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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114Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
114Teen Voice: The Other Side
114Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
114Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
114Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
114Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
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
113
113Totally Random: Trusting the fates
113Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
112Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
112Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
112Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
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?
112Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
112Website Resources
112For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
112Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
111Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
111Teen Voice: Shadow art
111Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
111Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
111Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
111
110Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
110Teen Voice: Equality
110From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
110Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
110Our View: Community responsible for kids
110Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
110Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
110View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
110Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
109I'm falling for Tumblr?
109Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
109Teen Voice: Where is the love?
109Nature Notes: Love is in the air
109Teen Voice: Cyber War
109Teen Voice: Footprints
109Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
108Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
108Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
108Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
108Teen Voice: To the future
108Support emergency services personnel
108Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
108Synchronicity:What brings me back
107Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
107Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
107In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
107Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
106From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
106Our View: The elephant in the room
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
106Their View: Goal post move unfair
105Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
105Teen Voice: Inspire me
105Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
105Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
104Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
104Teeing Off: Mind Gym
104From the Hill: More Work Ahead
104Religious freedom must be protected
104Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
103Guest Voices…
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
103At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
103Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
102Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
102Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
102Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
101From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
101Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
101Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
101Totally Random: Where does it go?
101Letters to the Editor
100Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
100Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
99Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
99Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
99Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
99Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
98Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
98No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
97Greetings from the State Capitol
97Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
96Rural America and immigration reform
96Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
95Teen Voice: What is love?
95Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
95Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
95From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
92Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
92Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
88Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
80Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
80Letter to the Editor
61To The Editor
34Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
32Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
Most Read News Stories of 2012
675Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
675Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
639All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
545The Christmas Story
507Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
486To whom are we thankful?
439Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
430Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
418A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
403A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
378At the Monument: Museum collections
374A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
374Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
372Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
369Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
366Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
349Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
349The Good Life: There is good everywhere
343Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
343No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
342Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
337No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
321Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
321Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
316Support letters requested for airport
309A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
309A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
307Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
307The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
302A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
297Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
291Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
289Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
289Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
286Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
285The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
278No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
276At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
274Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
273Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
273A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
273No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
272Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
271No Till Notes:
270In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
266At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
265What's the deal with organic milk?
265Observations Only: A soul’s journey
265No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
264A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
263Observations Only : White water
263Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
263Letters to the Editor
260Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
260Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
257Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
257Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
256Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
255Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
255Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
249Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
248Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
247Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
246At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
245Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
242Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
241In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
241Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
240Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
233Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
233Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
230
229Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
227Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
225Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
225Jane’s Secret: The Telling
224At the Monument: Where are the animals?
223All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
221Teen Voice: Serendipity
219Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
219At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
218A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
218No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
217A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
217At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
216Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
215Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
215Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
212Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
211Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
210Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
210Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
209Completely Different: It's all in the family
209Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
207Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
206Across the Fence: The hand dug well
206Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
206Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
206At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
206Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
205A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
205Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
205Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
205Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
205Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
204A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
204Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
203From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
202Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
201Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
200A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
200All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
199Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
198Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
198College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
197Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
196Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
196Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
196Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
195Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
195Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
195Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
194The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
194At the Monument: Living History
193Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
193Creatures of the Night
192Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
192Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
192Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
192No Till Notes: Moving Forward
191Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
191Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
190Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
190Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
190Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
190Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
190Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
189Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
187Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
186Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
185Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
185Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
184Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
184Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
184Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
184Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
184No-Till Notes: The value of water
183Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
183No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
182Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
182The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
182Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
182History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
182Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
181Totally Random: The Golden Rule
181Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
181Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
181Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
180A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
180Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
179No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
179A real leaning tree Christmas
179Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
178 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
177A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
177Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
177Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
177
176Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
176A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
176Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
176 Across The Fence: County Fair
176Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
175A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
175A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
175Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
175No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
175Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
174A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
174Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
174Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
174No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
173Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
173Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
173A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
173
172Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
172Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
172Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
172Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
172Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
171Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
171Observations Only: Reality check
171Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
171Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
170Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
170Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
170Observations Only: Temptation
170Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
170Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
170Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
170Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
170A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
170Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
169Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
169Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
169Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
169Building Bridges: Love your enemies
169Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
168Observations Only: The shadow of error
168Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
168Observations Only: Indifferent love
168Observations Only: Gone away
168Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
167A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
167Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
167Observations Only: A sad week
167Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
167Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
167Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
166Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
166Observations Only: Divine prompts
166Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
166No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
166Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
165A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
