Bill Sniffin

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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.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

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As the leaves turn and the mercury plummets and occasional snow threatens our young trees, it gives a man pause. It is appropriate to recall those two most important questions that pop up this time of year:

Politics on the Prairie. . . One Shot at a Time

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Wyoming governors historically love hosting the One Shot Antelope Hunt in Lander. Gov. Matt Mead is no exception and will be hosting his fourth hunt on Sept. 20.

GOP Primary Full of Surprises

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After lots of finger-pointing, shrill complaints and off the wall ideas, the primary campaign of 2014 came to a close with predictable results.

Oddball Police News in Wyoming Involves Tasers, Cats, Exhibitionists

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It has not been hard to collect unusual police stories in Wyoming in recent months. For example:

Who Will Win Big In the Primary Elections?

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The 2014 Republican primary is shaping up to be a real doozy.

Just about all the statewide action of this political cycle will be decided in less than a week from right now. Thus, it is time to make some SWAG predictions. (SWAG stands for Scientific Wild A** Guess).

A ‘Come Home to Wyoming’ Campaign Might Fill Critical Jobs

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Way back in December 1999 I wrote a column, which detailed the achilles heel of Wyoming's economic expansion - the lack of qualified workers who live here.

Wyoming’s Lincoln Highway Helped Define Our State

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Besides ending the Civil War, freeing the slaves and launching a national railway, President Abraham Lincoln also thought it important to have a designated highway crossing the country from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

It’s Not Too Late to Put Together Your 2014 Wyoming Bucket List

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By definition, the term “bucket list” stands for those places you want to visit or those things you want to do before you die.

For some time now, I have been publishing my own version of this list and have gradually been checking a few off my list.

Wyoming is 124 Years Young, Beginnings Auspicious

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Should women work in coal mines?
Should there be a severance tax on coal?
Should you be literate in order to vote?
Should women be allowed to vote?
Should the state own rights to all the water?
How many people do you need to become a state?

Waterspouts, Landslides and Massive Floods

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Mother Nature can take on some ornery appearances across America this time of year – even here in Wyoming.

Although tornadoes are rare in the Cowboy State, dust devils and waterspouts are quite common.