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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256Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
255Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
254Observations Only: The last goodbye
254Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
254No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
254A mom’s thoughts on social media
254Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
253Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
253Observations Only: The visit
252Observations Only: Expect the best
252Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
252Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
251No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
251Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
250From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
249Teen Voice: Serendipity
249Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
249Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
249Lyman Review: The love goat
249Teen Voice: Self-expression
249At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
249No-till Notes: Moving forward
248A Halloween Story: The scary dream
248Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
248Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
248At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
247Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
247Observations Only: The vigil
247No Till Notes: Moving Forward
246Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
246Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
246From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
245Observations Only: Uneventful flight
245Teen Voice: Shadow art
245Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
245Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
245No-Till Notes: The value of water
245Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
244Totally Random: Happy Halloween
244No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
244A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
244Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
244At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
244A new chapter for the U.S. House
243Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
243Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
242Observations Only: Going home
242Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
242Teen Voice: The rivalry
242Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
242Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
242Simply October
242Keeping Nebraska Safe
241In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
241No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
241All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
241Practicing Fiscal Restraint
240Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
240Teen Voice: Equality
240Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
240Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
240No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
240Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
239The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
239Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
239Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
238Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
238Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
238Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
238Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
238Teen Voice: Cyber War
238No-till Notes: Stripper head
237Lyman Review: Dog fun
237Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
237Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
236Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
236Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
236No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
235From the Hill: More Work Ahead
235Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
235Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
234Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
234The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
234No-til Notes: Changing plans
234No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
234At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
234Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
234Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
234Transgender issues need to be addressed
233From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
233Veterans Day
233At the Monument: Living History
232Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
232A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
231Completely Different - The magic of spring
231No-Till Notes: Back in the field
231We shall not give into fear
230Rural America and immigration reform
230At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
230To whom are we thankful?
230Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
230NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
230Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
229New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
229Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
228Observations Only: Curious things
228Teen Voice: Body image
228Totally Random: Trusting the fates
228Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
228Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
227From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
227Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
227Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
227Nebraska needs tax reform
226Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
225Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
225Lyman Review: Winter's dog
225In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
225Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
225Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
225At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
225The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
224Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
224Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
224Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
224No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
224Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
223Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
223Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
223Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
223Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
223At the Library: March into a good book
223Committee reviews property tax proposals
222Teen Voice: The Other Side
222Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
222At the Monument: Museum collections
221Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
221Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
221In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
221Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
221No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
220From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
220
220Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
220Letters to the Editor
220The Good Life: There is good everywhere
219Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
219Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
219At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
219Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
219Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
219
218Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
218Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
218Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
218For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
218Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
217Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
217Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
217Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
217At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
217Working for you
216Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
216Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
216Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
216A national day of Thanksgiving
215From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
215Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
215The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
215Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
215Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
215Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
215Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
214Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
214Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
214Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
213From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
213Teen Voice: Inspire me
213In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
213News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
213No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
212Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
211Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
211Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
211Website Resources
210Prairie Dogs
210At the Monument: Night Sky
210Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
209Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
209Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
209Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
209Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
209Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
208Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
208Nature Notes: Love is in the air
208Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
208Letter to the editor
208Honoring Our Veterans
207Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
207Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
207Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
207Lyman Review: Branding Time
207Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
207Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
206Observations Only: Choices
206I love Thanksgiving
205Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
205Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
205Linked Lives
205At the Monument: Junior Rangers
205
204Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
204Teen Voice: Footprints
204Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
204Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
204Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
203Teen Voice: Living within our means
203At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
203Easter
202Their View: Goal post move unfair
202The State of Nebraska Agriculture
201
201Serving You
201Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
200Across the Fence: The Pony Express
200Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
200Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
200Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
200Fourth of July meetings
200At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
199Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
198Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
198Tumbleweeds on the loose
197Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
197Guest Voices…
197Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
197Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
197Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
197In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
197Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
197Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
197Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
197At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
197Giving Thanks
196View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
196At the Monument: That old (historic) building
196At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
196This year in the Regulation Rewind
195Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
195Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
195PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
194Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
194Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
194Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
194Creatures of the Night
193Letters to the Editor
193
192Teen Voice: Catfished
192At the Monument: Art in National Parks
192View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
191Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
191Reach out for challenges
190Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
190Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
190Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
189Teen Voice: Where is the love?
