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Since our last print issue on Dec. 28, 2022, the news office has started the process of closing. Our website will be available for the time-being, but no major updates will be made... — Updated 1/25/2023

Developments on the horizon for the region

As this is our last issue, we wanted to provide a roundup of some developments - both commercial and residential - that may be on the horizon for the Fountain Valley region. Some... — Updated 12/30/2022

Fountain home damaged in fire

Residents of a Fountain home were displaced just days before Christmas after a fire damaged their residence. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, at approximately 6:47 p.m., the Fountain Fire... — Updated 12/28/2022

Crime Stoppers Seeks Fugitives

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for assistance in locating the following individuals for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued: BRANDI LYNN BATES is a White... — Updated 1/25/2023

Police seek Safeway bank robber

The suspect pictured here robbed the bank inside Safeway on Wednesday afternoon, according to police. Fountain Police Department seeks the public's help in identifying him. Here... — Updated 12/28/2022

Community was No. 1 priority for newspaper

In October, 1958 Carl H. Wiese and Helen Kay Larson co-founded a small community newspaper, then known as Security Advertiser, serving the communities of Security, Widefield and... — Updated 12/28/2022

Useful links to public entities

Below is a list of links to web pages and social media profiles of various organizations of interest around the Fountain Valley/southern El Paso County region. Fountain city government: — Updated 12/30/2022

Woman arrested after standoff in Fountain

A tense, hours-long situation involving a reportedly suicidal woman who fired her gun out of her apartment window in south Fountain finally came to an end Tuesday afternoon when police arrested her. Residents in the vicinity of... — Updated 12/28/2022

Man suspected of freezing to death

Fountain Police Department is investigating after a body was found early Thursday morning near the side of Hwy. 85-87. At approximately 7:37 a.m. Dec. 22, an El Paso County Parks officer was checking on the homeless in the area... — Updated 12/28/2022

Newspaper recognized with Spirit of Fountain award

The newspaper recently received the Spirit of Fountain award from the city of Fountain in recognition for the paper's many decades of service to the community, and in light of the... — Updated 12/28/2022

Capturing priceless moments over the years

I am a part of the Fountain Valley News family. I joined the family in 1988, after asking then FFCHS head football coach Mitch Johnson if there was anything I could do to help. He... — Updated 12/28/2022

Sports Wrap-Up

BASKETBALL FOUNTAIN-FORT CARSON (FFCHS) GIRLS The Lady Trojans won 70-61 when they played against Democracy Prep Agassi Campus last Tuesday (Dec. 20), won 66-54 when they played... — Updated 12/28/2022

FFCHS Athletes sign

FFCHS Football players sign with their... — Updated 12/28/2022

U.S. Navy Sailor Updates Medical Readiness

PACIFIC OCEAN - U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Allen Kirkpatrick, from Colorado Springs, updates medical readiness reports aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on... — Updated 12/28/2022

Life Insurance From the VA

As of now, for the first time in 50 years, the Department of Veterans Affairs is opening up enrollment in Veterans Affairs Life Insurance, aka VALife. Veterans who are age 80 or... — Updated 12/28/2022

4th Infantry Division's Ivy Soldier and NCO of the Year

SPC Austin Wines, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, was named Soldier of the Year, and Staff Sgt. Jesus Tapia, 68th... — Updated 12/28/2022

Because You Asked: Willow Springs Ponds

In September this newspaper reported on the diminishing water level in the southern pond at Willow Springs Ponds, located west of Hwy. 85-87 and south of Mesa Ridge Parkway. Area... — Updated 12/28/2022

A fond farewell from your hometown newspaper

Over the years we have covered some of the Fountain Valley's happiest moments as well as its worst tragedies – and many things in between. Here we are highlighting some of those... — Updated 12/28/2022


The following is a list of food pantries in or near the 80817 and 80911 ZIP codes. Pantries that require people to register ahead of time are noted. To find out more about these pantries and others nearby, go to... — Updated 12/28/2022


