Bill Sniffin

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Visiting Yellowstone in Late June Challenging for Regional Tourists

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Surprisingly, we saw some “local” tourists from Wyoming, Montana and Idaho in Yellowstone this past week while making two trips through the world’s first national park.

The 125 Iconic Fun Things To Do in the State This Year

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My 45 years in Wyoming has been mainly spent as a journalist.  Most folks who know me see me as a newspaper owner, writer, columnist, author or reporter.

Vintage Stories About State Political Figures

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Over the years, a person in my line of work has heard hundreds of stories from politicians.  A great many of them are funny and memorable.

Recently in Laramie, several such stories were told from the same podium and I would like to share them with you.

Mummies in Wyoming?

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Mummies are common in the ancient world but were there ever mummies in Wyoming?

In at least three cases the answer to that question is yes.

Wyoming Once Part of Four Areas Controlled by Four Different Countries

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It is highly possible that there is a small spot in Wyoming which once was bordered by four different territories, parts of which together became the future home of our great state.

Wyoming’s First Serial Killer . . . Huh?

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It is hard to find any evidence of some mysterious serial killings that allegedly occurred in Wyoming 147 years ago.

According to a couple of books, a notorious family named Bartlett killed 22 young men before being hunted down and killed back in historic South Pass City.

A Prehistoric Land of Beasts Rock Art, Mysterious Places

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My favorite all-time tourism slogan for our state was the short-lived BIG WYOMING, which described our towering mountains, vast high plains, amazing deserts and long distances.

Cowboy State is Known Far and Wide for “Firsts”

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Most everyone in Wyoming and across the nation knows about the two biggest “firsts” that occurred here – Yellowstone National Park being the first national park in the world in 1872 and the granting of women the right to vote in 1869 in Wyoming territory.

Promoting Your Favorite Place: Maybe It Is Better Than Mars?

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Wyoming is such a special place. At least it certainly is to me.

Yet I often get into an argument with various folks when I put our “low-population, high-empty space place” on a pedestal. This happened two weeks ago when my column talked about Wyoming exceptionalism, through our Universal Truths and Fundamental Values.

Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring, Can Occur Over Four-day Period

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Ah, springtime in Wyoming; you gotta love it.

In recent weeks, we have dodged storms in Cheyenne, Laramie and Rawlins and endured them in Lander and Jackson.
One day, you can be wearing shorts and a tee shirt, the next you are bundled up against a harsh wind and heavy wet snow.

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.