189Budgeting the Nebraska Way
189A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
188Support emergency services personnel
188Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
188No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
187Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
186Synchronicity:What brings me back
185From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
185Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
185Feeding a world in need
184Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
183Teen Voice: What is love?
183No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
182In the Hills: Explore the state parks
182From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
182Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
181I'm falling for Tumblr?
181Be kind through communications
181The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
180Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
180Our view: United we can build
179Greetings from the State Capitol
179Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
179In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
179
178Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
178A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
177Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
177Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
177At the Monument: Where are the animals?
177
177At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
176Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
175What’s really going on with our water?
175College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
174At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
174Support letters requested for airport
172In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
169Unprovoked dangers
168From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
168Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
168Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
167At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
166Religious freedom must be protected
166A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
166Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
165Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
164Totally Random: Where does it go?
163News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
162
162No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
159To The Editor
153Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
153Our View: A failure to communicate
151Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
151Protecting Our Local Communities
149
148Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
146Our View: The elephant in the room
145
145From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
144Letter to the Editor
144No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
143Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
141Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
140Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
135Letter to the Editor
129Letter to the Editor
127All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
125Packing bill is a bad idea
121The Year Ahead
118Nebraska’s Heroes
117Spurring Innovation
114Hog bill vote was disappointing
112Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
107It’s Fall in Nebraska
106Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
94Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
93Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
92News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
90Walkable, bikeable communities
90No-Till Notes: Water conservation
82Defending life is essential to defending freedom
78Stand Up for Life
64Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
43Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
Most Read News Stories of 2012
1960Teen Voice: Social media preys on short attention spans
874Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
757Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
753Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
733Creativity dampened by standardized testing
730Across The Fence: C.B. Irwin: Wyoming’s “Giant Cowboy”
700Capitol View: A new twist just might get health insurance for the working poor
655Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
646Capitol View: They’re back, and look what they brought with them
633Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
621Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
618Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
605Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
604Bulldog Time: Teachers need to adjust their Habitudes
601Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
589No-till Notes” Conservation Agriculture, part 2
561Reversing the President’s failed agenda
547Protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms
545A Stray Moment: Review: ‘The Book Thief’ steals the fiction stage
539Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
538Right up Your Allie: A new day, a new me
536A Stray Moment: My brother, a canoe, and Big Lake Alice
533What's the deal with organic milk?
533Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
532Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
527A Stray Moment: Reflections on Oregon Trail Days
525A Stray Moment: Without a net
523Across the Fence: Re-writing Wyoming’s history
513Anno Domini: Curtain Call: A Song for a Friend
506Across The Fence: Three Queens, Women in Rodeo.
505Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
504Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
499Completely Different: It's all in the family
499Across The Fence: Relay race to Roseburg
497The Good Life: Eclipse, a metaphor for life
493Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
491Teen Voice: Looking to be teacher’s pet?
489No-Till Notes: Two-Thirds
480Infamy - by Richard Reeves
479Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
478Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
478Our view: Getting the Gering plaza right
477A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
477Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
472A Stray Moment: Summer dreaming about the ’70s
467The Good Life: All that remains is love
464Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
463Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
461At the Monument: Geology and its impacts
460Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
459All Points West: Getting to the truth of the matter
459Compassion, respect don’t cost a thing
458Across The Fence: Salt Creek Massacre, May 18, 1871
458All Points West: Taking action against child abuse
457At the Library: An Irish Country...The Novels of Patrick Taylor
453Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
449Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
447A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
439Teen Voice: Too many activities leads to negative effects
438Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
435Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
435A Stray Moment: Library at Legion Park worth exploring
435Teen Voice: What I’ve learned
435No-till Notes: Early registration discounts
434No-Till Notes: Reminiscing
433All Points West: Never far from the trail
431Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
429Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
429Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
428Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
426Jane’s Secret, LXXX: Revealed at last
425Across The Fence: “Medicine Bill”
425All Points West: The only stupid question
424No-Till Notes: Field Days, thank you
422State Senators visit western Nebraska
421Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
421Anno Domini: It’s a Grand Old Flag
421No-till Notes: CSC Classroom
420Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
420Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
420Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
419Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
412Our View: Lowering teen wage makes Nebraska small
408Capitol View: Lawmakers convene 2016 session
406Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
406Wind Farms Expand, But Can They Survive Political Wrangling?
