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    A R A P A H O E C O U N T Y, C O L O R A D O

    VOLUME 95 | ISSUE 43 | 75

    December 31, 2015


    A publication of

    ENGLEWOOD HERALD (ISSN 1058-7837) (USPS 176-680)OFFICE: 2550 S. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 | PHONE: 303-566-4100

    A legal newspaper of general circulation in Englewood, Colorado, the Englewood Herald is publishedweekly on Thursday by Colorado Community Media, 2550 S. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120.PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT LITTLETON, COLORADO and additional mailing of ces.

    POSTMASTER: Send address change to:9137 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Suite 210, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

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    RiverRun trailhead project underway Arapahoe County Open Space funds given for second phase

    By Tom Munds tmunds@coloradocommunitymedia.com

    Phase one of the RiverRun project is underway, and the Arapahoe County Open Space Fund has awarded Engle-wood $500,000 to fund the projects sec-ond phase.

    The River Run project is designed to revitalize about seven miles of the South Platte River running through Littleton, Englewood and Sheridan.

    The effort is being spearheaded by the South Platte River Group. The organiza-tion is comprised of representatives from Englewood, Sheridan, Littleton, Arapahoe

    County, South Suburban Parks and Recre-ation District, the Colorado Water Conser-vation Board, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Arapahoe County offi cials announced Englewoods funding application had been approved as part of the countys open space fund fall grant cycle.

    The grant funding will be used for con-tinued work on the RiverRun trailhead, located along the South Platte River at Ox-ford Avenue. When completed, the trail-head project will include a picnic pavil-ion, playground, restroom facilities, ADA access to the river, and access to regional trails.

    Phase one work is centered on the east

    The Dec. 17 snow didnt stop work on phase one of the RiverRun trailhead at West Oxford Avenue and the South Platte River. Phase one is scheduled to be completed by spring, and Englewood received Arapahoe County Open Space grant funding to immediately start phase two. Photo by Tom Munds RiverRun continues on Page 20

    Facilities continues on Page 20

    Future of facilities explored City looking at safety services building and civic cent er

    By Tom Munds tmunds@coloradocommunitymedia.com

    Englewood City Manager Eric Keck and Mayor Joe Jefferson expect extensive dis-cussions over the future of the safety ser-vices building and the civic center as the new year gets underway.

    All parties agree Englewoods safety ser-vices building should be replaced, but the 2016 budget doesnt include the $15 mil-lion to $20 million needed to pay for the project.

    The building was constructed using California design of uninsulated block in the 1970s, Keck said during a recent in-terview. It is a challenge to heat and cool, plus it is too small for our needs. For ex-ample, a large closet has become a very small locker room for the female police offi cers.

    Seven families receive awards for their holiday decorating

    By Tom Munds tmunds@coloradocommunitymedia.com

    Many Englewood residents feeling the holiday spirit have hung colored lights and glittering ornaments and in-

    stalled infl atable snowmen and other characters on lawns for the holidays.

    For many years, the city has encour-

    aged residents and businesses to do just

    This home at 4600 S. Sherman St. was one of the seven homes recognized as winners in Englewoods holiday lighting contest. These decorations were deemed the winner in the Best Spirit of Christmas category. Photo by Tom Munds

    Council honors best decorated homes

    Lights continues on Page 20

    This years categories and addresses of the award-winners are:

    Best Spirit of Christmas - 4600 S. Sher-man St.The Reason for the Season - 4536 S. Sher-man St.

    Best Classic Christmas - 2987 S. Chero-kee St.Best Carnival Christmas - 5051 S. Fox St.Flamingo Fun - 3942 S. Lincoln St.

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    South Suburban nets praiseSouth Suburban Park and

    Recreation Districts depart-ment of fi nance was recently awarded the Certifi cate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Gov-ernment Finance Offi cers Asso-ciation of the Unites States and Canada, for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This marks the 14th year the district has received the award.

    The districts director of fi nance, Steven Shipley, and chief accountant Linda Addison prepared the document, which includes the independent audi-tors report, the audited fi nan-cial statements, management, discussion and analysis, trans-mittal letter and the required statistical section.

    ACC recruiter lands positionArapahoe Community

    College Senior Recruitment Specialist Liliana Diaz has been named to a three-year term as president-elect of the Colorado Council on High School/College Relations.

    The CCHS/CR is a 290-mem-ber, statewide volunteer orga-nization comprising Colorado high school counselors, college admission staff, professional organizations and individu-als who work together to help educate and assist high school students in achieving their post-secondary educational goals.

    Optimists essay contest has cash prizes

    The Optimist Club of Little-ton is again involved in the annual Optimist International Clubs Essay Contest.

    The topic for the 2016 contest is Lead by Example Reality or Fiction? First place wins $100, second place gets $75 and third place gets $50,

    and the fi rst-place essay will be eligible for consideration at the next level for a $2,500 scholarship. The winners, their families and their teachers will be honored during a meeting at the Boardroom Restaurant, where the three students will be asked to read their essays to members.

    Students can access the contest rules and the applica-tion form at www.optimist.org/Forms.

    Students can also contact their schools language arts and journalism teachers or their principals offi ce for informa-tion about the essay contest. The deadline to enter is Feb. 8. Call 303-794-1670 for more information.

    Register now for free emergency training

    The Community Emer-gency Response Team educates citizens about disaster pre-paredness, and trains them in basic response skills such as fi re safety, search and rescue, team organization and disaster medi-cal operations.

    The Littleton and Englewood police departments sponsor the CERT training, which is open to all citizens ages 18 and older. The class is limited to 30 participants, so register early to secure enrollment. The free course is held at the Littleton Center, 2255 W. Berry Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following Saturdays: March 5, 12 and 26, and April 2.

    To register, visit the Littleton Police Departments page on the citys website, www.little-tongov.org. For more informa-tion, contact the CERT training coordinator, or leave a message at 303-734-8224.

    Still nding Faces Never Forgotten Project aims to match photos to Vietnam vets

    By Jennifer Smith jsmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com

    Last June, Janna Hoehn reached out to Colorado Community Media for help with a huge project, and readers stepped up in a big way.

    The response has been amaz-ing, she said. Our heroes stories and sacrifi ce will never be forgotten.

    She is working on the Faces Never Forgotten project, created to fi nd a photo of every single one of the 58,300 soldiers listed on the

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the wall, she said. It keeps our fallen heroes memories alive and will honor them.

    In June, Hoehn was specifi -cally looking for 10 names from Arapahoe County and seven from Douglas County. With the help of readers throughout those coun-ties, shes down to just six and four, respectively.

    Once found, all photos will be submitted to the Wall of Faces online memorial with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, as well as to the planned education center

    expected to be built adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

    I had always hoped I could to do something for the Vietnam vet-erans, said Hoehn. The way they were treated when they returned, it was disgraceful.

    Even just the name of the schools the person attended can help, she says, and any bit of information somebody might have cant hurt.

    To submit a photo or for more information, email Hoehn at neverforgotten2014@gmail.com. To see photos of lost and fallen soldiers that have already been col-lected, visit www.vvmf.org.

    Since Colorado Community Media ran the story in June, Hoehn has received photos of: James D. Hakes Jr., Martin E. Loving, Michael