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Lots of older conservative folks favor medical marijuana for state

One of the most conservative members of the Wyoming State Senate is Cale Case (R-Lander). He favors approval of a medical marijuana bill and says there is a surprising amount of support for such an ef...

 

Welcome to 2017 - can't have Champagne lifestyle on beer budget

My immediate thoughts about predicting the first part of Wyoming’s upcoming year 2017 include some not so joyous conclusions. This is because the year starts with the Legislative session. Due to...

 

Looking back at 2016: Beyond the obvious

When I look back on 2016, it seems to me that Wyoming people need to face a true reality check. It is time for people to realize that the current “bust” might be what we should be considering the...

 

Some ideal Christmas gifts with a Cowboy State feel

Ken Smith of Laramie has a great idea for an ideal Christmas gift – he thought someone should go around the state and “bundle up” all the different craft beers and market them as a package. Not...

 

From Saratoga to UW football and back home

My new favorite baseball cap says “Wyoming versus BYU,” except that this cap is 20 years old from the 1996 WAC football championship held in Las Vegas. We were at that game and now it is Déj...

 

Here are last words on 2016 election: Wyoming voters most powerful in USA

Welcome to the Cowboy State – home of the most powerful voters in America. And these voters care a lot about voting too, as record numbers turned out on Nov. 8. Some counties like Laramie, Fremont a...

 

On these long, dark winter nights, here are favorite movies about Wyoming

With our nights getting longer and colder, this gives me an excuse to watch my favorite movies that take place in our state, feature our state or include themes about Wyoming. Here is my list of favor...

 

Cowboys playing most hectic and crazy season in UW history

During University of Wyoming home football games, War Memorial Stadium in Laramie becomes the fifth largest city in the state. And just about every one of those fans on Saturday, Nov. 19, was jumping...

 

Welcome to Donald Trump Country; New president offers economic hope

Wyoming got good economic news early Wednesday morning with the national election of Donald Trump as president and Liz Cheney as our new U. S. Representative. Sometimes when you live out here on the...

 

Tilting at windmills: our wind should provide power for California utilities

Just about any sunny afternoon of the year, the famous (and infamous) Wyoming wind blows its hardest across the high prairie. While it has been cursed millions of times for its velocity and...

 

Cheney candidacy recalls memories of another election back in 1978

The problem with our times is that the future is not what it used to be, oops then, again, perhaps it is! – A modified famous old quote. Back to the future. Same old song. Here we go again. The...

 

Cowboy pickup drivers speeding through mountains and prairies

Is it possible that you can learn more about your home state by spending some time in and traveling through some adjoining western states? Maybe. Here goes: In Wyoming, a person often contrasts the...

 

We will need to do ultimate road trip to finish my Wyoming Bucket List

When you have been fortunate enough to travel all over the world, why would you then spend so much time wandering around Wyoming? I get that question a lot. The answer is simple – there is just so...

 

Vast stretches of empty prairie dominate Big Sky of our state

There are stretches of Wyoming that seem to go on forever. Our tongue-in-cheek state motto of the Big Empty really makes sense when you are driving across these vast places. My late dad used to...

 

A trip down memory lane in Sheridan plus Buffalo and two mountain passes

As readers of this column know, I am no fan of the “new” JC Penney Company. It is my contention that old James Cash Penney (whose first store was right here in Wyoming, in Kemmerer), is spinning...

 

Economy taking its toll on businesses that have long been state landmarks

Owning and taking care of horses is obviously one of the great joys for a lot of Wyoming people. To me, I like to ride them, but have never had the urge to own one. Imagine my surprise back in the...

 

A hungry bear, a stubborn mule, a deep lake and George Clooney

A unique part of the four-year curriculum at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander is a three-week wilderness course taken by all freshmen just before starting college. The wilderness trip is a true...

 

Cody, Powell have everything, including thousands of tourists

Pow! Pow! Pow! That was the sound of the explosions coming from the high-powered revolvers used by some rough-looking, tough-talking cowboy-types in front of the Irma Hotel in downtown Cody. We were...

 

If you meet a living legend, you better get to know him

An old grizzled editor told me 50 years ago that during my career I should always to be on the lookout for real life heroes. “If you are lucky, you might get to know at least one in your life. If...

 

Time with Mike and Diana Enzi results in some interesting stories

Not sure how to weave Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian and the First Lady serving duck at a Native American event into a column, but here goes: It had been a while since my wife Nancy and I spent any...

 

Liz Cheney bounces back from 2014 political fiasco

The biggest political mystery to me over recent years is who in the world convinced Liz Cheney to go after incumbent Mike Enzi in the 2014 U. S. Senate race? Ranking as probably the single worst...

 

People you meet, events you experience create the individual that you become

Back in 1978, I hired a group of young men in their mid-20s who all grew up to be powerhouse publishers. But back then, they were raw, ambitious and a handful to deal with, for sure. My wife Nancy...

 

Around the state: funny campaign ad, curious sheep, Naked and Afraid and Buffalo Coats

While I had earlier predicted Liz Cheney, Wilson, will win the Wyoming GOP nomination for U. S. House, now she is enduring being on the butt end of a funny commercial by her competitor State Sen....

 
 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    August 4, 2016

Who will win U. S. House primary? Looks like Liz Cheney by a nose

If this were a horse race, the announcer might say that front-runner Liz Cheney of Wilson is holding off challenger Leland Christensen of Alta on the last turn while early leader Tim Stubson of...

 
 By Bill Sniffin    Opinion    July 28, 2016

Medicine Wheel is America's Stonehenge; Long dusty hike is well worth the effort

So, there I was. Hiking as fast as I could at 9,642 feet above sea level. This was a spooky, surreal and spiritual place. This is America’s Stonehenge, the famous Medicine Wheel, high in the...

 

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