405The Pros: Doctors, Lawyers and...Teachers?
401All Points West: One of the dog days of summer
400All Points West: A community on the move
398Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
398 Giving thanks for family, faith and friends
395Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
395Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
395Our View: Law enforcement deserves respect
394Across the Fence: The hand dug well
393Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
393Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
391No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
390Across The Fence: Charley Nebo, cowboy; just passin’ through
390Across The Fence: Van Tassell
388A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
387Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
387Observations Only: Gone away
386Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
386Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
386Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
386Across The Fence: The Solomon River Stampede
385The Good Life: Reflecting on the first six years of the Gering Citizen
385Jane’s secret LXI: Molly’s premonition
385Anno Domini: Giving thanks for what matters
383Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
382Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
382Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
382Across the Fence: A gathering of warriors at Arikaree Fork
381Jane’s Secret, LXVIII: An old wrong revealed
380Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
379Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
379Jane’s Secret LXIV: The rescue
378Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
378Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
377 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
377Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
376Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
376No Till Notes: Residue levels
375Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
374Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
373Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
373Power of legumes
372Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
372Senior View: People get old, but hugs don’t
371A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
371The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
371Jane’s Secret LX: Stephen’s onus
370Anno Domini: Charlie Brown’s Christmas Miracle
368From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
368Across The Fence: A day For thanks
368No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
368Teen Voice: He’s my dad
367A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
367Across The Fence: From Wounded Knee to the Land of Oz
366A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
366Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
365A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
365Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
365Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
365Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
365Our view: Let’s get the downtown we deserve
365Jane’s Secret LXV Quicksand
365 The Blight Way – Bo Tully #1 - by Patrick F. McManus
364Observations Only: A new direction
364Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
361Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
361Religious freedom or freedom to discriminate?
361Capitol View: Where’s the peace and joy in border closings and gun-free zones?
360Across the Fence: An Old Barn and new memories
359Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
358A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
357Addressing Washington’s spending addiction
356Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
356Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
356No Till Notes: Saying uncle
355Observations Only: Indifferent love
355Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
355Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
355Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl
354Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
354No-Till Notes: Observations, part 2
353SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
352It's no surprise
352Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
352No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
351Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
351Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
350Teen Voice: Being a girl
350Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
350Jane’s Secret, XCV: Hazel’s decision
349Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
349Across The Fence: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain (Part I)
348A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
348Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
347Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
347Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
346Totally Random: My journey, life after living
346Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
346Capitol View: Credit Where Credit Is Due
345Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
344Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
344At the Library: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
343Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
342Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
342Across The Fence: Old Julesburg and new
341Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
341A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
340No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
339Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
339A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
337All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
336A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
335Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
335Tourism can bolster economy
335News from Lincoln: Filibuster kills gun rights bill
333Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
333Lyman Review: Devil calf
332Achieving your dreams takes work
332A Stray Moment: Precious time is time shared
331A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
331Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
330Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
330Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
330Across The Fence: Antoine Barada, larger than life
329Teen Voice: To the future
329Across the Fence: Surrender, April 9, 1865
329Jane’s Secret, LXVII For heaven’s sake
328Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
328The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
328The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
327Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
327Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
327Jane’s Secret LIX: Gertrude’s vow
327Jane’s Secret LXIII: Gertrude’s choice
327Jack’s Insights: We could all benefit from more ‘think’ time
326Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
326Across The Fence: The Butterfield Overland Mail
325Teeing Off: Around the Green
325No-Till Notes: Irrigation rotation
325Across The Fence: The Zeek Homestead
324Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
324Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
324A Stray Moment: God Knows
324Anno Domini: On this remembering day
323Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
322Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
322Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
322Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
322Observations Only: Willfulness
322Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
322Keeping our commitment to Nebraska veterans
321Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
321Anno Domini: We gather together
321A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
320A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
320From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
320Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
320 Across The Fence: County Fair
320Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
319Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
318Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
318Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
318Observations Only: Final moment
318A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
318Anno Domini: A time when manners were more important
318Jane’s Secret, LXVI: The note
317Observations Only: A gift of serenity
317Observations Only: A matter of matter
317Observations Only: A good daughter
317Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
317Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
317Across the Fence: Amanda
317Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
316From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
316The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
316Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
316Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
316No-Till Notes: Observations
316Across the Fence: Buffalo Baron, Charles Rath
316To protect Americans, stop underestimating ISIS
315Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
315Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
315From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
315Teen Voice: The need to get away
315Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
315Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
315Across The Fence: The Long Hard Pull
314Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
314Teen Voice: The gift of caring
313Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
312Time keeps flowing like a river
312Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
