Giving American history the bluff
June 30, 2011 Lisa Betz   

Bell Island, left, and Chris Work put a humorous spin on Lewis and Clark in The Complete History of America, Abridged. The show continues through Saturday at WNCC's Little Theatre

Comedy has an important role to play during difficult times. Throughout theatre history, comedic theatre has been a salve to the masses. While theatre has lost a great deal of its cultural influence, it preserves the power to alter one's perspective and attitude.

For this reason, Theatre West struck the perfect chord in its decision to produce The Complete History of America, Abridged. We could all use a good laugh about now.

Saturday night's performance of The Complete History of America, Abridged, had the audience laughing hysterically, stony-faced at times and occasionally wishing they'd chosen seats in the back row, but we'll get to that later.

One never knows what to expect from the script as the three performers, Chris Work, Justin J. Lane and Bell Island take the audience through 50 thousand years of American history in two hours, with a 15-minute intermission. That's right, 50 thousand years of American history. If that doesn't give a clue about the tone of this play, then this production is not for you.

If, however, you can take a few doses of truth, delivered gently and with sense of humor, some ribald jokes, hysterical pokes at your favorite and less-than-favorite (depending upon your persuasion) politicians, then this play is a great opportunity to unwind, relax and forget about the day's cares.

One of the early lines in the play, "History is written by the winners" is well-taken as an introduction to the presentation of "facts" throughout the play.

Some of the harder truths about America's past are there, but quickly glossed over by schtick that ensures the fog will once again settle over the truths we choose to ignore about our glorious beginnings as a country.

Chris Work's performance of a poem turned rap about the Jamestown Colony is one such moment, packed with regrettable truths but finishing with a joke and poke and on we go to happier historical tales.

Director, Parker Reed, along with the actors, has devised clever staging that jacks up the fun. This is especially true of their portrayal of "the shot heard 'round the world" and the re-enactment of the recruitment of "the Minute Men."

The play is full of silliness, peppered very lightly with truths that can either strike a chord or be ignored. Fortunately, most of the “history” in this play is treated irreverently so as to completely strip away the possibility of taking offense, and yet, this reviewer found it a challenge to listen to some the segments about Native Americans.

Nothing is sacred in this play. No one is immune from ridicule, except it seems, President Obama. Perhaps the reason for this is the date the script was printed, (January of 2007) or perhaps that topic is just too fresh for us to laugh about, since some jokes did include references to more recent personalities on America’s political stage.

Theatre has the power to make us squirm in our seats, laugh with abandon and walk away with a few ideas to consider. The Complete History of America, Abridged, did just that on Saturday. If you go, the best seats are further back in the house. If you like to be close, wear something …well, just plan for anything. One thing is guaranteed, you will enjoy a good laugh.

The Complete History of America, Abridged continues at Western Nebraska Community College's Little Theatre through this weekend. Show times are Wed-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17; with discounted tickets for seniors, $16 and students $7. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early if purchasing tickets at the door, to ensure that the play will begin on time. The final production of the Theatre West season is the musical “All Shook Up” which is scheduled to open on July 20.

