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Kanye West’s Wyoming Used Car Fleet Sells For $435K; Truck Sells For Record Price

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Kanye West’s fleet of cars sold for nearly $435,000 this week, which was a pretty good deal, according to a Cheyenne city councilman and car salesman.

The winning bids for the seven cars, which were sold through Nampa, Idaho-based Musser Brothers Auction, totaled $434,780, according to TMZ. The fleet included a 2016 Ford F-350, a 2017 Ford F-250, a 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor, a 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor, a 2020 Ford Expedition XLT Max and a 2020 Ford Expedition Limited Stealth edition.

“If you do dirty math, those vehicles are about $55,000 a piece, plus buyers’ fees,” councilman Scott Roybal told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday. “With the used car market right now, it’s pretty reasonable. We’re selling some cars with 200,000 miles on them for $10,000 right now.”

The outlet also reported that the 2019 Raptor sold for $86,900, including the 10% buyer premium, which made it the most expensive Ford Raptor ever sold.

“I’m just saying, I have a 2017 GMC 2500 lifted sitting in my lot with 100,000 miles on it and it’s going for $70,000,” Roybal said. “The price is going to vary depending on the vehicle, but I will also say that a fool with money is welcome everywhere.”

He also explaind that the vehicle likely was selling for around $77,000, but the auction house added an extra 10% premium, allowing it to pocket more than $8,000 from the sale of just one truck.

Roybal joked that he wanted the name of the buyer who purchased the 2019 Raptor, as he had more cars to sell them.

More than 800 people bid on the vehicles, a number Roybal was not surprised to hear.

“You’re sitting around, got a couple hundred thousand in the bank and you see this go up for sale?” he said. “Some of the bids are going to be pure boredom, some will be because he’s a world-famous rapper and some will be because these are ranching vehicles and they can get beat up more.”

Originally, West sold the vehicles back to Fremont Motors in Cody where he originally purchased them. He has also placed his ranch, Monster Lake, up for sale for $11 million.

It was not clear whether it was dealerships or private buyers, or both, that purchased West’s vehicles.

Last month, West’s “Psalm Cody Commercial” LLC listed seven commercial properties within Cody’s city limits for sale at a total price of $3.2 million.

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Wyoming Car Industry Vet Says Kanye’s Vehicles At Online Auction Currently A Good Deal

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

If you’re looking for a used vehicle and like the idea of a celebrity having owned it previously, then Kanye West’s Wyoming fleet may be of interest.

Now that West — or “Ye” as he calls himself now — is leaving Cody, he’s decided to put six of his vehicles that he used on his ranch up for auction.

Scott Roybal, a city councilman in Cheyenne, who has worked in the car industry for 30-plus years, said the prices — as they currently stand — are a good deal.

Of course, that may change as the auction doesn’t end until November 23.  But until then, prices are good, he said.

Up for grabs include a 2016 Ford F-350, a 2017 Ford F-250, a 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor, a 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor, a 2020 Ford Expedition XLT Max, and a 2020 Ford Expedition Limited Stealth edition.

“The ‘17 Ford is bid at $36,750 – actually I can see these on a lot at probably somewhere around that $40,000-$42,000 range,” Roybal said.

He said the Ford Expeditions are currently bidding at far-below market value and the two Ford F-150 Raptors are tracking fairly close to what they would normally sell for. 

But on the whole, the auction is starting out on the low side, he said — which is surprising given the state of the industry.

“With the car market the way it is right now and with [car dealers] not being able to secure a lot of new cars, the used car market has kind of exploded,” he said.

As for the vehicles being owned by Kanye, it didn’t impress him. It’s the condition of the vehicle that matters.

“They might be worth less because they were owned by Kanye,” he said.

The auction house would probably disagree with that.

Mark Musser, of Musser Brother Auctions in Cody, said there’s been “a lot of interest” in these vehicles.

“The phone’s been ringing off the hook, and a lot of emails and a lot of other inquiries. We’re getting thousands of visits per day,” Musser said.

Even at the moment he was on the phone with Cowboy State Daily, Musser said 120 people were on the website looking at the vehicles.

Originally, West sold the vehicles back to Fremont Motors in Cody where he originally purchased them. Musser then came up with the idea to auction them instead.

“Right after I saw that Fremont Motors had those vehicles, I approached the general manager at Fremont and I said, ‘Hey, these would make a great auction just because of the history behind these vehicles,’” Musser said.

Musser said his guess is as good as anyone’s regarding the prices the vehicles will bring when the auction closes in three weeks.

“I have no guess where this thing’s going to land when it’s all said and done,” he said.

