Bill Sniffin

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Is Mike Enzi Pater Familias? And is Liz Cheney Bona Fide?

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Having breakfast with Liz Cheney recently and listening to her at our Rotary Club got me thinking about this unprecedented Republican U. S. Senate primary race going on in Wyoming.

Wintry Autumn Weather Makes Old Men Grumpy

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The boys down at the coffee shop were in a grumpy mood earlier on this day.  They had just endured their fourth heavy wet snowstorm. And it was just Oct. 28!

Lighthouse is Beacon of Hope and Safety or Just Someone Reaching Out to Help

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The whole concept of what a lighthouse is and can mean has always been a big deal to me.

Virginia Uden Mystery Solved – Maybe Someday We Will Learn About Amy Bechtel

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After 33 years of one cold case and 16 years for the other, it has always been easy to believe that some unsolved disappearances will just never be explained.

Loving to Look Down at (and Up at) Wyoming’s Devils Tower

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From land and from the air, the outline of Devils Tower can be seen from a long way off.

In the early 1980s, I owned a newspaper in Spearfish, S. D., and flew a private plane across Wyoming taking care of business there.

A Hearty Breakfast With a Youthful Dick Cheney

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It is almost stunning to see how healthy Dick Cheney looks the first time you see him with his new heart.

Other States Mimic Wyoming as USA Energy Breadbaskets

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For decades, Wyoming has basked in the glory of being the country’s “energy breadbasket.”    

Fishinglicensegate, Big Money Are Stars of Liz Cheney Challenge to Sen. Enzi

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One of Wyoming’s retired Speakers of the House said the following:

Perfect State Slogan or Logo is Often Difficult to Locate

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Wyoming has had some great slogans and logos over the years.  Its image of the bucking horse is one of best-known logos in the country.

25 Years Ago Right Now, Yellowstone Burned Up

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Is this hell?

Or is it Yellowstone?

That was my exact thought as I piloted a small, single engine airplane over the vast expanse of Yellowstone National Park in August of 1988, during the horrible fires that year.

Measuring Driving Distances by the Number of Beers it Takes to Get There

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Newcomers might find this hard to believe, but a common form of measurement a few decades ago, when it came to traveling Wyoming’s long distances, was: “How many beers does it take to get there?”

This Week Marks Historic Anniversary of Deadliest Forrest Fire in Wyoming History

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This week marks the 76th memorial anniversary of the worst forest fire disaster in Wyoming history when it came to loss of firefighter lives.

Summer in Wyoming is a Time for Family Gatherings and Reunions

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They came from all corners of the country, these folks both young and old, to celebrate a family’s existence over a period of almost 75 years.
 

The Duck Whisperer’s Take on Wyoming Political Scene

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What possible connection could a bunch of ducks have to do with Wyoming’s current political situation?
 
Well, let me explain.

Wyoming News: Suicidal Eagles, a Stuffed Ram, Plus a Mysterious Exorcism Reported This Week

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We have all seen these huge tour buses cruising around the state this summer.  

Would We Want Greeley, Scottsbluff and Idaho Falls as Parts of Wyoming?

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One of the fun things about writing newspaper columns is speculating on things that sound interesting – but will never happen.

We are Living Today in A News Junkie’s Paradise

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Looking back on a half century of holding jobs, the one job that always appealed to me the most and the one that still makes the most sense in describing me is the job of being a reporter.

Wyoming Readers are Full of Advice and Generous with Lots of Opinions

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Wyomingites have varied opinions and I have been hearing from a number of them concerning recent columns.

July 4th in Wyoming Unique but Lander’s Blast-off is All-American

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In cities and towns across Wyoming, people see July 4 as a time of fireworks and blowing things up. But one town tops all the rest in the state and perhaps the nation.

Add Mark Jenkins to List of Legendary Wyoming Adventurers

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Who are Wyoming’s greatest adventurers?
 
First there was the mountain man Jim Bridger.  Then add the explorer John Fremont.  Maybe include the one-armed expedition leader John Wesley Powell.