Bill Sniffin

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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.

One Bright Spot In Economy is Positively Glowing in 2015

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In the past six months, the energy economy in Wyoming has taken some serious hits leaving folks from Gillette to Rock Springs and Cheyenne to Cody nervous and pessimistic.

Two Funerals Same Day + Golf Tourney, Only in Small Town in a Very Small State

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It might have been former U. S. Sen. Al Simpson who said all politics in Wyoming is personal.  I would expand on that by claiming Wyoming is such a small state “everything is personal.”

‘Welcome Back, A**hole’ Might Not Be the Best Greeting For Our Governor

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Gov. Matt Mead likes to stop by our coffee group, the Fox News All-Stars, when he gets to Lander.

During the annual One Shot Antelope Hunt festivities, he showed up on a Friday morning.

Our Newest Coffee Table Book is Full of Amazing Historic Photos

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It was always my intention to cause Wyoming’s 180 million year history to come alive in my newest coffee table book about the state.  Called Wyoming at 125, Our Place in the West, we have attempted to show what Wyoming looked like over its long history.

Who Are Next Crop of Politicians to Seek Major Office in Our State?

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Jimmy Orr and Jon Downing of Cheyenne; Bill Novotny Buffalo; Jim Willox, Douglas; Rosie Berger Sheridan; Phil Nicholas, Noah Novogrodsky and Baend Buus, Laramie; Bill Cubin, Casper; John Brown and Kevin Roberts, Lander; and Brad Bonner of Powell are just a few of the names of possible future Wyoming political leaders that arrived at my desk when I asked my network of friends this question:

Smoky Times Remind of State’s Worst Fires

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As I write this, the beautiful view of the Wind River Mountains out of my window is obscured.  It is so smoky we are leaving our windows shut because it smells like a brush fire a short distance away.

Pursuing Trump, Hillary, Jeb On the Campaign Trail in Iowa

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The center of my world is Wyoming.  But Wyoming is often a long way from the political center of America.

Country’s Oldest Road Goes Through Our State

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August has to be just about the best month to be in Wyoming.  Love the weather. Love the sights.  Love traveling around.

Lincoln May Soon Lose His Head As Construction Dominates Our Road Trip

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Of Wyoming’s four seasons, this one can be the longest and the butt of the most complaints.

The ‘Dog Days of Summer’ is Time When Awful Things Happen in State

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Some terrible crimes and some oddball happenings have been occurring here during the hottest time of our Wyoming summer.