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Council approves design program for Olde Town

The Fountain City Council has approved a plan that city officials hope will encourage property owners in the Olde Town district to incorporate certain design elements to improve the look and feel of the area. Last Tuesday, June... — Updated 7/1/2020

Fountain encourages more businesses to apply for grant

As of noon Monday, the city had received 25 applications for its COVID-19 Business Impact Assistance Program that could provide Fountain businesses up to $15,000, depending on... — Updated 7/2/2020

Police seek wanted fugitive with ties to Fountain area

The Fountain Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a wanted fugitive known to frequent the Fountain area. The male subject is 33-year-old Marquise... — Updated 7/1/2020

Fountain Utilities payment updates

Now that several COVID-19 mandates have relaxed, the city of Fountain has resumed service disconnections for non-payment; however, the city will continue to waive late and reconnection fees through July 12. On June 12, Gov. Jared... — Updated 7/1/2020

State tests reveal contaminated drinking water

Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) released extensive water testing data which demonstrate widespread occurrence of toxic "forever... — Updated 7/1/2020

Chamber of Commerce treats first responders to BBQ

The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce held a drop-in appreciation dinner for area first responders on June... — Updated 7/1/2020

El Paso County Coroner's Office releases 2019 Annual Report

Last week El Paso County Coroner Dr. Leon Kelly presented the Coroner's Office 2019 Annual Report to the El Paso County Board of Commissioners. With four board-certified forensic... — Updated 7/1/2020

Deputy fired after assault charge

On June 26, Christopher Rogers, 24, a deputy sheriff with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, was charged with third-degree assault and first-degree official misconduct. The criminal investigation was conducted by the Colorado... — Updated 7/1/2020

Easy Street break-in leads to arrest of two

Two men, including one featured several times in our Crime Stoppers section, were arrested early Monday, June 22, after reportedly burglarizing a home in Security. Deputies were... — Updated 7/1/2020

Widefield house fire

A house near the intersection of Woodstock Street and Goldfield Drive near Sunrise Elementary School was damaged during a fire late Saturday afternoon. An update was not available... — Updated 7/1/2020

Fountain run club to return

The walking and running club at Peaks N Pines Brewing Company in Fountain has started up again, and community members are encouraged to join. The group meets every Saturday at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Peaks N Pines... — Updated 7/1/2020

Fort Carson to host July 4 fireworks

Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division will host its Independence Day Fireworks Celebration at 9:20 p.m. tentatively on July 4 at Iron Horse Park. The event is open to Department of Defense ID cardholders and their guests.... — Updated 7/1/2020

Local author covers sickness and friendship in new book

Middle school can be a hard time for even the most well-adjusted kids. It's even harder for kids who have unusual conditions, as Kim Shatteen learned when she contracted ophthalmic... — Updated 7/2/2020

Libraries, museums, attractions receive permission to re-open

On Tuesday El Paso County received news that both the multi-sector variance request submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on June 9 and the increased capacity variance request submitted on... — Updated 7/1/2020

Fountain Valley Senior Center News & Activities

Fountain Valley Senior Center remains closed, but some meal and transportation services will continue on an as-needed basis. Reserve & Ride is limited to essential transportation needs only: medical and food related. Call (719)... — Updated 7/1/2020

C&S Road and Link Road closure

Significant road work at C&S Road and Link Road has begun in preparation for a new signal in the coming months. A major closure at this intersection began this week and is expected... — Updated 7/1/2020

Skelton Ranch

A couple years ago I talked a bit about the Skelton Ranch as an early dude ranch. The Skelton Ranch was a mystery to me except for an old post card from "Balanced Rock" on Skelton... — Updated 7/1/2020

In the garden: July

July is an exciting month in the garden because it's time to begin harvesting! Yes, I already have peas harvested and the last of the lettuce has made its way into my salads.... — Updated 7/1/2020

A dog-friendly Fourth of July

Fireworks... most of us love them. But for dogs, it’s a whole different story. “Dogs commonly become anxious or fearful around loud and unpredictable noises – which would certainly include fireworks that take place on, and... — Updated 7/1/2020

Raw or roasted, go nuts for nuts

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have seen numerous articles extolling the advantages of eating nuts because they are a good fat. I often have wondered if it matters whether the nuts are raw or roasted. Would you please explain the difference... — Updated 7/1/2020

These Foods Help Skin Fight Sun

As the temperature continues to climb, and the sun shines hotter, brighter and longer, it’s important to consider all of the ways that you can protect your skin. No matter what race you may be, if exposed for a long enough... — Updated 7/1/2020

