Across the Fence: Connections
November 24, 2011 M. Timothy Nolting   
I am always intrigued by the connections I often find in the history of the places where I have lived. Of course I realize that all of history is interconnected and the events, as they unfold, become a part of the collective story of humankind. However, for someone like me, who is keenly interested in local history, those connections often present doorways for new discoveries and interesting stories.

One of these interesting pieces of history, that I most recently discovered, took place on November 20th, 1843. It was on this date that an important fur trading post on the banks of the Missouri River had a change of name. Prior to the name change, this early western trading post in the Platte Territory was known as The Blacksnake Hills Trading Post. The picturesque location in the hills above the Missouri river was a major gathering place for the surrounding native tribes of Ioway, Sac, Fox, Sioux, Kickapoo, Delaware, Pawnee and Winnebago.

Native legend tells the story of how this area gained its namesake. According to Indian stories, many thousands of moons ago, two enemy tribes, one being the ‘Black Snakes,’ engaged in a terrible bloody battle that continued for days. At the end of the battle the Black Snake tribe was driven to the top of a nearby hill called ‘Kings Hill’ where they were brutally exterminated.

From that time forward the place was known as Black Snake Hills and was regarded as sacred ground. It was near the Black Snake Hills on the river bluffs behind, known to the Indians as Council Hills, that the native people believed the souls of their ancestors came for their departure to the Great Spirit on the rays of the setting sun. They called the place La-No-Wah, the ‘sunbridge.’ The area surrounding Black Snake Hills and Council Hills was called ‘Wah-wah-lanawa,’ a holy place of peace, a refuge where weapons and bloodshed were forbidden. It was to them, ‘the holiest place on Earth.’

Seventeen years before the historic name change, in 1826, French-Canadian Joseph Robidoux III established the Black Snake Hills Trading Post. This was one of the earliest posts of the American Fur Trading Company and was shrewdly operated by Robidoux. After the decline of the fur trade, Joseph Robidoux continued living in Black Snake Hills and became a successful and prominent businessman. By 1836, the Indians in the area had been forced out by encroaching settlement and the former Platte Territory became the state of Missouri. In 1843, the fledgling post had become a growing and wealthy town and its citizens decided a more respectable name should be given. And so, Black Snake Hills became Saint Joseph, Missouri.

The thriving town became a gathering place for westbound immigrants where wagons, oxen and supplies could be gathered for the trip. In 1849 alone, more than 2,000 wagons crossed the Missouri River at St. Joe. Later, in 1860, St. Joe would become the eastern terminus of the famous Pony Express. It would become a major shipping point for Texas Longhorns driven north to the cow towns of Kansas, then by rail for slaughter in the packing plants of St. Joseph, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois.

I was born and raised a short 50 miles south of St. Joseph, Missouri, where my ancestors settled, a stones throw off The Old Santa Fe Trail. At various times I have immersed myself in the history of that area. From the romance of the Pony Express to the drama of the assassination of Jesse James, the happenings in St. Joe were a part of my own history. And the connections between family and the events of history continued.

Joseph Robidoux III had six sons. At least two of those sons were raised under the tutelage of their father in the business of trade. Both Joseph Robidoux IV and his brother Antoine Robidoux were active in the settlement of the west as traders along the Oregon Trail from St. Joseph, Missouri to Courthouse Rock, Chimney Rock, Scotts Bluff and beyond.