312Teen Voice: Silence
312Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
312Capitol View: Say goodbye to ConAgra, but don’t lament departure
311Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
311Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
311Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
311Building Bridges: Love your enemies
311Across The Fence: Massacre Canyon
311Review: ‘Half Bad’ by author Sally Green
310Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
310Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
309Observations Only: A sad week
309 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
308The Good Life: The two different types of business people
308Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
308Observations Only: The awful truth
308The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
308Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
307Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
307Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
307Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
307Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
307All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
306It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
306Observations Only: Hog wash
306Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
306Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
306Across The Fence: Fort Sanders: A Forgotten fort on the U. P. line
306Across The Fence: From the Golden Gate to the Big Apple
306Property tax relief still in the works
305Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
305Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
305Totally Random: Life’s ripples
305Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
305Teen Voice: Character exceeds good grades
304Completely Different: Tales from the mat
304A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
304Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
304Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
304Observations Only: Saint Marge
304Observations Only: One more time
304Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
303A real leaning tree Christmas
303Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
303Enjoy the festivities
302Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
301A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
301History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
300The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
300Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
300The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
300Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
300Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
299A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
299Observations Only: Good and evil
299Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
299Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
299No-Till Notes: It’s more than no tillage
299Star Gazing: Earth Day call to action: we must do more
298Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
298Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
297Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
297Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
297Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
297Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
297Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
297Across the Fence: FDR’s New Deal and the CCC
297Star Gazing: My father’s daughter
297A new era for the Nebraska National Guard
296Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
296Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
296No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
295Observations only : Sisters of the world
295Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
295The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
295Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
294Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
294Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
294A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
294A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
294Observations Only: A matter of paradox
294Observations Only: The vision
294Totally Random: October, the pink month
293Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
293From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
293Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
293Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
293Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
293Jane’s Secret: The Telling
292Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
292Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
292The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
292No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
291A Small World: Time traveling
291Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
291Observations Only: Temptation
291Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
291A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
291A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
290Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
290Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
290No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
290No-Till Notes: Potential
289The zombie apocalypse and you
289Observations Only: Critical thinking
289Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
289Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
289Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
289Nebraska’s roads still a challenge
288The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
288Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
288Observations Only: The last toothpick
288Stop texting your wish-list to Santa
287Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
287Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
287Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
287Across The Fence: To Honor a Flag
286Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
286Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
286Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
286Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
286Teen Voice: My rebellion
286Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
286No Till Notes: Final Stop
285Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
285Observations Only: The need to understand
285Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
285Star Gazing: Arts programming, something to be considered
284Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
284Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
284Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
284Observations Only: The shadow of error
284Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
284Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
284Jane’s secret LVIII: Mr. Valentine
283Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
283Observations Only: Beginnings
283Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
283Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
283Why you should visit the zoo in February
282Observations Only: A fine line
282Observations Only: Off to the races
281Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
281Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
281A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
281Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
281No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
281Drowning in Regulation
280Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
280Across the Fence: Building Barns
280Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
280Observations Only: Sister lost
280Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
280Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
280Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
280A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
279Observations Only: Just around the corner
279Observations Only: Divine spirit
279Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
279Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
279Welcome home
278Observations Only: Waiting time
278Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
278No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
278Capitol View: Lawmakers want to consider old friend, school foundation aid
277Observations Only : The orphanage
277A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
277Back to Where it All Began
276Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
276Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
276Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
276Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
276Observations Only: A day in August
276Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
276No-Till Notes: Looking Back
276The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
276Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
275Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
275The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
275Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
275Teen Voice: Remember what you have
275Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
274Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
274The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
274The Christmas Story
274Our View: City needs to hit green with eatery
273Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
273The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
273Teen Voice: The more the merrier
273Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
273Observations Only: Divine prompts
273Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
273‘Is there something I can do?’
