Bill Sniffin

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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.

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.