We will miss celebrating the Resurrection with our church communities this year, but perhaps this will be an opportunity to reflect more deeply on what the season means. With the directive prohibiting gatherings of more than ten people, even outdoors, sunrise services are out.

Times like these bring out the best and worst in people.

The week of March 15, 2020, the Keep Alliance Beautiful Recycling Center closed due to precautions taken with the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. While writing this Monday, March 23, we are in the middle of what was planned to be a two-week closure. While we are not fully staffed as this column ap…

While attending the Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Conference preliminary insights were shared on the National Public Attitude Survey.

In times like these we get to find out what we are really made of; our strengths, weaknesses, and what really matters. We are pared down to the bone, required to be creative, and hopefully, compassionate. An old song says to look for the silver linings, which are always behind the clouds. He…

While I attended the Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Conference the Wednesday general session featured an opening keynote. Jill Boughton, founder and president of Waste2Worth Innovations, spoke. She was recently featured in “National Geographic” and leads a mission of revolutionizing th…

My children’s father liked to build things and, occasionally, when something went wrong, he’d grin and say, “Hmmm. I cut it off twice and it’s still too short.”

We drive past Carhenge every time we go to Alliance for groceries or other errands. It’s not an attraction for me, although I’ve trekked through with grandkids from time to time, over the years. It’s interesting to see the amount of traffic they get at the visitor center, especially in summe…

The first breakout session I attended at the 2020 National Keep Alliance Beautiful Conference was on the national state of recycling.

Keep Alliance Beautiful Recycling Center Staff, from left, Johnny Mundt, G.O. Thompson, Yvonne and Steve Cornish, Virgil Hardin and Bruce Dobry show off the center's new 2019 CAT Raka forklift. The machine was delivered in January from Nebraska Machinery Caterpillar with just 33 hours on it.…

This is a recycle, written in 2008. It seems just as relevant today, so here’s round two. Actually, it is round eight; that’s how many election years have come and gone.

Drumline cadence vibrated my chest as the Tennessee State marching band opened the first session. The entireTSU band played in the Peabody’s grand ballroom at the Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.

The welcome mat by our door in Sheridan County reads, “A house is not a home without paw prints.” Perhaps it should have a warning in small print, like on food packages that tell you the product was manufactured in a facility that handles tree nuts and so forth. Ours would say that furry cri…

I’m not sure calendars tell the truth. February feels like the longest month. I try to reassure myself that it only has 28 days, but every so often they go and sneak an extra one in. One would think that February would fly by, what with several holidays, but by the time winter has worn us do…

Taco Johns of Alliance, owned by Don and Dorothy Berg, has been recycling their cardboard for at least six years according to General Manager Danielle Prelle.

“You get to be us for a week,” my daughter in law said with a grin. Probably a sigh of relief too, but she hid it well. She was off to Texas on business (nice work if you can get it in February) and my son decided to take a pre-calving break and go along.

Fresh cut pine. The whir of the saw blade. Step outside at a lumber yard for these and other scents and sounds.

Ken Moreland wrote a column recently about people he would like to spend time with, both from the past and present. I always enjoy that sort of essay and find myself thinking, “Oh yeah!” or, “And how about…?”

Melanie Mann has been recycling since she opened Newberry Common Ground 10 years ago.

Our language is an ever changing entity, and the older I get, the more confused I am by the changes. The dictionary gets a workout around here and, lo and behold, it proves my theories wrong, more often than not, which frustrates me because as a word person I’m supposed to know these things.

The largest cardboard boxes on the Keep Alliance Beautiful route come from Todd’s Body and Frame. Several of these pieces make up an entire load.

January brings us face to face with some cold, hard truths. Most businesses take inventory of what’s on hand, and as individuals, this is the time to evaluate what did, and didn’t, work last year. The main areas most of us need to inventory concern the use of time and money.

Shelmadine Print Shop has been open at Fourth and Box Butte for two years. The screen printing business owned by Tim and Brooke Shelmadine has found innovative ways to handle their flow of cardboard.

We aren’t very impressed with the music of today so the radio isn’t on a lot, and I don’t play music on my phone. Our preferences run to albums written and sung by good friends we’ve met at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings. One of Andy Wilkinson’s songs is about late October days when the cattle wor…

Christmas is over. Gone are the decorations. Central to most households was the Christmas tree.

