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Gazette Premium Content This week: Mark your calendars for Pikes Peak region events

The Gazette - Updated: May 12, 2014 at 6:57 am

Colorado Springs City Council will hear presentations at a 1 p.m. work session on Monday from the Colorado National Defense Council on the Base Realignment and Closure process, and from the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments on regional project prioritization. The meeting is in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.

The council also will discuss a resolution approving the City Council's 2015 Strategic Plan, which outlines objectives, initiatives and measurable outcomes in three areas: economic growth, responsible government and quality community. The council will vote on the resolution or the plan at a later date.

On Tuesday, City Council is expected to vote on proposed changes to the city's eminent domain procedures at its 1 p.m. meeting in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. Council member Joel Miller has proposed changes that limit the city's use of eminent domain for traditional public uses such as the acquisition of land rights for public streets and highways and other traditional public facilities. Under the proposal the city could not acquire private property and then dedicate or sell it to a private entity.

The council also will consider a proposal by council member Jill Gaebler to include "any hoofed animal," but is mainly targeting mini goats, in the city's definition of a pet. A change in the city's ordinance would allow homeowners to have up to four miniature goats. Under the proposal, hoofed animals must be 100 pounds or less.

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Kenneth Foy Lankford, the man accused of killing two people in November, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Monday. He is accused of fatally shooting Carol Fowler, 51, and wounding her husband, Thomas, 52, at their Black Forest home, and then killing his wife, Terry, 51, at their home. In April, Lankford a judge ruled that Lankford was competent to stand trial.

Donald Becker, the man suspected in the fatal stabbing of 47-year-old Richard Card is set to have his first appearance in court at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Card's body was found April 28 on the west side of Monument Creek near Garden of the Gods Road. Becker was arrested April 29.

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Military personnel serving in the Pikes Peak region will be honored at an Armed Forces Week Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at The Broadmoor. The event is sponsored by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.

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The Colorado Springs police, fire and emergency management departments are seeking volunteers and will hold a volunteer fair on Tuesday.

The Community Advancing Public Safety team is seeking volunteers for ambassadors, crime prevention, the Spanish Service Program, surveillance camera operators and property crimes. The fair will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Police Operations Center, 705 S. Nevada Ave. For more information call 385-7222.

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Ever wonder if your last name was the occupation of one of your ancestors? Ed Storey will discus the origins of names and professions during a free public meeting of the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meeting, 7 p.m., Wednesday, at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

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The newly formed El Paso County Emergency Services Authority Board will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the El Paso County Transportation and Environmental Complex, 3275 Akers Dr. The authority, created by an intergovernmental agreement signed between the county and the city of Fountain in March to oversee ambulance services, replaces the El Paso County Emergency Services Agency, which was established in 1995 between the county and Colorado Springs. The agency was reconstituted as an authority after the City of Colorado Springs left to pursue its own contract for ambulance services.

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El Paso County residents will have one final chance Thursday to have representatives from United Policyholders help with insurance questions related to the Black Forest fire.

The nonprofit will hold the free workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Woodmen Heights Campus of Woodmen Valley Chapel, 8292 Woodmen Valley View.

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The Broadmoor hotel will christen its expanded and remodeled Broadmoor West building at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the hotel, 1 Lake Ave. on Colorado Springs' southwest side. The ceremony will take place outside of Broadmoor West, which is west of Cheyenne Lake on the hotel property. Nancy Anschutz, wife of Philip Anschutz, whose Anschutz Corp. owns the hotel, will christen the expanded and remodeled building.

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The Fountain Creek Nature Center will have its grand reopening on Saturday after the facility at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain completed its 2,500 square foot expansion.

According to El Paso County officials, the renovated center has more space for classes, meetings and offices and includes new educational exhibits. A fundraising campaign began in 2012 for the upgrade to the facility that was built in 1992. The county raised more than $750,000 through donations and grants.

Saturday's ribbon cutting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Nature Center.

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Gazette staffers Monica Mendoza, Matt Steiner, Lisa Walton, Carol McGraw, Sue McMillin and Rich Laden contributed to this listing.

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