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Nov 7, 2012 - The Associated Press
Voters approve two amendments
CHEYENNE -- Wyoming voters have endorsed a state constitutional amendment specifying that competent adults have the right to make their own health care decisions.
Proponents had pushed the amendment to voice opposition to the federal Affordable Care Act. They say they still see a place for the amendment despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer that upheld portions of the federal law.
Voters on Tuesday also endorsed an amendment specifying that the state will preserve citizens' opportunities to hunt, fish and trap.
The outcome of a third amendment to expand the powers of district court commissioners was unclear Wednesday as absentee and provisional ballots were tallied, although it had a slight lead.
Small fires burn in Bighorns
RANCHESTER -- Bighorn National Forest officials say they are investigating two small fires in the northern Bighorn Mountains they believe were human-caused.
One fire has burned about four acres in a remote area 10 miles northwest of Ranchester. Firefighters are watching the fire but aren't planning to fight it for now.
The other fire has burned about an acre 14 miles west of Parkman. Forest officials say the Ranchester Volunteer Fire Department and Forest Service firefighters are trying to contain that fire because it is burning in dry vegetation near private land.
Firefighters are getting help from cold nights and the local forecast calls for snow by this weekend.
Police chief apologizes for delay
CHEYENNE -- The Cheyenne police chief is apologizing for failing to help a woman who said a man tried to break into her car with her child inside.
Police Chief Brian Kozak met with the woman and apologized for the department's response time on Sunday. He said it won't happen again.
The woman called police for help after a man reportedly tried to enter her vehicle, which was occupied by her unattended 7-year-old son. The mother said she briefly left her son in her vehicle in front of her home.
Kozak said the officer chased a suspect and the department failed to send another officer to help the woman, who waited several hours to talk to an officer.
Gillette eyes downtown revitalization
GILLETTE -- Gillette city officials and a consulting group are exploring ways to revitalize the city's downtown and spur more investment.
The study got under way on Monday and wraps up in April.
It comes ahead of a utility construction project on Gillette Avenue that will replace water mains in 2014.
Michael Surface, a planner on the city staff, says officials want to encourage investment in downtown to accompany the street improvements.
The consultant on the project is RDG Planning and Design.
The collaboration with the designer will be paid through a $40,000 Wyoming Business Council grant, which requires a match of $10,000.
Half the match comes from the city of Gillette and the rest from a grant provided by the national Main Street program.