Westside Briefs:
Fine art auction for Palmer Land Trust

       A fine art auction to benefit the Palmer Land Trust will be Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 1150 Panorama Drive.
       The event, in cooperation with Best of West Art Auctions, will include up to 250 paintings, including regional, historic and contemporary landscapes, a press release states.
       Art can be previewed Oct. 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Oct 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.
       Headquartered on the Westside, the Palmer Land Trust preserves open land in southeastern Colorado (including parcels in Colorado Springs) through conservation easements.
       For more information, call 632-3236.
       The Gold Hill police station's crime prevention officer, who works with residents in a geographical area including the Westside north to about Uintah Street, will apparently keep his job, even if Question 2C fails.
       The 2010 budget is an “ever-flowing thing,” said Officer Bob Harris, who currently holds that job, but “as far as I know, I will be maintaining my position next year.”
       Harris' work includes regular informal meetings with a volunteer citizens action committee (CAC) to discuss police actions and any possible service improvements. He has also met with the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), the older Westside's advocacy group.
       Interviewed last week, Harris said the CAC membership is “about half full”- leaving 10 openings for citizens from the Gold Hill area.
       Harris asked anyone interested in being on the CAC to call him and talk about their interests. His number is 385-2117.
       Garden of the Gods Park interpreter Bret Tennis will lead a wildlife walk Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
       He will point out “migrating species, as well as year-round inhabitants, among the animals that share this autumn habitat,” a press release states.
       Another guided hike, led by volunteer Donna Becker, will follow the Garden's Siamese Twins Trail Monday, Oct. 26 from 10 to 11 a.m.
       Both hikes will start from the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
       Reservations are necessary at 219-0108.
       The U.S. Forest Service has announced that the South Rampart Shooting Range could re-open if specific conditions are reached. The range closed in July following a fatal accident.
       The stipulations include a substantial range clean-up; infrastructure improvements; and a full-time, on-site manager, according to a Forest Service press release.

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