Bill Sniffin


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Cowboy State-Oriented Gifts Perfect for This Year's Christmas

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So many gifts – so little time.

I reached out to my network of friends about their ideas for the best Wyoming-oriented Christmas gifts and it was an inundation!
Wow, what a great selection. Let’s hope I can do them justice by listing a bunch of them here.

Antarctica? Cowboy State Was a Sea of Blowing Snow During Great Thanksgiving Blizzard

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The Cowboy State is still looking a lot like Siberia. But travel in Wyoming was really horrific on the days leading up to the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday. Heavy snow and high winds struck at least three-fourths of the state. It was a mess.

A Holiday Season: The Sanctity of Life with Stacy M & Baby M

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We live in unusual times when what defines life is under constant attack. This got me thinking about two instances in my past that involved the dignity of life concerning two seemingly useless human lives.

Football, Booming Motels, Leg Wrestling, & Predators in Cowboy State News

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Lots of things to write about around Wyoming. For example:

A Cold Night in Wales Helped Me Recall the Best Part of America

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The rain was falling in sheets. The wind was howling. And although the temperature was 40 degrees, I could see my breath. My raincoat was soaked through. My umbrella was blown inside out.

Giant Bronze Horses Created in Cowboy State but Headed for Sicily

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In a state where the cowboy culture of horses is almost a religion, it was fitting that two of the largest horses in the world were created here.+

Amazing Geology of Cowboy State Topic of Classic David Love Book

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The early 1990s book Rising From The Plains by author John McPhee ranks as one of the most interesting and most important books ever written about Wyoming.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, That Old Twisted Tree Taught Me an Important Lesson

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There was a twisted, ugly bushy tree in our back yard. It was next to Big Dickinson Creek and had all kinds of limbs that had shot out in all directions.

In a word, it was a tangle.

My Chaotic Years of College, Dodging Vietnam, & Chasing My Dreams

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Just about the most exciting time in a young person’s life is when he or she heads off to that freshman year of college.

In our family, we are excited about seeing two grandsons heading off on this big adventure. Nancy and I are enjoying seeing these two boys thrive.

"Tech Neck" and Cancer Scare Prompted Doctor Visits and More

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Like a great many Wyomingites, I suffer from persistent pains in my neck and back. More particularly, my neck has bothered me for 12 years, ever since I herniated a disk.

Sinks Canyon and Loop Road are Magical Places This Time of Year

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Folks who live on the east side of the Wind River Mountains have a tradition of getting “looped,” as often as possible. This is my term for driving the spectacular Loop Road.

Gigantic New Military Museum Under Construction Near Dubois

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Wyoming’s next great museum is under construction and will open next May.

The National Museum of Military Vehicles is a massive facility located just south of Dubois in Fremont County.

Half Century Later, Two Stories About Young College Students

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How do you not get excited about seeing two of your grandsons head off to college? Nancy and I are enjoying seeing how these two boys thrive. We relish how well they are adapting to their new lives.

But it sure brings back memories of a different time.

Looking for Old-Timers & Recalling Linkages Over Time

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How many old-timers are there in Wyoming these days?

When I wrote a column some 18 months ago about the oldest people in Wyoming, we had folks ranging from 104 to 107 all over the state.

Battle Mountain, Small Towns, & Edison's Favorite Fishing Hole

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If you blast through Carbon County on Interstate 80, you begin to think that all there is to see is high desert and the towering Elk Mountain.

But that part of Wyoming offers so much more.

Now Here is Some Big News at Cowboy State's Smallest College

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Wyoming’s second four–year college of higher learning had an exciting weekend recently when its staff welcomed 52 new freshmen back to ground level after they spent three weeks bonding in the towering nearby mountains.

Cowboy State is Best State for Road Trips This Time of Year

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Road trip. Is there any better place in the world to take a road trip this time of year than Wyoming?

Recently, we made two such trips and saw a bunch of wonderful sites in our great state. Two things stood out:

How One Cowboy State Town Manged to Re-Build Itself After it's Mines Closed

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(Part 2)

(Note: Last week, we wrote how Lander lost 550 high paying iron ore mining jobs and Fremont County lost 2,000 high-paying uranium-mining jobs in the 1980s. This is how local leaders turned Lander around.)

How the Most Mining-Centric Town Dealt with Loss of Jobs After Mine Closings

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(Part 1 of 2 parts)

It is a recession when you lose your job. It is a depression when I lose mine. – Old saying.

How a Unique Forest Ranger Dealt with 2,000 Nudist Hippies in Wyoming

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The signature moment in the career of Forest Ranger Hiram “Doc” Smith involved 2,000 nudist hippies who invaded Wyoming back in 1973.

Smith was the most effective District Ranger that I ever dealt with and how he handled this event so eloquently displayed his vast skills.