Completely Different : Tainted Youth
December 15, 2011 Elizabeth Gross   

Elizabeth Gross
Citizen Reporter


Do you realize that people in bigger cities would give anything to be you? There are people who are tired of living the fast-paced life of the big city. They want their own piece of “the good life.”

How do I know? Growing up, I was one of them. I grew up in Denver until we moved back when I started high school. Our family, who lives in the area, brought us back to the valley every Christmas, Thanksgiving and Oregon Trail Days.

How I wished to be like the other kids from around here. Until I lived here I had no idea what kind of stereotyping many young people have to deal with.

I find it very funny that our city, county and state governments continue to throw money at all of these revitalization projects. Their hope is to keep young people from moving away. Officials continue to scratch their heads wondering why all these young people leave and never come back.

The obvious answer is that a bright student can find better opportunity elsewhere. I think the hope that some people have is that their children will go to college and experience “the world,” then they will come back to raise a family.

But the fact of the matter is, why would they return to an area with no job prospects? If they did return, why would they come back to only make a quarter of what they do now? Instead of shouting the same rhetoric that we need to bring jobs to rural America, our government officials need to look at the core issue. Why are young people leaving?

First of all let me start by saying that if you are trying to find a solution as to why young people leave a rural community; perhaps you should actually have people who are young in a committee. Recently, I attended a pre-legislative breakfast hosted by the Scottsbluff/ Gering Chamber of Commerce. I was the youngest person in the room. What I learned from attending this presentation is they have no idea what it is like to be a young person in a community such as ours.

An individual made a comment that it was pointless to waste our money on the youth. Young people don’t have a good worth ethic in the first place. Bingo! Here is the problem – this skewed perception that if a small group of people acts a certain way, it is true about all people in that group. We can’t make the battle cry that “children are our future,” when we think so little of them.

Recently, I read an article saying that my generation (Generation Y) had the power to save our economy. It said that we are a generation of young people starting our own businesses. We have seen what happens when our parents lost their jobs and have decided to take control of our fates. As it becomes increasingly difficult to find a “traditional” job, these young entrepreneurs are finding a way around it. Many of these young people have created three or four business and will continue to create jobs. They love the thrill of a startup. These businesses are not failing, they are thriving.

What great potential! However, this forward thinking is not something I see in rural America. We come up with excuses for everything. Why did you leave? There is nothing for me to do. Why don’t we create a safe place for young people to hang out? There is no point; they will never take care of it anyway. Why don’t we create job training programs? What a waste of money! These no-good kids have a crummy work ethic.

We need to give young people more credit. There are many kids who are going to school, working full time and in some cases, raising a family. It is our job as a community to provide our children with a sense of belonging. They crave for a place to call their own. Not every child is going to jump into a career in agriculture. Not every child is going to want to become a nurse. Instead, the kids who think outside the box are working minimum wage jobs and become increasingly bitter about their hometowns.

Another idea that was also brought forth at the Chamber presentation was a new internship program. The bill would provide for-profit employers a grant to employ college students. An applicant must be attending a two or four year school and must have a permanent residence in the state of Nebraska. The idea is that after the internship is finished a student will stay in the State of Nebraska. Again, great idea in theory but who is this benefiting?

There is no guarantee that the student will even stay in the state after the internship is finished. This idea also benefits our neighbors to the east. They have a better chance of finding a better paying job. There are just more opportunities on the other end of the state. What about the kids whose families can’t afford to send them to college? Sure, we have programs like Upward Bound but it seems like every two years these great programs are on the chopping block.

What officials need to do in our neck of the woods is to start thinking about the youth. Stop with the excuses and actually take the time to think about them. We need them; otherwise western Nebraska is doomed to be a “ghost town.”

