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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196Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
196Totally Random: Life’s ripples
196Lyman Review: Winter's dog
196Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
196Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
196New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
196Fourth of July meetings
196Reach out for challenges
196Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
195I'm falling for Tumblr?
195Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
195Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
195Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
194Our View: The elephant in the room
194Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
194Totally Random: Trusting the fates
194Nature Notes: Love is in the air
194Linked Lives
194Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
193Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
193Why you should visit the zoo in February
193Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
192From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
192Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
192Teen Voice: The rivalry
192Teen Voice: Cyber War
192At the Library: March into a good book
192View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
192Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
192What’s really going on with our water?
192
192
192Easter
191Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
191Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
191Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
191Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
191Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
190Teen Voice: Equality
190Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
190Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
190Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
189To The Editor
188Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
188Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
188Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
188Our View: Community responsible for kids
188Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
188In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
188At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
188For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
188Be kind through communications
188Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
188Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
187From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
187From the Hill: More Work Ahead
187Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
186Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
186Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
186View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
186Their View: Goal post move unfair
185Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
185Teen Voice: Where is the love?
185Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
185Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
185In the Hills: Explore the state parks
185Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
184Teen Voice: Footprints
184Support emergency services personnel
184Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
184Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
184Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
183From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
183Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
183Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
183Synchronicity:What brings me back
183No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
182Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
182Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
182In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
182At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
181Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
181Letters to the Editor
180Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
180Totally Random: Where does it go?
180Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
180Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
179
179Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
179Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
178Rural America and immigration reform
178Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
178Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
178Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
178Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
177Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
177Teen Voice: Inspire me
176Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
176Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
175Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
174Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
174Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
174No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
173Teen Voice: What is love?
173Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
172Religious freedom must be protected
172Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
172Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
171A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
169Greetings from the State Capitol
169Letter to the Editor
168Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
167Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
167Letter to the Editor
166From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
164Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
161Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
154Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
146Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
144Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
140At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
127A mom’s thoughts on social media
123At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
107Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
106Letter to the Editor
97Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
85Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
76Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
48Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
45Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
Most Read News Stories of 2012
1094Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
852NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
843Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
771All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
668Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
648The Christmas Story
597Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
586Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
582To whom are we thankful?
566A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
562Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
561Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
555A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
553Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
529Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
516A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
515Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
501No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
498Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
498Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
488Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
483Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
480At the Monument: Museum collections
474Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
469No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
465Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
459Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
458Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
458Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
453No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
448Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
441A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
441The Good Life: There is good everywhere
435Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
433Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
431Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
429The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
428Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
422A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
418History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
418Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
417Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
415Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
415No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
415Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
413No Till Notes:
412Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
410Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
410Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
408Support letters requested for airport
406Observations Only: A soul’s journey
405Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
404Observations Only : White water
404A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
404A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
400A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
397Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
394Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
391Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
390Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
389What's the deal with organic milk?
388Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
387Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
387Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
383Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
379At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
377A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
376Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
376A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
376Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
376Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
376Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
375A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
372Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
372No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
370The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
369Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
369Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
369Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
366Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
365Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
363Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
362Across the Fence: The hand dug well
362In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
360Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
355Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
355At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
355Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
354Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
354Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
354Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
352Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
351Letters to the Editor
350A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
350Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
349Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
348No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
347Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
347Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
346Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
346Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
346Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
346Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
344Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
342Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
342Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
339A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
339Building Bridges: Love your enemies
339Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
338
337Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
337Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
336The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
336Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
335Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
335Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
334Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
334All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
333Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
333Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
333Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
332Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
332Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
331A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
331Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
330No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
329Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
329Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
329At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
328Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
328No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
327Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
326Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
325A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
325Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
325Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
324No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
323From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
323Jane’s Secret: The Telling
322Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
322A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
322In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
321A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
321Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
320Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
320Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
320Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
320Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
320No-Till Notes: The value of water
319A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
319A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
319A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
319Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
318Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
318No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
317Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
317Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
317 Across The Fence: County Fair
316Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
315Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
315Observations Only: Indifferent love
315Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
315A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
314Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
314Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
314Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
314Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
313Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
313A real leaning tree Christmas
313Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
313At the Monument: Where are the animals?
