172Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
172Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
172Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
172Why parents are important
172All Points West: We shall not give into fear
172All Points West: A warm feeling on a big winter day
171A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
171A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
171Teen Voice: Equality
171Observations Only: Willfulness
171A Stray Moment: Without a net
171Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
171Capitol View: Lawmakers want to consider old friend, school foundation aid
171Washington report: To protect Americans, stop underestimating ISIS
171Capitol View: They’re back, and look what they brought with them
170Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
170Observations Only: Curious things
170 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
170Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
170Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
170Observations Only: A sad week
170Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
170Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
170Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
170Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
170Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
170Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
170Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
170From the Capitol: Good Life, Great Opportunity
169Observations Only: Curious things, part II
169Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
169Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
168Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
168The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
168Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
168Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
168No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
168Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
168A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
168News from Lincoln: Packing bill is a bad idea
167Observations Only: A fine line
167Observations Only: A matter of paradox
167Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
167Observations Only: Off to the races
167Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
167Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
167Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
167No Till Notes:
167Washington: Service to Nebraskans comes first
166Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
166Totally Random: October, the pink month
166Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
166Letters to the Editor
166Capitol View: A new twist just might get health insurance for the working poor
166Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
165A last look at the Nebraska Zone
165From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
165Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
165A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
165Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
165Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
165Observations Only: Hog wash
165Our View: Community responsible for kids
165Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
165Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
165Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
165No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
165Jane’s Secret, XCV: Hazel’s decision
165Washington report: Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
164Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
164Observations Only: Beginnings
164Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
164Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
164No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
164Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
164Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
164No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
164Teen Voice: He’s my dad
164Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
164Jane’s Secret, XCVIX: Endings and beginnings
163Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
163Observations Only: One more time
163Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
163Totally Random: My journey, life after living
163News from Lincoln: Nebraska needs tax reform
162Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
162Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
162Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
162Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
162Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
162Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
162No Till Notes: Saying uncle
161The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
161Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
161Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
161Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
161Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
161No-Till Notes: The value of water
161News from Lincoln: Transgender issues need to be addressed
161No-till Notes: Early registration discounts
161News from Lincoln: The Forecasting Board met, priority designation is completed
160Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
160A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
160From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
160Teen Voice: Being a girl
160Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
160Lyman Review: Devil calf
160 Across The Fence: County Fair
160A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
160Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
160The Christmas Story
160News from Lincoln: Tourism can bolster economy
159Trash cans
159Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
159The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
159Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
159Observations Only: The need to understand
159Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
159For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
159Curiosity Corner: Using the brain
158Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
158Observations Only: The shadow of error
158Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
158Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
158The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
158From the capitol: Honoring Our Veterans
158A Stray Moment: Review: ‘The Book Thief’ steals the fiction stage
158From the hill: Stand Up for Life
158From the Capitol: Legislative session progresses
157Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
157Observations Only: The vision
157The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
157Teen Voice: The rivalry
157Teen Voice: My rebellion
157Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
157No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
157Washington report: Feeding a world in need
157No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
157News from Lincoln: Health services continue to improve
156Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
156Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
156A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
156No-til Notes: Changing plans
156Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
156Teen Voice: Character exceeds good grades
156From the hill: Serving You
155Observations Only : The orphanage
155Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
155Observations Only: A soul’s journey
155Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
155A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
155Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
155“The Ex” by Alafair Burke
154From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
154Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
154Teeing Off: Around the Green
154A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
154No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
154A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
154News from Lincoln: Hog bill vote was disappointing
153Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
153Observations Only: Expect the best
153Teen Voice: The need to get away
153Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
153Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
153
153Jane’s Secret: The Telling
153From the hill: Giving Thanks
152Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
152Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
152Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
152Capitol View: Say goodbye to ConAgra, but don’t lament departure
151Observations only : Sisters of the world
151Across the Fence: Building Barns
151Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
151 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
151All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
150Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
150Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
150Teen Voice: Cyber War
150No-till Notes: Moving forward
150A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
150Letters to the Editor
150A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
149A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
149Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
149Teen Voice: Shadow art
149Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
149Totally Random: Trusting the fates
149In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
149At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
149A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
149Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
149The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
149Washington report: A new chapter for the U.S. House
149At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
148Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
148Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
148Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
148From the hill: Back to Where it All Began
148Capitol View: Where’s the peace and joy in border closings and gun-free zones?
