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 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    July 14, 2021

Travel near national parks  features crowds and construction

Confused Asians, crazy drunk van drivers, monstrous RVs, nervous semi drivers, and thousands (perhaps millions) of tourists were among the highlights of a recent trip to Jackson and Pinedale. We were headed north on Highway 287 to Jackson to attend...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Liz Cheney for President? Destiny calls.

Right now, there is a clear path ahead for Liz Cheney, and it does not involve the state of Wyoming. She will deny this. And she may not even believe it now.  And for the rest of this year, she will continue to represent us to the best of her...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    June 30, 2021

Uden murder mystery solved – some day we will learn about Amy Bechtel

(Note: The Oxygen Cable TV network on Monday night aired a new documentary on the 1980 murders of Virginia Uden and her sons. It will be aired repeatedly on into the future.) Back in 2013, I wrote: “After 33 years of one cold case and 16 years for...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    June 16, 2021

Poverty of time describes these go-go and rush-rush times

“Time sure does change things,” said an airline passenger to his companion. “When I was a boy, I used to sit in a flat-bottomed boat on that lake down there below and fish.  Every time a plane flew over I’d look up and wish I were in it....

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    June 2, 2021

Foster Friess was kind and generous...and so much more

Thank you, Foster. You could sum up Foster Friess in one word: Generous. He did more for more people than anyone I have ever known. He and his wife Lynn gave away $500 million in their lifetimes. Amazing. Foster Friess died May 27 at age 81.  My...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    May 26, 2021

Saying good-bye to my father–seems like yesterday

“I love you, pop.” “I love you, too, son.” ·The last words exchanged between a father and son. As a long-time newspaper writer, I knew that someday I would be writing Dad’s obituary. Some twenty-one years ago on May 23, 2000, was that...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    May 12, 2021

Today's grads face both head wind and a tail wind

Today’s grads face one of the most uncertain times in history.  I call it a merging of two seemingly mutually-exclusive ideas – they have a tail wind behind them PLUS a head wind facing them.  The tail wind is the fact that there just are not...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    May 5, 2021

What you do when things go 'bump' in the night

My nervous “afraid of the dark” wife is amazed that her brave husband will get up in the middle of the night to check out all the strange noises she hears. This has been going on for more than half a century and, frankly, even I am impressed by m...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    April 28, 2021

My Wyoming bucket list for 2021 includes all of the Cowboy State

There are literally millions of Americans who will be visiting Wyoming this summer seeking out those secret spots. I will be one of them. This column is my annual “Wyoming Bucket List” of those places that I have always wanted to visit. Some of...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    March 24, 2021

Is it time for bold action in the Cowboy State?

Even though the idea of Wyoming spending a billion dollars on a gigantic swath of land had some of us scratching our heads about one year ago – well, at least you had to give the project (and Govenor Mark Gordon) high marks for bold imagination. Th...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    March 3, 2021

Modern Wyoming parable: Who moved my severance tax cheese?

Wyoming’s current economic situation reminds me of the famous business book Who Moved My Cheese? After living off severance taxes from the energy industry for half a century, the Cowboy State is enduring a time when the state is trying to maintain...


Dumb idea with bad timing: canceling  newspaper published legal notices

Using both tight budgets and a Covid pandemic as excuses, the dumb idea of limiting printed public notices in Wyoming newspapers has reared its ugly head again in the Legislature in Cheyenne.  Wyoming citizens should be both outraged at this... Full story


Tired of plague and politics?  How about some good news! 

Enough already. Enough about politics. Enough about the deadly virus. Enough about complaining. Today, folks, this column will be totally devoted to GOOD NEWS. And there is plenty of it. First of all, the days are getting longer. Our long winter of...


Liz Cheney puts Trump in her rear-view mirror

The shocking sight of Wyoming’s lone U. S. Representative voting to impeach President Donald Trump was devastating to thousands of Cowboy State residents. Wyoming supported Trump to a larger extent than any other state, with more than 70% of its... Full story


Here are some ideal Wyoming-themed Christmas gifts

Okay, it’s Christmas and it’s time to buy gifts.  The year 2020 has been so difficult to Wyoming business people, it just seemed to make sense for us to reach out and support Wyoming-made products.  Here are some suggestions from some friends... Full story


Emotions running high about potential COVID-19 restrictions

It looks like a whole lot of people in Wyoming are fired up about the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths here in the Cowboy State. Gov. Mark Gordon was about as emotional and angry as we have seen him during his press conference Nov. 13. He... Full story


Cowboy state outback took a beating during the summer

Wyoming’s gigantic back yard—its national forests and wilderness areas—took a mighty beating this summer as Americans tried to escape from urban areas and get away from the scourge of the COVID-19 virus. From one end of Wyoming to the other,... Full story


Four women in headlines after Wyoming primary elections

National history concerning women was made in Wyoming last Tuesday – and it occurred on the 100th anniversary of national suffrage for women. You just cannot make this up. The four major party candidates for U. S. Senator and U. S. Representative... Full story

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Covid destroying Wyoming traditions

Wyoming, in several ways, has been forever changed. The new systems and techniques put into place during the last 100 days will continue on into the future, I predict. The biggest things will be state wide meetings being held with Zoom, distance... Full story

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    June 3, 2020

In the COVID-19 era, what on earth do you advise to 2020 graduates?

Wow, what on earth would you say to a graduate this year about his or her future? Here in the age of COVID-19, there is more uncertainty now than any time during my lifetime.  With 33,000,000 Americans out of work, these are bigger joblessness...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    May 27, 2020

With restrictions easing, the tourists are coming

With energy and ag experiencing tough times, this was the year that tourism was going to help the Wyoming economy soar. And then came the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time in our lifetimes, the whole world shut down. Wyoming is a destination...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    May 6, 2020

So, what will you remember about the Pandemic of 2020?

As a journalist, covering the pandemic has been possibly the biggest story of my life. That is the main thing I will remember about this crazy period. I reached out to some other interesting folks and asked them what they will remember: World...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    April 15, 2020

Thank you to our heroes in the age of COVID-19

Face it, we are living in unusual times. Probably the craziest times of our lives. The COVID-19 coronavirus has turned our personal lives, our towns, our state, our country and our world upside down. Folks that we all took for granted just three...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    April 1, 2020

Keeping news outlets alive during this Coronavirus era

The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated – famous quote by Mark Twain concerning American press reports of his demise while on a speaking tour in Europe in 1897. And like Mark Twain, reports of the death of media are also wildly...

 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    March 4, 2020

Tourism is runaway success story for the Cowboy State

During the course of my business career, our companies have published and distributed over four million magazines promoting tourism in the Cowboy State. My first magazine was started in 1970 called Big Mountain Country that sang the praises for my... Full story


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