273Why parents are important
272Observations Only: The joy of money
272The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
272Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
272Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
272Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
272Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
272Teen Voice: Stress test
272Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
272Capitol View: Ricketts, some lawmakers want to put a lid on it, again
271Completely Different: Your local government and you
271Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
271Across the Fence: On The road
271The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
271Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
271Our View: Community responsible for kids
271Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
271Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
271Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
271Curiosity Corner: A Story of News
271No-Till Notes: PNTP Field Days
270Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
270The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
270A Small World: Savoring county fair days
270A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
270Observations Only: Reality check
270Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
270Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
270Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
270A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
270Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
270Guest Opinion: Nebraska losing big-time
270No-Till Notes: Field Pea disease
270A book review: Once Shadows Fall, by Robert Daniels
269A last look at the Nebraska Zone
269Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
269Observations Only: Curious things, part II
269Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
268Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
268Observations Only : White water
268A Small World: Special guest
268Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
268Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
268Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
268Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
268Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
268At the Monument: Find Your Park
267Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
267Observations Only: Extreme measures
267Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
267Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
267‘The Life We Bury’ by By Allen Eskens A book review
267No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
266Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
266Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
266Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
266No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
266Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
265We need a few good people
265Completely Different: The Quest
265From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
265A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
265Across The Fence: Last Christmas
265Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
265A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
265No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
265Teen Voice: Out with homework
264Observations Only: Journey's end
264Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
264Teeing Off: Persistence
264A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
264Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
264A warm feeling on a big winter day
263Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
263Teeing Off: Mind Gym
263A Highway Bill for Nebraska
262Being a Nebraskan – border to border
262Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
262Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
262Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
262Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
262Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
261Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
261Across the fence: Something worth remembering
261A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
261Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
261Totally Random: The Golden Rule
261Teeing Off: The thing about state
261Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
260Trash cans
260Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
260Observations Only: A soul’s journey
260Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
260No Till Notes:
259Do You Tube?
259Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
259The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
259No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
259Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
259No Till Notes: Potential, part 2
259All Points West: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
258Observations Only: Saturday delight
258Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
258Lyman Review: One mean chicken
258Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
258Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
258Jane’s Secret LVII: A mystery revealed
257Our view . . .Sports Complex
257Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
256Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
256Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
256Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
256Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
255Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
255Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
255Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
254Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
254Observations Only - Two ages of man
254Observations Only: What's in a word?
254Observations Only: The last goodbye
254Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
254No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
254A mom’s thoughts on social media
254Jane’s Secret LXII: True colors
253Life's curve balls
253Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
253Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
253Observations Only: The visit
252Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
252Observations Only: Expect the best
252Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
252Lawmakers taking another shot at Medicaid expansion
251From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
251Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
251No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
251Curiosity Corner: A forever Christmas
250From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
249Teen Voice: Serendipity
249Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
249Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
249Lyman Review: The love goat
249Teen Voice: Self-expression
249At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
249No-till Notes: Moving forward
248Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
248Observations Only: Blue chip stock
248A Halloween Story: The scary dream
248Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
248Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
248At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
247Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
247Observations Only: The vigil
247No Till Notes: Moving Forward
246Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
246Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
246From the Hill: LEAP to New Opportunities
245Observations Only: Uneventful flight
245Teen Voice: Shadow art
245Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
245Jane’s Secret, XC: Clem’s story
245No-Till Notes: The value of water
245Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
244Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
244Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
244A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
244Totally Random: Happy Halloween
244No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
244A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
244Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
244At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
244A new chapter for the U.S. House
243Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
243Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
242Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
242Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
242Observations Only: Going home
242Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
242Teen Voice: The rivalry
242Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
242Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
242Simply October
242Keeping Nebraska Safe
241Observations Only : Mission accomplished
241Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
241Permission to remember
241The ghost of Ayn Rand
241Observations Only: Surprises
241In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
241No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
241All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
241Practicing Fiscal Restraint
240Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
240Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
240Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
240Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
240Teen Voice: Equality
240Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
240Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
240No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
240Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
239Age of reason
239A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
239Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
239The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
239Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
239Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
238The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
238Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
238Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
238Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
238Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
238Teen Voice: Cyber War
238No-till Notes: Stripper head
237Home of the Brave
237Lyman Review: Dog fun
237Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
237Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
236Seeing the works of the master
236SELL-OUT!
