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OATH OF OFFICE ceremony for El Paso County commissioners and county and 4th Judicial District judges:
8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave.:

Taking the oath are commissioners Amy Lathen, Sallie Clark and Dennis Hisey, who were elected in November. Clark and Hisey were elected to a third term, even as voters passed a measure dialing back maximum four-year terms to two.

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Judicial District judges include Theresa Cisneros, Timothy Schutz, Scott Sells, Larry Schwartz, David Shakes and Robert Lowrey.

County court judges include Laura Findorff, Karla Hansen and Dan Wilson.

MEETING ABOUT hydrofracturing, a process used in oil and gas development:
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Old Town Bike Shop, 426 S. Tejon St.:
Speakers include Wes Wilson and Phil Doe.

According to a media announcement, Wilson "is the man who exposed the Halliburton loophole in the Clean Water Act exempting the oil and gas industry from reporting the chemicals used in the hydrofracturing or fracking process during oil and gas development."

Doe is retired from the Bureau of Land Management, and his specialty is water. He will speak about the cost of of cleaning up contaminated water at the shuttered Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Commerce City.

Space is limited to 100 people. To reserve a spot, RSVP by this Saturday by calling 475-8589 or e-mailing with your name and return contact information.

STATE OF THE STATE delivered by Gov. John Hickenlooper:
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, followed by the program at 9 a.m., at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.

There's no charge, but seating is limited. Call 884-2832 for information, or register here. Deadline is Thursday, Jan. 10. The event is sponsored by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.

CITY COUNCIL oil and gas work session:
3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. Topics include air quality, inspectors and enforcement, updates, water availability, water quality and zoning and setbacks. The public is welcome but won't be permitted to comment.

Council has approved a new oil and gas regulation ordinance on first reading but has stalled final approval until a public meeting that will take place later in January.

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