Bill Sniffin

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When You’re a Small State, Size Really Does Matter

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Does size matter? 

It sure does when you are Wyoming, whose massive geographic size has nothing to do with its great advantages of being the smallest state in the union when it comes to population.

Even on Frontier, We Rely on Modern Gadgets

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Vexing.  That is the best word I could find that describes how irritated I have been lately when all sorts of modern techno-gadgets go on the blink. And after hours of talking to nice folks on the telephone, we finally got some of these devices, at least, back to work.

Mick McMurry Left Legacy of Good Works

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It would be hard to find anyone in Wyoming who is not reeling from hearing about the death of Mick McMurry, 69, of Casper March 10.

Have You Always Wanted to Be Your Own Boss?

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It seems like every year, more and more people choose to follow the entrepreneurial path that has guided my life.  Here are a few thoughts on the subject:

Talking to Future Journalists at UW

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Could journalism be any more different today than it was when I started over 50 years ago? How on earth can you give advice to aspiring journalists about their futures today?

Those questions loomed high in my mind recently.

When USA Booms, Does That Mean Wyoming’s Economy Goes Down?

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When old-timers talk about economic trends out here on our isolated island of Wyoming, a big one always looms its head.

Is Wyoming’s economy the opposite of the rest of the country’s?

A Close-up Look at the Past, Future of Newspaper Industry

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My, how things have changed in my wonderful newspaper business over the past 45 years!

High Winds in the News; Wyomingite Solves Kennewick Skeleton Mystery

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We all know that Wyoming is the windiest state in the union but gusts recorded back on Jan. 5 raised some eyebrows.

They were so severe, U. S. Sen. Mike Enzi even posted some of them on his Facebook page.

Mysterious Ames Monument Will Be Topic of State’s 125th Celebration

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Wyoming is full of unusual and mysterious places. The Medicine Wheel between Lovell and Sheridan is one such place.  The birthing rock north of Rock Springs is another.  And one of the oddest of all is the Ames Monument, known as the  “pyramid of the plains” located between Cheyenne and Laramie.

Enzi, Mead and UW Looking Ahead to Great Year in 2015

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For a while it was all around me and then poof, it was gone. I am referring to the year 2014.  How could a year go by that quickly?

Alas, this means it is time to offer up my 2015 predictions of what is going to happen. 

Some Ideas for the Late, Late Wyoming Christmas Shopper

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Sometimes, just sending folks a piece of Wyoming can suffice, even if it is a small one.

Books, Jerky, Pottery and Other Ideas for Wyoming-oriented Christmas Gifts

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Retiring Secretary of State Max Maxfield thinks copies of the new Wyoming commemorative coin would make a great Christmas gift.

Deaths Reported: Split Ticket Voting is Dead; A Report of a Wyoming Monk who Croaked

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In a recent column, I questioned that in the current Wyoming Republican-dominated political landscape, would it even be possible for such popular Democrat governors as Ed Herschler, Mike Sullivan or Dave Freudenthal to win today?

Winter in Wyoming – Wow, What a Time For a Long Road Trip

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A lonely bald eagle near Kaycee, a long pile-up of semi-trailer trucks on Interstate 80 near Rock Springs, dry roads all around Rawlins and high winds between Douglas and Wheatland.

What 500 Movers and Shakers Heard From Prominent Speakers

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When famed author and reporter Bob Woodward asked a Wyoming audience recently if they thought President Barack Obama was doing a good job – about 12 out of 500 hands went up.

Boom Continues Around the State; Even Here in the Old Home Town

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According to all indicators, business in my home county of Fremont is going well.  My banker friends and Chamber of Commerce officials say times are good. Business folks are doing brisk sales.

Preparing for Ebola in the Cowboy State

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Those “hazardous materials” suits that you see health workers wearing on TV?  Well, they are not comfortable and they are difficult to get on and off.

Our Old Wyoming is Changing Into New Wyoming Right Under Our Noses

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No, I am not running for any political office, but lately we have been all over Wyoming and what we have seen is very impressive.

In Gillette for a state tourism summit, we heard Mary Silvernell of the Campbell County Lodging Board say that lodging tax receipts are at “an all-time high.” It is not tourists who are filling all those hotel rooms, but workers in the oil and gas industry.

Wyoming’s Hidden Gems in the Form of Boutique Hotels and Restaurants

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We joined folks from Laramie, Green River, Lusk, Rawlins, Saratoga, Encampment, Medicine Bow, Chicago and Sun Valley at an event at an even more obscure place in Wyoming recently.

‘Wyoming Rush Hour’ Classic Photo of the State

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For years, the giant billboard showing cars working their way down a street through a Wyoming cattle drive was stationed on the busiest highway in New York City.  It was figured that this image was seen by millions of frustrated and stranded city-dwellers stuck in stalled traffic.