Bill Sniffin


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Some of the State’s High School Mascots Provide Funny Stories

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Nicknames and mascots for schools in Evanston, Jackson, Gillette, Greybull and other places in the state provided some funny stories as a result of a recent column about school names.

Class Reunions, Long Sandwiches and Leslie’s Long, Long Reach

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Here is a follow-up to some previous columns concerning interesting happenings around the state:

REUNIONS ARE BIG. Today all across Wyoming energetic local leaders are planning one of the year’s biggest events in their town – the annual class reunion for the schools.

Why Idaho Grew and Wyoming Slowed Down

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When you live in a small city or town in Wyoming, you feel a responsibility to build up businesses, create jobs and increase opportunities for everyone.

When you succeed, just about everyone benefits. It is a very good feeling.

Torrington and Lusk Offer Diversified Lifestyles

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My recent tour of eastern Wyoming has been among the most fun experiences of a near half-century in the state.

Life is Too Short When it Comes to Cosmos, Golden Dogs and a Few Thousand Good Friends

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In her own words, Leslie Blythe could see a time into the future when she would gather with a few of her girl friends, all of whom were now over 100 years old, and they would sip cocktails at 4 p.m. Her drink of choice would naturally be a Cosmopolitan.

For Economic Reasons, a State Should Avoid Being Donut Hole

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Far be it for me to refer to Wyoming as a “hole,” but that was the unique position our state held during the worst bust in its history.

Far Eastern Part of State Offers Black Hills Views

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During the past five years, we have made an effort to visit just about every city and town in Wyoming. We have given talks and been involved with other authors in book signings.

Looking Ahead to 2018, a Glance Back at 2017

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When you have been writing about Wyoming for almost 48 years, you become very good at predicting the economy. Right? Well, maybe not so hot some times.

Some Christmas Cheer From the Schmidt House and Worland Home

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A famous cartoon concerning folks named Schmidt is often circulated around the Internet these days. My old pal Pat Schmidt, former publisher in Thermopolis and Lovell, has some observations about this story. Here is how members of his family have dealt with this situation:

The Perfect Christmas Gift to Someone Who Loves This State

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This is the time of year when I always try to locate Wyoming-themed items or products made here in the state, which I can give to friends and relatives.

I reached out to my network of friends and here are some ideas they sent:

Just a Routine Saturday Morning

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Nancy and I had been looking forward to attending a University of Wyoming football game this fall and the recent Cowboys-Fresno State game looked ideal.

Several days ahead of time, the forecast was good. I was not paying much attention to weather or roads.

People Chime in How they Might Live Their Lives Over if Given the Chance

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Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention . . . – line from My Way, a wonderful song recorded famously by both Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

Some Signs That the Current Economic Bust Might be Easing

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“What a difference a year makes!” was the rallying cry made by Gov. Matt Mead as he greeted 650 people at the Wyoming Business Alliance Governor’s Business Forum in Cheyenne Nov. 8.

Mead was optimistic as he talked about the current Wyoming economy. “We are righting the ship,” he said.

Why I Love This Time of Year

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If you were to ask the typical Wyomingite, you would find their favorite time of year is right now, and yes, it is because it is hunting season.

It is definitely my favorite time of year but my reasons have nothing to do with hunting.

What is Next After Hurricanes, Fires, Floods How About Yellowstone Super-Earthquake?

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So far, 2017 has been an extraordinary year for natural disasters with three hurricanes and awful wildfires. What possibly could come next?

According to some folks, it could the big blow – the eruption of the famous Yellowstone National Park Supervolcano. Or perhaps just an earthquake?

Like the Covered Wagon Driver of Yore, We Faced Our Share of Trip Obstacles

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It seems as though whenever we find ourselves crossing the east-central and west-central parts of Wyoming by motor vehicle, I try to imagine what this trip must have been like for pioneers on the Oregon-California-Mormon Trail.

Hard to Believe, But Our State Was Once Part of Texas, Ya’ll

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Folks who love Wyoming really love the Red Desert, which spans a huge area across south west-central part of the state.

New Book Describes Why I-80 Became "Snow Chi Minh Trail"

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Back in 1978, I wrote an angry column about a stretch of Interstate 80, where I described a nightmarish drive in winter conditions.

My memories are still vivid as I recall how scary winter driving could be along that route.

Old-timers and Newcomers in the News About Cowboy State

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It’s been awhile since we wrote a little roundup of what is going on around the Cowboy State. Here goes:

• “Why are all these people dressed up like cowboys?” a tourist innocently asked Eric Olsen, who owns a western wear store in Lander.

If I Had My Life to Live Over...

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This is a serious topic. If you had your life to live over, how would you live it?

It seemed appropriate that I started to write this column on the longest day of the year – June 20, 2017. It has taken me a few months to finish it.