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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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Dave Chappelle Hanging Out With Kanye West In Wyoming

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Dave Chappelle and alleged presidential candidate Kanye West have been relaxing at the latter’s home in Wyoming, a recent Twitter video showed.

Chappelle, West and a number of other friends gathered outside of West’s ranch in Cody to film a short video for Twitter. In it, West asks the comedian to tell a joke and “make the world smile.”

“Brotherhood is real,” Chappelle said. “Love is real.”

This wasn’t what West wanted, so he continued, laughing with his friends, to beg the comedian to say something funny or tell a joke because “we need something to lift our spirits.”

Chappelle, with a cup in his hand, said that he was still on his first cup of coffee for the day. West then asked for an uplifting joke.

“Now you know I don’t write those,” Chappelle responded.

“THANK YOU DAVE FOR HOPPING ON A JET TO COME SEE ME DOING WELL,” West wrote in the tweet with the video. “DAVE YOU ARE A GOD SEND AND A TRUE FRIEND ALL LOVE.”

West is preparing to release a new album, “Donda,” on Friday.

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Kanye West Seeks Approval To Use Cody Labs For Yeezy Manufacturing

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

An engineering firm is seeking approval for plans to turn a building formerly owned by a defunct pharmaceutical manufacturer into a manufacturing facility for musician Kanye West’s Yeezy fashion brand.

The Cody Planning and Zoning Board was asked by Engineering Associates to approve its application for modifications of the building that used to house Cody Laboratories for the manufacturing of Yeezy apparel and shoes.

“The modifications primarily related to removal of items that are not needed for the new use, rearranging parking and utilities, and slightly modified site grading,” said a report on the plans by Todd Stowell, Cody’s city planner.

Cody Laboratories closed in July 2019 before it could complete work on what was to be a pharmaceutical product facility and warehouse.It was announced early this year that West had purchased the building and planned to use it to create prototypes for the Yeezy shoe brand.

After West purchased the building, James Klessens, the chief executive for Forward Cody, told the Cowboy State Daily the building was a perfect fit for West’s needs.

Stowell recommended the board approve the application as long as some technical conditions are met having to do with issues including water lines, utilities and landscaping.

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Kanye West Registers To Vote In Wyoming, Shows Everyone How Easy It Is

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Kanye West is now a registered voter in the state of Wyoming, as he showed in a recently posted YouTube video.

In a 90-second video posted to YouTube on Thursday by Precise Videos, West showed viewers how easy it was for him (and others) to register to vote in the state.

He registered at the Park County Clerk’s Office in Cody, where he and wife Kim Kardashian West own a home, with plans to build another.

West explained that all he needed was a voter registration form, his name, his date of birth, a Wyoming driver’s license, his gender, phone number, address and political affiliation. He then had to take a registration oath.

“In five minutes, you can be done and registered to vote,” a staff member at the county clerk’s office explained to the rapper.

West also told viewers that even though felons believe they have no voting rights, they can actually ask for those rights to be restored (depending on the circumstances).

He also asked the staff member why other states can make it difficult for people to register to vote.

“Well, the statutes are set up by the Legislature,” the staff member explained to the rapper. “So the people elected to the House of Representatives and senators have those statutes set up. It’s not uniform all the way across, each state has a way they work through the [voting and legislative] process.”

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Kanye West Building 52,000 Square Foot Mega-Mansion Outside of Cody

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We’ve all been there. With kids and visiting family there just isn’t enough space.

That’s why when we heard about Kanye West’s decision to build a 52,000 square-foot mansion at his ranch outside of Cody, Wyoming, we could empathize.

TMZ is reporting that West has received the OK from Park County officials to build the 10-bedroom home on his property.

Not only a home, but two underground garages which reportedly measure 10,000 square feet per garage — understandable as well, as everyone needs space in their garage.

The entertainment website is also reporting that West will also be constructing a couple of lake houses on the property as well.

West has been in the news recently with his Twitter announcement that he’s joining President Trump and former Vice President Biden in the quest for America’s top job.

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020 VISION,” he wrote.

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