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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2057Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
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2008Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1978Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1929Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1916Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1915Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1912Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1881The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1848A Small World: Time traveling
1841Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1809Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1809Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1792Time keeps flowing like a river
1777Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1762A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1757Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1756Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1755Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1743Letter to the Editor
1722Observations Only : The orphanage
1720My mini Pen and me
1703Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1699Teen Voice: March Madness
1687Our view . . .Sports Complex
1678Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1668Completely Different: Your local government and you
1665From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1660Observations only : Sisters of the world
1657Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1657Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1648Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1645Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1644Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1643Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1639Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1632Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1627Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1620Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1605Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1591It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1583Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1578Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1569Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1566Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1558Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1554From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1517Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1467Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1450Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1435Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1433Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1408Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1340Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1331Completely Different: The Quest
1321Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1271Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1246Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1245Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1223Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1218The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1212Across the Fence: Building Barns
1206Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1204Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1203Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1191From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1190Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1184Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1174Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1174Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1170Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1165From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1162Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1160Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1156No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1150Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1135Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1134Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1125From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1118Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1113Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1112From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1110Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1105Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1102Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1102The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1096From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1093Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1090Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1088A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1084Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1082Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1077Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1072Across the Fence: On The road
1069Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1065Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1065A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1060Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1060From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1057From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1056Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1048The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1048Assad’s endgame
1045Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1043Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1042Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1041Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1033A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1026Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1026Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1022Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1021Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1015A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1014Observations Only - Two ages of man
1013Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1011Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1006From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1004Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1003The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
999Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
994From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
991Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
984Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
976Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
974A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
970Observations Only: Painting a picture
965Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
965Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
964Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
959Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
956Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
955Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
948From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
947Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
946Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
943A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
940Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
939Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
938Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
938Teen Voice: Today’s television
937Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
935Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
934Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
932Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
929Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
928Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
925Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
921Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
916Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
916Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
912Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
908Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
908Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
907From the Superintendent’s Desk
907From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
905Across The Fence: A day For thanks
904From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
903Observations Only: A new direction
903Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
903 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
902From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
901From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
894The zombie apocalypse and you
891From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
890Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
888Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
887Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
885Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
877Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
876Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
875Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
872Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
870Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
869From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
867Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
865Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
862A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
861Observations Only: Giving up
860Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
857Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
857Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
856Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
855Trash cans
852Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
850From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
846From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
845Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
843The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
842A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
842From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
841A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
841Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
838The hills, part 1: Mustangs
838Teen Voice: The road of hatred
836Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
836From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
836A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
836Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
835The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
833Observations Only: The joy of money
833Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
832Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
830Teen Voice: The more the merrier
825Teen Voice: Catfished
824The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
824Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
821Observations Only: Saturday delight
819Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
818Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
816A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
816The Block
816Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
815Across the Fence: The hand dug well
815Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
815At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
814Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
814Observations Only: Curious things
812Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
810Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
807Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
803Life's curve balls
803A Stray Moment: God Knows
801Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
796Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
794 Taking a big risk
794From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
794Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
793A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
792Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
791Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
790A Stray Moment: Without a net
787A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
786A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
784A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
784The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
783Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
782Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
782The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
780Teen Voice: Not just another ride
779A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
778Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
777Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
776The ghost of Ayn Rand
774Observations Only: Counting chickens
774Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
772From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
771Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
770Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
770Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
770Observations Only: Scourge of violence
769Timing makes perfect
769Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
768Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
766Seeing the works of the master
766Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
766Observations Only: Extreme measures
766A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
763The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
761Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
760Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
759View from the block
758Observations Only: Going home
754Observations Only: Just around the corner
754Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
754Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
754Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
753Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
752The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
750Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
748SELL-OUT!
748Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
747A Stray Moment: The last time
744Observations Only: Uneventful flight
744A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
742It's no surprise
742Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
742Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
741Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
741The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
739Teen Voice: Body image
739A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
736A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
735Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
735Welcome to Gering
735Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
735Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
734Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
731Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
731Rural America and immigration reform
731The Good Life: The two different types of business people
730Silence please
730Observations Only: Surprises
727Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
724Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
723Age of reason
722Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
722Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
722Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
721Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
721Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
721Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
720Observations Only: What's in a word?
720Observations Only: No thank you
720A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
719Observations Only: A gift of serenity
719The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
718Teen Voice: Living within our means
718Observations Only: The awful truth
717Do You Tube?
717Observations Only: Journey's end
716Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
714Observations Only: Critical thinking
714From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
712Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
712Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
711Teen Voice: Serendipity
710Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
710Teen Voice: Shadow art
709Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
708Economic development update
706Totally Random: My journey, life after living
705LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
705A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
704Observations Only: Together again
704Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
703From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
703Observations Only: North Powder
703Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
703A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
702Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
702Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
702Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
701Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
699Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
697Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
697Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
697Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
696From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
695Observations Only: Sister odyssey
694Observations Only: Blue chip stock
694A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
693The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
693Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
691Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
690Observations Only: Spider adventure
690Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
689Observations Only: Curious things, part II
686Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
685Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
683Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
682Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
681Observations Only: Sister lost
679Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
677Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
677Guest Voices…
675Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
670Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
668Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
665Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
663I'm falling for Tumblr?