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Kanye West Places Ranch Up For Sale For $11 Million

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

Kanye West’s retreat from his Wyoming getaway continues.

West Ranch, formerly known as the Monster Lake property, has been put up for sale.

That adds to the list of properties West owns that have appeared in real estate listings recently.

Less than two weeks ago, West’s “Psalm Cody Commercial” LLC listed seven commercial properties within Cody’s city limits for sale at a total price of $3.2 million.

Two of the seven properties for sale through DBW Realty have structures on them, the other five are vacant lots, ranging in size from 0.66 to 2 acres. The most expensive property is a business building Big Horn Avenue, at the northeast entrance to Cody, with a list price of $1,299,000.

West’s purchase of the ranch property caused a splash in the tabloids when it was announced in September of 2019. The land and all its buildings were listed at $14 million when rapper-slash-billionaire picked up the land south of Cody, and his company has put it up for sale this week at a price of just $11 million.

“With just under 4000 deeded acres and two spring-fed lakes, Monster Lake Ranch is a premiere outdoor recreation opportunity, located just minutes from Cody, Wyoming,” according to the video listing from DBW Real Estate.

The listing goes on to describe how the property – and its neighboring 4,500 acres of leased BLM land – is perfect for hiking, trail riding, stock growing and fishing.

The property itself encompasses 3,885 acres, and has been the source of contention between West and the Park County Commissioners. Shortly after his purchase, West got crossways with county officials when his representatives applied for a permit to build a 72,000 square-foot meditation center there.

However, the permitting process was stopped when representatives told the Park County Planning and Zoning Commission that West wanted to add a residential aspect to the project.

West retains ownership of Bighorn Mountain Ranch, a larger property near Greybull, that he reportedly paid $14.5 million for back in 2020.

The website TMZ speculated that the sale of West Ranch may a sign of reconciliation between West and his high-profile wife, Kim Kardashian, although other tabloids dispute that idea. The two have been in the middle of divorce proceedings since February, but were spotted together at her recent gig hosting “Saturday Night Live.”

A few weeks ago, West dropped $57.3 million on a residence in Malibu, which was designed by Tadao Ando, a renowned Japanese architect.  According to the website “Haute Residence,” the sale marks the second most expensive real estate purchase for a Malibu residence this year.

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Kanye West Puts Cody Commercial Property On Market

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

Rapper Kanye West’s company has put seven of its commercial properties in Cody on the market.

In a development that raises questions for the economic boom expected to follow the move of West’s Yeezy shoe company to Cody, the seven properties officially owned by Psalm Cody Commercial LLC have been listed for sale at a total price tag of $3.2 million.

The listing of the properties comes less than two years after they were purchased.

Two of the seven properties for sale through DBW Realty have structures on them, the other five are vacant lots, ranging in size from 0.66 to 2 acres. The most expensive property is a business building Big Horn Avenue, at the northeast entrance to Cody, with a list price of $1,299,000.

The sale, which was made public late last week, casts into doubt the high hopes for a much-needed boost to the town of 10,000 that relies primarily on tourism and agriculture for its economic foundation.

Kanye West’s announcement in 2019 that he was moving his Yeezy Shoe operation to Cody was welcomed by local economic leaders.

In October 2019, it was reported that the Grammy-winning billionaire had purchased commercial property in Cody, just a month after his widely publicized purchase of the Monster Lake Ranch south of town.

Psalm Cody Commercial received approval from the Park County Planning and Zoning Board to put up a 4,800-square-foot temporary structure on one of the properties structure to house the Yeezy Adidas operation.

The board stipulated, however, that the company must take the pre-fabricated structure down within 60 days after the six-month temporary period

.“If the thing’s still there after a year, then we have a problem,” Richard Jones, P&Z board member, said at the time.

The pre-fab building is still there, two years later.

Less than six months after West’s purchase of the Big Horn Avenue property, Psalm Cody Commercial made a deal with Lannett Corp. to allow for use of its abandoned building on County Road 2AB, in the industrial corridor north of Cody. 

The Pennsylvania-based drug manufacturing company had originally leased the land for its building from Forward Cody, the town’s economic development organization, but chose to move its operations elsewhere before construction was even completed. 

In July of 2020, it was reported that West’s “Yeezy Apparel” had struck an agreement with Lannett to use the abandoned, half-built structure for production and production support.

However, very little visible progress has been made on the property in the 14 months since that agreement was announced.

The property on County Road 2AB is not owned by Psalm Cody Commercial, according to Park County records.

According to information available, the multi-million dollar ranches that West has purchased south of Cody and at the base of the Big Horn Mountains near Greybull are not listed for sale.