148Washington report: The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
148From the hill: Keeping America Safe
147Observations Only: A new direction
147Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
147Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
147A Small World: Special guest
147From the Hill: More Work Ahead
147Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
147A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
147Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
147Jane’s Secret LXV Quicksand
146Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
146From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
146Observations Only: Choices
146Observations Only: Divine prompts
146Lyman Review: One mean chicken
146Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
146At the Library: March into a good book
146Lyman Review: Dog fun
146News from Lincoln: State Senators visit western Nebraska
145It's no surprise
145Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
145The Good Life: The two different types of business people
145Observations Only: A good daughter
145A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
145In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
145History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
145At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
145Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
144Observations Only: Journey's end
144Totally Random: The Golden Rule
144Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
144Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
143Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
143Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
143A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
143Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
143Teen Voice: The more the merrier
143Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
143Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
143Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
143A real leaning tree Christmas
142From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
142A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
142Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
142Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
142Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
142Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
142No-Till Notes: 10 tips
142All Points West: Time for gathering around the table
141Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
141Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
141Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
141Teen Voice: Silence
141Observations Only: The visit
141Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
141Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
141Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
141No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
141Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
141No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
141All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
141Capitol View: Lengthy debate, little progress as Legislature grinds on
140From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
140Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
140Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
140Teen Voice: Where is the love?
140Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
140Letter to the editor
140Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
140At the Monument: Night Sky
140A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
140From the hill: The Year Ahead
139The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
139Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
139The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
139Teen Voice: Inspire me
139Prairie Dogs
139Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
139Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
139From the hill: Spurring Innovation
139From the hill: Working for you
138It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
138We need a few good people
138Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
138At the Monument: That old (historic) building
138Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
138Across The Fence: The Solomon River Stampede
138No-Till Notes: Water conservation, part 2
138Washington Report: Standing against abuses of power
137Observations Only: Just around the corner
137Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
137Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
137Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
137Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
137Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
137Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
137Across The Fence: Van Tassell
136Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
136Observations Only: The meeting
136Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
136Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
136Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
136Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
136Across The Fence: Last Christmas
136In the Hills: Explore the state parks
136No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
136Jane’s Secret, LXVIII: An old wrong revealed
136Capitol View: Ricketts, some lawmakers want to put a lid on it, again
135Home of the Brave
135Observations Only: Saturday delight
135Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
135Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
135Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
135Teeing Off: Persistence
135Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
135Teen Voice: What is love?
135Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
135
134Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
134Teen Voice: Living within our means
134Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
134Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
134At the Monument: Art in National Parks
134No-till Notes” Conservation Agriculture, part 2
134 The Blight Way – Bo Tully #1 - by Patrick F. McManus
134From the hill: Unprovoked dangers
134Teen Voice: Out with homework
133Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
133The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
133Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
133Observations Only: Divine spirit
133Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
133Support letters requested for airport
133Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
133Jane’s Secret, LXVII For heaven’s sake
133Across The Fence: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain (Part I)
133News from Lincoln: Committee reviews property tax proposals
132Life's curve balls
132Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
132Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
132Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
132Teen Voice: Self-expression
132Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
132Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
132Lyman Review: Branding Time
132Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
132Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
132Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
131A Small World: Savoring county fair days
131Lyman Review: The love goat
131Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
131Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
131At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
131View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
131No-Till Notes: Back in the field
131Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
131From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
131From the capitol: The State of Nebraska Agriculture
131News from Lincoln: Greetings from the Capitol
131In My View: It’s never too early to start thinking about retirement
130Age of reason
130A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
130Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
130Completely Different - The magic of spring
130Totally Random: Where does it go?
130Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
130Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
130No-till Notes: CSC Classroom
130An open letter to Trump supporters
130No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
129Assad’s endgame
129Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
129I'm falling for Tumblr?
129Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
129Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
129Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
129At the Monument: Where are the animals?
129Across The Fence: The Butterfield Overland Mail
129Capitol View: Credit Where Credit Is Due
129Capitol View: Lawmakers convene 2016 session
128Observations Only - Two ages of man
128From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
128Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
128Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
128Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
128Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
128Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
128Nature Notes: Love is in the air
128Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
128Support emergency services personnel
128Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
128No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
128Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
128Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
128News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
128Jack’s Insights: We could all benefit from more ‘think’ time
127Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
127Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
127From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
127Teen Voice: Body image
127Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
127Totally Random: Happy Halloween
127In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
127Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
127The Good Life: All that remains is love
127A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
127No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
127Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
127From the hill: Protecting Our Local Communities
127Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
126Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
126The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
126From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
126Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
126Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
126Teen Voice: Footprints
126Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
126Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
126
126No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
126Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
126Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
126Across the Fence: A gathering of warriors at Arikaree Fork
126News from Lincoln: PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
125Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
125Teen Voice: Serendipity
125Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
125Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
125Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
125Greetings from the State Capitol
125Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
125Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
125No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
125Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
124Across the fence: Something worth remembering
124Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
124Teen Voice: Catfished
124Teeing Off: Mind Gym
124Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
124Creatures of the Night
124Reach out for challenges
124Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
124Across The Fence: Old Julesburg and new
124Across The Fence: The Zeek Homestead
124Infamy - by Richard Reeves
124News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
124Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
124Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
123Observations Only: Extreme measures
123Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
123Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
123Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
123Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
123View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
123Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
123Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
123Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
123At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
123No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
123Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
123Guest View: Nebraska (property) tax system ‘dysfunctional’
122Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
122Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
122 Taking a big risk
122Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
122From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
122From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
122New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
122Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
122Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
122Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
122At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
122From the capitol: A new era for the Nebraska National Guard
122A book review: Once Shadows Fall, by Robert Daniels
122Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
121Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
121At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
121Fourth of July meetings
121No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
120Observations Only: Together again
120Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
120Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
120Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
120Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
120
119Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
119The ghost of Ayn Rand
119Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
119Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
119Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
119Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
119Lyman Review: Winter's dog
119Synchronicity:What brings me back
119Power of legumes
119Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
118Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
118Observations Only: What's in a word?
118The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
118Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
118What’s really going on with our water?
118At the Monument: Junior Rangers
118Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
118At the Monument: Living History
118Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
118Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
117Observations Only: The joy of money
117From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
117Teen Voice: Remember what you have
117Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
117Website Resources
117Their View: Goal post move unfair
117In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
117Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
117From the capitol: Practicing Fiscal Restraint
116Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
116Across the Fence: The Pony Express
116From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
116Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
116Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
116Religious freedom must be protected
116At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
116College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
116At the Monument: Museum collections
116Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
116Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
116Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
116LR 35 is a dangerous proposition for our state and nation
115SELL-OUT!
115A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
115Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
115Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
115Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
115Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
115A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
114Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
114From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
114At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
114Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
114Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
114All Points West: The only stupid question
114From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
114News from Lincoln: Celebrations mean making connections
113Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
113Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
113No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
113A national day of Thanksgiving
112Observations Only : Mission accomplished
112Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
112Observations Only: North Powder
112Rural America and immigration reform
112Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
112Linked Lives
112Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
112Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
112Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
112Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
111My mini Pen and me
111Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
111Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
111Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
111No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
111Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
111Jack’s Insights: Research and Extension Center to undergo review
111Washington Report: Improving rural air service
110Completely Different: Tales from the mat
110Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
110Teeing Off: The thing about state
110Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
110Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
110In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
110Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
110To whom are we thankful?
