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THEM ON US: Best little Vietnamese coffee house in Wyoming
JACKSON HOLE, WYO –
When America’s smallest town sold at auction in April 2012, it even captured the attention of the world. At least as far away as Vietnam.
The sale of Buford, Wyoming, generated some 1,750 press stories, according to publicist Marissa Wolf. More than 50,000 people from 110 countries visited the website (WilliamsAuction.com) to learn more about the tiny town founded in 1866 and sold for $900,000 by its sole inhabitant, Don Sammons.
The new owners represent the Phin Deli Corporation of Vietnam. They are apparently ready to unveil their plans for Buford moving forward during a major press conference scheduled for September 3 at 10 a.m. Word is Phin Deli will launch the America debut of its Vietnamese coffee in Buford at the event. Phin Deli reps will also announce future plans for the quiet little interstate town between Laramie and Cheyenne.
Jackson Hole plugs in
KOWB (Laramie radio) was fast on the news that the Jackson town council green-lighted four electric vehicle charging stations within city limits on Monday night – the first such public “fueling” centers in the state.
Whether the egg is before the cart or the horse before the chicken is anyone’s guess. There is a whopping total of three electric cars currently registered in Teton County. The good news is, the juice is free for now. If more and more people begin using the service, the town will figure out a way to charge for the charge.
Billionaires club growing in JH
He’s one of the wealthiest men in the world that nobody knows. Richard Cohen – he prefers “Rick” – is the chairman of C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. He’s so low-key, you would probably walk right by his office in Keene, New Hampshire, and never know it. His company drivers deliver goods in unmarked trucks to his 54 distribution centers. Even his hometown Chamber of Commerce forgot to list C&S as one of the town’s largest employers.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the 61-year-old is one of the 100 richest people in the world and the wealthiest in New England after Connecticut hedge-fund manager Raymond T. Dalio.
What we learned from the article is Cohen has property in Jackson Hole, and lots of it. County records show Cohen owns a pair of properties in John Dodge and a couple in Indian Paintbrush.
Spence honored by AAJ
Jackson Hole’s fringed lawyer Gerry Spence received a lifetime achievement award from the American Association for Justice. AAJ cited Spence’s six-decade commitment to protecting the people of America from government and corporate abuses.
Spence, whose high-profile cases include the Karen Silkwood case, the defense of Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, and the defense of Geoffrey Fieger, told the AAJ members he was honored by the award, but emphasized recognizing others who fight for justice, often without notice.
We read the scoop at finance.yahoo.
Sens. Enzi, Barasso defend legislative prayer
Wyoming’s U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso both signed an amicus brief concerning a current U.S. Supreme Court case (Town of Greece v. Galloway) concerning religious liberty.
The Supreme Court took up the case after New York-based U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the town of Greece, NY, was in violation of the U.S. Constitution by allowing town board meetings to open with a prayer even the prayer was open to all religions, including atheists.
The letter stated, in part: “In this religiously diverse Nation, the best means of ensuring that the government does not prefer any particular religious view in the context of legislative prayer is not to silence some such prayers while allowing others. It is to allow those who pray to do so in accordance with the dictates of their consciences.”
The brief was signed by 32 other senator colleagues.