Bill Sniffin

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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.

Climbing Michael’s Mountain Was Great Memory 30 Years Ago

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A Sunday afternoon 30 years ago this week found me busy sitting at my desk as editor-publisher of our local newspaper office. While the weather was beautiful outside, there was work to be done inside.

Wacky Weather Batters State: 20 Tornadoes Sighted on June 12

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Now this is a headline that I never thought I would write for any news story or column: Tornadoes strike Wyoming.

How Does Our Threesome Compare When it Comes to Congressional Clout?

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As a long-time observer of our two U. S. Senators and one U. S. Congressperson, it would seem to me that today we have a chance to have more clout in Congress than ever before.

Eight Generations in State Comes With Responsibility

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Although they have had eight generations living in Wyoming, the Driskill clan of Devils Tower originally came from Texas and as a result, it seems most everything about these folks is big.

Impending 100 Year Flood is Scaring the Heck Out of Us

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A flooding mountain river in Wyoming can be an “insatiable monster.” That is what I called the middle fork of the Popo Agie River here in Lander seven years ago when we experienced a 50-year flood event.

Hey Grads, Your Learning Days Are Not ver . . . Not By a Long Shot

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I am not afraid of tomorrow for I have seen yesterday and I love today. – William Allen White

This is a message for 2017 graduates – there are just two times in your lives when you feel you are done with learning and just do not want to learn any more.

Running Hard Toward Life’s Home Plate; Count Your Lifetime by Innings Played

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It was 21 years ago this spring that my old friend Loraine Ocenas emceed my 50th birthday party and claimed its theme was: “How does it feel to have your future behind you?”

My answer, of course, was “my best years are ahead of me” and indeed, that turned out to be true.

TV Show Scheduled About Grisly Murder of Mother and Her Two Boys, 37 Years Ago

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Investigation Discovery, a network featuring the solving of horrible crimes, was in Wyoming this past week filming the story about how Virginia Uden and her two sons were murdered in Fremont County 37 years ago.