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68Our View: Community responsible for kids
68Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
68Teen Voice: To the future
68Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
68Teen Voice: Cyber War
68Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
68View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
68Religious freedom must be protected
68Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
68Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
68Their View: Goal post move unfair
68Synchronicity:What brings me back
67From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
67Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
67Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
67Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
67Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
67At the Monument: That old (historic) building
67Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
67Letters to the Editor
67Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
66Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
66Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
66Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
66Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
66Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
66Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
65Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
65Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
65No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
65Nature Notes: Love is in the air
65Support emergency services personnel
64The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
64Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
64No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
63From the Hill: More Work Ahead
63At the Library: March into a good book
63Totally Random: Where does it go?
62Why you should visit the zoo in February
62Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
62Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
62At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
62
61Teen Voice: What is love?
61Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
61Teen Voice: Inspire me
61Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
60Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
60Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
59Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
59Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
59Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
57Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
57Rural America and immigration reform
57Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
57Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
57From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
55Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
53Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
52Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
50Greetings from the State Capitol
47Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
47Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
30Letter to the Editor
27Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
26Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
24Letter to the Editor
22Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
22Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
Most Read News Stories of 2012
597Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
572All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
501The Christmas Story
459Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
437To whom are we thankful?
366Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
341A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
324Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
315At the Monument: Museum collections
306Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
304A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
303A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
292Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
291Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
288Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
273Support letters requested for airport
266Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
265Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
260No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
258Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
257The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
238Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
237A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
234In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
233At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
232Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
227Letters to the Editor
224Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
223Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
223No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
216Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
216Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
212Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
208Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
207A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
205Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
204At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
204No Till Notes:
200Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
200A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
199Observations Only : White water
198In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
197No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
193At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
189Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
189Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
188Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
187A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
186What's the deal with organic milk?
185Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
183Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
183Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
180The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
179Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
179Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
176At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
172At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
170
165Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
164Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
163Completely Different: It's all in the family
163Observations Only: A soul’s journey
163College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
163Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
160All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
158At the Monument: Where are the animals?
158Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
157Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
157Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
157Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
156All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
155Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
154Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
153Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
152Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
152No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
151Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
150Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
150At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
150No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
147Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
147Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
142Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
142Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
139Creatures of the Night
138Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
138From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
138A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
138
137Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
137A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
134Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
133Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
132Totally Random: The Golden Rule
131A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
131Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
131
130Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
129Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
129Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
128Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
127Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
127Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
127Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
127Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
127Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
127Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
126Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
126Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
126 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
125Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
125Across the Fence: The hand dug well
125No Till Notes: Moving Forward
124A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
124At the Monument: Living History
123Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
123In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
122Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
122Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
122Jane’s Secret: The Telling
121Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
121Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
121Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
121Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
120Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
120Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
120Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
119The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
119Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
118Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
118Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
118A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
117Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
117Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
117Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
117Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
117Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
117A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
116Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
115Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
115Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
114Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
114Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
114Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
114Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
113Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
113Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
112The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
112Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
111Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
111Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
111Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
111Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
110Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
110Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
110Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
109Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
109Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
109No-Till Notes: The value of water
109Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
108Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
108A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
108Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
108Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
107Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
107Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
107Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
107A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
107Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
106From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
106Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
106Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
106A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
106Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
106Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
106Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
106Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
106Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
106No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
106At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
105Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
105Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
105Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
105Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
105Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
105 Across The Fence: County Fair
105No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
105Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
104Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
104Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
104A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
104Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
104The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
104The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
104No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
104Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
103Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
103Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
103From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
103Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
103Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
103Observations Only: Gone away
103A real leaning tree Christmas
102Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
102Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
102History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
102Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
101Assad’s endgame
101A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
101Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
101A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
101Observations Only: Reality check
101Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
101Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
101A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
101No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
100Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
100From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
100Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
100A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
100Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
100The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
100A Small World: Special guest
100Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
100A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
99Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
99Across the Fence: On The road
99Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
99Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
99A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
99From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
99Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
99Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
99Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
99Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
99Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
99Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
98Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
98Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
98Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
98Observations Only: Temptation
98Observations Only: The shadow of error
98A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
98Observations Only: A sad week
98In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
97Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
97Across the Fence: Building Barns
97Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
97From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
97Observations Only: Indifferent love
97No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
97No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
96Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
96Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
96A Halloween Story: The scary dream
96Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
96Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
96Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
96Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
96Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
95The ghost of Ayn Rand
95Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
95Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
95Observations Only: Divine spirit
95The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
95Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
95Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
95Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
95The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
95Anno Domini: On this remembering day
95Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
95No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
94Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
94Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
94A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
94Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
94Teen Voice: The need to get away
94Observations Only: The need to understand
94Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
94Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
94Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
94Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
93Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
93The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
93Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
93From the Superintendent’s Desk
93From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
93Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
93From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
93Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
93A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
93Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
93Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
93A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
93Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
93Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
93Building Bridges: Love your enemies
93At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
92Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
92Teeing Off: Persistence
92Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
92Lyman Review: Devil calf
92Totally Random: My journey, life after living
92Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
92Across the Fence: Amanda
92Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
92No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
91Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
91Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
91Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
91Observations Only: Critical thinking
91Observations Only: Uneventful flight
91Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
91Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
91Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
91Teen Voice: Silence
91Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
91Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
91Anno Domini: We gather together
91Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
91Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
91Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
91No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
90Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
90Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
90From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
90Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
90Observations Only: Curious things
90Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
90Observations Only: Beginnings
90Observations Only: A gift of serenity
90Observations Only: Divine prompts
90Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
90Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
90Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
90Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
89Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
89Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
89Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
89Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
89Teeing Off: Around the Green
89Lyman Review: One mean chicken
89Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
89Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
89Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
89No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
89No-til Notes: Changing plans
89
88Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
88Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
88Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
88From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
88The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
88Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
88Observations Only: Curious things, part II
88Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
88Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
88Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
88From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
88Observations Only: A matter of matter
88Observations Only: A good daughter
88Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
88Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
88Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
88At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
88Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
88Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
87Completely Different: Tales from the mat
87Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
87Teen Voice: Today’s television
87Observations Only: Journey's end
87Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
87Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
87Observations Only: A matter of paradox
87Lyman Review: The love goat
87Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
87Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
87Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
87
87Reach out for challenges
86From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
86Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
86Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
86Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
86Observations Only: Expect the best
86Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
86Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
86Teen Voice: Remember what you have
86Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
86Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
86Across The Fence: A day For thanks
86Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
86Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
86No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
86Be kind through communications
86Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
86Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
85Being a Nebraskan – border to border
85Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
85Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
85A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
85Observations Only: The vision
85Observations Only: Off to the races
85A Small World: Savoring county fair days
85Observations Only: Saint Marge
85Observations Only: The visit
85Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
85Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
85Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
85Teen Voice: My rebellion
85Across The Fence: Last Christmas
85Teen Voice: The gift of caring
85Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
85In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
84Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
84A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
84A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
84From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
84Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
84Observations Only: Good and evil
84Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
84Observations Only: The awful truth
84Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
84Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
84SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
84In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
84No Till Notes: Final Stop
83Observations Only: Just around the corner
83A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
83Observations Only: The meeting
83Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
83Observations Only: Willfulness
83Observations Only: Choices
83Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
83The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
83Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
83Observations Only: Final moment
83Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
82Observations only : Sisters of the world
82Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
82It's no surprise
82Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
82Across the Fence: The Pony Express
82Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
82The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
82The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
82A Stray Moment: Without a net
82A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
82Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
82The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
82Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
82Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
82Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
82
82Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
81Observations Only: A new direction
81Observations Only: Giving up
81Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
81Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
81Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
81Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
81Observations Only: Waiting time
81Teen Voice: Stress test
81Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
81 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
81Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
81At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
81Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
80Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
80Across the fence: Something worth remembering
80Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
80Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
80The Block
80Observations Only: Scourge of violence
80Teen Voice: Catfished
80Observations Only: Going home
80Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
80Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
80Teen Voice: Being a girl
80Teen Voice: Body image
80Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
80Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
80Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
80Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
80Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
80Prairie Dogs
80Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
79Observations Only : The orphanage
79Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
79Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
79From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
79Observations Only: Sister odyssey
79Observations Only: Sister lost
79Observations Only: A fine line
79Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
79Totally Random: Life’s ripples
79Observations Only: A day in August
79Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
79In the Hills: Explore the state parks
79New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
79At the Monument: Junior Rangers
79Fourth of July meetings
79Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
79
79At the Monument: Night Sky
78Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
78Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
78Observations Only: The joy of money
78Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
78Observations Only: Blue chip stock
78A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
78Teen Voice: Serendipity
78Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
78Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
78Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
78Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
78Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
78Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
78View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
77A last look at the Nebraska Zone
77Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
77The hills, part 1: Mustangs
77A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
77A Stray Moment: The last time
77Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
77Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
77The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
77Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
77A Stray Moment: God Knows
77The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
77Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
77
77Teen Voice: The rivalry
77Teen Voice: Self-expression
77Observations Only: The vigil
77Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
77No-Till Notes: Looking Back
77No-till Notes: Moving forward
77Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
77
77Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
76It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
76Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
76A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
76From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
76Teen Voice: Shadow art
76Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
76The Good Life: The two different types of business people
76Teeing Off: The thing about state
76Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
76Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
76Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
76Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
76Linked Lives
76Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
76Letter to the editor
75Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
75Time keeps flowing like a river
75The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
75A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
75Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
75Observations Only: Extreme measures
75A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
75Observations Only: North Powder
75Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
75Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
75The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
75Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
75Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
75Observations Only: The last goodbye
75Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
75Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
75Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
75At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
74Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
74Age of reason
74Observations Only: Painting a picture
74Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
74From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
74Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
74Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
74The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
74Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
74Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
74A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
74Observations Only: One more time
74Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
73Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
73Trash cans
73Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
73From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
73Our View: The elephant in the room
73Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
73Totally Random: October, the pink month
73Observations Only: Hog wash
73Totally Random: Happy Halloween
73Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
73What’s really going on with our water?
73Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
73Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
72A Small World: Time traveling
72Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
72Observations Only: Saturday delight
72Silence please
72Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
72Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
72Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
72From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
72Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
72Completely Different - The magic of spring
72Teen Voice: The Other Side
72Teeing Off: Mind Gym
72Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
72At the Monument: Art in National Parks
72Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
72Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
71Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
71Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
71Observations Only: No thank you
71A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
71Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
71Observations Only: Surprises
71Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
71Teen Voice: Living within our means
71Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
71Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
71Observations Only: The last toothpick
71Teen Voice: Where is the love?
71In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
71Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
71Website Resources
71For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
70Observations Only : Mission accomplished
70From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
70Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
70Observations Only: Spider adventure
70From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
70Totally Random: Trusting the fates
70Lyman Review: Dog fun
70Teen Voice: Footprints
70Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
70Lyman Review: Branding Time
69Observations Only - Two ages of man
69Do You Tube?
69Teen Voice: The more the merrier
69Teen Voice: Not just another ride
69Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
69From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
69Observations Only: Together again
69The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
69The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
69I'm falling for Tumblr?
69Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
69Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
69Guest Voices…
69Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
69Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
69Lyman Review: Winter's dog
69Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
69No-Till Notes: Back in the field
68Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
68Completely Different: Your local government and you
68The zombie apocalypse and you
68 Taking a big risk
68Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
68From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
68Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
68Teen Voice: Equality
68Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
68Our View: Community responsible for kids
68Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
68Teen Voice: To the future
68Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
68Teen Voice: Cyber War
68Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
68View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
68Religious freedom must be protected
68Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
68Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
68Their View: Goal post move unfair
68Synchronicity:What brings me back
67Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
67Teen Voice: The road of hatred
67Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
67From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
67Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
67Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
67Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
67Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
67At the Monument: That old (historic) building
67Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
67Letters to the Editor
67Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
66My mini Pen and me
66Life's curve balls
66Observations Only: What's in a word?
66The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
66Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
66Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
66Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
66Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
66Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
66Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
66Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
65Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
65View from the block
65SELL-OUT!
65Economic development update
65Home of the Brave
65From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
65Observations Only: Counting chickens
65Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
65Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
65Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
65No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
65Nature Notes: Love is in the air
65Support emergency services personnel
64Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
64Remembering When
64Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
64Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
64The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
64The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
64Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
64No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
63Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
63Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
63The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
63Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
63Teen Voice: Happy news
63From the Hill: More Work Ahead
63At the Library: March into a good book
63Totally Random: Where does it go?
62Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
62Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
62Completely Different: The Quest
62The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
62From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
62LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
62Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
62Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
62Why you should visit the zoo in February
62Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
62Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
62At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
62
61Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
61Welcome to Gering
61Teen Voice: What is love?
61Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
61Teen Voice: Inspire me
61Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
60Letter to the Editor
60Timing makes perfect
60Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
60Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
60Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
60Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
59Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
59Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
59Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
59Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
59Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
59LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
59Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
59Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
59Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
59Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
58We need a few good people
58Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
58Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
58From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
58Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
58Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
57Teen Voice: March Madness
57From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
57Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
57Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
57Rural America and immigration reform
57Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
57Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
57From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
56Practice safe barbecue basics
56From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
55Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
55Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
55Seeing the works of the master
55Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
55Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
54Our view . . .Sports Complex
54Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
54Permission to remember
54Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
54Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
53Social time has important benefits
53Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
53From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
53Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
52My Thanksgiving prayer
52Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
51Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
50Greetings from the State Capitol
49Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
47Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
47Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
47Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
43Our View: Visionaries wanted
43Our View: Bravo OTD committee
30Letter to the Editor
27Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
26Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
24Letter to the Editor
22Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
22Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
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