Pages of the Past

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A little history on 4th of July; county has new open space

I hope all are well today. Thanks to all who voted in the primary this past Tuesday. Your voice is important. This week I want to wish everyone a wonderful Independence Day as well... — Updated 7/1/2020

Unexpected house guests

I swear there is just not enough time in a single day of 24 hours. I think one day I may actually lose my mind. I cannot get caught up on anything I intend to do. Roadblocks keep... — Updated 7/1/2020

PILT funds announced for district

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Doug Lamborn announced that counties in Colorado's Fifth Congressional District would receive a total of $4,940,841 million through the federal... — Updated 7/1/2020

July 4th - America's Hope

Americans hope they will never be bullied by a police officer. A man or woman with a badge and a gun can be an intimidating figure. If a cop pulls you over and bullies you, what... — Updated 7/1/2020

Celebrate Independence Day!

Holidays are a wonderful time to connect to those you love and even those you don't know yet. Let's think of some creative ways to connect this July 4th. • For people you know... — Updated 7/1/2020

Farmers market opens in Fountain

Fountain's first farmers market of the year was Saturday, June 27, in Metcalfe Park. Diane Jackson-Redden, the event organizer, said there was a steady stream of people and the... — Updated 7/2/2020

City adds ADA-friendly playground to Aga Park

Fountain's first all-inclusive playground incorporating wheelchair-accessible play equipment and sensory activities has been installed at Aga Park. The project has been two years... — Updated 7/1/2020

Consumer fireworks sales underway in Colorado TNT Fireworks releases

The nation's leading consumer fireworks company continues providing family fun while implementing COVID-19 procedures at stands, tents and mega stores. TNT Fireworks is currently... — Updated 7/1/2020

Fall Festival parade cancelled; smaller event possible

The annual Fountain Fall Festival, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, will not take place this year - at least, not in the way most people in the region have... — Updated 7/1/2020

What's Happening at the Fountain Creek Nature Center

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is located at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain. For more info. call 520-6745 or visit ONLINE REGISTRATION available at https://communityservices.elpas... — Updated 7/1/2020

Fountain Creek Watershed District hosts photo contest through July 15

The Fountain Creek Watershed District is thrilled to announce its first ever social media photo contest. “As our community continues to persevere through this unprecedented time, it is important to continue to raise awareness... — Updated 7/1/2020

Rainbow Falls Geology Walk

Saturday, July 25, 2020, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join Professor Mark Izold, Pikes Peak Community College Geology, and discover the rich geologic history of the Rainbow Falls area. We will see and touch the Great Unconformity and hear... — Updated 7/1/2020

'A Capitol Fourth' returns to PBS

Capital Concerts has announced the 40th anniversary presentation of "A Capitol Fourth," the national July 4th TV tradition on PBS. This year's show is co-hosted by two-time Emmy... — Updated 7/1/2020


Welcome New Baby With Wearable Art Is there soon to be a new baby in the house? As the new member joins the family, the household may feel as if it's been turned upside down. But... — Updated 7/1/2020

Colorful Colorado

In February of this year the Fountain Valley News launched its redesign with this majestic bald eagle featured in our top banner. Here it is shown against the backdrop of Fountain... — Updated 7/1/2020

How to find the right lawnmower for you

(Family Features) Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or looking for an upgrade, deciding what lawn mower to purchase deserves careful consideration. Similar to day-to-day life, new technology over the last five years,... — Updated 7/1/2020

Fire experts offer 5 key tips for safely grilling this summer

With COVID-19 continuing to place limitations on social activities and engagements, people may increasingly turn to grilling, fire pits, and other at-home outdoor activities this... — Updated 7/1/2020

Racial Vandalism in My Town?

Clay Center, Kansas – I was out of town working when I was informed that our community had been vandalized with racial slurs in multiple locations. My first thought was, “What?” I had written two recent columns on George... — Updated 7/1/2020

Fountain Middle School principal receives statewide honor

Fountain Middle School's principal, Dr. William Dallas, got a great honor recently. He has been named 2020 Colorado Middle Level Principal of the Year. The Colorado Association of... — Updated 7/1/2020

School districts planning for fall

Local school districts continue to make plans for this fall, under no pretense of certainty, but with hopes that classes will resume as closely to normal as possible. “Widefield School District 3 is committed to safely... — Updated 7/1/2020


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