Bill Sniffin

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Time with Mike and Diana Enzi Results in Some Interesting Stories

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Not sure how to weave Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian and the First Lady serving duck at a Native American event into a column, but here goes:

Around the State: Funny Campaign Ad, Curious Sheep, Naked and Afraid and Buffalo Coats

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While I had earlier predicted Liz Cheney, Wilson, will win the Wyoming GOP nomination for U. S. House, now she is enduring being on the butt end of a funny commercial by her competitor State Sen. Leland Christensen, Alta.

Who’ll Win U. S. House Primary? Looks Like Liz Cheney by a Nose

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If this were a horse race, the announcer might say that front-runner Liz Cheney of Wilson is holding off challenger Leland Christensen of Alta on the last turn while early leader Tim Stubson of Casper is still running hard but might be starting to fade.

But it is not a horse race.

Medicine Wheel is America’s Stonehenge; Long Dusty Hike is Well Worth the Effort

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So, there I was. Hiking as fast as I could at 9,642 feet above sea level. This was a spooky, surreal and spiritual place. This is America’s Stonehenge, the famous Medicine Wheel, high in the mountains between Lovell and Sheridan.

Good Times, Bad Times in Different Parts of the State

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There is always a tired old saying: “When you lose your job, it is a recession. When I lose mine, it is a depression.” That has never been truer in Wyoming than it is today.

Save This Column! Readers Chime in About Their Favorite Back Roads

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Although Wyoming has outstanding interstate freeways and high quality two-lane highways, if you want to get a good discussion started, just mention your favorite back roads.

What Are Your Favorite Mountain roads? Here is a Sampling From Around State

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Wyoming’s back roads and mountain roads are some of the best-kept secrets of our great state.

These are the places favored by the locals and cherished by visitors who can’t help coming back to them again and again.

A look ahead: What Will Happen to Hunting, Guns, Rodeo, Other Values?

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It could be argued that many of the core values and traditional activities cherished by most Wyoming people do not match up with the values of the majority of American citizens.

If not so today, how will those values match up in the distant future?

Here is Idea For New State Color: How About Green, Like in Grass?

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After visiting six states in the last three weeks, it is abundantly clear that we are no longer in the pesky drought that affected western states in such a dire way over the last two decades.

The greenest state, though, is Wyoming. The Red Desert now has a new name: The Green Desert.

Today’s Graduate Needs to be Fleet; There is No Time for Waiting Around

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If I were asked to give a commencement talk to a group of high school graduates this year, here is what I would have told them:
Today’s graduating seniors face a much different world than the one faced by their parents and grandparents.

A Story of Scout Courage During World War II Near Cody-Powell

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Xenophobia: intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.

Home Run for Cheyenne Boy, Torrents of Rain and a Big Happy Birthday to Tu Youyou

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Not sure how to weave torrential rains, big major league home runs, some crazy Cheyenne bicyclists and a few other items that caught my eye into a coherent statewide column, but here goes:

Trump on the National Stage, Liz Cheney on the Wyoming Stage, are Setting the Tone

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When it comes to national and state elections, 2016 will be remembered as a real doozy.

Do Most Towns Have Their ‘9 Old Men’?

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Now keep in mind, in those days Lander was a big town in Wyoming. It was bigger than Gillette, Douglas, Cody, Riverton, Green River, Evanston, Rawlins, Worland, Jackson, Powell and Buffalo. Today, most of those towns are bigger than Lander or about the same size.

How Lander Survived (and prospered) After Losing all Those Mining Jobs in the 1980s

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Part 2 - Impartial observers like the late Gov. Ed Herschler would point at Lander as the “worst hit” town in Wyoming during the 1980s depression. To those of us who lived through it, we certainly agreed with him, although that distinction brought us no solace.

Digging Out, Drying Out From a Monster Spring Snowstorm

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How do you prepare for a 36-inch spring snowstorm that is headed your way?

Before I answer that question, let me set the scene for you:

Our Lonely and Amazing Roads Provide Vital Links to Citizens

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Last week, we took our time cruising through that amazing labyrinth known as Wind River Canyon between Shoshoni and Thermopolis.

The narrow towering walls staring down on you (sometimes through the sunroof) can make a person feel pretty small.

State Economy Headed for Bust; Are There Some Ways to Survive?

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Is Wyoming on the downhill slide toward another bust?

Carol Mead’s Book About Firsts in the Cowboy State is a Must Read

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A small book full of firsts about Wyoming was written two years ago by First Lady Carol Mead, and it is an excellent compilation of unique events that happened first here in Wyoming.

A Few Words About Mike Sullivan and a Different Time in Wyoming

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It was September 1990, and then-Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan’s Irish temper was hot.