Kanye West Files Docs To Change Name To Ye

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

One of Wyoming’s most famous residents has filed action in a California court to have his name legally changed to one word.

Kanye West filed documents in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this month to have his name changed from Kanye Omari West to just Ye, his longtime nickname and the name of his 2018 album, according to The Associated Press.

He would have no middle or last name, despite the fact his soon-to-be ex-wife, Kim Kardashian West, and their shared four children would all continue to carry West’s surname.

In the documents, West said he wanted to change his name for personal reasons. A judge must approve the name change before it becomes official.

West has been going by the nickname on social media platforms for years and in 2018, he wrote on Twitter that he was no longer “the being formally known as Kanye West. I am YE.”

This is the most recent in a string of eccentric behavior shown by West in recent years.

Last year, he entered the presidential race too late to be considered in most states’ primary elections, but still voted for himself for president during the 2020 election. He noted it was his first time voting, as well.

Recently, he has been hosting various listening parties in stadiums in Atlanta and Chicago for his upcoming album, “Donda,” named after his late mother.

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Lummis Praises Kanye’s Vision For Wyoming

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis has touted Wyoming’s arguably most famous resident, Kanye West, and his vision for the state following reports he is worth nearly $7 billion.

On Thursday, Lummis retweeted conservative pundit Candace Owens, who wrote a post praising West and claiming he was the richest Black man in U.S. history.

“Grateful that Kanye’s vision includes creating jobs in Cody, Wyoming,” Lummis wrote in her retweet.

According to CNN, West just became a billionaire last year, but is now one six times over, with his worth now being around $6.6 billion. Much of this wealth is from apparel lines, mainly his Yeezy shoe line with Adidas and a clothing line deal with the Gap.

The rapper has been planning to establish a production facility for Yeezy shoes in Cody, but there have been stops and starts to that plan.

Lummis, through a spokeswoman, told Cowboy State Daily on Friday that it would only make sense the rapper would want to do business in Wyoming.

“Wyoming is consistently rated the best state to do business, and it makes sense that a successful artist like Mr. West would recognize the Cowboy State as the perfect place for chilling, trying to stack his millions,” Lummis spokeswoman Abegail Cave said. “Our state has natural beauty, great communities, and low tax rates for individuals and business owners alike. Welcome to the good life, Kanye.”

West has been relatively quiet over recent months, especially after losing the presidential election in November. He did tease another possible run in 2024, though.

West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, filed for divorce last month. The two share four children.

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Kim Kardashian Files for Divorce From Kanye West

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming officially has a new (and mega-famous) bachelor, because Kanye West is back on the market after six years of marriage.

On Friday, Kim Kardashian West filed for divorce from the rapper, with whom she shares four children ranging in age from seven years to 20 months. Gossip website TMZ obtained the court documents.

No date of separation was listed in the filing.

This was the first marriage for West and the third for Kardashian. The two met in the 2000s, but finally made it official in 2012 after West professed his love for the socialite in the song “Cold.”

The two have reportedly been living separate for months, with West taking up residence at one of his mansions in Cody and the socialite staying in Los Angeles.

The culmination of the divorce will likely be a central storyline on the final season of the reality series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” on which West regularly makes appearances alongside the four children.

West has exhibited bizarre behavior in the last year, such as throwing his hat into the presidential race months last summer (far too late to make any headway), and even admitted in a speech that he and Kardashian considered aborting their eldest daughter.

Unsurprisingly, West didn’t win the presidential election, but teased a 2024 run on Twitter, the last post he has made on the social media website.

The rapper has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in recent years.

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Kanye West’s Cody Manufacturing Site May Start Again After Pause

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By CJ Baker, Powell Tribune

Following a months-long lull, an economic development official says operations may soon “kick back into gear” at Kanye West’s manufacturing facility in Cody.

West and his apparel business, Yeezy, began setting up a sample/prototype lab on the city’s northern edge in late 2019. However, there have been stops and starts.

Speaking on KODI 1400 AM last week, Forward Cody CEO James Klessens said leaders of the Yeezy facility on the city’s north side “put that on hold in October.” There was, he said, “a whole bunch of moving pieces in Kanye’s world and he just pressed pause.”

However, Klessens said his understanding is that Yeezy’s operation “is going to kick back into gear shortly.”

“I don’t know what date that is,” he said on KODI’s Speak Your Piece program. “But I understand that it’s on the plan to begin again in this first quarter of 2021.”

Speak Your Piece host Darian Dudrick noted that it’s West’s decision to make, “so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that everything keeps going as planned.”

“And I guess we have to be hopeful that it does occur,” Klessens responded. “You know, he [West] was right on the cusp, I think, of getting something really powerful built … and I believe that they’re still online.”

