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Shooting at 7-11 injures two

UPDATE June 2: A second person has been arrested in this incident: 18-year-old Haley Spencer was arrested and booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on the... — Updated 6/2/2020 Full story

Fountain gets $2.4 million in COVID relief funds

Fountain will receive $2.4 million of El Paso County’s share of the federal relief funds related to COVID-19, and city leaders plan to give $1.4 million of that back to local businesses in the form of micro-grants. On Tuesday... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

Child killed in South Academy vehicle accident

A tragic traffic accident Wednesday evening killed a 5-year-old and injured several other people. Police say drugs and lack of seat belts are likely contributing factors in the crash and the resulting injuries. Around 6:50 p.m.,... — Updated 5/28/2020 Full story

Crime Stoppers Seeks Fugitives

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for your assistance in locating the following individuals for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued: BOBBY BERRY is a White Male, 43... — Updated 5/27/2020

Local author pens children's book about quarantine

Should children be exposed to stories that talk about hard topics? It's a question that routinely comes up in conversations about children's books. Parents and library groups... — Updated 5/28/2020

Woman arrested in Widefield after shooting at Harvard Street home

A woman was arrested for attempted murder early Sunday morning after allegedly shooting another individual at a Widefield home At about 1:30 a.m., the El Paso County Sheriff's... — Updated 5/27/2020

Dan Blankenship joins Fountain as utilities director

Fountain recently welcomed Dan Blankenship as its new utilities director. The Colorado native has returned to his roots after a long career in the industry around the United... — Updated 5/27/2020

Shops, restaurants begin to reopen, but some are struggling to get by

Several recent stories have talked about COVID-19's impact on businesses. Some businesses (such as food trucks) thrived during the non-essential business shutdown periods. Others... — Updated 5/28/2020

They've been working on the railroad...

Several railroad crossings around Fountain have been closed for repairs recently, and work will continue next week. Officials say railroad repairs include replacement of railroad... — Updated 5/27/2020

Authorities find sex offender who failed to register

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office credited "the power of social media" when, less than 24 hours after asking for the public's help, they located a convicted sex offender who was... — Updated 5/27/2020

Mesa Ridge alum promoted at Iowa Wesleyan

Derek Zander, a 2007 graduate of Mesa Ridge High School, has been named the Vice President of Advancement and Athletics at Iowa Wesleyan University (IW). The university announced... — Updated 5/27/2020

Soccer stadium progressing

Colorado Springs Switchback employees met at the Sky Club at Downtown Stadium on May 15 for the Topping Off Ceremony where they placed the final steel beam on the club's roof. Fans... — Updated 5/27/2020

CHSAA announces task force to consider sports during COVID

For high school athletes and coaches across the state, the big question right now is, “Will we get to play anytime soon?” Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green addressed that... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

Nash to lead 4th Infantry Division

FORT CARSON - The 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson conducted a virtual change of responsibility and farewell retreat ceremony May 18 at Manhart Field on post. During the... — Updated 5/27/2020

Army hospital welcomes new leader

U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Fort Carson and Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH) held a virtual change of command ceremony May 19. The livestream began with an awards... — Updated 5/27/2020

Primary ballots mailed to military, overseas voters

The Office of the Clerk and Recorder has sent approximately 4,400 Primary Election ballots to El Paso County voters who are military (including dependents) currently living outside of the state and others who due to their... — Updated 5/27/2020

Maintaining readiness during COVID-19

Soldiers fire machine guns on Fort Carson's M240B Machine Gun Range on May 14. The soldiers pictured are with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Army Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

The Front Range

In the 1860s, there was a boom and a recession in Colorado. The boom started with the discovery of gold in Cherry Creek at what became parts of Denver. In the 1860s, the need for... — Updated 5/27/2020

Getting Out and Giving Back: How local outdoor enthusiasts are making a difference

The Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (PPORA) applauds its partners for making a difference as they celebrated Colorado Public Lands Day on May 16. Although the celebrations... — Updated 5/27/2020

Memorial Day 2020

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A major side effect of COVID-19: depression

