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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192Teen Voice: The Other Side
192Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
192Lyman Review: Winter's dog
192Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
192Fourth of July meetings
191Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
191Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
191Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
191Reach out for challenges
191Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
190Our View: The elephant in the room
190I'm falling for Tumblr?
190Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
190Totally Random: Trusting the fates
190Nature Notes: Love is in the air
189Teen Voice: The rivalry
189Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
189Why you should visit the zoo in February
189Teen Voice: Cyber War
189At the Library: March into a good book
189View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
189Linked Lives
189
189
189Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
189To The Editor
188Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
187From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
187Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
187Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
187Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
187Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
187Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
187Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
186Teen Voice: Equality
186Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
186Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
186What’s really going on with our water?
186Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
186Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
185Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
185Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
185Our View: Community responsible for kids
185For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
185Be kind through communications
185Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
184From the Hill: More Work Ahead
184Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
184In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
184At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
184Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
183From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
183Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
183View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
183Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
183Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
183No-Till Notes: Potential
182Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
182Teen Voice: Where is the love?
182At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
181Teen Voice: Footprints
181Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
181Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
181In the Hills: Explore the state parks
181Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
181Their View: Goal post move unfair
181Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
180Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
180Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
180Support emergency services personnel
180Synchronicity:What brings me back
179Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
179Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
179Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
179In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
178Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
178Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
178
178Easter
177From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
177Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
177Letters to the Editor
177Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
176Totally Random: Where does it go?
175Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
175Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
175Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
175Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
174Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
174Teen Voice: Inspire me
174Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
174Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
173Rural America and immigration reform
173Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
171Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
171Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
171Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
171A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
170Teen Voice: What is love?
170Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
170Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
170Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
170No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
169Religious freedom must be protected
169Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
169No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
167Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
167Letter to the Editor
166Greetings from the State Capitol
165Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
163Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
163From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
163Letter to the Editor
161Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
158Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
152Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
139At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
123At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
123Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
123Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
106Letter to the Editor
106A mom’s thoughts on social media
105Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
79Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
69Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
44Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
28Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
27Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
Most Read News Stories of 2012
1078Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
851NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
839Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
764All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
660Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
645The Christmas Story
594Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
582Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
578To whom are we thankful?
560A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
558Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
556Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
545Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
539A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
524Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
511A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
505Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
494No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
492Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
485Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
482Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
478Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
476At the Monument: Museum collections
470Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
461No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
455Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
453Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
449Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
448No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
443Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
440Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
439The Good Life: There is good everywhere
436A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
429Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
428Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
427Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
426The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
425Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
420A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
413Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
412History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
411Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
410Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
409Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
408No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
407No Till Notes:
405Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
405Support letters requested for airport
403Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
402A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
399Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
398Observations Only: A soul’s journey
397Observations Only : White water
397A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
394Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
393A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
391Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
387Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
385Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
385Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
382What's the deal with organic milk?
382Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
381Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
381Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
376Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
375At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
371A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
370A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
370Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
370A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
370The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
369Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
369Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
368Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
368No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
364Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
363Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
362Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
361Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
360Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
358Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
356In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
355Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
354Across the Fence: The hand dug well
354Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
350Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
350Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
350At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
349Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
348Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
348Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
347Letters to the Editor
346Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
344A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
344No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
343Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
343Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
342Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
341Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
339Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
339Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
339Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
337Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
335Building Bridges: Love your enemies
334Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
334
333Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
333Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
333Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
332The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
332Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
331Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
330A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
330Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
329Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
329All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
328Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
328Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
328Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
327Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
327Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
326Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
326Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
325A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
325Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
325At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
323No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
323Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
323Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
322Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
321Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
321Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
321Jane’s Secret: The Telling
320A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
320From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
320Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
319In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
318Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
318No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
316Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
316A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
315A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
315No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
314Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
314Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
314Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
313Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
313At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
312A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
312Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
312Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
312Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
312 Across The Fence: County Fair
311A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
311A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
311Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
311Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
311Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
310Observations Only: Indifferent love
310Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
310A real leaning tree Christmas
310Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
310No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
309At the Monument: Where are the animals?
