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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5050We need a few good people
3156What's the deal with organic milk?
2824Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2489Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2267Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2210The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2204Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2179Completely Different: It's all in the family
2073Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2062Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2038Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1985Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1940Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1937Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1932Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1931Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1894The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1865Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1856A Small World: Time traveling
1825Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1821Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1806Time keeps flowing like a river
1803Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1775A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1774Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1766Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1762Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1756Letter to the Editor
1740Observations Only : The orphanage
1726My mini Pen and me
1712Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1710Teen Voice: March Madness
1699Our view . . .Sports Complex
1694From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1689Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1687Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1681Completely Different: Your local government and you
1671Observations only : Sisters of the world
1671Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1659Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1653Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1653Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1652Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1652Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1650Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1648Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1638Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1637Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1599From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1596It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1596Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1594Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1594Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1585Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1584Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1547Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1506Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1464Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1457Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1453Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1445Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1384Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1345Completely Different: The Quest
1327Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1322Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1275Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1256Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1255Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1248Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1236Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1230The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1221Across the Fence: Building Barns
1214Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1213From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1213Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1211Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1206Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1199Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1189Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1185From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1184Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1180No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1175Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1169Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1158Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1157From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1155Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1148Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1144Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1144Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1142From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1136From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1132Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1124Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1123Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1122Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1115The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1110A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1106Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1101Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1099Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1099Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1093Across the Fence: On The road
1089Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1088From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1087Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1086Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1080Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1078A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1075Assad’s endgame
1073From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1069A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1066The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1065Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1062Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1062Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1052Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1051Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1050Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1043A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1041Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1039Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1035From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1034Observations Only - Two ages of man
1027From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1025Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1020Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1020Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1014The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1011Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1005Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1003Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1002Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
995A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
992Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
984From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
984Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
982Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
981Observations Only: Painting a picture
977Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
975Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
971A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
965Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
964Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
964Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
962Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
960Teen Voice: Today’s television
956Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
952Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
952Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
951Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
951Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
949Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
947Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
945Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
944Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
939Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
934Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
932 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
929From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
929Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
928From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
927From the Superintendent’s Desk
924Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
922From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
921From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
919Observations Only: A new direction
918Across The Fence: A day For thanks
917Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
916Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
914Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
912Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
910The zombie apocalypse and you
910Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
906From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
905Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
904Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
902Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
898A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
889From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
887Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
887Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
887Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
887Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
886Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
883Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
879Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
878From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
876Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
873Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
873From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
873Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
870Observations Only: Giving up
868Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
866Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
863Trash cans
863From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
862A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
862The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
861A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
858A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
850The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
850Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
849Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
848The hills, part 1: Mustangs
847From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
846Teen Voice: The road of hatred
844Observations Only: The joy of money
844Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
844Across the Fence: The hand dug well
842Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
842Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
842Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
841Teen Voice: Catfished
838Teen Voice: The more the merrier
838Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
836Observations Only: Saturday delight
836Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
836The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
835Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
834Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
833Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
830Observations Only: Curious things
828The Block
825A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
825At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
821Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
820Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
815Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
813Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
810Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
807Life's curve balls
807A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
807A Stray Moment: God Knows
806Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
806Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
805 Taking a big risk
803From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
803A Stray Moment: Without a net
802Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
802Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
799A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
798A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
797The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
795Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
795A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
795Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
794Teen Voice: Not just another ride
794A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
794Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
793Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
792The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
791Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
791A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
790Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
787Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
784Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
784From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
782The ghost of Ayn Rand
782Observations Only: Scourge of violence
780Seeing the works of the master
780Observations Only: Counting chickens
780The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
778Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
777Observations Only: Extreme measures
777Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
775Timing makes perfect
772Observations Only: Going home
772A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
772Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
770Observations Only: Just around the corner
770Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
769Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
768View from the block
767Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
767The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
765Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
763Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
762SELL-OUT!
761Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
761Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
761Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
761Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
758A Stray Moment: The last time
758A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
758Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
758A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
757The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
756Observations Only: Uneventful flight
753Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
753Teen Voice: Body image
752The Good Life: The two different types of business people
751Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
751Teen Voice: Living within our means
748It's no surprise
748Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
746Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
746Observations Only: Surprises
746Totally Random: My journey, life after living
745Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
744Welcome to Gering
743Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
743Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
740Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
740Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
740Observations Only: Journey's end
740Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
739Rural America and immigration reform
737Age of reason
737Silence please
736A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
735Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
734From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
733Observations Only: No thank you
732Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
732Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
732Observations Only: A gift of serenity
731Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
730Observations Only: What's in a word?
730The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
729Observations Only: The awful truth
728Do You Tube?
728Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
726A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
725Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
723Teen Voice: Serendipity
723Teen Voice: Shadow art
721Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
719Economic development update
718Observations Only: Critical thinking
717LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
717Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
717Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
717Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
716Observations Only: North Powder
715Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
715A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
713Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
712Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
712Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
711Observations Only: Together again
711Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
710Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
709From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
709Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
709Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
709Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
707Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
707Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
706Observations Only: Sister odyssey
705Observations Only: Sister lost
703A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
702Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
702Observations Only: Blue chip stock
702The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
700From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
700Observations Only: Spider adventure
696Observations Only: Curious things, part II
696Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
694Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
692Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
692I'm falling for Tumblr?