Yeezy is leasing a pair of interconnected facilities on Road 2AB that were previously used by Cody Laboratories. With some assistance from the state government, the pharmaceutical company had planned to construct a large drug-making campus at the site and add perhaps 100 jobs to the roughly 135 employees it already had. However, its corporate owner, Lannett Company, later backed out of the project, laid off its existing workers and shuttered Cody Labs in 2019.

Forward Cody owns a portion of the facilities being leased by Yeezy — a former Cody Labs warehouse constructed with the help of a $2.35 million state grant — while the company is leasing an adjoining building directly from Lannett.

Klessens welcomed West’s move into the then-vacant facilities in December 2019, calling the timing “so fortuitous for our community” and noting the jobs the move could bring. But in November, Klessens said he wished Yeezy would be more clear about its plans — and he expressed concern about a “‘here today, gone tomorrow’ type of relationship.” 

“I am hopeful he [West] continues to explore investment in our community,” Klessens said on KODI last week. “I know his world changes rapidly.”

Although West became famous as a musician, he became a billionaire through his ownership of Yeezy.

When the rapper Lil Baby visited West’s ranch south of Cody in late July, “I didn’t actually see [West] work on music too much,” he said in an interview with NME that was published Friday. “But I saw him working more in a different form — working on his clothing line and his shoes. That’s even more inspiring than the music.”

Through a partnership with Adidas, Yeezy has launched a series of high-priced sneakers that have drawn intense demand. And last year, Yeezy and West kicked off a new partnership with Gap to create a line of “modern, elevated basics for men, women and kids at accessible price points.”

West has indicated Cody could factor into Yeezy Apparel’s partnerships with both Gap and Adidas.

Adidas currently has two open jobs listed in Cody: a design director and a senior developer of footwear for Yeezy. Although the company originally posted the jobs in November 2019 and March 2020, listings on third-party job sites indicate they were re-posted within the last month — alongside additional posts for a senior manager of material development and a footwear pattern engineer.

Speaking on KODI last week, Klessens noted West has spoken about his desire to “onshore” Yeezy’s manufacturing process, by bringing operations back to the U.S. from places like China.

“I’m hoping,” Klessens said, “that we can continue to be one piece of that project that he’s bringing back stateside.”

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Kanye Didn’t Win This Year (Maybe), But There’s Always Next Time

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

We haven’t checked in on the arguably most famous Wyoming resident Kanye West in a couple weeks, and we wanted to see how he was taking the presidential election.

Turns out, he’s fine, even though it would seem like he lost by a huge margin.

However, we still have a few weeks before the Electoral College delivers the final results, so West could possibly pull an upset win, but it’s unlikely.

He recently again teased another bid for the presidential seat in 2024, posting a photo of himself with the caption “KANYE 2024.” Seeing as it is 2020 and nothing surprises us anymore, we’re happy to just wait and see.

West has been touting a campaign for the highest seat in office for years, but finally announced his official run in the summer, after missing numerous deadlines to appear on ballots across the country for the primary.

He selected Wyoming preacher Michelle Tidball as his running mate.

West even received endorsements from high profile figures such as SpaceX/Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Chance the Rapper.

He didn’t appear on any ballots in the Wyoming primary or general elections, but West confirmed he voted for himself on Nov. 3, posting a video to Twitter, showing that he wrote in his own name in that space and submitting it.

There was no word on who he voted for when it came to the local races, such as Cody mayor or city council, but we are holding out hope West will come through as a write-in candidate for every open office in the town.

Hopefully no one sees a sad West walking around Cody. If you do, cheer him up.

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Kanye West Votes For Someone He Can Truly Trust: Himself

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It wouldn’t be a real Election Day if there wasn’t something Kanye West-related happening.

The rapper and Wyoming resident tweeted Tuesday morning that he voted for president for the first time in his life. It should be noted that he’s 47 and would have been able to vote for president for the first time in the 1996 Bill Clinton/Bob Dole race.

In traditional Kanye fashion, he tweeted that he voted for someone he truly trusted: himself.

“God is so good,” he wrote.

While it is unlikely the rapper will be voted to the highest office on Tuesday, it is 2020 and we’re ready for anything.

West announced his candidacy for president in the summer, after missing multiple states’ deadlines to appear on the ballot as a third party candidate. He selected Wyoming preacher Michelle Tidball as his running mate.

He did manage to receive a few endorsements over the campaign season, from actor/comedian Nick Cannon, Chance the Rapper, journalist Geraldo Rivera and even SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

West registered to vote in Wyoming (Park County, specifically) earlier this year ahead of the state’s primary election. West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, own a home in Cody and have plans to build a second.

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