313At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
311Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
311Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
310Teen Voice: Serendipity
310The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
310Observations Only: A good daughter
309A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
309Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
309A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
309Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
309Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
308At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
307Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
307A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
307Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
307Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
306Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
306Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
306Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
306Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
305Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
305Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
305No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
305No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
304Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
304Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
303Anno Domini: We gather together
302Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
302Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
302No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
302Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
301A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
301Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
301Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
301No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
301Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
300A Stray Moment: Without a net
300Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
299Observations Only: Temptation
299Observations Only: The shadow of error
299Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
299Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
299Across the Fence: Amanda
299Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
299Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
298Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
297Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
297A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
297Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
297Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
297Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
297Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
297A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
296Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
296Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
295Across The Fence: A day For thanks
295Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
295Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
295Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
295Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
294Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
293Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
293Anno Domini: On this remembering day
293A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
293Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
292Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
292Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
292A Stray Moment: God Knows
292Observations Only: A gift of serenity
292Observations Only: The need to understand
292No-Till Notes: Looking Back
292Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
292No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
292At the Monument: Living History
291Across the Fence: Building Barns
291Observations Only: Gone away
291Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
291Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
290Observations Only: Divine spirit
290Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
289Observations Only: Journey's end
289Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
289Observations Only: Divine prompts
289A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
289Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
289Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
289Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
289At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
288Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
288Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
288Observations Only: Beginnings
288Observations Only: Reality check
288 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
288Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
288Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
288No-til Notes: Changing plans
288No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
287Observations Only: A sad week
287Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
287Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
287Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
287No Till Notes: Moving Forward
286Completely Different: It's all in the family
286Observations Only: Expect the best
286Our view: United we can build
285Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
285Observations Only: Critical thinking
285Observations Only: A matter of matter
285Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
285Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
285No Till Notes: Final Stop
284Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
284No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
283Observations Only: Curious things, part II
283Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
283Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
283Observations Only: Saint Marge
282Observations Only: Uneventful flight
282Observations Only: Curious things
282Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
282Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
282Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
282Across The Fence: Last Christmas
282Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
282Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
281Observations Only: A matter of paradox
280Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
280Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
279Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
279No-till Notes: Stripper head
278Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
278Observations Only: Choices
278College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
276Observations Only: Off to the races
276Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
276Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
275Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
275Observations Only: The vision
275Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
275Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
275Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
275No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
274Observations Only: Going home
274Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
274Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
274Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
274No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
274Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
273Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
273Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
273Observations Only: The awful truth
273No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
273Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
272Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
272The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
272Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
272Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
271Totally Random: The Golden Rule
271Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
270Observations Only: Sister lost
270 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
270Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
270Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
270No-till Notes: Moving forward
270Creatures of the Night
269Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
269Observations Only: Willfulness
269Observations Only: The visit
269Observations Only: Final moment
269Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
268Observations Only: A fine line
268Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
267Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
267Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
266The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
266Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
266No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
265Observations Only: Good and evil
265Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
265Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
263Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
263Observations Only: A day in August
262The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
262Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
261Observations Only: Waiting time
261No-Till Notes: Back in the field
261
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261Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
260The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
260Observations Only: One more time
260SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
259Observations Only: Hog wash
259All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
258A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
258Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
258Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
258Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
258The Good Life: The two different types of business people
257Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
256From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
256Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
256Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
256The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
255Observations Only: The vigil
255No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
253Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
253Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
253Observations Only: The last goodbye
253Observations Only: The last toothpick
252From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
252Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
251At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
251Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
