Bill Sniffin

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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.

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?