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Jun 24, 2012 - Staff and wire reports

Forums focus on primary candidates

The Fremont County Republican Party is hosting various candidate forums in the coming weeks leading up to the Aug. 21 primary election.

The forums will offer an opportunity for voters to listen to meet candidates and listen to their positions on issues.

The party's first forum for this election season will be at 7 p.m. on June 25 at the Museum of the American West in Lander. The forum will spotlight candidates running in Fremont County Commission Districts 4 and 5 and Wyoming legislative House District 54.

Districts 4 and 5 cover the Lander area and the southern portion of Fremont County. House District 54's longtime representative, Del McOmie of Lander, has announced he will not seek re-election this year.

The forum's format will include questions from the moderator, questions from the audience and allow candidates to question each other.

Upcoming forums for state House District 33 will be on July 9 at Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie and for House District 34 and County Commission District 2 at the Headwaters Center in Dubois on July 17.

A forum for House District 28 in Shoshoni is also planned, but the date was not immediately announced by the party. All forums will begin at 7 p.m.

Shoshone forest plan meeting set

Shoshone National Forest managers and representatives of cooperating agencies are meeting on June 27-28 at the Big Horn Federal in Thermopolis.

The meeting times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28.

The public is welcome to attend both days.

"We have reached an important stage in the forest plan revision process," said forest planner Carrie Christman in a statement.

Christman referred to the release of the draft environmental impact statement and draft forest plan, wich are scheduled for late July.

The purpose of the meeting is to familiarize the cooperating agencies with the draft environmental impact statement and draft forest plan.

The group will also review the next steps in the process, including release of the draft documents and the 90-day public comment period.

The meeting agenda, and other information about revision of the Shoshone's forest plan, are available at www.fs.usda.gov/shoshone/ and at Shoshone National Forest offices in Cody, Dubois and Lander.

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