Bill Sniffin

W e have all heard the expression that our summer season is actually nicknamed “construction,” but what is happening in Yellowstone right now is going to be incredible. Some estimates said repairs from flooding in the first national park will cost in the billions. But right out of the box, numbers...
H oly cow, where do I start? I have been writing these “advice to graduate” columns for almost four decades and each year some of the main points remain constant.  For example, go find some mentors.  Also, if you fail, move on.  You are young – that can be your advantage. And so on. But this year?...
N o doubt about it — we are getting more wind today than ever before in history. I hear people saying that all over Wyoming, in Utah, in Nevada, and even in Dallas, Texas, during this long windy spring.  No matter where we have been over the past few months, local winds have almost blown us away. ...
Believe it or not, this column is about fashion trends. My first story is about a time a few years ago when I was in the bar area of the Lander Community Center during a charity fund-raiser to benefit disabled veterans. “Are you packing?”  I did not think the question was meant for me. I kept...
I f 2020 was the pandemic year to forget and 2021 was a dumpster fire, just what in the heck is going to happen to us in 2022? It is always easy to be optimistic going into a new year.  I have been writing these prediction columns for decades and I almost always have a good feeling about each new...
T ravel times can be nervous times in the time of COVID. We were anxious about going to a wedding and then going farther, but what about the booster shot? A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that the Pfizer vaccine’s long-term protection against COVID was not quite as...
P resident Donald Trump wins! Well, at least we think he will win in Wyoming.  Elsewhere in America, however, the outcome of the Nov. 3 election is a matter of some debate. I always tended to believe polls and thought Trump would lose four years ago. Those same polls again predict he will lose the...
S o, there I was, standing around some odd juniper trees that were all twisted and turned in odd shapes – I was in the middle of a vortex. Well heck, it seems like we all have been in the middle of a vortex during this crazy year of 2020. That’s it! The year 2020 is the “Year of the Vortex.” Nancy...
Just what is going on inside the brains for Millennials and Generation Z? I got a first-hand look over the past month. But first, what a great summer! We have enjoyed the company of 12 of our 13 grandchildren. Let me share with you what I have learned from them. A few of them are Millennials (age...
R ED DESERT - Jim Smail’s Scottish grandfather came to America and homesteaded in Farson back in 1915.   That old desert rat started taking Jim’s father to the Red Desert back then and that tradition continued as Jim’s father took his son to the desert shortly after Jim entered the world 83 years...

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