Jackson Fork Ranch oral arguments now in Cheyenne


SUBLETTE COUNTY – With the assignment of a different judge to a Bondurant citizens’ civil complaint against Sublette County commissioners and Jackson Fork Ranch’s resort rezone comes a new location for oral arguments.

The January petition, filed to remand Sublette Board of County Commissioners’ majority approval of billionaire owner Joe Ricketts’ request for a destination resort on Upper Hoback Road, was initially filed in 9th District Court’s Pinedale office for Judge Marv Tyler. Judge Tyler assigned the case to new 9th District Court Judge Melissa Owens in Jackson, who scheduled oral arguments based on all three parties’ legal briefs in Jackson for Aug. 8.

Parties then asked Judge Owens to delay it until Aug. 25, which she did.

The Sublette County civil case is now assigned to 1st Judicial District Court Judge Steven K. Sharpe in Laramie County.

On Aug. 30, Judge Sharpe announced he has scheduled the oral arguments for Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Laramie County Government Complex – in Cheyenne – with two hours set aside. The order states, “Either party may appear by video via a Microsoft Teams link, which will be emailed to counsel.”

His order does not explain how this Sublette County hearing – in Cheyenne – will be available to the interested public.