It was either Antoine or Joseph Robidoux IV who founded and operated the trading post and blacksmith shop on the Oregon-California Trail in the Wildcat Hills near present day Gering, Nebraska. The pass, now known as Robidoux Pass, was first used by early fur trappers in the 1830s. It was there, in 1841 that the first transcontinental wagon train, the Bidwell-Bartleson Expedition, with 80 emigrants and Catholic missionary Father De Smet crossed over the pass to the western plains toward Oregon. Robidoux came to the area in the later 1840s and saw the heaviest use of the pass during the California gold rush. In 1851, Mitchell Pass became the more popular route through the Scotts Bluff area and Robidoux Pass and the trading post faded into history.
Today, my wife Deb and I live about 50 miles to the south of Robidoux Pass and I have begun to immerse myself in the local history of Nebraska. If you haven’t been up Robidoux Road, south of Gering, through the rugged canyon to the recreated trading post and on up through the pass, you owe it to yourself to make the short journey. At the old post and at the summit of the pass you can almost hear the rattle of wagon wheels and the plodding hooves of oxen teams. Listen to the ring of hammer and anvil as oxen shoes are made and wagon wheel rims are repaired. Listen to the wind galloping across the prairie and hear the excitement of adventure, the voices of the past and make your own connection with our history.


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115Letter to the editor
115Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
114From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
114Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
114Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
114Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
114What’s really going on with our water?
114Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
114Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
113From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
113Teen Voice: Living within our means
113Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
113Teen Voice: The Other Side
113
113Totally Random: Trusting the fates
113Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
112Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
112Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
112Teeing Off: The thing about state
112A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
112Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
112For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
112Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
112Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
111Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
111Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
111Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
111Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
111Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
111
110Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
110From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
110Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
110Teen Voice: Shadow art
110Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
110Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
110View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
110Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
110Website Resources
109Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
109Teen Voice: Equality
109I'm falling for Tumblr?
109Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
109Our View: Community responsible for kids
109Teen Voice: Where is the love?
109Teen Voice: Footprints
109Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
108Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
108Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
108Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
108Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
108Nature Notes: Love is in the air
108Teen Voice: Cyber War
108Support emergency services personnel
107Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
107Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
107Teen Voice: To the future
107In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
107Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
107Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
107Synchronicity:What brings me back
106From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
106Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
106Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
106Why you should visit the zoo in February
106At the Library: March into a good book
106Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
105Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
105Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
105Teen Voice: Inspire me
105Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
105Their View: Goal post move unfair
104Our View: The elephant in the room
104Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
104Teeing Off: Mind Gym
104Religious freedom must be protected
103Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
103Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
103Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
103Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
103Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
102Guest Voices…
102From the Hill: More Work Ahead
102Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
102At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
102Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
101From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
101Totally Random: Where does it go?
101Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
100Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
100Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
100Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
99Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
99Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
99Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
99Letters to the Editor
98Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
98Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
97Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
97Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
96Rural America and immigration reform
95Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
95Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
95Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
94From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
93Teen Voice: What is love?
92Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
91Greetings from the State Capitol
91Our View: A failure to communicate
88Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
88Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
84Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
80Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
80Letter to the Editor
73Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
73No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
40To The Editor
26Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
24Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
Most Read News Stories of 2012
673Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
659Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
637All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
545The Christmas Story
503Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
486To whom are we thankful?
433Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
425Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
417A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
400A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
376At the Monument: Museum collections
373A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
372Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
371Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
369Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
362Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
345Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
342Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
342Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
341The Good Life: There is good everywhere
338No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
335No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
321Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
320Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
313Support letters requested for airport
307A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
306Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
303The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
301A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
301A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
296Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
289Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
286Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
286Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
282Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
279The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
276No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
275At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
272Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
272Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
272A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
271No Till Notes:
270In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
268Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
265No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
264At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
263Observations Only : White water
263Observations Only: A soul’s journey
263Letters to the Editor
262What's the deal with organic milk?
261A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
261No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
260Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
260Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
259Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
257Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
256Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
254Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
254Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
253Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
248Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
248Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
245At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
245Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
244Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
241Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
240In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
239Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
239Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
231Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
230Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
230
228Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
224Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
224Jane’s Secret: The Telling
223At the Monument: Where are the animals?
223Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
221All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
220Teen Voice: Serendipity
219Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
217At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
216A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
216No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
216At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
215Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
215Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
215A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
213Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
210Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
210Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
209Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
208Completely Different: It's all in the family
208Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
207Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
206Across the Fence: The hand dug well
206Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
206Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
205At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
204Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
204Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
204Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
203A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
203Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
203Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
203Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
202A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
202From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
202Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
200Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
199A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
199Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
197Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
197College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
196Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
196Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
195Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
195Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
195Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
195All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
194Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
193Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
193The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
193Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
193Creatures of the Night
192Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
192Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
192At the Monument: Living History
192No Till Notes: Moving Forward
190Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
190Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
190Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
190Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
190Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
190Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
189Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
189Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
188Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
186Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
186Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
185Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
185Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
184Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
184Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
184Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
183Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
183No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
182No-Till Notes: The value of water
181Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
181Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
181Totally Random: The Golden Rule
181Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
181Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
180Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
180Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
180Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
179The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
179No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
179History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
179Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
178A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
178Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
177A real leaning tree Christmas
177
177Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
176Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
176Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
176 Across The Fence: County Fair
175Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
175A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
175 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
175Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
175Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
174Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
174Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
173A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
173A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
173No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
173No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
173
172Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
172Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
172Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
172Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
172Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
172Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
172Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
171A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
171A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
171Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
171Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
171A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
170Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
170Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
170Observations Only: Temptation
170Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
170Observations Only: Reality check
170Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
169Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
169Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
169Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
169Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
168Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
168Observations Only: The shadow of error
168Observations Only: Gone away
168Building Bridges: Love your enemies
168A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
167Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
167Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
167Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
167Observations Only: Indifferent love
167Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
167Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
167Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
166A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
166Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
166Observations Only: A sad week
166No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
166Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
166Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
165Observations Only: Curious things
165Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
165Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
165Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
165No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
165Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
165Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
164Observations Only: Curious things, part II
164Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
164Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
164Observations Only: Divine prompts
164Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
164Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
164Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
164Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
163Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
163Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
163Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
163A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
163Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
163Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
163Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
162Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
162Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
162Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
162Anno Domini: We gather together
162Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
162Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
161A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
161Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
161The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
161Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
161Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
160A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
160Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
160Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
160Observations Only: The need to understand
160Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
160Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
160Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
160No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
159Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
159Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
159Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
159Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
159Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
158Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
158A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
158Observations Only: Beginnings
158From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
158Observations Only: A matter of matter
158Observations Only: Divine spirit
158Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
158Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
158Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
158Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
158Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
158In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
158No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
157Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
157The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
157Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
157Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
157Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
157Across the Fence: Amanda
156Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
156Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
156Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
156Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
156Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
156A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
156Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
156Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
156Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
156No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
155Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
155Observations Only: A gift of serenity
155Observations Only: Saint Marge
155Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
155Anno Domini: On this remembering day
155No-til Notes: Changing plans
155Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
154Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
154Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
154Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
154Observations Only: A matter of paradox
154A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
154Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
154Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
154Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
154Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
154No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
154No Till Notes: Final Stop
153Observations Only: Critical thinking
153Observations Only: Going home
153Observations Only: A good daughter
153The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
153Observations Only: Off to the races
153Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
153Across The Fence: A day For thanks
153Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
153Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
152Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
152Observations Only: Good and evil
152Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
152Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
152Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
152Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
152Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
152Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
151Observations Only: Uneventful flight
151From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
151Observations Only: The awful truth
151No-Till Notes: Looking Back
151No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
150Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
150Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
150Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
150Observations Only: Expect the best
150A Stray Moment: Without a net
150Observations Only: The vision
150The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
150Across The Fence: Last Christmas
150Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
150Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
150Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
149Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
149Observations Only: Journey's end
149Observations Only: Willfulness
149Observations Only: Choices
149Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
149 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
149Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
149At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
149Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
148Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
148Observations Only: Waiting time
148Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
148Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
147Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
147Across the Fence: Building Barns
147A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
147From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
147Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
147A Halloween Story: The scary dream
147Observations Only: Final moment
147At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
147Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
147Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
146Across the Fence: On The road
146A Stray Moment: God Knows
146Observations Only: The visit
146Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
146In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
146Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
145Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
145Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
145Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
145Observations Only: A fine line
145Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
145Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
144Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
144Observations Only: A day in August
144Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
143Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
143Assad’s endgame
143Observations Only: Hog wash
143Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
143At the Monument: Night Sky
142SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
141Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
141The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
141A Small World: Special guest
141The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
141No-till Notes: Moving forward
140Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
140Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
140Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
140Observations Only: The vigil
140Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
140Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
140A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
139Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
139From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
139Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
139Teen Voice: My rebellion
138Observations Only: Sister lost
138Teen Voice: The need to get away
138Lyman Review: Devil calf
138The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
138No-Till Notes: Back in the field
137Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
137Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
137Totally Random: My journey, life after living
137Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
136From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
136Teeing Off: Around the Green
136Observations Only: One more time
136
136At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
135Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
135Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
135From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
135Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
135Observations Only: The last goodbye
135No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
135At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
134The ghost of Ayn Rand
134Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
134The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
134Teen Voice: Silence
134Lyman Review: One mean chicken
134Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
133Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
133The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
133The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
133Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
133Observations Only: The last toothpick
133Letter to the Editor
132Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
132Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
132The Good Life: The two different types of business people
132The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
132No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
132At the Monument: Junior Rangers
131Observations only : Sisters of the world
131Observations Only : The orphanage
131Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
131Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
131Lyman Review: The love goat
131In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
131Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
130Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
130Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
130Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
129Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
129Observations Only: Scourge of violence
129Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
129Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
129Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
129The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
129Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
129The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
129
129At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
128Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
128Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
128Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
128A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
128Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
128Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
128Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
127Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
127Observations Only: Just around the corner
127Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
127Teeing Off: Persistence
127Teen Voice: The gift of caring
127Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
126Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
126Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
126Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
126Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
126Teen Voice: Being a girl
126The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
126Lyman Review: Branding Time
126At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
126Prairie Dogs
125Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
125A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
125A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
125Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
125Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
125Teen Voice: Catfished
125Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
125At the Monument: Art in National Parks
124 Taking a big risk
124Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
124Observations Only: A new direction
124Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
124Teen Voice: Stress test
124Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
124Be kind through communications
124Fourth of July meetings
124Reach out for challenges
123Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
123Across the fence: Something worth remembering
123The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
123Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
123Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
123Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
122The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
122Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
122Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
122Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
121Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
121A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
121Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
121Teen Voice: Remember what you have
121Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
121Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
121
120A last look at the Nebraska Zone
120A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
120Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
120A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
120Observations Only: Giving up
120Teen Voice: Body image
120Teen Voice: Self-expression
120Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
120Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
119Age of reason
119Observations Only: Extreme measures
119A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
119Observations Only: Together again
119A Stray Moment: The last time
119Observations Only: Sister odyssey
119Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
119Observations Only: Blue chip stock
119Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
119Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
119Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
119Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
119Totally Random: Life’s ripples
118From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
118Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
118Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
118Across the Fence: The Pony Express
118Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
118Completely Different - The magic of spring
118A Small World: Savoring county fair days
118Lyman Review: Winter's dog
118At the Monument: That old (historic) building
118New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
118
118
117Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
117From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
117Observations Only: Painting a picture
117A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
117Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
117Teen Voice: The rivalry
117Totally Random: October, the pink month
117Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
117Lyman Review: Dog fun
117Linked Lives
117In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
117Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
117No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
116Time keeps flowing like a river
116Observations Only: The meeting
116Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
116Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
116In the Hills: Explore the state parks
116View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
115Observations Only: The joy of money
115It's no surprise
115Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
115Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
115Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