One of the side effects of this COVID-19 thing is depression. We have seen increases in depression since the lockdown started. Though introverts may be enjoying their solitude, I... — Updated 5/27/2020

Red Cross offers grief/loss support

The American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming is launching a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. People can visit redcross.org/get-help to... — Updated 5/27/2020

Message from the Senior Center staff

Dear Friends, Hope this letter finds you and your family members healthy and doing well. These past two to three months have been trying for all of us as we all have our own struggles and situations to deal with. Probably the... — Updated 5/27/2020

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 5/27/2020

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Delivering news and strange fashion

It perhaps goes without saying that COVID-19 has created many awkward or simply unusual situations for people. Since I not only write for the Fountain Valley News but also deliver... — Updated 5/27/2020

Veteran of the Year; Homestead Tax issue

Good morning, I hope all are well today. It was a quiet Memorial Day this past Monday with most local ceremonies and services held in very small groups. Still, I took time, and... — Updated 5/27/2020

Memorial Day is a reminder to repair our national parks

As another Memorial Day has come and gone, it's worth remembering that our national parks continue to honor and recognize those who have died serving our country.   In fact,... — Updated 5/27/2020

Nighttime visions and vivid dreams

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an extremely healthy 76-year-old woman. Almost every night, I am startled awake by visions of people standing over my bed. It’s usually once, but can happen up to three times in a night. It’s often after... — Updated 5/27/2020

Back in session, finally

I have high hopes for Part II of the Second Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly. Word on the street is we're going to wrap everything up in three weeks as opposed to the... — Updated 5/27/2020

Be Hopeful

Don't you love that feeling of anticipation, of hope before Christmas morning? You expect or trust something will be amazing in the box covered with bright colored wrapping paper.... — Updated 5/27/2020

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 www.elpasocountyparks.com ONLINE REGISTRATION available at https://communityservices.elpas... — Updated 5/27/2020

Soup Kitchen continues weekly to-go meals

The First United Methodist Church of Fountain soup kitchen, which serves meals every Friday, continues to operate but with a modified schedule and new safety protocol. Currently, the dine-in area is not open. However, volunteers... — Updated 5/27/2020

Community services reopen - Libraries now offer limited on-site services

Security Public Library Security Public Library now has limited borrowing and return capabilities. The two drop boxes at the library and Safeway are open for returns. Also, the... — Updated 5/27/2020

County outdoor recreation opportunities in June

El Paso County, Recreation & Cultural Services has scheduled the following events, but they are subject to change. Bear Creek Archery Day Camps Join one of the fastest growing outdoor sports! Bear Creek Regional Park has a series... — Updated 5/27/2020

Online university brings the outdoors home

Last month the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) launched its new Online University. While people are spending more time inside (working from home, plus social distancing), CMC felt it... — Updated 5/27/2020

Open Nation, Open Hearts

By Darrin Ronde, Senior Pastor at Pikes Peak Christian Church Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4) As we... — Updated 5/27/2020

My Walmart Angel

This story is late in telling, but I feel like it needs to be shared. Several months ago I was in line to check out at Walmart. My husband and I always shopped together, but he was home sick. Years ago my vehicle was stolen and I... — Updated 5/27/2020

In Loving Memory of Donald Roland Hill

Donald Roland Hill, 86, died May 15, 2020, in his home in Colorado Springs attended by his family. Don was born August 30, 1933, in Lowell, Mass. He graduated from Livingston Manor... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

A different kind of graduation

A number of area schools have come up with creative ways to celebrate their students' graduations and transition from one campus to another. At Aragon Elementary in Fountain, for... — Updated 5/27/2020

PPIR celebrates Class of 2020 with 'Cruise to the Finish Line'

Spring break escapes, prom and endless backyard barbecue celebrations are what most seniors envision in the final few months of their high school careers. COVID-19 has changed... — Updated 5/27/2020

Valley Christian Academy holds drive-through prootion celebration

Valley Christian Academy and Rainbow of Friends Preschool held their annual promotion and graduation ceremony drive-through style on Saturday. All students at the school, which... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

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