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Aug 12, 2012 - From staff reports

Wyo. PBS cancels primary debates

Wyoming PBS has canceled its primary debates due to lack of candidate response, according to a statement from the station.

There are two contested nominations in this year's primary, but voters will not have the opportunity to see the candidates debate before the Aug. 21 election.

Invitations were sent by phone, e-mail and registered mail in early July to all the candidates. Of the three Democratic candidates vying for the nomination for U.S. Senate, Al Hamburg of Torrington declined the debate invitation while Tim Chesnut of Laramie and William Bryk of Burntfork, N.Y., did not respond.

Of the three Republicans competing for the nomination for U.S. Senate, only Thomas Bleming of Lusk accepted the invitation. Eugene Mavy of Alpine and incumbent U.S. Sen. John Barrasso of Casper did not respond.

"This is an unfortunate circumstance -- that Wyoming voters will not have an opportunity to meet the candidates before the primary election, but it is station policy that if we don't have at least two candidates accept the opportunity to appear, there is no formal debate," Wyoming PBS General Manager Ruby Calvert said.

Wyoming PBS has a long tradition of hosting candidate debates in election years and plans to continue it with general election debates on Nov. 1 featuring candidates for federal seats.

First day of school is coming

Fremont County students will be heading back to the classrooms in the coming weeks.

Arapahoe will be the first to commence classes for the 2012-13 academic year. Students at both the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade charter and charter high school will begin school on Thursday, Aug. 16.

On Monday, Aug. 20, students at Wind River and Wyoming Indian schools will start classes.

Fort Washakie classes begin on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Four school districts start school on Wednesday, Aug. 22. They are Lander, Dubois, Shoshoni and St. Stephen's.

Riverton students return to school on Monday, Aug. 27.

Central Wyoming College classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Game and Fish TV show offered

Season One of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's TV show, 'Wyoming's Call of the Wild," is available online.

To see all 13 episodes, go to the WGFD website at wgfd.wyo.gov, click on multimedia, then on WGFD TV.

The show features kids and their families on hunting and fishing adventures in Wyoming. It is one of the department's initiatives to get more people into the outdoors.

The department is currently filming the second season of "Wyoming's Call of the Wild," which will begin airing nationally on the Sportsman Channel in 2013.

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