Bondurant citizens’ legal case against Sublette County commissioners and billionaire Joe Ricketts’ Jackson Fork Ranch will no longer be heard in Teton County.

Instead, Ninth District Court Judge Melissa Owens, who presides over the Teton County court, assigned the case to Judge Steven K. Sharpe of the First Judicial District in Laramie County. Owens’ judicial assistant said her boss had a “conflict of interest.”

The Ricketts Rezone
Jackson Fork Ranch

The fence in the foreground separates the Bridger-Teton National Forest from an alluvial, sagebrush-covered bench where TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts plans to build a resort on his Jackson Fork Ranch near Bondurant.

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Environmental Reporter

Billy Arnold has been covering the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the people who manage it since January 2022. He previously spent two years covering Teton County government, and a year editing Scene. Tips welcomed.

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