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Wyoming can’t block free speech at private property lines

Scott Skavdahl, the federal judge in Casper, WY, has to decide how to balance free speech and private property rights. That’s a task the U.S. District Court judge did not have to take up last year when he tossed out challenges to two Wyoming laws prohibiting trespassing on private land to collect data. “The ends,… Continue Reading

USDA ready to take over meat, poultry inspections in Maine

The Maine Legislature will meet in special session on Nov. 1 to fix the state’s recently adopted food sovereignty law. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is prepared to take over all meat and poultry inspections in the state if the lawmakers fail to enact and amendment. Maine Gov. Paul LePage called the emergency special session in… Continue Reading

Wyoming, South Dakota nix country-of-origin-labeling for beef

Mandatory country-of-origin-labeling bills for beef and ground beef made it out of committees in Pierre and Cheyenne, but got no further in the farm and ranch friendly South Dakota and Wyoming Legislatures. Senate Bill 135 went down in the South Dakota Senate on Feb. 25. It would have required grocery stores in the Rushmore State… Continue Reading

Ranchers look for some traction on country-of-origin labeling

As individual actions, they might not mean much. Collectively, they say Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) is not going away anytime soon. Two states known for their cowboys, Wyoming and South Dakota, have seen early introduction of COOL bills in their legislatures, respectively, in Cheyenne and Pierre. Cattlemen headquartered in neighboring Montana have not given up on… Continue Reading

Buffets Inc. bankrupt, may not pay outbreak victim’s damages

A federal court order demanding payment of $11.37 million to a severely injured Salmonella victim may now be worth nothing more than an invitation to a bankruptcy meeting for unsecured creditors. The March 7 bankruptcy of Texas-based Buffets Inc., its third since 2008, limits the ability of a Nebraska man with life-threatening injures to collect… Continue Reading

‘Ag-gag’ action moves from state houses to federal courts

State statutes making it impossible to get in and out of animal confinement areas without breaking the law are being challenged in at least four federal courts around the country. Among the issues that will be explored during a federal trial in Utah scheduled for later this year is whether professional journalists should have any… Continue Reading

Ovation Brands Does Not Want To Pay $11.37-Million Salmonella Judgment

A $11.37-million default judgment a Wyoming federal judge recently awarded to a Nebraska man for injuries resulting from Salmonella poisoning should be voided, according to lawyers representing Ovation Brands. Casper, WY, attorneys Scott P. Klosterman and Keith J. Dodson appeared in court Nov. 6 to defend Ovation Brands and Buffets Inc. (doing business as Old Country… Continue Reading

NE Couple Wins $11.37-Million Judgment in Salmonella Case

Back in October 2010, Chris and Heather Gage were 120 miles away from their home in Bridgeport, NE, and decided to dine at the Old Country Buffet in Cheyenne, WY. Chris Gage was medically compromised going into the restaurant, but when he left, he was infected with Salmonella bacteria, which left him forever damaged. Gage’s reaction… Continue Reading

Wyoming Data Trespass Laws Challenged in Federal Court

A federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the State of Wyoming by activist groups over recently enacted data trespass laws in the Cowboy State. State data trespass laws make it illegal to collect resource data on private lands for the purpose of sharing it with the government. The plaintiffs say the laws they are concerned about “are… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: No ‘Ag-Gag’ in Wyoming

Opinion

“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” — Abraham Maslow, American psychologist, 1962 The woman who taught this ink-stained journalist how to excel in public affairs for about 20 years taught me about the parade. It’s really a simple… Continue Reading