The Good Life: We have much to be grateful for
July 21, 2011 Lisa Betz   
Every year the Panhandle community comes together to celebrate our shared heritage at Oregon Trail Days. Now in its 90th year, Gering’s Oregon Trail Days is the oldest festival of its kind in the State of Nebraska. Now that is something to be proud of.
I wonder about those Old Settlers who have passed on from this earth. Do they join us each year and smile upon us as we honor our roots, the ones they planted here, that sprouted in their lifetime and thrived with the tending of generations that followed?
Every year on the Gering Citizen Facebook page, I put up photos of the OTD events. It is a big undertaking to do but each year many former residents thank us for making it possible for them to be at Oregon Trail Days in spirit, even though they couldn’t make it home this time.
What astounds me most about the interactions we see on our Facebook page are the complaints, the criticisms and the fault-finding. Somebody thought it was sad that Miss America received more applause than the National Guard. Somebody else was angry that the Color Guard presenting the American flag didn’t stop and fire their guns in salute.
What is it about people today that finding something good to say, something joyful and grateful and positive to say is so difficult? Why do we expect everything to be perfect?
I don’t have an answer but I will say that when Miss America Teresa Scanlan rode by on her float looking beautiful, I felt hopeful and grateful and a feeling of pride swelled in my heart. This young woman has done so much to represent our corner of the world in such a positive way. God bless her in the pursuit her dreams. She also holds ours.
When the flag went by and I saw the Scottsbluff Firefighters Local 1454 Honor Guard looking crisp in their Class A dress uniforms, I felt a lump in my throat. I felt pride and joy in our community.
When the Old Settlers president, Don Parmenter went by and waved to me, I thought of my dear grandfather, Cleo Gering, who loved this place with such a heart full of pride. I thought of my great-grandmother Pansy Gering, who was the loveliest soul I ever knew, who had once been honored as a vice president of the Old Settler’s Club.
These are the experiences that Oregon Trail Days is all about. It is a time for us to feel connections to our roots and those ancestors who built this community out of nothing, with very little to start with.
It doesn’t even matter when your ancestors landed here or even if you are the first of your line to join us in this great creative project that is the Valley. We are all building together.
We have so much to be thankful for and proud of here. While things are never perfect, life is so much better when we focus on the good things and honor the efforts made by everyone around us who contributes to our beloved Valley.
Thank you to the committee members of Oregon Trail Days: Chuck Cowan, Bill Schlaepfer, Vera Dulaney, Mike Minzey, Gail Ellison, Bill Peters, John Ewing, Jodi Ruzicka, Joan Fisher, Rebecca Shields and Lillis Grassmick. Having a hand in the Gering Arts Festival myself, which is just a one-day event in Legion Park; I understand what an incredible undertaking Oregon Trail Days must be. It boggles my mind that you good people, with the help of many more volunteers, do this year after year after year. I am thankful for each of you and grateful that you continue to help Gering and the entire Valley shine on this weekend.
Thank you for reminding me of my roots, for giving me a chance to honor today’s pioneers like Teresa Scanlan, who is trailblazing a positive path for young girls, like Old Settlers President Don Parmenter who has lived the good life in our Valley, and like our brave local armed forces. I think my ancestors and yours are looking down upon us, and their hearts are swelling with pride.

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155Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
155Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
155Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
155New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
154A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
154Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
154Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
154At the Library: March into a good book
154
153From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
153Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
153Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
153Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
153Nature Notes: Love is in the air
153Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
153Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
152Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
152Teen Voice: The rivalry
152From the Hill: More Work Ahead
152Why you should visit the zoo in February
152Teen Voice: Cyber War
152Linked Lives
151Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
151Letter to the editor
151Letter to the Editor
150Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
150View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
150Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
150For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
150Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
149Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
149Our View: The elephant in the room
149Teen Voice: To the future
149Teen Voice: Where is the love?
149In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
149In the Hills: Explore the state parks
149In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
149Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
148Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
148Teen Voice: Equality
148I'm falling for Tumblr?
148Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
148Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
148Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
148Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
148What’s really going on with our water?
147Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
147Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
147Our View: Community responsible for kids
147Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
147Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
147View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
146From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
146Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
146Teen Voice: Footprints
146Letter to the Editor
145Teen Voice: Inspire me
145Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
145Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
145Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
144Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
144Their View: Goal post move unfair
143From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
143Rural America and immigration reform
143Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
143Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
143Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
143Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
142Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
142Support emergency services personnel
142Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
141Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
141Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
141Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
141Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
141Letters to the Editor
140Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
140Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
140Synchronicity:What brings me back
139Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
139Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
139Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
139Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
138From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
138Guest Voices…
138At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
137Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
136Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
136Religious freedom must be protected
135Teen Voice: What is love?
135Totally Random: Where does it go?
135Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
135Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
135Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
133Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
132Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
132Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
131Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
131Greetings from the State Capitol
129Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
129From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
124Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
119Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
117Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
107At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
100No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
92Letter to the Editor
90Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
85Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
85At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
47Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
35Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
32No-till Notes: Stripper head
29Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
25Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
Most Read News Stories of 2012
922Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
823NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
761Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
694All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
602The Christmas Story
558Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
546Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
537To whom are we thankful?
517Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
493A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
492Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
475A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
471Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
471Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
453Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
449A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
434At the Monument: Museum collections
432Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
419Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
419No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
416Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
415No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
405The Good Life: There is good everywhere
404Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
391Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
390No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
387Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
387Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
384Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
375A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
375A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
374Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
371Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
370Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
365Support letters requested for airport
361The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
359Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
358Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
358History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
358Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
358A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
354Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
349Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
347No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
346Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
343A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
342Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
340Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
339Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
339No Till Notes:
339A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
336Observations Only: A soul’s journey
334The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
327Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
327Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
326Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
326Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
324At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
324Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
322What's the deal with organic milk?
322Observations Only : White water
322Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
321Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
321Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
313Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
312Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
309In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
308Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
306Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
305No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
304Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
303A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
303A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
303Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
303Letters to the Editor
302Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
301Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
301Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
300Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
299At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
297A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
297
296At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
294Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
293Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
293Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
290Across the Fence: The hand dug well
288Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
287No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
286Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
286Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
284Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
284Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
284In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
283A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
282Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
281Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
279At the Monument: Where are the animals?
279At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
278Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
278Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
277Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
277Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
277Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
276All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
276Jane’s Secret: The Telling
275Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
274Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
273From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
273Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
271Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
271Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
271Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
270Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
269A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
268Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
268Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
267Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
267At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
266Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
266Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
264Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
264A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
264At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
263Teen Voice: Serendipity
263Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
263Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
262No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
262Building Bridges: Love your enemies
260Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
260Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
260Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
260No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
259The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
258A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
258Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
258Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
257Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
257Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
256Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
256Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
256Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
255Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
255 Across The Fence: County Fair
254Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
254Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
253A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
253Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
253A real leaning tree Christmas
253Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
253Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
253Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
252Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
252At the Monument: Living History
252Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
251A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
251Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
251No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
251No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
251Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
250Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
250A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
250A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
250Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
250No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
248Completely Different: It's all in the family
248Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
248Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
248Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
247Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
247Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
246Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
246A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
246A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
246Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
246Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
246Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
246Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
246Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
246No-Till Notes: The value of water
245Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
245Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
244The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
244Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
244A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
244Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
244No Till Notes: Moving Forward
243Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
242Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
241Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
241Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
241Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
241Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
241Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
241Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
240A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
240Observations Only: Indifferent love
240Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
240Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
238Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
238Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
238Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
237Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
237Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
237College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
236A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
236Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
235Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
235Observations Only: The shadow of error
235A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
235Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
235Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
235Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
234Anno Domini: We gather together
234Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
234Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
234Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
233Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
233Observations Only: Temptation
233Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
233Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
233Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
233Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
233Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
232Observations Only: A good daughter
232Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
232Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
232Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
232No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
232A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
232Creatures of the Night
231 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
231No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
231Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
231Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
230Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
230A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
230Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
229Anno Domini: On this remembering day
229Across the Fence: Amanda
229Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
229Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
229All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
229Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
228A Stray Moment: Without a net
228Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
227A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
227Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
227Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
226Observations Only: Gone away
226No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
226Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
226Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
226No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
225A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
225Observations Only: The need to understand
225Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
225Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
224Totally Random: The Golden Rule
224Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
224Observations Only: Divine prompts
