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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65Our View: Community responsible for kids
65Teen Voice: Cyber War
65Teen Voice: Footprints
65At the Monument: That old (historic) building
65Synchronicity:What brings me back
64Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
64Teen Voice: Equality
64I'm falling for Tumblr?
64From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
64Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
64Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
64Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
64Lyman Review: Dog fun
64Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
64Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
64Letters to the Editor
64Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
63Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
63Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
63Lyman Review: Winter's dog
63Teen Voice: To the future
63Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
63Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
63Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
63Support emergency services personnel
63No-Till Notes: Back in the field
62Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
62Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
62View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
62Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
62Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
61The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
61Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
61Nature Notes: Love is in the air
61Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
60From the Hill: More Work Ahead
60No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
60Totally Random: Where does it go?
60Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
59Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
59Why you should visit the zoo in February
59Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
59At the Library: March into a good book
59At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
59Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
59No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
58Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
58Teen Voice: Inspire me
58Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
57Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
56Teen Voice: What is love?
56Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
55Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
55Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
55Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
54Rural America and immigration reform
54From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
53Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
53Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
53
52Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
48Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
48Greetings from the State Capitol
47Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
43Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
20Letter to the Editor
18Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
Most Read News Stories of 2012
593Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
567All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
496The Christmas Story
457Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
433To whom are we thankful?
364Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
327A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
316Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
312At the Monument: Museum collections
299A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
296A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
293Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
287Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
284Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
272Support letters requested for airport
267Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
264Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
263Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
255Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
255The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
250No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
233Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
232A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
231In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
229At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
227Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
223Letters to the Editor
222No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
218Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
214Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
208Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
208Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
206Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
204Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
203A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
203Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
201At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
198No Till Notes:
195Observations Only : White water
195A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
195In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
194Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
191No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
191At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
185Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
184Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
183A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
181What's the deal with organic milk?
180Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
179Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
179Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
177Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
176The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
173Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
171Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
169At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
168
163At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
162Completely Different: It's all in the family
161Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
161College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
159Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
158Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
157Observations Only: A soul’s journey
156At the Monument: Where are the animals?
156Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
156All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
153All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
152Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
152Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
151Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
150Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
149Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
149Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
147Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
147Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
146At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
146No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
145Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
145Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
141Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
137Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
136Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
135
134From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
134Creatures of the Night
131Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
131Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
130A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
129A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
128Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
127Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
127Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
126Totally Random: The Golden Rule
126A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
126Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
126
125Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
124Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
124Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
123Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
123Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
123Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
122Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
121 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
121At the Monument: Living History
120Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
120Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
120Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
119Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
119In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
118Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
118Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
117Across the Fence: The hand dug well
117The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
117Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
117Jane’s Secret: The Telling
116Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
116Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
116Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
116Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
115A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
115Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
115A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
115No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
114Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
114Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
114Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
114Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
113Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
113Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
113Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
111Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
111No Till Notes: Moving Forward
110Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
110Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
110Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
109The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
109Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
109Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
109Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
109Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
108Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
108Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
108Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
107Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
107Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
107Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
107Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
106Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
106Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
106Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
105Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
105Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
105Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
105Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
105At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
104Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
104Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
104Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
103Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
103Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
103Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
103Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
103Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
103Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
103Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
103No-Till Notes: The value of water
102Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
102Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
102A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
102The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
102Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
102Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
102Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
102Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
101Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
101A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
101A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
101Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
101Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
101Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
101Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
101Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
101No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
101Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
100Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
100Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
100Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
100A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
100The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
100Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
100 Across The Fence: County Fair
100A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
99From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
99A real leaning tree Christmas
99Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
98Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
98From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
98The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
98Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
98Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
98No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
97Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
97Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
97Assad’s endgame
97A Small World: Special guest
97No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
97Observations Only: Gone away
97A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
96Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
96History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
96Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
96A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
95Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
95Across the Fence: On The road
95Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
95Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
95From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
95Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
95A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
95Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
95Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
95Observations Only: Reality check
95Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
95Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
95Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
95Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
95Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
94Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
94Across the Fence: Building Barns
94A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
94A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
94Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
94Observations Only: Temptation
94Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
94In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
94Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
94No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
93From the Superintendent’s Desk
93Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
93Observations Only: The shadow of error
93Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
93The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
93A Halloween Story: The scary dream
93Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
93Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
93Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
92The ghost of Ayn Rand
92Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
92Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
92A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
92Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
92From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
92The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
92Observations Only: A sad week
92Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
92Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
91The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
91From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
91Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
91From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
91Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
91Teen Voice: The need to get away
91Observations Only: Indifferent love
91Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
91Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
91Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
91No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
91Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
90Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
90Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
90From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
90Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
90Observations Only: Divine spirit
90Observations Only: The need to understand
90Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
90Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
90Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
90No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
90At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
90Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
89Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
89Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
89Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
89Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
89Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
89Totally Random: My journey, life after living
89Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
89Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
89No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
88Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
88Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
88Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
88A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
88Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
88Teeing Off: Persistence
88Teen Voice: Silence
88Anno Domini: On this remembering day
88Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
88Building Bridges: Love your enemies
88Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
88Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
87Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
87Observations Only: Critical thinking
87Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
87Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
86Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
86Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
86Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
86Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
86Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
86Teen Voice: Today’s television
86Observations Only: Curious things
86A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
86A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
86Observations Only: Divine prompts
86Teeing Off: Around the Green
86Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
86A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
86Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
86Lyman Review: Devil calf
86Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
86Anno Domini: We gather together
86Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
86Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
86Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
86Across the Fence: Amanda
86Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
86Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
86
85Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
85Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
85Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
85From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
85The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
85Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
85Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
85From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
85Observations Only: Beginnings
85Observations Only: A gift of serenity
85Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
85Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
85Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
85Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
85Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
85Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
85No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
84Completely Different: Tales from the mat
84From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
84Observations Only: Uneventful flight
84Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
84Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
84Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
84Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
84Observations Only: A good daughter
84Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
84Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
84Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
84Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
84No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
84At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
84No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
84Reach out for challenges
83From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
83Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
83Observations Only: Journey's end
83Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
83Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
83Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
83Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
83No-til Notes: Changing plans
83Be kind through communications
83In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
83Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
83
82A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
82Observations Only: Curious things, part II
82Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
82Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
82Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
82Observations Only: A matter of matter
82Observations Only: A matter of paradox
82Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
82Lyman Review: The love goat
82Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
82Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
82Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
81Being a Nebraskan – border to border
81Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
81Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
81Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
81Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
81Teen Voice: Remember what you have
81The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
81Lyman Review: One mean chicken
81Teen Voice: My rebellion
81Across The Fence: A day For thanks
81Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
81Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
81Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
81SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
81Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
81Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
81No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
81Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
80Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
80Observations Only: Just around the corner
80The Block
80Observations Only: The meeting
80Observations Only: Expect the best
80A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
80Observations Only: The vision
80Observations Only: Off to the races
80Observations Only: The awful truth
80A Small World: Savoring county fair days
80Observations Only: Saint Marge
80Observations Only: The visit
80Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
80Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
80Teen Voice: The gift of caring
80Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
80In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
79Observations only : Sisters of the world
79Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
79Observations Only: A new direction
79Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
79Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
79Across the Fence: The Pony Express
79Observations Only: Choices
79Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
79A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
79The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
79Across The Fence: Last Christmas
79Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
79Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
79Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
79No Till Notes: Final Stop
78Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
78Across the fence: Something worth remembering
78Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
78A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
78Observations Only: Giving up
78From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
78A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
78Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
78Observations Only: Scourge of violence
78Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
78Observations Only: Good and evil
78Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
78Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
78Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
78Prairie Dogs
78
78At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
77Observations Only : The orphanage
77Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
77Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
77It's no surprise
77Teen Voice: Catfished
77Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
77The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
77Observations Only: Willfulness
77The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
77Teen Voice: Stress test
77Observations Only: Final moment
77Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
77View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
77New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
76Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
76Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
76Teen Voice: Serendipity
76Observations Only: Going home
76Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
76Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
76Teen Voice: Being a girl
76Teen Voice: Body image
76A Stray Moment: Without a net
76Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
76Observations Only: Waiting time
76Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
76Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
76Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
76Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
76Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
76Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
76In the Hills: Explore the state parks
76Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
75Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
75Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
75A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
75Observations Only: Blue chip stock
75Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
75The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
75Observations Only: A fine line
75Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
75
75 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
75Observations Only: A day in August
75At the Monument: Junior Rangers
75Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
75
75At the Monument: Night Sky
75Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
74Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
74The hills, part 1: Mustangs
74A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
74Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
74Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
74Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
74Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
74Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
74Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
74Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
74Totally Random: Life’s ripples
74Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
74Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
74Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
74Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
74Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
74Letter to the editor
74Fourth of July meetings
73It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
73A last look at the Nebraska Zone
73A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
73Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
73A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
73Observations Only: Sister odyssey
73Observations Only: North Powder
73Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
73Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
73Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
73Observations Only: Sister lost
73The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
73The Good Life: The two different types of business people
73Teen Voice: Self-expression
73Observations Only: The vigil
73Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
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72Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
72The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
72Age of reason
72Observations Only: The joy of money
72Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
72From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
72Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
72Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
72A Stray Moment: God Knows
72The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
72Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
72Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
72Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
72Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
72Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
72Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
72Linked Lives
72Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
71Observations Only: Extreme measures
71Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
71From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
71Our View: The elephant in the room
71From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
71Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
71Teen Voice: The rivalry
71Totally Random: October, the pink month
71Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
71Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
71Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
70Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
70Time keeps flowing like a river
70Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
70From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
70Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
70Observations Only: Painting a picture
70A Stray Moment: The last time
70From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
70Teen Voice: Shadow art
70Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
70Teeing Off: The thing about state
70A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
70Totally Random: Happy Halloween
70Observations Only: The last goodbye
70Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
70Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
70At the Monument: Art in National Parks
70No-till Notes: Moving forward
70What’s really going on with our water?
70Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
70Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
70Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
70Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
69A Small World: Time traveling
69Trash cans
69Observations Only: Saturday delight
69A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
69Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
69Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
69A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
69Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
69Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
69Completely Different - The magic of spring
69The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
69Teeing Off: Mind Gym
69Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
69Observations Only: One more time
69Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
69No-Till Notes: Looking Back
69Website Resources
69At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
69For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
68Completely Different: Your local government and you
68Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
68Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
68The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
68The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
68Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
68Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
68From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
68Teen Voice: Living within our means
68Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
68Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
68Observations Only: Hog wash
68Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
68Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
68Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
67Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
67Teen Voice: Not just another ride
67Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
67From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
67Silence please
67Observations Only: No thank you
67Observations Only: Together again
67Observations Only: Surprises
67Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
67Teen Voice: The Other Side
67Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
67Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
67Teen Voice: Where is the love?
67In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
67Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
66Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
66Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
66Observations Only : Mission accomplished
66My mini Pen and me
66Observations Only - Two ages of man
66The zombie apocalypse and you
66 Taking a big risk
66Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
66Teen Voice: The more the merrier
66Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
66Guest Voices…
66Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
66Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
66Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
66Observations Only: The last toothpick
66Totally Random: Trusting the fates
66Religious freedom must be protected
66Lyman Review: Branding Time
66Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
66Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
66Their View: Goal post move unfair
66Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
65From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
65The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
65Teen Voice: The road of hatred
65From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
65Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
65Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
65Our View: Community responsible for kids
65Teen Voice: Cyber War
65Teen Voice: Footprints
65At the Monument: That old (historic) building
65Synchronicity:What brings me back
64Economic development update
64Observations Only: Spider adventure
64Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
64Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
64Teen Voice: Equality
64I'm falling for Tumblr?
64From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
64Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
64Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
64Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
64Lyman Review: Dog fun
64Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
64Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
64Letters to the Editor
64Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
63Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
63Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
63SELL-OUT!
63Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
63Do You Tube?
63Life's curve balls
63Remembering When
63Observations Only: Counting chickens
63Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
63Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
63Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
63Lyman Review: Winter's dog
63Teen Voice: To the future
63Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
63Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
63Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
63Support emergency services personnel
63No-Till Notes: Back in the field
62View from the block
62The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
62Home of the Brave
62Observations Only: What's in a word?
62Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
62Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
62Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
62Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
62The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
62Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
62Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
62View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
62Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
62Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
61Completely Different: The Quest
61Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
61Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
61Teen Voice: Happy news
61The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
61Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
61Nature Notes: Love is in the air
61Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
60Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
60Welcome to Gering
60From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
60The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
60From the Hill: More Work Ahead
60No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
60Totally Random: Where does it go?
60Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
59Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
59LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
59Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
59Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
59Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
59Why you should visit the zoo in February
59Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
59At the Library: March into a good book
59At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
59Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
59No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
58Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
58Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
58Letter to the Editor
58Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
58Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
58Timing makes perfect
58Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
58Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
58LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
58Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
58Teen Voice: Inspire me
58Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
57Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
57We need a few good people
57Teen Voice: March Madness
57Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
57Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
57Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
57Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
56Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
56From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
56Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
56Teen Voice: What is love?
56Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
55Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
55From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
55Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
55Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
55Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
55Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
54Seeing the works of the master
54From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
54Rural America and immigration reform
54From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
53Our view . . .Sports Complex
53Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
53Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
53Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
53From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
53Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
53Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
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52Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
52Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
52Permission to remember
52Practice safe barbecue basics
52Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
52Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
51Social time has important benefits
51My Thanksgiving prayer
50Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
48Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
48Greetings from the State Capitol
47Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
47Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
46Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
43Our View: Visionaries wanted
43Our View: Bravo OTD committee
43Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
20Letter to the Editor
18Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
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