Bill Sniffin

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Amazing Black Hills That Are Not in South Dakota

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There is so much more to see than just Devils Tower.

I am writing about the “Wyoming Black Hills,” which although lesser known than their South Dakota big brothers, still offer some wonderful visiting opportunities.

Yes, Devils Tower is the center of everything.  This towering monolith was our nation’s first national monument back in 1906 and it is a totally impressive place.

After Years of Respect, Coal has Become Bogeyman of our Nation’s Energy Supply

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The history of coal’s significance to Wyoming’s economy is being written today.  It is beginning to look like a swan song.

Wyoming’s long love affair with coal can be written in five brief epochalparagraphs:

Winds That Out-Blow Any Other Gusts in the Country

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Although local Wyomingites are not surprised by this fact, out-of-staters are always stunned by the velocity of our wind. It is scary powerful.And it is probable that our wind is cursed more often than it is viewed as a blessing.

I Wish I Didn’t Know Now What I Didn’t Know Then

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Charles Pelkey, a state legislator and attorney in Laramie, put a story on Facebook about the pitfalls of being a grown-up adult in today’s society:

Visiting Yellowstone in Late June Challenging for Regional Tourists

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Surprisingly, we saw some “local” tourists from Wyoming, Montana and Idaho in Yellowstone this past week while making two trips through the world’s first national park.

The 125 Iconic Fun Things To Do in the State This Year

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My 45 years in Wyoming has been mainly spent as a journalist.  Most folks who know me see me as a newspaper owner, writer, columnist, author or reporter.

Vintage Stories About State Political Figures

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Over the years, a person in my line of work has heard hundreds of stories from politicians.  A great many of them are funny and memorable.

Recently in Laramie, several such stories were told from the same podium and I would like to share them with you.

Mummies in Wyoming?

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Mummies are common in the ancient world but were there ever mummies in Wyoming?

In at least three cases the answer to that question is yes.

Wyoming Once Part of Four Areas Controlled by Four Different Countries

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It is highly possible that there is a small spot in Wyoming which once was bordered by four different territories, parts of which together became the future home of our great state.

Wyoming’s First Serial Killer . . . Huh?

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It is hard to find any evidence of some mysterious serial killings that allegedly occurred in Wyoming 147 years ago.

According to a couple of books, a notorious family named Bartlett killed 22 young men before being hunted down and killed back in historic South Pass City.

A Prehistoric Land of Beasts Rock Art, Mysterious Places

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My favorite all-time tourism slogan for our state was the short-lived BIG WYOMING, which described our towering mountains, vast high plains, amazing deserts and long distances.

Cowboy State is Known Far and Wide for “Firsts”

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Most everyone in Wyoming and across the nation knows about the two biggest “firsts” that occurred here – Yellowstone National Park being the first national park in the world in 1872 and the granting of women the right to vote in 1869 in Wyoming territory.

Promoting Your Favorite Place: Maybe It Is Better Than Mars?

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Wyoming is such a special place. At least it certainly is to me.

Yet I often get into an argument with various folks when I put our “low-population, high-empty space place” on a pedestal. This happened two weeks ago when my column talked about Wyoming exceptionalism, through our Universal Truths and Fundamental Values.

Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring, Can Occur Over Four-day Period

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Ah, springtime in Wyoming; you gotta love it.

In recent weeks, we have dodged storms in Cheyenne, Laramie and Rawlins and endured them in Lander and Jackson.
One day, you can be wearing shorts and a tee shirt, the next you are bundled up against a harsh wind and heavy wet snow.

When You’re a Small State, Size Really Does Matter

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Does size matter? 

It sure does when you are Wyoming, whose massive geographic size has nothing to do with its great advantages of being the smallest state in the union when it comes to population.

Even on Frontier, We Rely on Modern Gadgets

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Vexing.  That is the best word I could find that describes how irritated I have been lately when all sorts of modern techno-gadgets go on the blink. And after hours of talking to nice folks on the telephone, we finally got some of these devices, at least, back to work.

Mick McMurry Left Legacy of Good Works

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It would be hard to find anyone in Wyoming who is not reeling from hearing about the death of Mick McMurry, 69, of Casper March 10.

Have You Always Wanted to Be Your Own Boss?

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It seems like every year, more and more people choose to follow the entrepreneurial path that has guided my life.  Here are a few thoughts on the subject:

Talking to Future Journalists at UW

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Could journalism be any more different today than it was when I started over 50 years ago? How on earth can you give advice to aspiring journalists about their futures today?

Those questions loomed high in my mind recently.

When USA Booms, Does That Mean Wyoming’s Economy Goes Down?

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When old-timers talk about economic trends out here on our isolated island of Wyoming, a big one always looms its head.

Is Wyoming’s economy the opposite of the rest of the country’s?