115Totally Random: Happy Halloween
115Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
115Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
115Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
115Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
115Letter to the editor
115Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
114Observations Only: Spider adventure
114From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
114From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
114Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
114Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
114Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
114What’s really going on with our water?
114Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
114Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
113Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
113Observations Only: North Powder
113From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
113Teen Voice: Living within our means
113Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
113Teen Voice: The Other Side
113
113Totally Random: Trusting the fates
113Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
112From the Superintendent’s Desk
112Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
112Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
112Teeing Off: The thing about state
112A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
112Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
112For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
112Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
112Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
111Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
111Observations Only - Two ages of man
111Trash cans
111Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
111From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
111Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
111Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
111Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
111Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
111Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
111Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
111
110Completely Different: Tales from the mat
110Silence please
110Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
110From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
110Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
110Teen Voice: Shadow art
110Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
110Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
110View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
110Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
110Website Resources
109Being a Nebraskan – border to border
109Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
109Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
109Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
109Teen Voice: Equality
109I'm falling for Tumblr?
109Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
109Our View: Community responsible for kids
109Teen Voice: Where is the love?
109Teen Voice: Footprints
109Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
108Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
108Observations Only: Surprises
108Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
108Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
108Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
108Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
108Nature Notes: Love is in the air
108Teen Voice: Cyber War
108Support emergency services personnel
107Life's curve balls
107Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
107Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
107Teen Voice: To the future
107In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
107Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
107Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
107Synchronicity:What brings me back
106Observations Only: What's in a word?
106The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
106Teen Voice: Today’s television
106From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
106Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
106Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
106Why you should visit the zoo in February
106At the Library: March into a good book
106Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
105Observations Only: Saturday delight
105Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
105Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
105Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
105Teen Voice: Inspire me
105Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
105Their View: Goal post move unfair
104Observations Only : Mission accomplished
104Observations Only: No thank you
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
104Our View: The elephant in the room
104Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
104Teeing Off: Mind Gym
104Religious freedom must be protected
103The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
103Observations Only: Counting chickens
103Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
103Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
103Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
103Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
103Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
102Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
102Guest Voices…
102From the Hill: More Work Ahead
102Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
102At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
102Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
101From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
101Totally Random: Where does it go?
101Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
100Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
100Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
100Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
100Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
100Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
99From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
99From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
99Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
99Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
99Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
99Letters to the Editor
98The Block
98Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
98Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
97Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
97Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
96Rural America and immigration reform
95It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
95The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
95The hills, part 1: Mustangs
95From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
95The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
95The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
95Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
95Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
95Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
94From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
93Teen Voice: What is love?
92Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
92Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
91From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
91The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
91Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
91Greetings from the State Capitol
91Our View: A failure to communicate
90SELL-OUT!
90Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
89Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
89The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
88Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
88Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
87My mini Pen and me
87Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
86Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
86A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
86From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
86Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
85A Small World: Time traveling
85Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
84Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
84Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
84Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
83Teen Voice: The more the merrier
82Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
82Teen Voice: Not just another ride
82From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
81Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
81Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
81The zombie apocalypse and you
81Do You Tube?
81Remembering When
81Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
81Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
80Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
80Completely Different: Your local government and you
80Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
80Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
80Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
80Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
80Letter to the Editor
79Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
78Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
78Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
78Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
77Completely Different: The Quest
77Teen Voice: The road of hatred
77Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
77Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
76Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
76Economic development update
76From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
76Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
76Teen Voice: Happy news
75Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
74Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
74LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
74Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
74Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
74Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
73Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
73Timing makes perfect
73Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
73Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
73No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
72Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
72Welcome to Gering
72LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
72Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
71We need a few good people
71View from the block
71Home of the Brave
71Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
70Letter to the Editor
69Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
69Our view . . .Sports Complex
69Seeing the works of the master
69From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
68Teen Voice: March Madness
68From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
68Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
67Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
67Social time has important benefits
67Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
67From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
66Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
66From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
65Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
65Permission to remember
65Practice safe barbecue basics
64Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
64Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
63Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
63Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
63My Thanksgiving prayer
61From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
61Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
55Our View: Visionaries wanted
48Our View: Bravo OTD committee
40To The Editor
26Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
24Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
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