Bill Sniffin

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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.

Eclipse Was a Time for Wingnuts, UFO Landing Sites, Phenomena

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Is it any wonder that a place as wondrous and unique as Wyoming would be the site 40 years ago for the filming of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

Recalling My Daughter’s First Day of School

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In the last few weeks, thousands a little children in Wyoming have marched off to school. Especially for those parents of kindergartners, it is a poignant time. It sure was for me back in 1976 when our daughter Amber marched off to her first day of school.

Our State Portrayed in the Movies and TV Thanks to Taylor Sheridan

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Wyoming has been the home for four years to the hottest young movie and TV director Taylor Sheridan. And his love for our state has been shown recently in his movies and on TV.

It Was a Day That Lives Forever in the State’s Historical Lore

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It was Wyoming’s finest hour. Its finest this year. Perhaps its finest this century.

I just can’t quit writing about the big solar eclipse event that tripled and maybe quadrupled Wyoming’s population a week or so ago.

Chasing the 2017 Eclipse Across 98,000 Square Miles

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This “Great Eclipse of 2017” business has had me traveling Wyoming from one end of the state to the other.

In recent weeks, we have been in Wilson (west of Jackson) to the Terry Bison Ranch (south of Cheyenne). And everywhere in-between.

The Wild, Wild 2018 Race for Governor is Already Starting to Heat Up in State

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Who will be running for Wyoming Governor in 2018 and who will win? Seems premature to be thinking of this in August of 2017, but that is what we political observers like to do.

I think two important aspects are going to dominate this campaign:

Are You Packing? Nope, Just Looking Like a Wyoming Has-been Old-timer

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The first time it happened was when I was in the bar area of the Lander Community Center during a Whiteheart charity fund-raiser to benefit disabled veterans. I was in the process of ordering a glass of IPA beer and some white wine for Nancy.

“Are you packing?”

Journey from Lawyering to Writing Favorite Historical Books About State

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How many people can leave one successful career in mid-life and start another successful career?

John W. Davis of Worland is this type of person. And, by any measure, he has pulled it off.

Counting Every Step While Walking Through Cowboy State in Summer

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Is there a better place in the world for a morning walk than a nice path in Wyoming?

Especially quite early in the morning. This time of year, you can actually start walking about 5:30 a.m. but you might need a layered approach with a sweatshirt over your tee shirt.