236The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
236Observations Only: Painting a picture
236Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
236Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
236Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
236No-Till Notes: The Power of Legumes, part II
235Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
235From the Hill: More Work Ahead
235Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
235Capitol View: Corrections director knows challenge, forges ahead
234A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
234Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
234The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
234No-til Notes: Changing plans
234No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
234At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
234Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
234Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
234Transgender issues need to be addressed
233From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
233Veterans Day
233At the Monument: Living History
232A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
232Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
232A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
231Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
231A Stray Moment: The last time
231Completely Different - The magic of spring
231No-Till Notes: Back in the field
231We shall not give into fear
230Rural America and immigration reform
230At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
230To whom are we thankful?
230Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
230NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
230Curiosity Corner: Amazing Grace
229Our View: Bravo OTD committee
229Observations Only: The meeting
229New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
229Capitol View: How Nebraska rates is a good tool
228Economic development update
228Observations Only: Curious things
228Teen Voice: Body image
228Totally Random: Trusting the fates
228Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
228Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
227From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
227Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
227Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
227Nebraska needs tax reform
226Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
225Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
225Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
225Lyman Review: Winter's dog
225In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
225Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
225Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
225At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
225The hope of Christmas in an uncertain world
224Assad’s endgame
224Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
224Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
224Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
224No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
224Capitol View: Warning: Election Year Legislative session ahead
223Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
223Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
223Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
223Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
223Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
223At the Library: March into a good book
223Committee reviews property tax proposals
222Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
222Teen Voice: The Other Side
222Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
222At the Monument: Museum collections
221Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
221From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
221Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
221Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
221In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
221Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
221No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
220From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
220Observations Only: North Powder
220From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
220
220Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
220Letters to the Editor
220The Good Life: There is good everywhere
219Observations Only: Counting chickens
219Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
219Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
219Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
219At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
219Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
219Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
219
218Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
218Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
218Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
218Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
218For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
218Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
217From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
217Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
217Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
217Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
217At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
217Working for you
216 Taking a big risk
216The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
216Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
216Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
216Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
216A national day of Thanksgiving
215Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
215From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
215Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
215The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
215Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
215Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
215Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
215Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
214From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
214Observations Only: Scourge of violence
214Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
214Across The Fence: Edmund Guerrier: Custer’s scout in 1867
214Looking ahead to the 2016 Legislative session
213Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
213From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
213Teen Voice: Inspire me
213In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
213News From Lincoln: Legislative big crush begins
213No-Till Notes: Blue Dasher Farm
212Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
212Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
212Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
212Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
211Observations Only: Together again
211Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
211Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
211Website Resources
210Welcome to Gering
210From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
210Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
210Prairie Dogs
210At the Monument: Night Sky
210Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
209Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
209Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
209Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
209Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
209Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
208Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
208Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
208Nature Notes: Love is in the air
208Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
208Letter to the editor
208Honoring Our Veterans
207Timing makes perfect
207Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
207Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
207Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
207Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
207Lyman Review: Branding Time
207Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
207Jane’s Secret, XCI: Sticks and stones
206Observations Only: Choices
206I love Thanksgiving
205Teen Voice: Not just another ride
205From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
205Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
205Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
205Linked Lives
205At the Monument: Junior Rangers
205
204Practice safe barbecue basics
204Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
204Teen Voice: Footprints
204Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
204Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
204Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
203Teen Voice: Living within our means
203At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
203Easter
202Observations Only: Sister odyssey
202Their View: Goal post move unfair
202The State of Nebraska Agriculture
201
201Serving You
201Teen Voice: Dating scene has come a long way
200Across the Fence: The Pony Express
200Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
200Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
200Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
200Fourth of July meetings
200At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
199Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
199Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
198Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
198Tumbleweeds on the loose
197The hills, part 1: Mustangs
197Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
197Guest Voices…
197Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
197Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
197Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
197In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
197Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
197Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
197Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
197At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
197Giving Thanks
196The Block
196The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
196View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
196At the Monument: That old (historic) building
196At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
196This year in the Regulation Rewind
195Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
195Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
195Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
195Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
195PROPERTY TAXES REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS, BUT WHERE IS THE FIX?
194Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
194Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
194Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
194Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
194Creatures of the Night
193Letters to the Editor
193
192Letter to the Editor
192Social time has important benefits
192Teen Voice: Catfished
192At the Monument: Art in National Parks
192View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
191Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
191Reach out for challenges
190Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
190Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
190Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
189Observations Only: Giving up
189Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
189Teen Voice: Where is the love?
189Budgeting the Nebraska Way
189A Stray Moment: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’
188Support emergency services personnel
188Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
188No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
187View from the block
187Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
186Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
186Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
186Synchronicity:What brings me back
185From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
185Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
185Feeding a world in need
184My mini Pen and me
184Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
184Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
183Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
183From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
183Teen Voice: What is love?
183No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
182Observations Only: Spider adventure
182In the Hills: Explore the state parks
182From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
182Capitol View: Pig ownership may be defining moment in urban-rural relations
181A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
181Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
181Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
181I'm falling for Tumblr?
181Be kind through communications
181The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
180Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
180Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
180Our view: United we can build
179Teen Voice: March Madness
179Greetings from the State Capitol
179Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
179In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
179
178Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
178A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
177Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
177Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
177At the Monument: Where are the animals?
177
177At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
176Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
175Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
175Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
175What’s really going on with our water?
175College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
174At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
174Support letters requested for airport
173Remembering When
172Silence please
172In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
171LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
169The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
169Unprovoked dangers
168From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
168From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
168Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
168Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
167From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
167At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
166Religious freedom must be protected
166A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
166Jane’s Secret, XCIII: Hazel’s story
165Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
164Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
164Totally Random: Where does it go?
163News from Lincoln: TIF program gets abused
162From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
162From the Superintendent’s Desk
162
162No-Till Notes: Power of Legumes, Part 4
161Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
159Observations Only: No thank you
159LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
159From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
159Teen Voice: Today’s television
159To The Editor
156Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
153Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
153Our View: A failure to communicate
151Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
151Protecting Our Local Communities
150From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
149
148Jane’s Secret, XCIV: Hazel’s story, part II
146Our View: Visionaries wanted
146Our View: The elephant in the room
145
145From the Capitol: Investing in infrastructure
144Letter to the Editor
144No-Till Notes: The power of legumes, part 3
143From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
143Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
143Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
141Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
141Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
140Teen Voice: The road of hatred
140Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
137Teen Voice: Happy news
135Letter to the Editor
129Letter to the Editor
128Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
127All Points West: The better qualities of leadership
125Packing bill is a bad idea
124From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
123Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
122Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
121The Year Ahead
118Nebraska’s Heroes
117Spurring Innovation
114Hog bill vote was disappointing
112Young leaders in Nebraska agriculture
107It’s Fall in Nebraska
106Jane’s Secret, XCVI: Threads
94Teen Voice: Ready for the world? Get real
93Curiosity Corner: Exploring the Oregon Trail, backwards
92News From Lincoln: Session gets underway
90Walkable, bikeable communities
90No-Till Notes: Water conservation
82Defending life is essential to defending freedom
80My Thanksgiving prayer
78Stand Up for Life
64Jane’s Secret, XCVII: The vision
43Jane’s Secret, XCVIII: Clem’s onus
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