249The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
248From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
248The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
248Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
247Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
247Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
247The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
245Assad’s endgame
244At the Monument: Night Sky
244At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
243Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
243The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
242The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
241The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
241Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
240Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
239Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
239From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
239A Small World: Special guest
239Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
239Totally Random: My journey, life after living
238Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
238In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
238At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
238Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
237Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
237The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
237Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
236Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
235Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
235From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
235Lyman Review: Devil calf
235Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
234Across the Fence: On The road
234From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
234Teen Voice: My rebellion
232The ghost of Ayn Rand
232Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
232The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
232The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
232A Halloween Story: The scary dream
231Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
231Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
231Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
231Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
231At the Monument: Junior Rangers
230Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
230Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
229Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
229Teen Voice: Silence
228Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
227Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
227In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
226Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
226Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
225Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
225Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
224The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
224Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
224Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
224Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
224At the Monument: Art in National Parks
224Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
224Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
223Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
223Teen Voice: The need to get away
222Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
222Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
222Lyman Review: One mean chicken
222Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
221Teen Voice: The gift of caring
221Prairie Dogs
220Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
220Teen Voice: Being a girl
220Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
220At the Monument: That old (historic) building
220Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
220No-Till Notes: Potential
219Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
219Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
219Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
219Lyman Review: The love goat
219Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
217A last look at the Nebraska Zone
217Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
217Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
217Teeing Off: Persistence
216Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
216Teeing Off: Around the Green
216Our View: A failure to communicate
216Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
215Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
215Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
215Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
215Totally Random: October, the pink month
214Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
214Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
214A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
213Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
213Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
213In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
212From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
212Completely Different - The magic of spring
212Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
212Teen Voice: Stress test
212Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
211Across the Fence: The Pony Express
210Time keeps flowing like a river
210Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
210Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
210At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
210
210Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
209A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
209Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
209Teeing Off: Mind Gym
209Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
208Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
208Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
208Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
208Teen Voice: Shadow art
208Totally Random: Happy Halloween
208Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
208Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
207Observations only : Sisters of the world
207Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
207Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
206Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
206A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
206From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
206Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
206Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
206Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
206Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
206Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
206Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
206Website Resources
206
205Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
205Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
205Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
205Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
205A Small World: Savoring county fair days
205Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
204Across the fence: Something worth remembering
204A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
204Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
204Teeing Off: The thing about state
203Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
203A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
203A Stray Moment: The last time
203Teen Voice: Living within our means
203Teen Voice: Body image
203Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
202Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
202Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
202Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
202Lyman Review: Dog fun
201Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
201A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
201Teen Voice: Catfished
201Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
201
201Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
200From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
200Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
200Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
200Teen Voice: Remember what you have
200Lyman Review: Branding Time
200At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
199Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
199A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
199Teen Voice: Self-expression
198Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
198A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
198Observations Only: Blue chip stock
198Teen Voice: The Other Side
198Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
198Letter to the editor
198
197Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
197Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
197Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
197Guest Voices…
197Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
197Teen Voice: To the future
197Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
196Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
196A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
196Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
196Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
196Totally Random: Life’s ripples
196Lyman Review: Winter's dog
196Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
196Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
196New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
196Fourth of July meetings
196Reach out for challenges
196Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
195Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
195Observations Only : The orphanage
195Observations Only: A new direction
195I'm falling for Tumblr?
195Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
195Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
195Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
194Our View: The elephant in the room
194Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
194Totally Random: Trusting the fates
194Nature Notes: Love is in the air
194Linked Lives
194Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
193Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
193Why you should visit the zoo in February
193Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
192From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
192Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
192Teen Voice: The rivalry
192Teen Voice: Cyber War
192At the Library: March into a good book
192View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
192Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
192What’s really going on with our water?
