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UW and CSU foundations delay ranch sale
Jointly owned by the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University, the Y Cross Ranch near Laramie has been the subject of a land-use controversy. UW Branding Iron photo

Amid lawsuit, UW and CSU foundations delay ranch sale

Oct 19, 2012 - By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- A lawsuit is postponing plans by University of Wyoming Foundation and Colorado State University Research Foundation to sell a ranch they jointly own in southeast Wyoming.

The foundations announced the postponement Friday, saying the lawsuit could affect the marketability of the Y Cross Ranch. Unsealing of bids on the ranch had been scheduled for Nov. 13 and now will wait until the lawsuit's resolution.

Denver philanthropist Amy Davis sued last month. The Y Cross had belonged to Davis's family before she donated it to the foundations in 1997.

Davis wants a court to rescind the gift agreement and establish a trust to ensure that the ranch is used for agriculture education.

Foundation officials say the ranch wasn't a practical place for learning and say the sale would fund agriculture scholarships.

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