Bill Sniffin

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It is Time for Us to Adopt a California Solution to its General Election System

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Like most Wyomingites, I wish our general elections were more exciting than our primary elections.

To figure out how we can make it more interesting we just need to look west – way west to California.

Whole state is a tourism mecca: Why local lodging taxes count

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Times sure change.
Forty years ago, the main tourism destinations in Wyoming were Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with a smattering of interest in Devils Tower, the country’s first national monument.

How to Measure Distances in Wyoming – How About Gum?

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Way back in 1970, I recall being startled when respectable folks would measure their trips around Wyoming by how many six-packs of beer it would take to cover all those long miles.

Thankfully, those days are long gone. My respectable friends no longer do it, I can assure you.

End of Convertible Weather, Even in Vast Yellowstone Park

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If you love Wyoming, you love seasons.

Sometimes you can enjoy all four seasons in one day. Especially during this time of year.

Rocktober Short-Lived This Year

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This story will warm your heart

This month is now known as Rocktober. – Sign held by fan at Coors Field in 2007.

Future of News is ‘All Local’ According This Journalist Panel

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Is it possible that there are more than 100,000 news reporters in the state of Wyoming?

That is a number I pulled out of the air while pondering the future of news reporting in the Cowboy State prior to participating in an intellectual freedom panel recently Tuesday with other journalists.

Wind Power, Big Rivers Highlighted Fall Road Trip

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We often describe Wyoming’s four seasons as: Early Winter, Winter, Still Winter . . . and Construction.

Yes, we are definitely in the construction season.

Is this biggest project in Wyoming history?

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The announcement Wyoming would be seeing a $5 billion investment in the FE Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne got me wondering:

Is this the largest financial investment of any single project in the history of Wyoming?

If I Am Doing so Good, Why Do I Feel so Bad?

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The title of this is: “If I am doing so good, why do I feel so bad?”

The title is using poor grammar – it should read: “If I Am Doing So WELL, Why Do I feel so badly.” Okay, got that out of the way.

Most Unique Election in Wyoming History?

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In the end, an election that looked like the craziest in Wyoming history ended up right where it started – front runner State Treasurer Mark Gordon, Buffalo, won going away.

A ‘Come Home to Wyoming’ Campaign Might Fill Critical Jobs

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Way back in December 1999 I wrote a column, which detailed the achilles heel of Wyoming's economic expansion - the lack of qualified workers who live here.

My solution was inviting natives, former residents and frequent visitors back home to the Cowboy State as a key way to solve this problem.

Bernard, a Bugle & Odd Politics in Old Wyoming

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Although lengthy, this is my favorite political story about a famous incident that occurred many decades ago in Wyoming’s Absaroka County. It occurred back in the times when there were foxhunts and even a drawbridge on the Tongue River.

2018 Governor’s Primary is Going to Be a Doozy

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My, how things can change on the statewide political scene over a few months.

The Wyoming governor race in 2018 may end up being the most interesting race in the state’s history. I hope people are paying attention. Not sure we will ever see the like of this circus again.

The Season Called ‘Sprinter’ Chilled Wyoming, Most of USA

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Both in the movie business and the book business, there is the concept of “false ending,” where you as the viewer or reader think the story is over. Not so. Later the ultimate ending arrives. Just about every movie or book uses this device.

Clear the Roads, the Geezers are Coming, the Geezers are Coming

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In Rinker Buck’s wonderful book Oregon Trail, he offers up a classic lament shared by many others when he complains:

“Who are all these geezers in their giant motorhomes that are clogging the roadways and causing the rest of us big problems!”

Grandpa Teaches Granddaughter a Few Tips About Fishing Ceeks

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A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.
-- An important quote

I spent some quality time with my young granddaughter on a Friday afternoon, some 20 years ago. Here is an old column that I wrote about that experience.

Hey Phoenix Zoo, Those Ferrets are from Meeteetse, Wyoming

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Wyoming’s Black-Footed Ferret is a rock star at the Phoenix Zoo. In fact, you might think the elusive little critter was native to Arizona. Not so.

Often When Traveling, We Sure Appreciate the Cowboy State’s Isolation

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We are alone. But we are not lonely.

To me that describes what life in Wyoming is really like. With barely seven people per square mile, our state is one of the most isolated in the nation.

The Arrival of ‘God’s Dog’ Had Huge Effect on Wyoming Indians

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The two biggest effects on American Indian tribes caused by white Americans were disease epidemics and the use of the horse.

The disease issue is so big it will be the topic of a future column. But the horse, oh my, how our Native American friends’ ancestors took to the horse!

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.