192
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192Easter
191Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
191Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
191Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
191Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
191Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
191Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
190It's no surprise
190Teen Voice: Equality
190Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
190Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
190Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
189Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
189Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
189Observations Only: Scourge of violence
189To The Editor
188Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
188Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
188Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
188Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
188Our View: Community responsible for kids
188Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
188In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
188At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
188For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
188Be kind through communications
188Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
188Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
187From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
187From the Hill: More Work Ahead
187Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
186Observations Only: Just around the corner
186Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
186Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
186View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
186Their View: Goal post move unfair
185Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
185Teen Voice: Where is the love?
185Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
185Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
185In the Hills: Explore the state parks
185Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
184Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
184Teen Voice: Footprints
184Support emergency services personnel
184Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
184Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
184Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
183Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
183 Taking a big risk
183From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
183Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
183Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
183Synchronicity:What brings me back
183No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
182Observations Only: Giving up
182Observations Only: The meeting
182Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
182Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
182Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
182In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
182At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
181Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
181Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
181Letters to the Editor
180Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
180Observations Only: The joy of money
180Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
180Totally Random: Where does it go?
180Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
180Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
179Observations Only: Extreme measures
179Observations Only: Together again
179
179Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
179Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
178Age of reason
178Observations Only: North Powder
178Rural America and immigration reform
178Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
178Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
178Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
178Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
177Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
177The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
177Observations Only: Painting a picture
177Observations Only: Sister odyssey
177Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
177Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
177Teen Voice: Inspire me
176Observations Only: Surprises
176Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
176Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
175Observations Only: Spider adventure
175Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
175Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
174Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
174Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
174No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
173Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
173Teen Voice: What is love?
173Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
172Religious freedom must be protected
172Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
172Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
171Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
171A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
170Silence please
170Observations Only: Counting chickens
170Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
169Observations Only : Mission accomplished
169Observations Only - Two ages of man
169Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
169Greetings from the State Capitol
169Letter to the Editor
168Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
167Life's curve balls
167Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
167Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
167Letter to the Editor
166From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
165Trash cans
165Observations Only: Saturday delight
165Observations Only: No thank you
164Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
164Observations Only: What's in a word?
164Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
162From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
161Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
160Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
160The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
157Being a Nebraskan – border to border
156Completely Different: Tales from the mat
156From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
156Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
154Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
153The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
151The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
150From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
150Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
149Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
149Teen Voice: Today’s television
148The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
147The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
147Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
147From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
147The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
146Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
144From the Superintendent’s Desk
144Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
140The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
140At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
139Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
135It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
133From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
129From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
129The hills, part 1: Mustangs
129Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
127From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
127A mom’s thoughts on social media
126Do You Tube?
125The zombie apocalypse and you
124From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
123Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
123At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
122From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
122Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
121Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
121Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
121The Block
119Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
119Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
118Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
117Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
117Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
116My mini Pen and me
116Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
115Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
115Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
115Teen Voice: The more the merrier
114A Small World: Time traveling
114SELL-OUT!
114Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
113Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
113From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
112Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
110Remembering When
110Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
109Completely Different: The Quest
109Teen Voice: Not just another ride
108Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
108View from the block
108Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
107Completely Different: Your local government and you
107A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
107Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
107Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
106Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
106Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
106Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
106Letter to the Editor
105Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
105Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
104Our view . . .Sports Complex
104Economic development update
104Teen Voice: The road of hatred
104LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
104Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
103We need a few good people
103Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
103Timing makes perfect
103Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
102Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
101Home of the Brave
100Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
100Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
100Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
99From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
98Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
98Teen Voice: Happy news
97Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
97Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
97Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
97Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
96Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
95Practice safe barbecue basics
94Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
94Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
93Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
93Teen Voice: March Madness
93Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
93LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
93From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
91Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
91Seeing the works of the master
91Welcome to Gering
90From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
89Letter to the Editor
89From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
88Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
88Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
87Social time has important benefits
87Permission to remember
86Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
86Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
85Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
84From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
83Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
80From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
78My Thanksgiving prayer
76Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
68Our View: Bravo OTD committee
67Our View: Visionaries wanted
48Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
45Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
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