224 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
224Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
224No-Till Notes: Looking Back
224No-til Notes: Changing plans
224Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
224Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
224
223Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
223Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
223Observations Only: A gift of serenity
223Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
223
222Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
222A Stray Moment: God Knows
222Observations Only: Reality check
222Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
222No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
221Observations Only: A matter of matter
221Across The Fence: A day For thanks
220Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
220Observations Only: Journey's end
220Observations Only: Divine spirit
220No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
220Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
219Observations Only: Curious things, part II
219Observations Only: A sad week
219Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
219Across The Fence: Last Christmas
219Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
218Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
218Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
218Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
217Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
217Observations Only: Expect the best
217Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
217Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
217Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
217Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
217Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
217No Till Notes: Final Stop
217No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
216Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
215Observations Only: Beginnings
215From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
215No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
215Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
214Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
214Observations Only: Curious things
214Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
214Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
214Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
213Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
213Observations Only: A matter of paradox
213Observations Only: The awful truth
213Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
213At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
212Observations Only: The vision
212Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
211Observations Only: Off to the races
211Observations Only: Saint Marge
211Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
210Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
210Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
210Observations Only: Going home
210Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
210Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
210Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
210No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
209Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
209From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
209Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
209Observations Only: Willfulness
209Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
209Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
208Across the Fence: Building Barns
208Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
208Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
208Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
208Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
208Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
207Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
207The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
207SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
207Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
206Observations Only: Uneventful flight
206From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
206Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
206Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
206No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
206No-till Notes: Moving forward
205Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
205Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
204Observations Only: Critical thinking
204The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
204Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
204Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
203Observations Only: Good and evil
203Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
202Observations Only: A fine line
202Observations Only: Choices
202Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
202Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
201Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
201The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
201Observations Only: Final moment
201At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
201No-Till Notes: Back in the field
200Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
200Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
200Observations Only: The visit
200Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
199Observations Only: A day in August
199Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
198Observations Only: Waiting time
198No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
198Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
198Our View: A failure to communicate
197Assad’s endgame
197Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
197Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
197The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
197Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
197At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
197At the Monument: Night Sky
196Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
196Observations Only: Hog wash
196Totally Random: My journey, life after living
195Observations Only: Sister lost
195Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
195In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
195Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
194Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
194The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
193Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
193Observations Only: One more time
192Across the Fence: On The road
192Observations Only: The vigil
192Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
190Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
190Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
189The ghost of Ayn Rand
189The Good Life: The two different types of business people
189Observations Only: The last goodbye
188Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
188Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
188The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
188Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
188The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
188A Halloween Story: The scary dream
188At the Monument: Junior Rangers
187Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
187Teen Voice: My rebellion
187A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
186A Small World: Special guest
186Teen Voice: Silence
186Observations Only: The last toothpick
186Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
185The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
185From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
185Lyman Review: Devil calf
185Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
184From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
184From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
184The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
184Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
184Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
183Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
183Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
183In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
182Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
182Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
182At the Monument: Art in National Parks
181Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
181Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
181Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
180Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
180The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
180Teeing Off: Around the Green
179From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
179Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
179Teen Voice: The need to get away
179The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
179Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
178Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
178Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
178Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
178The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
178Prairie Dogs
177Teen Voice: Being a girl
177Teeing Off: Persistence
177Lyman Review: One mean chicken
177Lyman Review: The love goat
177Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
176Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
176The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
176Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
176The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
176Teen Voice: The gift of caring
175Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
175Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
174Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
174Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
174Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
174Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
174The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
173A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
173Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
173Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
173Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
173At the Monument: That old (historic) building
172Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
172Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
171A last look at the Nebraska Zone
171Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
171A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
171Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
171Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
171
170A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
170A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
170Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
170Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
170
170To The Editor
169Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
169Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
169Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
169Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
169At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
168Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
168Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
168Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
168Teen Voice: Remember what you have
168Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
168Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
168Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
168Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
168Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
167Teeing Off: The thing about state
167Teen Voice: Stress test
167Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
167In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
166Observations only : Sisters of the world
166Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
166Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
166Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
166Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
166Completely Different - The magic of spring
166A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
166Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
165A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
165Teen Voice: Catfished
165Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
165Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
165Website Resources
165Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
165Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
165Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
164Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
164A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
164
164Teen Voice: Self-expression
164
163Across the fence: Something worth remembering
163A Stray Moment: The last time
163Across the Fence: The Pony Express
163Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
163Teen Voice: Body image
163Totally Random: October, the pink month
163Totally Random: Happy Halloween
163At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
162Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
162A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
162Teen Voice: Living within our means
162Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
162Teen Voice: The Other Side
162Teeing Off: Mind Gym
162A Small World: Savoring county fair days
162Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
162Lyman Review: Branding Time
162At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
161Time keeps flowing like a river
161Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
161Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
161Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
161Lyman Review: Winter's dog
161Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
161Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
160Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
160Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
160Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
160Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
160Totally Random: Life’s ripples
160Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
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159Observations Only: A new direction
159Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
159Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
159Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
159Teen Voice: Shadow art
159Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
159Reach out for challenges
159A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
158Observations Only : The orphanage
158Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
158Be kind through communications
157Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
157Observations Only: Blue chip stock
157Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
157Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
157Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
157Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
157Lyman Review: Dog fun
157Fourth of July meetings
157Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
156Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
156Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
156Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
156Totally Random: Trusting the fates
156Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
155From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
155Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
155Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
155Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
155Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
155New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
154Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
154A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
154Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
154Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
154At the Library: March into a good book
154
153Observations Only: Scourge of violence
153From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
153Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
153Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
153Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
153Nature Notes: Love is in the air
153Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
153Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
152It's no surprise
152Observations Only: Just around the corner
152Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
152Teen Voice: The rivalry
152From the Hill: More Work Ahead
152Why you should visit the zoo in February
152Teen Voice: Cyber War
152Linked Lives
151Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
151Letter to the editor
151Letter to the Editor
150Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
150Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
150View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
150Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
150For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
150Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
149Observations Only: Giving up
149Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
149Our View: The elephant in the room
149Teen Voice: To the future
149Teen Voice: Where is the love?