692Guest Voices…
690Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
688Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
687Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
686Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
683Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
682Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
678From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
678From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
674Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
673A real leaning tree Christmas
671Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
671Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
669A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
669Teen Voice: Being a girl
669Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
668Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
667Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
666Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
665My Thanksgiving prayer
665Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
664Permission to remember
664The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
662Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
660Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
658Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
657The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
654Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
654The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
653A Small World: Special guest
653Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
652Observations Only: The meeting
652Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
652Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
651Observations Only : White water
650Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
650Our View: The elephant in the room
648Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
647Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
646Social time has important benefits
646The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
645Home of the Brave
644Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
643Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
641Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
640A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
639Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
637Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
637Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
635Observations Only: Good and evil
634Teen Voice: Happy news
634Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
634The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
633Practice safe barbecue basics
630LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
630The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
628Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
627Remembering When
625Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
625Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
624Observations Only: Expect the best
624Observations Only: A matter of matter
624Teeing Off: Around the Green
623Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
623Observations Only: A fine line
620The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
619The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
617The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
617Observations Only: The shadow of error
616Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
615Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
614Observations Only: Beginnings
612Our View: Bravo OTD committee
612Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
610Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
608Observations Only: Indifferent love
605Teen Voice: Equality
604Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
603Observations Only: Divine spirit
603Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
598Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
595Anno Domini: We gather together
593Completely Different - The magic of spring
592Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
590Observations Only: Choices
590Observations Only: A matter of paradox
590Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
588A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
586Observations Only: Divine prompts
586Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
580Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
579Teen Voice: Silence
579Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
575Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
571Observations Only: Temptation
569Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
567A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
566Totally Random: Life’s ripples
563Observations Only: Off to the races
563Lyman Review: Devil calf
561Observations Only: A sad week
559Observations Only: The vision
559Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
559Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
558Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
558Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
558Building Bridges: Love your enemies
554Observations Only: Willfulness
550Teen Voice: The need to get away
549Totally Random: October, the pink month
549A Halloween Story: The scary dream
549Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
549The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
545Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
544Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
544Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
543Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
540Our View: Visionaries wanted
539Observations Only: The need to understand
536Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
533Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
531Across the Fence: The Pony Express
529Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
528Observations Only: A good daughter
521Teen Voice: Stress test
520Teeing Off: Persistence
517Teen Voice: Footprints
516Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
515Teeing Off: Mind Gym
512Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
512Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
511Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
510Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
508Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
506Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
502Teen Voice: The rivalry
501Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
500Teen Voice: Remember what you have
500Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
498Observations Only: Waiting time
497Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
492Observations Only: Saint Marge
489Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
486Lyman Review: The love goat
485Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
483Teen Voice: The Other Side
483Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
483Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
480Teeing Off: The thing about state
477Anno Domini: On this remembering day
475Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
473Totally Random: Happy Halloween
472Teen Voice: What is love?
471Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
470Observations Only: Reality check
470Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
466Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
465Observations Only: Gone away
464Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
463Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
460Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
460Teen Voice: My rebellion
458Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
457Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
456Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
454Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
450No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
450Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
447Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
445Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
444Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
441Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
439Teen Voice: Self-expression
439 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
437Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
435Observations Only: Hog wash
435Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
433Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
433Why you should visit the zoo in February
431Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
428Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
427Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
421Lyman Review: One mean chicken
421From the Hill: More Work Ahead
419Teen Voice: Cyber War
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413Observations Only: The visit
413At the Library: March into a good book
411For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
405SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
403Observations Only: A day in August
403Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
402Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
399Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
399What’s really going on with our water?
397Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
390Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
384No-Till Notes: Looking Back
384In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
383Observations Only: The last goodbye
381Observations Only: One more time
379Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
378Observations Only: Final moment
377Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
375No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
375Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
374Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
373Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
372Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
371Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
370A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
369Teen Voice: The gift of caring
368Teen Voice: To the future
367Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
366Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
363Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
362Lyman Review: Branding Time
362Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
361Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
361Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
360Across The Fence: Last Christmas
360View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
358At the Monument: Junior Rangers
355Teen Voice: Where is the love?
354Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
354Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
353Their View: Goal post move unfair
351Totally Random: Where does it go?
351Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
350Our View: Community responsible for kids
349Observations Only: The last toothpick
349Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
349Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
349Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
348Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
343Nature Notes: Love is in the air
342Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
340In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
338Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
336Totally Random: Trusting the fates
334Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
333Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
332In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
331Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
330Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
328Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
328Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
328Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
327Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
325Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
323Observations Only: The vigil
323Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
320Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
320Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
317Linked Lives
315Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
314Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
312Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
310History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
309Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
306Religious freedom must be protected
306Support emergency services personnel
303Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
303At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
302Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
299Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
297Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
296In the Hills: Explore the state parks
294Lyman Review: Winter's dog
293Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
293At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
292Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
290Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
289Website Resources
288Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
286At the Monument: That old (historic) building
286Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
283Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
283From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
282College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
282Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
281Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
280Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
280Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
279Across the Fence: Amanda
279Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
279No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
278Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
277No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
275Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
272Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
272No-till Notes: Moving forward
272Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
270Lyman Review: Dog fun
270No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
266New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
266At the Monument: Where are the animals?
266Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
264At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
262Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
261Teen Voice: Inspire me
261Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
260Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
253Greetings from the State Capitol
252Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
252No-til Notes: Changing plans
251Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
251Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
249Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
244Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
242No-Till Notes: Back in the field
239Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
239No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
235Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
223At the Monument: Art in National Parks
219Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
218View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
216Be kind through communications
215Synchronicity:What brings me back
213Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
213Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
207Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
206No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
205Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
202Letter to the editor
189Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
183Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
180Letters to the Editor
178In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
172Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
163A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
157Fourth of July meetings
154Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
143Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
143A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
132Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
124Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
124Prairie Dogs
121Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
120 Across The Fence: County Fair
117Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
113No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
113Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
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112Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
109Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
99At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
98No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
96In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
95Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
88Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
84Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
83Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
77No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
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53Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
45At the Monument: Night Sky
36No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
29Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
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