309No-Till Notes: The value of water
308Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
308Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
308A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
307Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
306The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
306Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
306Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
306Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
305Observations Only: A good daughter
305At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
304A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
304Teen Voice: Serendipity
304Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
304Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
304Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
303A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
303Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
303Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
302Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
302Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
302Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
301Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
301No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
300A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
300Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
299Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
299Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
299Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
299Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
298Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
298Anno Domini: We gather together
298Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
298Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
298Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
297Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
297Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
296A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
296Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
296Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
296Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
295No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
295Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
294Observations Only: The shadow of error
294No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
294Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
294Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
294A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
293Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
293Across the Fence: Amanda
293Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
292Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
292A Stray Moment: Without a net
292Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
292Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
292Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
292No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
291A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
291Observations Only: Temptation
291Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
290Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
290Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
290Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
290Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
289Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
289Across The Fence: A day For thanks
289Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
289At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
288Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
288Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
288At the Monument: Living History
287Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
287Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
287Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
287A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
287Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
286A Stray Moment: God Knows
286Observations Only: The need to understand
286Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
286Anno Domini: On this remembering day
286Observations Only: Gone away
286No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
285Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
285No-Till Notes: Looking Back
284Observations Only: A gift of serenity
284Observations Only: Divine prompts
284A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
284Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
284Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
284Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
284Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
283Across the Fence: Building Barns
283Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
283Observations Only: Journey's end
283Observations Only: Divine spirit
283Observations Only: Reality check
283Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
283Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
282Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
282Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
282Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
282Observations Only: Beginnings
282Observations Only: A sad week
282 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
282No-til Notes: Changing plans
281Completely Different: It's all in the family
281Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
281Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
280No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
280No Till Notes: Moving Forward
279Observations Only: Expect the best
279Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
279Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
279Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
279Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
279Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
278Observations Only: Curious things, part II
278Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
278Observations Only: A matter of matter
278Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
278Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
278No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
277Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
277Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
277Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
277No Till Notes: Final Stop
276Observations Only: Critical thinking
276Observations Only: Saint Marge
276Across The Fence: Last Christmas
276Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
275Observations Only: Uneventful flight
275College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
274Observations Only: Curious things
274Observations Only: A matter of paradox
274Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
274Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
273Observations Only: Choices
272Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
272No-till Notes: Stripper head
272Our view: United we can build
271Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
271Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
271Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
271Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
270Observations Only: Off to the races
270Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
270Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
270No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
269Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
269Observations Only: The vision
269Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
269Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
268Totally Random: The Golden Rule
268Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
268Observations Only: The awful truth
268Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
268Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
268No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
267Observations Only: Going home
267No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
267Creatures of the Night
266Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
266Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
266Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
265Observations Only: Sister lost
265 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
265Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
265Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
264Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
264Observations Only: Willfulness
264The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
264Observations Only: The visit
264Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
264No-till Notes: Moving forward
264Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
264Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
263Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
263Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
262Observations Only: A fine line
262The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
262Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
262Observations Only: Final moment
262Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
261Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
260Observations Only: Good and evil
260Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
260Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
259Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
259No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
258The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
258Observations Only: A day in August
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257SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
256Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
256All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
255Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
255Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
255Observations Only: One more time
255No-Till Notes: Back in the field
254The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
254The Good Life: The two different types of business people
254Observations Only: Waiting time
253A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
253Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
253Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
252From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
252The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
252Observations Only: Hog wash
251Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
251Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
251No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
250Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
250Observations Only: The vigil
248Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
248From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
248Observations Only: The last toothpick
248At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
247Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
247Observations Only: The last goodbye
247Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
244Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
244From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
244The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