149In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
149In the Hills: Explore the state parks
149In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
149Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
148Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
148From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
148Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
148Teen Voice: Equality
148I'm falling for Tumblr?
148Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
148Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
148Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
148Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
148What’s really going on with our water?
147Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
147Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
147Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
147Our View: Community responsible for kids
147Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
147Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
147View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
146 Taking a big risk
146Observations Only: Together again
146From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
146Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
146Teen Voice: Footprints
146Letter to the Editor
145Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
145Teen Voice: Inspire me
145Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
145Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
145Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
144Observations Only: Extreme measures
144Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
144Their View: Goal post move unfair
143Age of reason
143The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
143Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
143From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
143Rural America and immigration reform
143Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
143Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
143Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
143Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
142Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
142Support emergency services personnel
142Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
141Observations Only: The joy of money
141Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
141Observations Only: Painting a picture
141Observations Only: Spider adventure
141Observations Only: The meeting
141Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
141Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
141Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
141Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
141Letters to the Editor
140Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
140Being a Nebraskan – border to border
140Observations Only: Sister odyssey
140Observations Only: North Powder
140Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
140Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
140Synchronicity:What brings me back
139From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
139Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
139Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
139Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
139Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
138Observations Only: Surprises
138Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
138From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
138Guest Voices…
138At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
137Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
137Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
137Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
136Observations Only - Two ages of man
136Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
136Religious freedom must be protected
135Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
135Teen Voice: What is love?
135Totally Random: Where does it go?
135Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
135Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
135Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
134Life's curve balls
134From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
134Silence please
134From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
134Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
133Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
133Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
132Completely Different: Tales from the mat
132Trash cans
132Observations Only: Saturday delight
132Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
132Observations Only: Counting chickens
132From the Superintendent’s Desk
132Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
132Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
131Teen Voice: Today’s television
131Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
131Greetings from the State Capitol
130Observations Only: No thank you
130Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
130The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
129Observations Only: What's in a word?
129Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
129From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
126Observations Only : Mission accomplished
125Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
124Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
123Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
123The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
122Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
121The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
120The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
120From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
119It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
119Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
118From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
117Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
115The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
114Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
114The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
114The Block
113From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
112From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
112The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
111The hills, part 1: Mustangs
108Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
107At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
105Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
105From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
104Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
104Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
103SELL-OUT!
102Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
101The zombie apocalypse and you
101Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
101Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
100Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
100Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
100From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
100No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
99A Small World: Time traveling
99Do You Tube?
99Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
98My mini Pen and me
98Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
98Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
97Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
97Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
97Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
97Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
96Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
96Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
95View from the block
95Teen Voice: The more the merrier
95Teen Voice: The road of hatred
94Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
94Teen Voice: Not just another ride
94A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
94Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
93Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
93Economic development update
93Remembering When
92Letter to the Editor
91Completely Different: Your local government and you
91Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
91Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
90Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
90Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
90Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
90Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
90Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
89Our view . . .Sports Complex
89Timing makes perfect
89Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
89Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
88Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
88From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
87We need a few good people
87Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
87Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
87LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
87Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
86Completely Different: The Quest
85LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
85Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
85At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
84Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
84Home of the Brave
84Teen Voice: Happy news
84Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
83Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
82Teen Voice: March Madness
82Welcome to Gering
82Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
82From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
82Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
82Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
80Letter to the Editor
80Seeing the works of the master
79Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
79From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
79From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
78Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
78Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
77Permission to remember
77Practice safe barbecue basics
76Social time has important benefits
75Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
75Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
74Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
73Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
73My Thanksgiving prayer
72From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
70Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
68From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
59Our View: Visionaries wanted
55Our View: Bravo OTD committee
47Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
35Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
32No-till Notes: Stripper head
29Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
25Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
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