662From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
661Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
661Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
660A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
659From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
656Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
656Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
655Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
655A real leaning tree Christmas
654Permission to remember
654The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
653Teen Voice: Being a girl
651Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
650Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
649Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
649Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
648The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
648The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
645My Thanksgiving prayer
643Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
643Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
643Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
642Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
641Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
641Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
638Social time has important benefits
637Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
636Observations Only: The meeting
636Observations Only : White water
636Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
635A Small World: Special guest
634Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
632Home of the Brave
632Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
631Our View: The elephant in the room
631Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
629The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
628Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
627Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
625A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
623Practice safe barbecue basics
623LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
623Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
623Observations Only: Good and evil
623Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
623The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
622Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
620Teen Voice: Happy news
620The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
618Remembering When
616Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
615Observations Only: Expect the best
615Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
614Observations Only: A fine line
614Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
612Teeing Off: Around the Green
611Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
611The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
611The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
609Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
608Our View: Bravo OTD committee
608Observations Only: A matter of matter
608Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
607Observations Only: The shadow of error
604The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
603Observations Only: Beginnings
599Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
597Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
595Observations Only: Indifferent love
594Observations Only: Divine spirit
591Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
587Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
586Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
585Teen Voice: Equality
585Observations Only: A matter of paradox
585Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
585Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
583Observations Only: Choices
583Anno Domini: We gather together
579A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
575Completely Different - The magic of spring
574Observations Only: Divine prompts
569Teen Voice: Silence
567Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
566Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
566Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
561Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
559Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
558A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
558Totally Random: Life’s ripples
557Observations Only: Off to the races
555Observations Only: Temptation
553Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
552Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
549Observations Only: The vision
549Observations Only: A sad week
547Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
546Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
546Lyman Review: Devil calf
545Teen Voice: The need to get away
544Observations Only: Willfulness
540Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
538Our View: Visionaries wanted
538Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
534Totally Random: October, the pink month
532Observations Only: The need to understand
531Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
531Building Bridges: Love your enemies
530Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
529Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
526Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
523Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
522A Halloween Story: The scary dream
519Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
518Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
517Teeing Off: Persistence
510Observations Only: A good daughter
510Teen Voice: Stress test
509Teeing Off: Mind Gym
507The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
506Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
505Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
504Across the Fence: The Pony Express
504Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
504Teen Voice: Footprints
501Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
501Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
497Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
491Teen Voice: The rivalry
491Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
489Teen Voice: Remember what you have
489Observations Only: Waiting time
487Observations Only: Saint Marge
485Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
484Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
482Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
480Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
475Teeing Off: The thing about state
472Teen Voice: The Other Side
471Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
471Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
466Lyman Review: The love goat
464Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
463Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
457Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
457Anno Domini: On this remembering day
456Observations Only: Reality check
454Teen Voice: What is love?
452Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
452Totally Random: Happy Halloween
452Observations Only: Gone away
451Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
450Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
448Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
447Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
444Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
444Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
443Teen Voice: My rebellion
442Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
439Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
438Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
437No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
434Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
433Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
428Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
427Teen Voice: Self-expression
426Observations Only: Hog wash
422Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
422Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
421 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
421Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
418Why you should visit the zoo in February
411Lyman Review: One mean chicken
411Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
410Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
406Observations Only: The visit
405Teen Voice: Cyber War
403
402From the Hill: More Work Ahead
399At the Library: March into a good book
392Observations Only: A day in August
390SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
389Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
386Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
385Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
384Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
384What’s really going on with our water?
381Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
376For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
375Observations Only: The last goodbye
373No-Till Notes: Looking Back
371Observations Only: Final moment
369Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
368Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
365Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
364Observations Only: One more time
361Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
359Teen Voice: To the future
359Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
357Teen Voice: The gift of caring
357No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
356Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
355Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
354In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
353Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
351Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
350Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
350Lyman Review: Branding Time
350Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
349View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
348Across The Fence: Last Christmas
346Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
345Teen Voice: Where is the love?
345Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
343Our View: Community responsible for kids
343Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
343Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
342Observations Only: The last toothpick
342Totally Random: Where does it go?
342Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
342At the Monument: Junior Rangers
338Their View: Goal post move unfair
337Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
337Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
333Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
332Nature Notes: Love is in the air
331Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
328Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
328Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
326Totally Random: Trusting the fates
321In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
319Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
319Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
318Observations Only: The vigil
318Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
318Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
317In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
316Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
316Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
313Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
313Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
311Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
308Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
308Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
307Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
302Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
299Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
297Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
296Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
296Support emergency services personnel
295Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
293Linked Lives
291Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
291Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
288Religious freedom must be protected
288In the Hills: Explore the state parks
287At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
287History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
286Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
285Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
281Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
281Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
281At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
280At the Monument: That old (historic) building
278Lyman Review: Winter's dog
273Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
272Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
272College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
271Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
271Website Resources
270From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
269Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
268Across the Fence: Amanda
268Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
267Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
263No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
262Lyman Review: Dog fun
261Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
261Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
260Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
260Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
257At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
257Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
257Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
257Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
256Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
255Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
253Teen Voice: Inspire me
250No-till Notes: Moving forward
250At the Monument: Where are the animals?
249New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
248Greetings from the State Capitol
245Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
241Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
239No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
238Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
233Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
231Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
230No-til Notes: Changing plans
228No-Till Notes: Back in the field
226Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
225Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
223No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
218Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
216Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
212At the Monument: Art in National Parks
210View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
209Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
199Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
199Synchronicity:What brings me back
198Be kind through communications
197Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
196No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
194Letter to the editor
192No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
192Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
187Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
173Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
169Letters to the Editor
163Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
158In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
158Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
146A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
143Fourth of July meetings
137Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
122Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
116Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
100A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
96Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
94No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
91Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
87Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
87Prairie Dogs
84Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
76Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
73 Across The Fence: County Fair
64No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
62Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
53Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
53In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
49Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
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