Bill Sniffin

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My Bucket List for 2019 Includes All Parts of the Cowboy State

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My wife Nancy hates one of my favorite phrases, where I talk about my “bucket list,” which lists things I want to do before I die.

She prefers the term “fun list,” and quit referring to death. Ok, ok, so it is time again to do a fun list of things in Wyoming this year. How does that sound?

Spent My Life Living in the Future; Now it is Time to Live in the Present

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One of my memories that I like to share is the distinct thought dominating my brain during my high school graduation ceremony. That thought was: “What is going to happen to me?”

Shopko Closings are Opportunities for State & Communities to Re-Build Local Retail

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Some 13 cities and towns in Wyoming are reeling after the closure of one a main local business outlet.

Outlaw Inn a Landmark in Wyoming for 54 Years

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Wyoming has many iconic hotels. The Wolf Hotel in Saratoga, the Plains in Cheyenne, the Parkway Plaza (soon to reopen with a new name) in Casper, the Noble in Lander, the Irma in Cody, the Sheridan Inn in Sheridan, and the Occidental in Buffalo.

But one of the most unique was in Rock Springs.

A Message to 2019 Grads: a World in Flux Awaits

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I have seen the future. It is just like today, only different. Oops, it changed again. Never mind.

It is truly hard to imagine the kind of world today’s Wyoming High School graduates will be experiencing during their long lives after graduation.

Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics; Here Are Cowboy State Facts

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“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
– Mark Twain

You could always find lots of cars and trucks around my home. I am an admitted car nut and just love vehicles of all kinds.

Cowboy State Greatest Generation Members Dying Off – I Miss My Dad

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The few surviving members of the Greatest Generation from Wyoming who fought in World War II are now nearing 100 years old or even older.

State’s Greatest Murder Mystery Solved; Casper Native Writes Fantastic Book

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Some unsolvable and heinous Wyoming murders were the topic of a cover story of People Magazine a couple of years ago. They were even the topic of a biopic TV cable program that features unsolved murders.

Is RV Life the Definition of Truly ‘Living Free?’

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It seems like a constant for most people to find themselves, while driving Wyoming’s vast network of highways, being stuck behind some lumbering motorhome. While you are cussing them out, keep in mind that it just might be your old friend Bill making his way down the highway.

How Wyoming Schools are Stopping Bullying, School Shootings, and Suicide

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Earlier this year in opposite sides of Wyoming, students were overcome with emotion as they explored ways to stop school shootings, prevent bullying, and keep fellow students from committing suicide.

The Center of the Wyoming Universe This Time of Year is Located in Cheyenne

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The road from Lander to Cheyenne is about 275 miles long and we were on our fifth trip recently in a month on that route.

An Old Story About a Dog, a Lake, Ducks, Beer, Thin Ice, and Dynamite

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In 2015, a 61-year old Green River man, John M. Henderson, fell through the ice on a frozen Flaming Gorge and drowned.

Our Incredible Wyoming Wind; Should it be Taxed Even More?

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A recent forecast predicted 80 mph winds on Interstate 80 in southeast Wyoming.

To folks in most places, this would be seen as dire news. In Wyoming it barely got a ho-hum. If you live here, you better love the wind. Or at least get used to it.

As We Move Into 2019 There is a Lot to Be Confident About in Wyoming

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Seems like those of us in the media love to focus on the negative. But here in 2019, we have way more positives to consider than negatives.

The Most Powerful Voters in the Country Live Here

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This column is being written on Thanksgiving Day evening and I find myself in a thankful but pensive mood.

As we count our blessings ranging from as small as a wonderful family to as big as world peace, the whole concept of perspective can nag at a person.

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.