Bill Sniffin

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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.

A Look at National Politics Through Cowboy State Eyes

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The political fates of our nation and of Wyoming are being decided right now across the country through a series of presidential primaries, debates and caucuses.

Tourism On My Mind in Vegas While Enjoying Big Broncos Win

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Soon, members of the tourism industry in Wyoming will be gathering in Cheyenne to celebrate a banner year, which saw about ten million people visiting the state in 2015, including over 4 million visiting Yellowstone National Park.

Congressional Race is Way More Than Snow White and 10 Dwarfs

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Picture this:  State Sen. Leland Christensen (R-Alta) is walking the neighborhoods of Worland knocking on doors. It is cold and snowy. He encounters “a friend of a friend” and they talk for 20 minutes.

Are We Settlers? Are We Willing to Settle for Mean, Stingy Actions?

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It is embarrassing to see how shortsighted and stingy, the “settler” members of our Wyoming legislature can be.

News Reporting in Big Horn Basin is as Good as Anywhere in the State

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It is easy to feel good about Wyoming’s future when visiting the Big Horn Basin.

Some Recent Movies Are All About the Cowboy State

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Not sure what a writer from Torrington, Oscar nominations and Rudyard Kipling have in common, but that is what this column covers.

Build Me a Wyoming Rancher

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For some reason, small town newspaper publisher-types get called upon often to speak at funerals. I have done it many times.

Does Our State Have Universal Truths, Fundamental Values?

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The wind is our neighbor. Wind was here first. We deal with it. – Number 14 on the list of fundamental values.

When you talk about Wyoming people or think about our wonderful state, are there specific universal truths and fundamental values that come to mind?

Boom-Bust: Is Our State Economy Counter-Cyclical to Rest of USA?

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Oh no, not again.

Or as the old bumper sticker read: “Please God, give me one more boom. This time I promise not to piddle it away” or words to that effect.

The Darkest Day of the Year

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If my late father had a favorite winter day, it would have occurred on Dec. 22, 2015, this year.  That was the day when the nights started getting shorter and the days started getting longer.

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Shoppers in Cowboy State

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Jerky, books, gadgets and all specific things about Wyoming were some of the ideas sent by friends when I asked them their recommendations as perfect last-minute stocking stuffers this Christmas.

Winter Has Been Spotty This Year With Closures and High Winds

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Grrrr and Brrrr. I am sitting in my office in Lander staring out at a foot of snow and cold temperatures and unpleasant thoughts are going through my head.

Buffalo Bill, Old and New Pioneers Recognized for Service to Our State

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It is an event that I call the “Annual Wyoming Reunion.”

It occurs each November when 650 people from all corners of the state gather in Cheyenne to celebrate our state, renew old acquaintances and take some vital readings on the condition of business in Wyoming.

UFOs, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Peyton Manning + Wealth Distribution

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Sometimes, it is just fun to write about odd and crazy stuff. And there has been no shortage of that here in Wyoming over the past few months.

Small-town Life in the Cowboy State Typified by Day-to-day in Wheatland

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In Wyoming, we love our small towns. From Powell to Wheatland, from Pinedale to Pine Bluffs or from Kemmerer to Sundance, and all places in-between, folks in the Cowboy state love their hometowns.

Odd Stories About Two Women Occurred Over the Past Year

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In the past year, two odd stories have occurred, concerning women here in Wyoming that made national news. Both women were matriarchs of their families.

Around and Around This Great State; October, So Far, Has Been Beautiful

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We had so many record rains this past spring that I thought Wyoming could not get more beautiful that it looked in May and June. Everywhere we went we saw green, green, green.