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.”

How often have you said, or agreed with someone who said that nobody in the eastern end of our state understands that agriculture runs the engine of Nebraska’s economy? I’ve been guilty of that on occasion, and I’ve been wrong. So would you be, if you’re in that camp.

Firemen burn books in Ray Bradbury’s science fiction classic “Fahrenheit 451.” This aspect of the futuristic setting was a bit alarming when I read it years ago. I can only imagine a house being burned to the ground because the owner illegally had a library or even a few volumes. Today, when…

“Turn off the light when you leave the room,” is something many of us teach our kids. Mom and dad wanted to save energy and money on the electric bill. Our children even remind each other now.

I haven’t seen a woolly caterpillar yet but they surely are putting on winter coats. My coats have been moved to the front of the closet and most summer wear has been put away. I can feel winter peeking around the corner. It’s akin to discovering the first gray hair and realizing that time i…

Summer leaves in less than a week. This is the actual end of the season. The Box Butte County Fair has always seemed like the signal summer is beginning to wind down. Students returning to class often see the first day of class as the finish with hot weather and heat schedule a guarantee bef…

I’ve been thinking about old time sayings that have little or no meaning for most people on the sunny side of fifty. When I was growing up, people talked a lot about making do.

With a few clicks of a mouse, you can help make your community better. Every three years, the Panhandle calls on local residents to complete the Community Health Survey to help better serve the communities of western Nebraska. The survey is a way for us to assess community health needs and d…

Readers have grown accustomed to reading about Keep Alliance Beautiful and related topics in this space from the viewpoint of Jessica Hare. I am picking up where she left off with this column. I appreciate the information she passed along and her inspiring work with local youth while at KAB.

I was driving between line camps the other Monday, when a song on the radio peeled away a lot of years. As Willie Nelson sang about Old Friends, the first name that came to mind was my best friend from school days. “I should call Betty,” I said aloud to myself.

Many of you may know, but for those of you who do not, my husband Kyle and I are relocating to North Carolina and this was my last week as the Education Coordinator for Keep Alliance Beautiful.

The Minimalists

This summer, KAB and the Alliance Recreation Center are once again partnering to provide gardening education to our community’s youth. With this collaborative project, kids attending the ARC’s summer camps work and learn in the garden three times a week. 

If you watch any of the campaign hype on TV, you’re bound to hear someone talk about what they plan to do for the working class American. I get the impression that the candidates view themselves as a cut above those of us who do honest work for our bread and butter; that without their progra…

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