243Assad’s endgame
243The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
243The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
242Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
242Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
240Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
240At the Monument: Night Sky
239The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
237Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
237Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
237The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
237Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
237At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
236The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
236Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
235In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
235Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
234Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
234The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
234Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
234Totally Random: My journey, life after living
234At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
233Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
233Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
233From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
233A Small World: Special guest
232Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
231From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
230Teen Voice: My rebellion
229Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
229The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
229A Halloween Story: The scary dream
228Across the Fence: On The road
228The ghost of Ayn Rand
228Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
228The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
228Lyman Review: Devil calf
227Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
227From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
227At the Monument: Junior Rangers
226Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
226Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
226Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
226Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
226Teen Voice: Silence
225Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
224Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
224In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
223Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
223Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
223Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
222Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
222Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
221Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
221Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
220Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
220Teen Voice: The need to get away
220The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
220Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
220Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
220Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
219Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
219Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
219Lyman Review: One mean chicken
219At the Monument: Art in National Parks
218Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
217Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
217Teen Voice: The gift of caring
216Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
216Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
216Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
216Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
216Lyman Review: The love goat
216Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
216Prairie Dogs
215Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
215Teen Voice: Being a girl
215Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
214Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
214At the Monument: That old (historic) building
214Our View: A failure to communicate
213Teeing Off: Persistence
213Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
213Teeing Off: Around the Green
212Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
212Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
211A last look at the Nebraska Zone
211Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
211Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
211Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
211Totally Random: October, the pink month
210Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
210Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
210Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
209Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
209Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
209A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
209Teen Voice: Stress test
208Across the Fence: The Pony Express
208Completely Different - The magic of spring
208Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
207Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
207A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
207Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
207Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
207In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
207Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
206At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
205Time keeps flowing like a river
205Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
205Teeing Off: Mind Gym
204From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
204Totally Random: Happy Halloween
204Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
204Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
204
203Observations only : Sisters of the world
203A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
203Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
203From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
203Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
203Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
203Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
203Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
203Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
203Website Resources
203
202Teen Voice: Shadow art
202A Small World: Savoring county fair days
202Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
201Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
201Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
201Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
201Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
201Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
201Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
201Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
201Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
201Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
201Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
200Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
200A Stray Moment: The last time
200Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
200Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
200Teeing Off: The thing about state
199Across the fence: Something worth remembering
199A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
199A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
199A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
199Teen Voice: Body image
199Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
199Lyman Review: Dog fun
198Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
198Teen Voice: Catfished
198Teen Voice: Living within our means
198Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
198Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
198Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
197Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
197Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
197At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
196A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
196From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
196Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
196Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
196Teen Voice: Remember what you have
196
196A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
196Lyman Review: Branding Time
195Observations Only: Blue chip stock
195Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
195Teen Voice: Self-expression
195Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
195Letter to the editor
195
194A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
194Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
194Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
194Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
194Teen Voice: To the future
194Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
193Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
193Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
193Totally Random: Life’s ripples
193Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
193Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
193New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
192Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
192Observations Only: A new direction
192Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
192Guest Voices…
192Teen Voice: The Other Side
192Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
192Lyman Review: Winter's dog
192Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
192Fourth of July meetings
191Observations Only : The orphanage
191Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
191Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
191Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
191Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
191Reach out for challenges
191Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
190Our View: The elephant in the room
190I'm falling for Tumblr?
190Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
190Totally Random: Trusting the fates
190Nature Notes: Love is in the air
189Teen Voice: The rivalry
189Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
189Why you should visit the zoo in February
189Teen Voice: Cyber War
189At the Library: March into a good book
189View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
189Linked Lives
189
189
189Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
189To The Editor
188It's no surprise
188Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
187Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
187Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
187Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
187From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
187Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
187Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
187Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
187Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
187Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
187Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
186Observations Only: Scourge of violence
186Teen Voice: Equality
186Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
186Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
186What’s really going on with our water?
186Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
186Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
185Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
185Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
185Our View: Community responsible for kids
185For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
185Be kind through communications
185Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
184Observations Only: Just around the corner
184From the Hill: More Work Ahead
184Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
184In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
184At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
184Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
183Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
183From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
183Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
183View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
183Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
183Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
183No-Till Notes: Potential
182Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
182Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
182Teen Voice: Where is the love?
182At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
181 Taking a big risk
181Teen Voice: Footprints
181Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
181Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
181In the Hills: Explore the state parks
181Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
181Their View: Goal post move unfair
181Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
180Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
180Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
180Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
180Support emergency services personnel
180Synchronicity:What brings me back
179Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
179Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
179Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
179Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
179In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
178Observations Only: Giving up
178Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
178Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
178
178Easter
177Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
177The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
177From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
177Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
177Letters to the Editor
177Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
176Observations Only: The joy of money
176Observations Only: The meeting
176Totally Random: Where does it go?
175Age of reason
175Observations Only: Extreme measures
175Observations Only: Together again
175Observations Only: Sister odyssey
175Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
175Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
175Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
175Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
174Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
174Teen Voice: Inspire me
174Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
174Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
173Observations Only: Painting a picture
173Observations Only: Spider adventure
173Observations Only: North Powder
173Observations Only: Surprises
173Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
173Rural America and immigration reform
173Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
171Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
171Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
171Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
171Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
171A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
170Teen Voice: What is love?
170Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
170Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
170Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
170No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
169Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
169Religious freedom must be protected
169Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
169No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
168Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
168Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
167Observations Only : Mission accomplished
167Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
167Observations Only: Counting chickens
167Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
167Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
167Letter to the Editor
166Silence please
166Greetings from the State Capitol
165Observations Only - Two ages of man
165Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
164Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
163Trash cans
163Life's curve balls
163Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
163From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
163Letter to the Editor
162Observations Only: No thank you
162From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
161Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
160Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
160Observations Only: Saturday delight
160Observations Only: What's in a word?
159Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
158The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
158Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
156Being a Nebraskan – border to border
156Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
155From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
154Completely Different: Tales from the mat
152Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
150The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
150From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
149Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
149The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
147Teen Voice: Today’s television
146The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
146Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
145Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
145From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
145The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
143The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
143From the Superintendent’s Desk
139Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
139The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
139At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
133It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
133From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
129From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
128Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
127From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
126The hills, part 1: Mustangs
124The zombie apocalypse and you
124Do You Tube?
123From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
123At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
123Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
123Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
122From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
121Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
121The Block
121Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
120Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
118Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
118Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
117Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
117Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
115Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
115Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
114A Small World: Time traveling
114My mini Pen and me
114Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
114Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
113Teen Voice: The more the merrier
112Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
112SELL-OUT!
112From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
111Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
110Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
108Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
108Completely Different: The Quest
108Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
108Teen Voice: Not just another ride
108Remembering When
107Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
106View from the block
106Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
106Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
106A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
106Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
106Letter to the Editor
106A mom’s thoughts on social media
105Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
105Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
105Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
104Teen Voice: The road of hatred
103Our view . . .Sports Complex
103Completely Different: Your local government and you
103Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
103Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
103LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
102Economic development update
102Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
102Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
102Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
101Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
100We need a few good people
100Timing makes perfect
100Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
100Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
99Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
99Home of the Brave
99From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
97Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
97Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
96Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
96Teen Voice: Happy news
95Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
94Practice safe barbecue basics
93LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
92Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
92From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
91Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
91Teen Voice: March Madness
91Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
91Seeing the works of the master
91Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
91Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
89Letter to the Editor
89Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
89From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
88Welcome to Gering
88From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
87Permission to remember
86Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
85Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
85Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
84Social time has important benefits
84Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
83From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
82Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
79From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
79Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
77My Thanksgiving prayer
69Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
66Our View: Visionaries wanted
66Our View: Bravo OTD committee
44Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
28Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
27Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
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