The will of a wealthy Denver philanthropist who has died contains an incentive for the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University to use a ranch for agricultural education rather than sell the property.
Amy Davis died Wednesday. She was 86.
Davis' personal representative, Tyson Dines, said Thursday that Davis' will sets aside a considerable amount to support teaching at the Y Cross Ranch. He wouldn't specify the amount.
University officials said they were saddened by Davis' death but had no additional comment.
A judge in Cheyenne heard arguments today over whether to dismiss the lawsuit about the Y Cross Ranch. The suit was filed by a Amy Davis, who gave a ranch to two university foundations and now accuses them of not honoring the intent of her gift.
Senator Phil Nicholas has decided to remove himself from sponsoring a funding request for the Laramie Aquifer leaving Laramie Democrat Chris Rothfuss to oversee that effort. Nicholas was accused of having a conflict of interest in brokering a land deal for his client, former legislator Doug Samuelson. The proposal was to have the state buy Samuelson’s land and turn it into a state park. Laramie citizens then could have access to the property and it would prevent development from occurring above the Laramie aquifer.
The chairman of the Wyoming Legislature's Senate Appropriations Committee is advocating a deal in which the state would buy 11,000 acres from a client of his law firm. Republican Sen. Phil Nicholas of Laramie is meanwhile keeping alive a proposal under which the client, Doug Samuelson, would acquire a 50,000-acre ranch between Laramie and Cheyenne. The Colorado State University Research Foundation and University of Wyoming Foundation jointly own the Y Cross Ranch.
A Denver woman who donated her family's vast ranch to promote hands-on agriculture education at the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University says she's disappointed the schools haven't made better use of her gift as a teaching tool. Now the universities are preparing to sell the Y Cross Ranch. Amy Davis says if she could do it all over again, she wouldn't have donated the property between Cheyenne and Laramie in southeast Wyoming. Both schools acknowledge they haven't put the Y Cross Ranch to