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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39Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
39Teeing Off: Mind Gym
39Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
39Teen Voice: What is love?
39Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
39Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
39No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
39No-till Notes: Moving forward
39Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
39Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
39No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
38From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
38Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
38Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
38Observations Only: Hog wash
38Why you should visit the zoo in February
38Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
38Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
38Website Resources
37Observations Only: Sister lost
37Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
37Observations Only: Willfulness
37Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
37Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
37Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
37From the Hill: More Work Ahead
37Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
37No-Till Notes: Looking Back
37Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
37College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
37Fourth of July meetings
36Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
36Completely Different - The magic of spring
36Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
36Lyman Review: Winter's dog
36Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
36Nature Notes: Love is in the air
36Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
36Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
35Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
35Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
35Teen Voice: Inspire me
35From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
35No-Till Notes: Back in the field
34Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
34Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
33The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
33Rural America and immigration reform
33Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
33At the Library: March into a good book
33Lyman Review: Dog fun
32Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
32Greetings from the State Capitol
30Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
30Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
29No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
28Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
Most Read News Stories of 2012
466Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
463All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
415Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
364To whom are we thankful?
266Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
258A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
248At the Monument: Museum collections
243Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
236A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
233A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
215Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
212Support letters requested for airport
209Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
198No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
191No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
189Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
178In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
176Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
176Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
169No Till Notes:
167Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
164Letters to the Editor
160Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
159Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
158Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
158In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
157At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
156A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
154Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
153Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
149No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
138Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
135Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
131Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
131At the Monument: Where are the animals?
128
127Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
125Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
123What's the deal with organic milk?
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114Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
112At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
106Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
105Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
102Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
101Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
98The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
93Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
93Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
92Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
90Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
89Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
89Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
89Observations Only: A soul’s journey
88Completely Different: It's all in the family
88Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
87Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
86Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
86A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
85Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
84Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
83 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
83Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
82At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
81Totally Random: The Golden Rule
81From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
81Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
80Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
80Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
80A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
80At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
79Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
79Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
79No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
78Creatures of the Night
78Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
77Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
77Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
76Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
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75From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
75Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
75In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
74Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
74Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
73A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
73Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
73Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
72Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
72Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
71Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
71Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
71Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
71Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
71Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
70Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
70Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
70Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
70Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
70Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
70Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
70Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
70Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
70Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
69Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
69Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
69Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
69The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
69Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
69Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
68Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
68Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
68Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
68Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
68No-Till Notes: The value of water
67Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
67Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
67Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
67At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
66Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
66Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
66A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
66Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
66Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
66Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
65A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
65Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
65Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
65Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
65Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
65A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
64The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
64Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
64Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
64A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
64The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
64The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
64Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
64Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
64Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
64Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
63Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
63Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
63From the Superintendent’s Desk
63Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
63Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
63Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
63Observations Only: A sad week
63The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
63Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
63Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
63Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
63A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
63Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
62Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
62From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
62From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
62Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
62Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
62A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
62Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
62Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
62A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
61The ghost of Ayn Rand
61Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
61Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
61Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
61Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
61From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
61Across the Fence: The hand dug well
61Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
61Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
61Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
61No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
60Assad’s endgame
60From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
60From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
60Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
60A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
60Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
60Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
60Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
60Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
60Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
59Across the Fence: On The road
59Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
59Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
59Across the Fence: Building Barns
59Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
59A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
59A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
59Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
59Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
59Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
59Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
59Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
59Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
59 Across The Fence: County Fair
59Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
58Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
58Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
58The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
58Teen Voice: Silence
58Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
58In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
58Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
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57Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
57From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
57A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
57Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
57From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
57Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
57Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
57Teeing Off: Around the Green
57The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
57Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
57No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
57Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
57No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
56Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
56Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
56Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
56Teeing Off: Persistence
56Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
56A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
56Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
56The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
56Totally Random: My journey, life after living
56At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
56Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
56Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
55Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
55Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