110The Good Life: There is good everywhere
110A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
110Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
109Being a Nebraskan – border to border
109Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
109Observations Only: Painting a picture
109Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
109Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
109Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
109Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
109From the hill: The PAWS Act
108Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
108Observations Only: Sister odyssey
108Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
108‘The Life We Bury’ by By Allen Eskens A book review
108Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
107Observations Only: No thank you
107Observations Only: Spider adventure
107A Stray Moment: The last time
107Observations Only: Blue chip stock
107Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
107Senioritis: Get your seniors moving, grooving
106Our View: The elephant in the room
106No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
106Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
106No-till Notes: Stripper head
106No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
106From the capitol: Budgeting the Nebraska Way
105Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
105Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
105Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
105Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
104A Small World: Time traveling
104Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
104Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
104Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
104Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
104No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
104Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
103Across the Fence: On The road
103A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
103The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
103Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
103
103A Halloween Story: The scary dream
103In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
103No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
103Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
103Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
103Our View: City needs to hit green with eatery
102Permission to remember
102Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
102Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
102Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
102Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
102Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
102Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
102From the capitol: It’s Fall in Nebraska
101Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
101Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
101From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
101A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
101Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
101Right up Your Allie: A new day, a new me
101Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
100Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
100No Till Notes: Moving Forward
100No-Till Notes: Potential
99Our view . . .Sports Complex
99Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
99Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
99In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
99Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
99No Till Notes: Residue levels
99Review: ‘Half Bad’ by author Sally Green
99Senior View: People get old, but hugs don’t
99Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
98Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
98Observations Only: Counting chickens
98Observations Only: Surprises
98Be kind through communications
98No-Till Notes: Observations
97A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
97Teen Voice: The Other Side
97At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
97No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 3
97Torn between now and somewhere down the line
96Completely Different: The Quest
96Welcome to Gering
96Silence please
96A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
96Observations Only: Scourge of violence
96Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
96Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
96No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
96No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
95Economic development update
95Observations Only: Giving up
95Easter
94Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
94Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
94No-Till Notes: Water Conservation, part 2
93Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
93From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
93Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
93From the capitol: Keeping Nebraska Safe
92Completely Different: Your local government and you
92The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
92Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
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92Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
92Simply October
91Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
91Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
91Walkable, bikeable communities
91From the Capitol: Prioritizing taxpayers
91Teen Voice: What makes young people truly outstanding?
90Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
90Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
90At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
90 Giving thanks for family, faith and friends
89Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
89A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
89No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
88Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
88Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
88Achieving your dreams takes work
87Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
87Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
87
87A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
87Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
86Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
86Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
86From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
86
86The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
86At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
85Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
85From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
85The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
85Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
85Compassion, respect don’t cost a thing
84Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
84From the Superintendent’s Desk
84Tumbleweeds on the loose
84Our view: Getting the Gering plaza right
84Teen Voice: Looking to be teacher’s pet?
83The zombie apocalypse and you
83Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
83No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
83Stop texting your wish-list to Santa
82Seeing the works of the master
82LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
82Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
82At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
82Enjoy the festivities
82No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
81Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
81Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
81News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
81No-Till Notes: Water conservation
80The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
80No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
80Our view: United we can build
80A mom’s thoughts on social media
79Letter to the Editor
79From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
79Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
78Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
78Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
78Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
78Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
77Do You Tube?
77No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
76Teen Voice: Not just another ride
76Teen Voice: Today’s television
75Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
75Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
75Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
75Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
74Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
73From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
73LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
72Social time has important benefits
72Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
71Timing makes perfect
71Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
71Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
70Our View: Visionaries wanted
70Our View: Bravo OTD committee
70NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
70Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
70At the Monument: Find Your Park
69Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
69At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
68Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
68I love Thanksgiving
67Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
67Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
67The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?
66Practice safe barbecue basics
66Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
66At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
65Teen Voice: March Madness
65View from the block
65Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
65Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
64Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
63Welcome home
63No Till Notes: Seven billion plus
62Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
62At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
58Remembering When
58Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
57Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
57Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
56From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
56From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
56Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
56Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
55The hills, part 1: Mustangs
55From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
55Letter to the Editor
54From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
53‘Is there something I can do?’
52A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
51From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
50The Block
50Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
49Letter to the Editor
47Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
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44Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
42From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
42Our View: A failure to communicate
42Letter to the Editor
40Teen Voice: The road of hatred
40From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
40Teen Voice: Happy news
40At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
39Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
34My Thanksgiving prayer
34Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
31To The Editor
30Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
30Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
29Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
23In My View: It’s never too early to start thinking about retirement
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