Bill Sniffin


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Battle Mountain, Small Towns, & Edison's Favorite Fishing Hole

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If you blast through Carbon County on Interstate 80, you begin to think that all there is to see is high desert and the towering Elk Mountain.

But that part of Wyoming offers so much more.

Now Here is Some Big News at Cowboy State's Smallest College

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Wyoming’s second four–year college of higher learning had an exciting weekend recently when its staff welcomed 52 new freshmen back to ground level after they spent three weeks bonding in the towering nearby mountains.

Cowboy State is Best State for Road Trips This Time of Year

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Road trip. Is there any better place in the world to take a road trip this time of year than Wyoming?

Recently, we made two such trips and saw a bunch of wonderful sites in our great state. Two things stood out:

How One Cowboy State Town Manged to Re-Build Itself After it's Mines Closed

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(Note: Last week, we wrote how Lander lost 550 high paying iron ore mining jobs and Fremont County lost 2,000 high-paying uranium-mining jobs in the 1980s. This is how local leaders turned Lander around.)

How the Most Mining-Centric Town Dealt with Loss of Jobs After Mine Closings

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It is a recession when you lose your job. It is a depression when I lose mine. – Old saying.

How a Unique Forest Ranger Dealt with 2,000 Nudist Hippies in Wyoming

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The signature moment in the career of Forest Ranger Hiram “Doc” Smith involved 2,000 nudist hippies who invaded Wyoming back in 1973.

Smith was the most effective District Ranger that I ever dealt with and how he handled this event so eloquently displayed his vast skills.

Some Not So Boring Ideas on Improving the Economy

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Jobs, jobs, jobs.
How do we provide enough jobs for the working people of Wyoming?

A month ago in this space, I wrote about the state’s economy and how to create economic development. It spurred a variety of interesting comments from all over the state. Here are just a few:

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.