55From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
55Observations Only: Curious things
55Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
55Across the Fence: The Pony Express
55Teen Voice: The need to get away
55A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
55Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
55Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
55Anno Domini: We gather together
55Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
55Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
55A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
54Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
54A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
54A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
54Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
54From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
54Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
54Teen Voice: Remember what you have
54A Halloween Story: The scary dream
54Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
54Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
54Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
54At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
54Be kind through communications
54
53The Block
53Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
53Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
53From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
53Observations Only: The need to understand
53Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
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53Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
53Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
53Teen Voice: My rebellion
53Across The Fence: A day For thanks
53A real leaning tree Christmas
53Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
53Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
53Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
53Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
53Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
53Reach out for challenges
52Being a Nebraskan – border to border
52Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
52A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
52Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
52Observations Only: The meeting
52Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
52Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
52Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
52Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
52The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
52Observations Only: Temptation
52Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
52Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
52Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
52Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
52Observations Only: Reality check
52The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
52Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
52Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
52Building Bridges: Love your enemies
52Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
52Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
52Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
52Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
52History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
52Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
52In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
52Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
52Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
51Completely Different: Your local government and you
51From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
51Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
51Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
51Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
51Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
51Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
51Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
51Observations Only: Beginnings
51Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
51Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
51Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
51Observations Only: Divine spirit
51Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
51Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
51Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
51Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
51Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
51New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
51Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
51Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
50Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
50A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
50Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
50Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
50Observations Only: Critical thinking
50From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
50A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
50Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
50Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
50Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
50Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
50Lyman Review: The love goat
50Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
50Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
50Anno Domini: On this remembering day
50Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
50Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
50Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
50Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
50No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
50No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
50In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
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49A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
49Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
49Teen Voice: Today’s television
49From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
49The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
49Observations Only : White water
49Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
49Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
49Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
49Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
49A Stray Moment: Without a net
49The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
49A Small World: Special guest
49Observations Only: Saint Marge
49Teen Voice: Stress test
49Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
49Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
49Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
49Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
49Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
49SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
49In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
49Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
49Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
49Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
49Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
48Observations Only : The orphanage
48A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
48The hills, part 1: Mustangs
48From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
48Teen Voice: Catfished
48Observations Only: Journey's end
48Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
48Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
48A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
48Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
48Teen Voice: Body image
48A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
48A Small World: Savoring county fair days
48Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
48Teen Voice: The rivalry
48Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
48Observations Only: Gone away
48Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
48Across The Fence: Last Christmas
48Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
48Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
48Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
48Across the Fence: Amanda
48Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
48View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
48No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
48Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
48No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
47Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
47Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
47Observations Only: A new direction
47Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
47Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
47Observations Only: Curious things, part II
47Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
47Observations Only: A gift of serenity
47Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
47The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
47Observations Only: Off to the races
47Lyman Review: Devil calf
47Totally Random: Life’s ripples
47Observations Only: The visit
47Totally Random: October, the pink month
47Teen Voice: Self-expression
47 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
47Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
47Religious freedom must be protected
47Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
47No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
47Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
46Completely Different: Tales from the mat
46The zombie apocalypse and you
46Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
46Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
46Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
46Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
46Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
46I'm falling for Tumblr?
46Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
46The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
46Observations Only: A matter of paradox
46Observations Only: Indifferent love
46Teeing Off: The thing about state
46A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
46Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
46Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
46Lyman Review: One mean chicken
46Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
46Observations Only: One more time
46Observations Only: Final moment
46Teen Voice: The gift of caring
46Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
46No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
46Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
46Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
46Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
46What’s really going on with our water?
46Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
46Prairie Dogs
46At the Monument: Night Sky
46No Till Notes: Final Stop
46Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
46At the Monument: Living History
45Observations only : Sisters of the world
45Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
45From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
45A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
45From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
45Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
45Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
45Observations Only: The shadow of error
45Teen Voice: The Other Side
45Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
45Observations Only: The vision
45Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
45Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
45Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
45Our View: Community responsible for kids
45Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
45Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
45Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
45Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
45No-til Notes: Changing plans
45Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
45Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
44Time keeps flowing like a river
44Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
44The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
44Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
44Observations Only: Just around the corner
44Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
44Observations Only: Painting a picture
44Observations Only: North Powder
44Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
44Observations Only: Expect the best
44Teen Voice: Being a girl
44Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
44Observations Only: Choices
44Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
44The Good Life: The two different types of business people
44Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
44Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
44Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
44Observations Only: The last goodbye
44Observations Only: The vigil
44Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
44Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
44Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
44Teen Voice: Where is the love?
44Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
44Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
44Their View: Goal post move unfair
44Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
43It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
43Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
43A last look at the Nebraska Zone
43Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
43Completely Different: The Quest
43Across the fence: Something worth remembering
43Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
43Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
43Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
43Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
43Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
43Teen Voice: The more the merrier
43Remembering When
43A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
43Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
43Teen Voice: Serendipity
43Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
43Our View: The elephant in the room
43Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
43Observations Only: Good and evil
43Teen Voice: Shadow art
43Observations Only: A good daughter
43A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
43Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
43Observations Only: The awful truth
43Observations Only: Waiting time
43A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
43Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
43Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
43Observations Only: A day in August
43Teen Voice: Footprints
43Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
43At the Monument: Art in National Parks
43Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
43Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
43In the Hills: Explore the state parks
43Letters to the Editor
43Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
42Economic development update
42Do You Tube?
42Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
42Home of the Brave
42It's no surprise
42Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
42From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
42A Stray Moment: The last time
42Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
42Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
42Observations Only: Scourge of violence
42Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
42Teen Voice: Happy news
42Observations Only: Uneventful flight
42Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
42Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
42The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
42Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
42A Stray Moment: God Knows
42Guest Voices…
42Observations Only: Divine prompts
42Totally Random: Happy Halloween
42Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
42Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
42Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
42Totally Random: Where does it go?
42Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
42At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
42Lyman Review: Branding Time
42Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
42No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
42At the Monument: Junior Rangers
42Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
41Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
41My mini Pen and me
41Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
41Age of reason
41Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
41Teen Voice: Not just another ride
41Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
41Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
41Observations Only: Going home
41Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
41Teen Voice: Equality
41Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
41Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
41Observations Only: A fine line
41The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
41Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
41Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
41Observations Only: A matter of matter
41Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
41Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
41Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
41Teen Voice: To the future
41Totally Random: Trusting the fates
41Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
41Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
41Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
41At the Monument: That old (historic) building
41Support emergency services personnel
41Linked Lives
41For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
41Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
41Synchronicity:What brings me back
41Letter to the editor
41Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
40Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
40Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
40Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
40Observations Only - Two ages of man
40Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
40Teen Voice: The road of hatred
40Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
40Observations Only: Blue chip stock
40Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
40A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
40From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
40Teen Voice: Living within our means
40From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
40The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
40Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
40Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
40Observations Only: The last toothpick
40Teen Voice: Cyber War
40Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
40View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
40Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
40Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
40At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
39Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
39SELL-OUT!
39Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
39Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
39From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
39From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
39LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
39Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
39Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
39Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
39Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
39Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
39From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
39Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
39Teeing Off: Mind Gym
39Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
39Teen Voice: What is love?
39Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
39Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
39No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
39No-till Notes: Moving forward
39Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
39Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
39No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
38Letter to the Editor
38Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
38View from the block
38Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
38Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
38LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
38From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
38From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
38Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
38Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
38Observations Only: Hog wash
38Why you should visit the zoo in February
38Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
38Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
38Website Resources
37Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
37Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
37We need a few good people
37Our view . . .Sports Complex
37Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
37Seeing the works of the master
37Trash cans
37Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
37Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
37From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
37Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
37Observations Only: Sister odyssey
37The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
37Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
37Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
37From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
37Observations Only: Sister lost
37Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
37Observations Only: Willfulness
37Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
37Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
37Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
37From the Hill: More Work Ahead
37Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
37No-Till Notes: Looking Back
37Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
37College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
37Fourth of July meetings
36Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
36Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
36Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
36Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
36Observations Only: The joy of money
36The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
36Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
36Observations Only: What's in a word?
36Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
36Observations Only: No thank you
36Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
36Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
36Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
36Completely Different - The magic of spring
36Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
36Lyman Review: Winter's dog
36Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
36Nature Notes: Love is in the air
36Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
36Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
35Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
35Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
35Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
35Timing makes perfect
35Permission to remember
35 Taking a big risk
35Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
35Practice safe barbecue basics
35Welcome to Gering
35Observations Only: Saturday delight
35Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
35The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
35Observations Only: Giving up
35Observations Only: Together again
35The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
35Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
35Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
35Teen Voice: Inspire me
35From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
35No-Till Notes: Back in the field
34A Small World: Time traveling
34Observations Only : Mission accomplished
34Teen Voice: March Madness
34Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
34Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
34Life's curve balls
34Silence please
34Observations Only: Counting chickens
34Observations Only: Spider adventure
34Observations Only: Surprises
34The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
34The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
34Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
34Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
34Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
33Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
33Our View: Visionaries wanted
33Observations Only: Extreme measures
33Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
33The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
33Rural America and immigration reform
33Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
33At the Library: March into a good book
33Lyman Review: Dog fun
32Social time has important benefits
32Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
32Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
32Greetings from the State Capitol
30From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
30Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
30Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
29No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
28My Thanksgiving prayer
28Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
27Our View: Bravo OTD committee
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