New Year’s promises should be simple and few. The reason we don’t keep them is that we set the bar too high. In your heart, you know you probably won’t lose twenty pounds (is this the third or fourth year you said that?) but, just for today you might try eating more fruit and veggies. You sa…

Dave’s Pharmacy has been serving the community for the past 5 1/2 years in Hemingford and a year and a half in Alliance.

Anyone who knows me knows I am not a fan of winter. Last summer, my daughter, who is of the same mind, gave me a sign to hang on my fridge that says, “I’m sorry for the things I said when it was winter.” Given my druthers, I’d be a snowbird but my life is not arranged that way, so the next b…

The weather outside was frightful so I put a log on the fire, got out last year’s stash of Christmas cards and letters and read them again. I do that each year, generally on the first Sunday of Advent, as a way of easing into the holiday season. Most of those letters were about journeys. Som…

“Get your nose out of my back, sixteen.”

Head out of town on West Third Street and right before the highway intersection is the Alliance Eagles Club. The parking lot is often full whether it is Hamburger Night or a special event, such as the Santa’s Helpers party or maybe a Sunda jamboree.

It’s all too much, you know. For many of us, the holiday season has become something to dread. Expectations weigh us down; all those gifts to buy, events to attend, special foods to prepare, and decisions about who to invite, or where we are obligated to go, even if we prefer to stay home an…

‘Tis the season to go over the river and through the woods, and Thanksgiving week is likely to be complicated for those who plan to travel. We can usually count on a blizzard about now. I’m not sure that the tradition of getting together with family during winter holidays is a wise one, and …

Keep Alliance Beautiful celebrated America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, with an open house at the recycling center. Staff gave tours and we even had cookies!

Back in the day, student athletes had  fewer choices because small schools out here only offered basketball, football, track, and girls volleyball. Larger towns like Alliance had wrestling, but where I came from we hardly heard of it. My high school in Seneca played a lot of basketball in pl…

Some time between 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday morning, Nov. 1-2, one or more individuals gained access to the Alliance Recycling Center by forcible means — they broke into our shop. Gone: one flashlight, one set of hearing protection.

Two large yellow balers occupy a prominent space at the Keep Alliance Beautiful Recycling Center. The right baler is devoted solely to cardboard while the left machine alternates between paperboard, plastic and aluminum. A steady stream of material from businesses ensures a bale of cardboard…

We were eating at a fast food place last week in Cheyenne. Across from us were three young people in uniform, and when they got up to leave we thanked them for their service. That’s something we go out of our way to do, and it seems so little compared to the sacrifices they are making.

How does a new airline mark its arrival? There is a new name on the terminal door and an official ribbon cutting as flights begin. Station Manager Peggy Cooke also ushered in Denver Air Connection’s service at the Alliance Municipal Airport with a pickup load of recycling.

Last week I wrote about the trials of trying to keep a vehicle clean when you live in the country.  When my cousin saw the piece, she wondered just what our cars would say to us if they could talk back. Well, you know how sometimes an idea will get stuck in your head? That’s what happened to…

We live on a county road that’s mostly white rock gravel, so our vehicles are never clean. When it’s dry, the dust layers on like icing on a cake, and sifts in all the cracks so the dash is dusty and dim. When it’s wet, we can’t see out any of the side windows because there’s a film of mud o…

United Parcel Service (UPS) employs about 30 people in Alliance. “Brown” is 112 years old and always adapting with the times. Keep Alliance Beautiful Executive Director Kathryn Worley is also the local sort supervisor at UPS. She introduced recycling there four years ago. Corporate recently …

Steph Mantooth fills her Subaru to the brim with recycling at work when the materials begin to pile up. In business for nearly 28 years, Steph’s Studio helps keep a range of items out of their trash. She said it is important to “keep it out of the landfill for as long as you possibly can.”

Certain members of my family have an addiction. It was inherited from my parents and seems to be catching, because some of the in-laws have it too. It’s not a bad obsession, although we have our share of those, but it’s as expensive as the other kind. We are readers.

The amount of materials being recycled in Box Butte County has been increasing from year to year. How do we know? Everything is weighed before being loaded into a semi trailer and shipped out of the Keep Alliance Beautiful Recycling Center. Bales of cardboard are jotted down before being sta…

“Not many elements in our life are so fully in our control as how we choose to treat other people.” Anonymous

Dobby’s Frontier Town recently hosted its annual fall festival.

“Everybody to his own taste, the old woman said, as she kissed her lap dog.”

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