Bill Sniffin has been a publisher and author in Wyoming for 53 years. He formerly owned all or part interest in 20 different newspapers, magazines, print shops, ad agencies, and internet companies.
He is one of Wyoming's best-known columnists, having written a statewide column for more than 22 years and a local column for 38 years prior to that.
Sniffin has published six books including three Wyoming-themed coffee table books, called the Wyoming Trilogy. He lives in Lander with his wife Nancy.
Latest from Bill Sniffin
Bill Sniffin: Who Better To Give Safe Winter Driving Advice Then Me!
Columnist Bill Sniffin writes, “Our family’s first winter trip over Interstate 80 was in 1971. We were stopped on an icy hill behind another car. It was an awful blizzard. My wife Nancy started to panic. ‘We are sliding backwards!’ she yelled.”
Bill SniffinDecember 02, 2023
Bill Sniffin: On My Mind – Blizzards, Folks We’ll Miss, And Advice For Newcomers
Columnist Bill Sniffin writes, "Good God, the snow just keeps on coming! It is now being measured in feet here in Lander, not inches."
Bill SniffinNovember 26, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Business Forum Is A Statewide Reunion From Across A Big Wyoming
Columnist Bill Sniffin writes: “Former Gov. Dave Freudenthal talked about how the original founders of the state felt strongly that residents had both the desire and the ability to pay their own way.”
Bill SniffinNovember 19, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Creating Jobs By Involving All 30,000 Wyoming College Students
UW President Ed Seidel said, “We realized we could have more success with 30,000 college students as a working number than just the 12,000 students at the University of Wyoming.”
Bill SniffinNovember 15, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Influential National Heritage Foundation Leader Has Deep Wyoming Roots
Bill Sniffin writes: “Heritage President Kevin Roberts predicts Joe Biden will be dumped by the Democrats and California Gov. Gavin Newsom will become their nominee.”
Bill SniffinNovember 11, 2023
Bill Sniffin: We Boomers Were Born On Third Base And Thought We Hit A Triple
Bill Sniffin writes: “Pretty soon, our generation was running the country and the world. Just 46 years after our arrival, we elected our first of four baby boomer presidents with Bill Clinton in 1992.”
Bill SniffinNovember 04, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Mike Dabich and Paul Kruse Among Wyoming ‘Giants’ I Have Known
Columnist Bill Sniffin writes: “A ‘giant’ human needs to be over 7 feet tall. Two good friends who come to mind are Mike Dabich of Hudson and the late Paul Kruse of Lusk.”
Bill SniffinOctober 28, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Journalism From Slow Wooden Type To Lightning-Fast Digital
Columnist Bill Sniffin writes: “We called what we did ‘refrigerator journalism.’ Every refrigerator in town had clippings from our paper plastered on the front of it with a magnet.”
Bill SniffinOctober 21, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Eclipse Is When The Heavens Endow Us With A Magnificent Show
Columnist Bill Sniffin writes, “We did see the eclipse Saturday from the Green River, from the Pilot Butte Historical Site, and from the Merc in Farson. Wyomingites had a great view of the event.”
Bill SniffinOctober 15, 2023
'Ring-Of-Fire' Eclipse Dazzles Viewers Across Wyoming
All eyes were looking up Saturday morning as a "ring-of-fire" eclipse was visible as it made its way southeast across the United States, including some excited viewers in Southwest Wyoming.
Bill SniffinOctober 14, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Wyoming Is Far From Being A ‘Big Empty’
Bill Sniffin writes: “From my vantage point crisscrossing the state, Wyoming doesn't look empty. It looks like a kaleidoscope of colors as river-formed canyons, big mountains and unique buttes abound all around us.”
Bill SniffinOctober 07, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Bird’s-Eye View Of Wyoming – There Is Nothing Quite Like It
Columnist Bill Sniffin writes, "One of my most extraordinary flying experiences ever was floating in a helicopter near the face of Wyoming’s highest mountain - Gannett Peak."
Bill SniffinSeptember 30, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Wyoming Is Full Of Beautiful River Towns, So Which Is The Prettiest?
Bill Sniffin writes: “One of my all-time favorites is Evanston, which has taken its Bear River and made it a dominant item on its landscape. This town might deserve the prize for best use of its river.”
Bill SniffinSeptember 23, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Wyoming’s Love-Hate Relationship With Interstate 80
Bill Sniffin writes: “I am always complaining about the 12,000 to 16,000 semitrailer trucks on Interstate 80. Even if 99% are courteous and safe, that other 1% means 120-150 monsters making stupid decisions that risk the lives of all of us.”
Bill SniffinSeptember 16, 2023
Bill Sniffin: A Pair Of 70-Somethings At The ‘Barbie’ Movie — What Could Go Wrong?
Columnist Bill Sniffin writes, “If you can see the opening 10 minutes and the last three minutes, well it gets a partial thumb’s up from me. The rest is a thumb’s down.”
Bill SniffinSeptember 02, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Fantastic Landmark Arch Near Spot Where 15 Brave Firefighters Died 86 Years Ago
Columnist Bill Sniffin writes, "This past week marks the 86th anniversary of the worst fire fighter disaster in Wyoming history. And that disaster occurred in the shadow of what might be the state’s most unique landmark."
Bill SniffinAugust 27, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Basin To Basin To Basin Trip Is Easy To Do In Wyoming
Columnist Bill Sniffin writes, "Wyoming could be called the Basin State. Because of its big mountains and wide-open spaces in-between, a typical journey can find you doing a basin-to-basin-to-basin trip, like I did this past week."
Bill SniffinAugust 19, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Wyoming Mentioned In Movie ‘Oppenheimer’ And TV Show About Jerry Buss
Columnist Bill Sniffin writes, “Wyoming got some mention in the movie “Oppenheimer” and in the HBO series “Winning Time,” which is about the rise of the Los Angeles Lakers and its owner, Kemmerer native Jerry Buss.
Bill SniffinAugust 12, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Seeing Green River Was Like Visiting An Old Friend
Bill Sniffin writes: "For some time, Green River has celebrated Expedition Island as the launching place for the famous expedition by John Wesley Powell, which mapped the Green River, the Colorado River, and ultimately the Grand Canyon in 1869. What an adventure!"
Bill SniffinAugust 05, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Hey Wyoming Wannabe - You Like 3 Seasons? Long Distances? No Costco?
Bill Sniffin writes, “I reached out to this couple and found out they were from California and were senior citizens. Yikes. Do we need more West Coasties here?”
Bill SniffinJuly 26, 2023
Bill Sniffin: Tourism Magic Can Be Found On The Loop Road And Sinks Canyon
Columnist Bill Sniffin writes: “Sinks Canyon is the primary gateway to the Wind River Mountain Range from the east. Located just south of Lander, the canyon’s sheer cliffs and magical river make it a haven for sightseers.”
Bill SniffinJuly 22, 2023