Wyo PBS sets election debates

RIVERTON -- Qualified gubernatorial candidates appearing on the ballot in November will face off in live broadcast debates on Wyoming PBS on Monday.

The following night, the hotly contested race for Wyoming superintendent of public instruction will be featured.

Wyoming PBS -- along with the Casper Star-Tribune, the Wyoming Business Report, Wyoming Public Radio and the Cowboy State Free Press -- is hosting four debates for contested statewide offices.

The gubernatorial debate will begin at 7 p.m. Monday followed by candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives at 8. On Tuesday, the superintendent debate will begin at 7 p.m. followed by candidates for secretary of state at 8.

The debate among candidates for governor will feature Republican Matt Mead, Democrat Leslie Peterson and Libertarian Mike Wheeler. Independent write-in candidate Taylor Haynes failed to gather enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, and, according to Wyoming PBS policy, will not participate.

The race for superintendent of public instruction features Republican Cindy Hill and Democrat Mike Massie.

The debates are open to the public and are being held in the Little Theater on the Central Wyoming College campus in Riverton. The audience must be seated by 6:45 p.m. No signs, buttons, campaign literature or paraphernalia will be allowed in the theater.

Questions for the candidates may be submitted for the moderator’s consideration on the election coverage website. For more information on the debates, candidates, the live stream and to submit your questions, go to www.wyomingpbs.org/decision2010.

Wyoming PBS can be found on various channels across the state. For more information, check local listings, or go to www.wyomingpbs.org for a complete schedule of channel numbers.

State sees big sales tax decrease

KEMMERER -- Wyoming's sales tax revenues decreased during the past fiscal year from $756 million to $603 million.

The sales tax decline reported Thursday covered the 2010 fiscal year, which is from July 2009 to June 2010.

Lincoln County had the highest decline in sales tax revenue, followed by Carbon County.

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Carbon County Treasurer Cindy Baldwin said a slump in the energy industry is partly to blame for the decline.

Pay dispute brewing in Rawlins

RAWLINS -- Companies who worked on the new multi-plex on the Carbon County Fairgrounds say they have yet to be paid by the project's general contractor.

Representatives from the companies urged Carbon County commissioners last week to help them collect their pay from Wy-Con, Inc. The company was awarded a bid of about $1 million to build the multi-plex in September 2009.

Wy-Con owner Paul Elsen declined to comment.

Carbon County Deputy Attorney Mike Kelly said Wy-Con has yet to pay about $300,000 to the subcontractors.

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