165Observations Only: Curious things
165Observations Only: Curious things, part II
165Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
165A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
165Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
165No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
165Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
164Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
164Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
164Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
164Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
164Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
164Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
164Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
164Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
164Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
163Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
163Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
163Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
163Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
163Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
163Anno Domini: We gather together
163Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
162A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
162The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
162Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
162Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
161Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
161Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
161Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
161Observations Only: The need to understand
161Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
161Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
161Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
160Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
160Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
160A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
160Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
160Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
160Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
160Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
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
159Observations Only: Beginnings
159Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
159From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
159Observations Only: A matter of matter
159Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
159Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
159No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
158Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
158Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
158Observations Only: Divine spirit
158Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
158The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
158Across the Fence: Amanda
158Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
158In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
157Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
157The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
157Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
157A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
157Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
157Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
157Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
157Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
157No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
156Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
156Observations Only: A gift of serenity
156A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
156Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
156Observations Only: Saint Marge
156Anno Domini: On this remembering day
156Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
156Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
156Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
156No-til Notes: Changing plans
156No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
155Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
155Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
155Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
155No Till Notes: Final Stop
154Observations Only: Going home
154Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
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
154Observations Only: A good daughter
154Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
154Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
154Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
153Observations Only: Critical thinking
153Observations Only: Uneventful flight
153Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
153Observations Only: The vision
153Observations Only: Off to the races
153Observations Only: The awful truth
153Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
153Across The Fence: A day For thanks
153Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
153Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
152Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
152Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
152From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
152Observations Only: Good and evil
152Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
152Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
152No-Till Notes: Looking Back
151Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
151A Stray Moment: Without a net
151The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
151Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
151Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
151No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
150Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
150Observations Only: Journey's end
150Observations Only: Expect the best
150Observations Only: Willfulness
150Observations Only: Choices
150A Halloween Story: The scary dream
150Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
150Across The Fence: Last Christmas
150Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
150Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
150Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
149Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
149A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
149A Stray Moment: God Knows
149 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
149At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
149Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
148Across the Fence: Building Barns
148From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
148Observations Only: Waiting time
148Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
148Observations Only: Final moment
148At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
148Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
148Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
147Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
147Across the Fence: On The road
147Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
147Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
147Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
147Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
147Observations Only: The visit
147Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
147Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
147Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
146In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
145Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
145Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
145Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
145Observations Only: A fine line
145Observations Only: A day in August
145Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
145At the Monument: Night Sky
144Assad’s endgame
144Observations Only: Hog wash
144Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
144At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
143SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
143No-till Notes: Moving forward
143A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
142Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
142The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
142Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
142The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
141Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
141A Small World: Special guest
140Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
140Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
140From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
140Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
140Teen Voice: My rebellion
140Totally Random: My journey, life after living
140Observations Only: The vigil
140Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
140Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
139The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
139No-Till Notes: Back in the field
139
138Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
138Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
138Observations Only: Sister lost
138From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
138Teen Voice: The need to get away
138Lyman Review: Devil calf
138Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
137Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
136Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
136Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
136The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
136From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
136The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
136Teeing Off: Around the Green
136Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
136Observations Only: One more time
135The ghost of Ayn Rand
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
135Letter to the Editor
134Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
134Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
134The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
134Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
134The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
134Teen Voice: Silence
134Lyman Review: One mean chicken
134Lyman Review: The love goat
133Observations only : Sisters of the world
133Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
133Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
133The Good Life: The two different types of business people
133Observations Only: The last toothpick
133At the Monument: Junior Rangers
133Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
132Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
132Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
132Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
132No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
131Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
131Observations Only : The orphanage
131Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
131The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
131Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
131In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
131At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
130Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
130Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
130Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
130Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
130Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
130Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
130The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
130Prairie Dogs
130Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
129Observations Only: Scourge of violence
129Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
129Teeing Off: Persistence
129Teen Voice: The gift of caring
129
128Observations Only: Just around the corner
128Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
128The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
128Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
128A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
128Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
127Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
127A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
127Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
127Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
127Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
127Lyman Review: Branding Time
127At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
127Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
126Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
126Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
126A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
126Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
126Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
126Teen Voice: Being a girl
126Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
126Teen Voice: Stress test
126Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
126At the Monument: Art in National Parks
126No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
125Observations Only: A new direction
125Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
125Teen Voice: Catfished
125Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
125Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
124 Taking a big risk
124The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
124Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
124Be kind through communications
124Fourth of July meetings
124Reach out for challenges
123Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
123Across the fence: Something worth remembering
123Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
123The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
123Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
123Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
123
122A last look at the Nebraska Zone
122A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
122Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
122Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
122Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
122Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
122Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
121Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
121A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
121A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
121Observations Only: Giving up
121A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
121Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
121Observations Only: Blue chip stock
121Teen Voice: Remember what you have
121Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
121Teen Voice: Self-expression
120A Stray Moment: The last time
120Across the Fence: The Pony Express
120Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
120Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
120Completely Different - The magic of spring
120Teen Voice: Body image
120Totally Random: Life’s ripples
120Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
119Age of reason
119Observations Only: Extreme measures
119A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
119Observations Only: Together again
119Observations Only: Sister odyssey
119From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
119Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
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
119Teen Voice: The rivalry
119At the Monument: That old (historic) building
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119Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
118From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
118Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
118A Small World: Savoring county fair days
118Totally Random: October, the pink month
118Lyman Review: Winter's dog
118New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
118Linked Lives
117Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
117Observations Only: Painting a picture
117Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
117Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
117Lyman Review: Dog fun
117View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
117In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
116Time keeps flowing like a river
116From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
116Observations Only: The meeting
116Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
116Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
116Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
116Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
116Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
116In the Hills: Explore the state parks
116What’s really going on with our water?
116Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
116Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
116Letter to the editor
116Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
116Our View: A failure to communicate
115Observations Only: The joy of money
115It's no surprise
115Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
115Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
115Totally Random: Happy Halloween
115Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
115Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
114Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
114Observations Only: Spider adventure
114From the Superintendent’s Desk
114From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
114Teen Voice: Living within our means
114Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
114Teen Voice: The Other Side
114Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
114Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
114Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
114Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
114Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
114Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
113Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
113Observations Only: North Powder
113From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
113Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
113From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
113
113Totally Random: Trusting the fates
113Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
112Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
112Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
112Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
112Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
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?
112Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
112Website Resources
112For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
112Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
111Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
111Being a Nebraskan – border to border
111Observations Only - Two ages of man
111Trash cans
111The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
111Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
111Teen Voice: Shadow art
111Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
111Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
111Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
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110Completely Different: Tales from the mat
110Silence please
110Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
110Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
110Teen Voice: Equality
110From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
110Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
110Our View: Community responsible for kids
110Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
110Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
110View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
110Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
109Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
109I'm falling for Tumblr?
109Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
109Teen Voice: Where is the love?
109Nature Notes: Love is in the air
109Teen Voice: Cyber War
109Teen Voice: Footprints
109Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
108Life's curve balls
108Observations Only: Surprises
108Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
108Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
108Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
108Teen Voice: To the future
108Support emergency services personnel
108Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
108Synchronicity:What brings me back
107Observations Only: Saturday delight
107Teen Voice: Today’s television
107Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
107Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
107In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
107Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
106Observations Only: What's in a word?
106Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
106From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
106Our View: The elephant in the room
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
106Their View: Goal post move unfair
105Observations Only : Mission accomplished
105The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
105From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
105Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
105Teen Voice: Inspire me
105Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
105Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
104Observations Only: No thank you
104Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
104Teeing Off: Mind Gym
104From the Hill: More Work Ahead
104Religious freedom must be protected
104Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
103Observations Only: Counting chickens
103Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
103Guest Voices…
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
103At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
103Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
102Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
102Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
102Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
102Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
101From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
101Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
101Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
101Totally Random: Where does it go?
101Letters to the Editor
100Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
100The Block
100From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
100From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
100Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
100Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
99Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
99Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
99Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
99Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
98Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
98No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
97The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
97The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
97Greetings from the State Capitol
97Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
96The hills, part 1: Mustangs
96The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
96Rural America and immigration reform
96Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
95It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
95From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
95Teen Voice: What is love?
95Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
95Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
95From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
93From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
93The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
92Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
92Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
92Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
91SELL-OUT!
91Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
91Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
91The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
89Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
88Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
87My mini Pen and me
87Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
87A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
87Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
87Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
86Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
86From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
86Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
85A Small World: Time traveling
84Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
84Teen Voice: The more the merrier
84Teen Voice: Not just another ride
84Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
84Remembering When
83From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
82Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
82The zombie apocalypse and you
82Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
81Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
81Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
81Completely Different: Your local government and you
81Do You Tube?
81Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
81Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
81Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
81Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
81Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
80Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
80Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
80Letter to the Editor
79Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
79Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
78Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
78Teen Voice: The road of hatred
78Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
78Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
77Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
77Completely Different: The Quest
77Teen Voice: Happy news
76Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
76Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
76Economic development update
76From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
75LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
75Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
74Timing makes perfect
74Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
74Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
74Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
73We need a few good people
73Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
73Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
73LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
73Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
72Seeing the works of the master
72Welcome to Gering
71Our view . . .Sports Complex
71Letter to the Editor
71View from the block
71Home of the Brave
71Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
70From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
69Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
68Teen Voice: March Madness
68Social time has important benefits
68Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
68From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
68Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
68From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
67Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
66Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
66Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
66Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
66From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
66My Thanksgiving prayer
65Permission to remember
65Practice safe barbecue basics
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?
63Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
61From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
61To The Editor
56Our View: Visionaries wanted
48Our View: Bravo OTD committee
34Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
32Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
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