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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1677Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1659Our view . . .Sports Complex
1648Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1648Completely Different: Your local government and you
1638Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1635Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1634Observations only : Sisters of the world
1632Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1626Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1623Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1619From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1618Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1618Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1599Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1585Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1583Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1575It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1566Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1552Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1543Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1519Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1504Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1487From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1474Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1445Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1415Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1402Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1388Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1386Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1334Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1307Completely Different: The Quest
1306Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1262Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1222Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1208Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1193Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1181Across the Fence: Building Barns
1179Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1179The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1146Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1145Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1141Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1138From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1137From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1135Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1134Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1124Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1118Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1112Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1103Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1102From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1100Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1088No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1086Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1081Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1079Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1073Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1071From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1066Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1066Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1066The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1061From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1055Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1053Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1051Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1049A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1046Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1039Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1039Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1035A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1033Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1029Across the Fence: On The road
1028From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1018From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1018Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1016Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1013Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1011Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1010The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1010Assad’s endgame
1009Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1006Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1003Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
992Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
988Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
987Observations Only - Two ages of man
987Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
986Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
981Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
980Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
980Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
978The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
970A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
965Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
960Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
960Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
957From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
952From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
950A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
936Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
936A Small World: Savoring county fair days
933Observations Only: Painting a picture
932Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
929Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
925Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
919From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
917Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
916Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
912Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
910Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
908Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
907Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
906Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
905Teen Voice: Today’s television
904Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
904Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
899Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
898Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
897Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
895Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
895Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
889Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
888Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
887Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
886Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
884Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
881Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
880Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
875From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
873Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
872From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
872From the Superintendent’s Desk
870The zombie apocalypse and you
869From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
868A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
867Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
867Across The Fence: A day For thanks
864From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
864Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
863From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
862Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
861Observations Only: A new direction
853Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
851Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
844Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
841Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
838From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
838Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
836Observations Only: Giving up
836Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
835Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
834Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
833Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
831Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
831 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
825Trash cans
820Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
819A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
819Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
817A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
816From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
813The hills, part 1: Mustangs
813A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
813Teen Voice: The road of hatred
812The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
812From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
811Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
810From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
810Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
809Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
804Observations Only: The joy of money
804Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
804Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
804Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
803Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
802Teen Voice: Catfished
800The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
796From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
793The Block
793The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
792Teen Voice: The more the merrier
792Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
790Observations Only: Saturday delight
790Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
790A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
789Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
789Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
788At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
787A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
784Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
782A Stray Moment: God Knows
781Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
779Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
775Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
772A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
772From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
772Observations Only: Curious things
770Life's curve balls
769Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
768Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
767A Stray Moment: Without a net
766 Taking a big risk
766Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
763Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
761A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
760Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
759Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
759The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
758A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
758A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
757Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
757Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
756Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
755Teen Voice: Not just another ride
755The ghost of Ayn Rand
753Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
753Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
751A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
749Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
749Across the Fence: The hand dug well
746Observations Only: Extreme measures
746Observations Only: Counting chickens
746Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
743Seeing the works of the master
742From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
740The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
738Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
738Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
737Timing makes perfect
737Observations Only: Scourge of violence
737A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
737Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
737Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
736Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
736The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
734View from the block
730Observations Only: Just around the corner
728SELL-OUT!
728Observations Only: Going home
728Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
726Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
723A Stray Moment: The last time
720The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
720Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
717Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
717Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
716Welcome to Gering
716Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
715It's no surprise
715Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
714A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
714Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
712The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
710Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
709Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
707Observations Only: Uneventful flight
706Teen Voice: Body image
706Rural America and immigration reform
705A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
704Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
703Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
702Observations Only: Surprises
702Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
701Teen Voice: Living within our means
700Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
699Do You Tube?
699Silence please
699Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
699Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
698Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
698A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
698Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
698A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
697Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
697Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
695Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
694Observations Only: No thank you
694Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
694Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
694Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
693Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
693Observations Only: A gift of serenity
692Observations Only: What's in a word?
692The Good Life: The two different types of business people
691Observations Only: The awful truth
690Economic development update
690Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
689LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
689The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
688Observations Only: Journey's end
687From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
686Age of reason
685From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
685Teen Voice: Shadow art
684Observations Only: Together again
683Observations Only: Critical thinking
682Teen Voice: Serendipity
682Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
681Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
680Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
679Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
678Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
678Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
678A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
676From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
676Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
674Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
674Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
673Observations Only: North Powder
673Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
671Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
669A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
668Observations Only: Sister odyssey
666Observations Only: Spider adventure
665Observations Only: Curious things, part II
665Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
663The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
663Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
661Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
660A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
659Guest Voices…
657Observations Only: Blue chip stock
657Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
657Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
657Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
656Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
654Observations Only: Sister lost
654Totally Random: My journey, life after living
652Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
647I'm falling for Tumblr?
646Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
644From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
641Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
640From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
639Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
639Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
638Permission to remember
636The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
635A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
632Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
632Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
631Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
630My Thanksgiving prayer
629Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
629Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
627Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
623Teen Voice: Being a girl
622Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
619Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
619A real leaning tree Christmas
618Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
618Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
617Our View: The elephant in the room
617The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
616The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
616Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
613Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
612Home of the Brave
612Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
612Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
611Observations Only: The meeting
610Social time has important benefits
610Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
609The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
608LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
607Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
607Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
606Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
605Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
605Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
604Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
602Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
602Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
601Practice safe barbecue basics
600A Small World: Special guest
597Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
596Teen Voice: Happy news
596Observations Only : White water
596Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
595Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
594The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
594Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
593Remembering When
593Observations Only: Expect the best
593The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
593The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
592Observations Only: Good and evil
591Our View: Bravo OTD committee
591The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
591Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
590Observations Only: A fine line
590Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
589Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
587A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
584Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
580Teeing Off: Around the Green
579Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
578Observations Only: The shadow of error
577The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
575Observations Only: Beginnings
575Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
570Observations Only: A matter of matter
564Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
562Observations Only: Indifferent love
562Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
559Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
558Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
555Teen Voice: Equality
554Observations Only: Divine spirit
554Observations Only: A matter of paradox
552Observations Only: Choices
550A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
548Completely Different - The magic of spring
547Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
546Observations Only: Divine prompts
545Anno Domini: We gather together
544Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
540Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
538Totally Random: Life’s ripples
537Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
537Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
536Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
535Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
534Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
533Teen Voice: Silence
531A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
525Observations Only: Off to the races
523Observations Only: The vision
523Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
522Observations Only: Temptation
521Our View: Visionaries wanted
521Observations Only: Willfulness
521Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
520Teen Voice: The need to get away
515Observations Only: A sad week
514Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
512Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
512Totally Random: October, the pink month
512Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
511Observations Only: The need to understand
508Lyman Review: Devil calf
506Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
505A Halloween Story: The scary dream
505Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
495Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
494Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
494Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
493Building Bridges: Love your enemies
490Teen Voice: Stress test
488Teeing Off: Persistence
487Teeing Off: Mind Gym
486Observations Only: A good daughter
484Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
484Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
484Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
484Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
483Across the Fence: The Pony Express
475Teen Voice: The rivalry
471Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
470Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
467Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
465Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
462Teen Voice: Footprints
459Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
458Observations Only: Waiting time
458Observations Only: Saint Marge
457Teeing Off: The thing about state
456Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
455Teen Voice: Remember what you have
454Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
453Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
448Teen Voice: The Other Side
447Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
447Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
444Lyman Review: The love goat
442Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
441Observations Only: Reality check
441Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
434Teen Voice: What is love?
434Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
432Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
431Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
430Anno Domini: On this remembering day
429Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
427Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
424Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
423Totally Random: Happy Halloween
423Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
421Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
421Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
416Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
414Observations Only: Gone away
413Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
409Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
408Observations Only: Hog wash
405Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
405Teen Voice: My rebellion
405Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
405Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
403No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
403Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
402Teen Voice: Self-expression
401Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
400Lyman Review: One mean chicken
400Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
393 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
391Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
387Why you should visit the zoo in February
382Teen Voice: Cyber War
380Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
379Observations Only: The visit
379From the Hill: More Work Ahead
379Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
375
370Observations Only: A day in August
369Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
369Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
364Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
363Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
360SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
359Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
359At the Library: March into a good book
359The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
357Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
355Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
353Observations Only: The last goodbye
346Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
346No-Till Notes: Looking Back
345Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
342Observations Only: One more time
342Observations Only: Final moment
340Teen Voice: The gift of caring
340No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
337Teen Voice: To the future
337Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
336Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
336Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
334Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
333What’s really going on with our water?
329Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
328Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
324Across The Fence: Last Christmas
324Observations Only: The last toothpick
323Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
322Our View: Community responsible for kids
321Teen Voice: Where is the love?
321Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
320Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
319Lyman Review: Branding Time
316Totally Random: Trusting the fates
316Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
311Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
310Nature Notes: Love is in the air
306Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
305Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
301Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
299Observations Only: The vigil
298Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
297Totally Random: Where does it go?
295Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
295Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
295View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
294Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
294Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
294Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
293In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
292Their View: Goal post move unfair
291Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
286In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
285Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
283Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
281Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
277Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
272Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
271Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
268Religious freedom must be protected
267At the Monument: Junior Rangers
265Lyman Review: Winter's dog
265Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
264Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
263Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
263Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
260Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
260Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
256Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
256In the Hills: Explore the state parks
253Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
253Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
253Linked Lives
252At the Monument: That old (historic) building
252In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
247For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
246Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
241Lyman Review: Dog fun
241Across the Fence: Amanda
239Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
239Support emergency services personnel
239At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
237Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
237At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
234Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
234College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
233Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
231Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
230Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
227Teen Voice: Inspire me
226Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
225Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
224At the Monument: Where are the animals?
223Greetings from the State Capitol
222From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
221Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
221No-till Notes: Moving forward
219Website Resources
217Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
209New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
208Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
206No-Till Notes: Back in the field
203Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
203No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
203Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
200Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
199View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
199Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
198Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
198Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
194Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
192Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
192No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
189At the Monument: Art in National Parks
187Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
186History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
183Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
180Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
179No-til Notes: Changing plans
170Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
168Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
166At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
160Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
156Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
153Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
151No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
148Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
140Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
131Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
123Synchronicity:What brings me back
122No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
121Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
110Be kind through communications
100Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
87Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
85Letters to the Editor
69Letter to the editor
57Fourth of July meetings
44Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
39Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
32In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
24Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
14Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
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