Bill would ax Selective Service
U.S. Reps. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., and Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., have introduced legislation to abolish the Selective Service System. According to a statement by Coffman’s office, the program, which requires all males to register within 30 days after their 18th birthday, costs taxpayers $24 million a year.
Coffman and DeFazio stress that the legislation will not jeopardize national security, as the military has not needed the draft in four decades. The measure allows the president to reinstate the program during a national emergency via executive order.
The Selective Service system was disbanded in 1975, but reinstated by President Carter five years later.
Centennial Center Park in running
Centennial Center Park is a finalist for the Live Work Play People’s Choice Award presented by Denver Regional Council of Governments. The Live Work Play People’s Choice Award honors outstanding places, events and projects that showcase the region’s long-range plan for livable communities.
Online voting ends April 24 at noon. For more information or to vote, visit http://www3.drcog.org/LiveWorkPlay/.
Talent show set
The ninth annual South Suburban STARS talent show is set for 6:30 p.m. March 22 at the Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. Proceeds from the show benefit the South Suburban Therapeutic Active Recreation program for individuals with disabilities.
Enjoy a variety of acts including singing, magic tricks, comedy and music. Acts are generally two minutes or less. Tickets are $15 at the door. For group discounts call 303-730-4608. For more information, visit www.sspr.org
Citizens academy slated
The Arapahoe County Sherriff’s Office Victim’s Assistance Program announces its 2013 victim assistance academy. Training for volunteer advocates begins in April and runs through June. The 50-hour training program is spread over a 10-week period and graduates are required to attend regular meetings and sign up for two on-call shifts per month.
Applicants must submit to a background investigation including an integrity interview and polygraph examination. For more information about the program, call 720-874-4190. To request an application, call 720-874-4118. The deadline for applications is April 5.