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159Be kind through communications
159A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
158Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
158Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
158Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
158Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
158Lyman Review: Dog fun
158Fourth of July meetings
157Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
157From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
157Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
157Totally Random: Trusting the fates
157Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
157Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
156Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
156Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
156Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
156Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
156New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
155From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
155A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
155Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
155Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
155At the Library: March into a good book
155
155Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
154Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
154Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
154Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
154Teen Voice: The rivalry
154Nature Notes: Love is in the air
154Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
154Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
153Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
153From the Hill: More Work Ahead
153Why you should visit the zoo in February
153Teen Voice: Cyber War
153Linked Lives
152Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
152View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
152Letter to the editor
151Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
151Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
151For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
151Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
151Letter to the Editor
150Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
150Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
150Our View: The elephant in the room
150Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
150Teen Voice: To the future
150Teen Voice: Where is the love?
150In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
150In the Hills: Explore the state parks
150In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
150Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
149Teen Voice: Equality
149I'm falling for Tumblr?
149Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
149Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
149Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
149Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
149What’s really going on with our water?
148Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
148Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
148Our View: Community responsible for kids
148Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
148View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
147From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
147Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
147Teen Voice: Footprints
146Teen Voice: Inspire me
146Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
146Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
146Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
146Letter to the Editor
145Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
145Their View: Goal post move unfair
145Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
144From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
144Rural America and immigration reform
144Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
144Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
143Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
143Support emergency services personnel
143Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
142Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
142Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
142Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
142Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
142Letters to the Editor
141Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
141Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
141Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
141Synchronicity:What brings me back
140Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
140Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
140Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
139From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
139Guest Voices…
139At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
138Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
137Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
137Teen Voice: What is love?
137Religious freedom must be protected
136Totally Random: Where does it go?
136Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
136Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
136Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
134Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
133Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
133Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
132Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
132Greetings from the State Capitol
130Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
130From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
125Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
121Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
118Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
107At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
102No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
92Letter to the Editor
90Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
86At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
85Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
50Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
40Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
35No-till Notes: Stripper head
32Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
27Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
Most Read News Stories of 2012
924Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
830NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
762Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
694All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
602The Christmas Story
559Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
546Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
537To whom are we thankful?
517Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
494A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
494Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
476A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
473Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
472Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
453Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
450A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
434At the Monument: Museum collections
433Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
421No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
420Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
417Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
416No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
406The Good Life: There is good everywhere
405Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
392Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
391No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
388Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
387Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
384Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
376A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
376A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
375Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
371Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
371Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
365Support letters requested for airport
362The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
360Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
360A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
359History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
359Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
358Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
356Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
350Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
348No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
346Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
344A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
342Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
341Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
340A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
339Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
339No Till Notes:
338Observations Only: A soul’s journey
336The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
327Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
327Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
327Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
327Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
325What's the deal with organic milk?
324At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
324Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
323Observations Only : White water
322Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
322Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
322Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
315Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
314Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
310In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
309Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
306A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
306Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
305A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
305No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
304Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
304Letters to the Editor
303Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
302Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
302Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
301Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
300Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
299A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
299At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
297
296At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
295Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
295Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
294Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
291Across the Fence: The hand dug well
290Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
288No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
286Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
286Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
285A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
285Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
284Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
284In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
282Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
281Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
280Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
279Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
279At the Monument: Where are the animals?
279At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
278Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
278Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
278Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
277Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
276Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
276All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
276Jane’s Secret: The Telling
274From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
274Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
273Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
273A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
273Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
272Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
271Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
269Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
269Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
268Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
268Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
267At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
266Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
265A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
264Teen Voice: Serendipity
264Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
264Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
264Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
264At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
263No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
262Building Bridges: Love your enemies
261Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
261The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
261Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
260A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
260Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
260No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
259Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
258Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
258Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
258Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
258Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
256Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
256Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
256Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
256Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
256Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
255A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
255Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
255 Across The Fence: County Fair
254A real leaning tree Christmas
253A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
253A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
253Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
253Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
253Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
253Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
252A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
252Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
252Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
252At the Monument: Living History
251Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
251Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
251No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
251No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
251No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
251Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
250Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
250Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
249Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
249Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
248Completely Different: It's all in the family
248A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
248A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
248Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
247Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
247Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
246Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
246The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
246Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
246Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
246Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
246Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
246No-Till Notes: The value of water
245Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
245Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
245A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
244Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
244No Till Notes: Moving Forward
243Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
243A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
243Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
242Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
242Observations Only: Indifferent love
242Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
242Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
242Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
241Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
241Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
241Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
240Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
239Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
239Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
239Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
238A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
238Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
238Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
237Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
237A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
237College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
236Observations Only: The shadow of error
236Anno Domini: We gather together
236Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
235Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
235Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
235Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
235Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
235Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
235Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
234Observations Only: Temptation
234Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
234Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
233Observations Only: A good daughter
233Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
233Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
233Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
233Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
233Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
233Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
233Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
233A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
232A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
232 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
232No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
232Creatures of the Night
231Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
231A Stray Moment: Without a net
231Anno Domini: On this remembering day
231No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
231Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
231Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
230Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
230All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
229A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
229Across the Fence: Amanda
229Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
229Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
229Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
228Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
228Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
227Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
227Observations Only: Gone away
227Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
226A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
226Observations Only: The need to understand
226No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
226Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
226Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
226No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
225Totally Random: The Golden Rule
225Observations Only: Divine prompts
225 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
225Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
225Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
225Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
224Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
224A Stray Moment: God Knows
224Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
224Observations Only: A gift of serenity
224No-Till Notes: Looking Back
224No-til Notes: Changing plans
224Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
224Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
224
223Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
223Observations Only: Reality check
223Across The Fence: A day For thanks
223Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
223
222Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
222Observations Only: A matter of matter
222Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
222No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
221Observations Only: Journey's end
221Observations Only: Divine spirit
221Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
220Observations Only: Curious things, part II
220Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
220Observations Only: A sad week
220Across The Fence: Last Christmas
220No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
220Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
219Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
219Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
219Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
219No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
218Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
218Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
218Observations Only: Expect the best
218Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
218Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
218Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
217SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
217Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
217Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
217No Till Notes: Final Stop
216Observations Only: Beginnings
216From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
215Observations Only: Curious things
215No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
215Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
214Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
214Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
214Observations Only: A matter of paradox
214Observations Only: The awful truth
214Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
214Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
214Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
214Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
214Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
213Observations Only: The vision
213At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
212Observations Only: Off to the races
212Observations Only: Saint Marge
212Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
211Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
211Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
211Observations Only: Going home
211Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
211Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
211Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
211Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
210Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
210Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
210From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
210Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
210Observations Only: Willfulness
210Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
210Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
210No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
209Across the Fence: Building Barns
209Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
209Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
209The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
209Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
209Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
208From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
208Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
208Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
207Observations Only: Uneventful flight
207Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
207Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
207Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
207No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
207No-till Notes: Moving forward
207Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
205Observations Only: Critical thinking
205The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
204Observations Only: Good and evil
204The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
204Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
204Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
203Observations Only: A fine line
203Observations Only: Choices
203Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
203Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
202Observations Only: Final moment
202At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
202No-Till Notes: Back in the field
201Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
201Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
201Observations Only: The visit
201Observations Only: A day in August
201Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
200Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
200Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
200Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
199Observations Only: Waiting time
199The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
199No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
198Assad’s endgame
198Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
198At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
198At the Monument: Night Sky
198Our View: A failure to communicate
197Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
197Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
197Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
197Observations Only: Hog wash
197Totally Random: My journey, life after living
196Observations Only: Sister lost
196The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
196Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
196In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
196Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
194Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
194Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
194Observations Only: One more time
193Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
193Observations Only: The vigil
192Across the Fence: On The road
192The Good Life: The two different types of business people
192Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
191Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
191Observations Only: The last goodbye
190The ghost of Ayn Rand
190The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
190The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
190Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
190A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
189Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
189Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
189A Halloween Story: The scary dream
189At the Monument: Junior Rangers
188Teen Voice: My rebellion
188Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
187Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
187The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
187From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
187A Small World: Special guest
187Teen Voice: Silence
187Observations Only: The last toothpick
186From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
186The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
186Lyman Review: Devil calf
186Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
185From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
185Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
184Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
184Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
184In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
183Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
183Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
183The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
183At the Monument: Art in National Parks
182Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
182Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
182Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
182Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
181Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
181Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
181The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
181Teeing Off: Around the Green
180From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
180Teen Voice: The need to get away
180The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
179Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
179Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
179The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
179Prairie Dogs
179Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
178Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
178Teen Voice: Being a girl
178The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
178Teeing Off: Persistence
178Lyman Review: One mean chicken
178Lyman Review: The love goat
178Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
178Teen Voice: The gift of caring
177Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
177The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
177Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
176Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
176Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
176Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
175Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
175At the Monument: That old (historic) building
174A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
174Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
174Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
174Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
174Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
174Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
173A last look at the Nebraska Zone
173Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
172Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
172A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
172Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
172Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
172
171Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
171A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
171A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
171Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
171Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
171Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
171
170Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
170Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
170At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
170To The Editor
169Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
169Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
169Teen Voice: Remember what you have
169Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
169Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
169Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
169Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
168Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
168Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
168Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
168Completely Different - The magic of spring
168Teeing Off: The thing about state
168Teen Voice: Stress test
168Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
168In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
168Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
167Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
167A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
167Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
167Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
167Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
167A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
167Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
167Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
166Observations only : Sisters of the world
166A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
166Teen Voice: Catfished
166Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
166Website Resources
165
165Teen Voice: Self-expression
165
165Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
165Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
164Across the fence: Something worth remembering
164Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
164A Stray Moment: The last time
164Across the Fence: The Pony Express
164Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
164Teen Voice: Body image
164Teeing Off: Mind Gym
164Totally Random: October, the pink month
164Totally Random: Happy Halloween
164At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
163A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
163Teen Voice: Living within our means
163Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
163Teen Voice: The Other Side
163A Small World: Savoring county fair days
163Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
163Lyman Review: Branding Time
162Time keeps flowing like a river
162Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
162Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
162Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
162Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
162Lyman Review: Winter's dog
162Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
162At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
161Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
161Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
161Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
161Teen Voice: Shadow art
161Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
161Totally Random: Life’s ripples
161Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
161Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
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161Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
160Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
160Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
160Reach out for challenges
159Observations Only: A new direction
159Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
159Observations Only: Blue chip stock
159Be kind through communications
159A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
158Observations Only : The orphanage
158Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
158Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
158Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
158Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
158Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
158Lyman Review: Dog fun
158Fourth of July meetings
157Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
157Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
157Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
157From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
157Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
157Totally Random: Trusting the fates
157Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
157Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
156Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
156Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
156Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
156Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
156New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
155Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
155From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
155A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
155Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
155Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
155At the Library: March into a good book
155
155Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
154Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
154Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
154Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
154Teen Voice: The rivalry
154Nature Notes: Love is in the air
154Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
154Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
153Observations Only: Scourge of violence
153Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
153From the Hill: More Work Ahead
153Why you should visit the zoo in February
153Teen Voice: Cyber War
153Linked Lives
152It's no surprise
152Observations Only: Just around the corner
152Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
152View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
152Letter to the editor
151Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
151Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
151For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
151Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
151Letter to the Editor
150Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
150Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
150Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
150Our View: The elephant in the room
150Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
150Teen Voice: To the future
150Teen Voice: Where is the love?
150In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
150In the Hills: Explore the state parks
150In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
150Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
149Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
149Observations Only: Giving up
149From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
149Teen Voice: Equality
149I'm falling for Tumblr?
149Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
149Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
149Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
149Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
149What’s really going on with our water?
148Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
148Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
148Our View: Community responsible for kids
148Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
148View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
147Observations Only: Together again
147Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
147From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
147Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
147Teen Voice: Footprints
146 Taking a big risk
146Teen Voice: Inspire me
146Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
146Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
146Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
146Letter to the Editor
145The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
145Observations Only: Extreme measures
145Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
145Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
145Their View: Goal post move unfair
145Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
144From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
144Rural America and immigration reform
144Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
144Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
143Age of reason
143Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
143Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
143Support emergency services personnel
143Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
142Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
142Observations Only: North Powder
142Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
142Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
142Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
142Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
142Letters to the Editor
141Observations Only: The joy of money
141Observations Only: Painting a picture
141Observations Only: Spider adventure
141Observations Only: The meeting
141Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
141Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
141Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
141Synchronicity:What brings me back
140Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
140Being a Nebraskan – border to border
140Observations Only: Sister odyssey
140Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
140Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
140Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
139From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
139Observations Only: Surprises
139From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
139Guest Voices…
139At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
138Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
138Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
138Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
137Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
137Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
137Teen Voice: What is love?
137Religious freedom must be protected
136Observations Only - Two ages of man
136Totally Random: Where does it go?
136Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
136Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
136Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
135Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
134Life's curve balls
134From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
134Silence please
134From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
134Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
134Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
133Completely Different: Tales from the mat
133Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
133Trash cans
133Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
133Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
132Observations Only: Saturday delight
132Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
132Observations Only: Counting chickens
132From the Superintendent’s Desk
132Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
132Greetings from the State Capitol
131The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
131Teen Voice: Today’s television
130Observations Only: No thank you
130Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
130Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
130From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
129Observations Only: What's in a word?
126Observations Only : Mission accomplished
125Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
125Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
124The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
123Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
122The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
122Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
121The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
121Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
120From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
119It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
118From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
118Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
116The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
115The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
114Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
114From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
114The Block
113The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
112From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
112The hills, part 1: Mustangs
108Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
107At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
105Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
105Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
105From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
105Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
103SELL-OUT!
102Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
102Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
102Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
102No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
101Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
101The zombie apocalypse and you
101From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
100Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
99A Small World: Time traveling
99Do You Tube?
99Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
98My mini Pen and me
98Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
98Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
98Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
98Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
97Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
97Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
97Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
96View from the block
96Teen Voice: The more the merrier
96Teen Voice: The road of hatred
96Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
95Teen Voice: Not just another ride
95Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
94Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
94A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
93Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
93Economic development update
93Remembering When
92Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
92Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
92Letter to the Editor
91Completely Different: Your local government and you
90Timing makes perfect
90Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
90Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
90Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
90Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
90Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
90Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
90Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
89Our view . . .Sports Complex
88Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
88We need a few good people
88Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
88From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
87Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
87LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
87Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
86Completely Different: The Quest
86At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
85Home of the Brave
85LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
85Teen Voice: Happy news
85Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
84Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
84Teen Voice: March Madness
84Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
83Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
83Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
83From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
82Welcome to Gering
82Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
82Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
80Letter to the Editor
80Seeing the works of the master
79Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
79From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
79From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
78Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
78Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
77Permission to remember
77Practice safe barbecue basics
76Social time has important benefits
75Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
75Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
75Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
73Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
73My Thanksgiving prayer
72From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
70Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
68From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
59Our View: Visionaries wanted
56Our View: Bravo OTD committee
50Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
40Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
35No-till Notes: Stripper head
32Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
27Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
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