The History Channel * On Dec. 28, 1900, Mrs. Lulu Jenkins, of Chicago, was paid $4,000 in compensation for the lynching of her husband in Ripley County, Indiana. Mr. Jenkins allegedly was involved in the theft of a horse and... — Updated 12/28/2022

Weather pets

Thousands of our readers' beloved pets have been featured on our pages over the years, many of them as a guest weather pet for the weekly forecast section. There were a few more... — Updated 12/28/2022

Honoring the flag

Recently a concerned citizen came to the Fountain Valley News to report that the American Flag at the Fountain Valley Veterans Memorial has been flying without lighting at night... — Updated 12/28/2022

Wag of the Week

Hi folks, sometimes lines get crossed (there are many lines leading to these articles) and we might leave off a dog or offer one that, by print, has been adopted. So please check... — Updated 12/27/2022

Fountain Valley News recipient of prestigious awards

On Aug. 24, 2021, John Williams of Come On In, Inc. presented the Fountain Valley News' staff with the President's Lifetime Achievement Award for their dedicated service to the... — Updated 12/28/2022

Some of the best years of my life were at this paper

It is with great sorrow that I write this tribute to the Fountain Valley News. It breaks my heart that the paper is ceasing publication after being published every Wednesday for... — Updated 12/28/2022

Travels with Tyrone

Over the last several months, this newspaper has featured the adventures of Tyrone the Great Dane who helps his human deliver papers to local businesses each Wednesday. Later, his... — Updated 12/28/2022

Saying goodbye to our hometown newspaper

Perhaps because it is so very personal to me (and our staff), I/we are feeling this deeper than most will. But I truly don't think many in our community fully realize what they are... — Updated 12/28/2022

Stay in touch with the county

Good day, everyone. I hope all enjoyed a great Christmas and that 2023 brings you a wonderful year. I want to take this last column to thank Fountain Valley News for all their... — Updated 12/28/2022

Farewell to Oh My Word

Here we are... The final episode. The finale'. And I have nothing, the words just are not flowing. How does one say goodbye? It hurts, and so we avoid doing it. In this case no one... — Updated 12/28/2022

Say goodbye, but never say never

Last week when the Fountain City Council presented the Fountain Valley News with a Spirit of Fountain award, I explained to members of the council and audience that I was not... — Updated 12/28/2022

Christmas tree recycling

The City of Fountain is hosting a free Christmas tree drop-off and disposal site at the Fountain Recycling Center from now until the end of January. Please remove all lights and... — Updated 12/28/2022

What's Happening at the Fountain Creek Nature Center

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is located at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain. All programs require preregistration. Call (719) 520-6745 or visit Nature Adventures: Resting Reptiles Thursday,... — Updated 12/28/2022

Genealogical society to cover same name, identity confusion

The Jan. 11 virtual session of the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society will cover “Too Many Marys: Solving Identity and Same-Name Conundrums” by Jill Morelli, CG, CGL. Whether you are looking for a John Smith, a Mary Margaret... — Updated 12/28/2022

Thrift fashion show to raise scholarship funds

Watch local community leaders take the stage and strut their stuff to raise money for Fountain Valley Scholars at the second Thrift Fashion Show on Feb. 4, 2023. Funds go toward... — Updated 12/28/2022

Chamber adds events, changes breakfasts to once a month

The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce’s next Business Networking Breakfast meeting will be Friday, Jan. 6, from 7-8 a.m., at IHOP, 6450 Hwy. 85/87. Starting in January, there will be only one breakfast per month. The third... — Updated 12/28/2022

At Your Library

Security Public Library, 715 Aspen Drive FOR TEENS: Gingerbread Competition — Teens are welcome, any time we are open Dec. 19-31, to build a gingerbread house out of materials available, for free, at the library. You can enter... — Updated 12/28/2022

Wild Whisperings

In this final edition, I'd like to share some of my favorite wildlife photos that have been featured in this newspaper. My career at this newspaper began in 1994 when my husband... — Updated 12/28/2022

In Loving Memory of Louise Alyda Schutte Leechman

In Loving Memory of Louise Alyda Schutte Leechman January 30, 1922 - December 20, 2022 Louise Alyda Schutte Leechman died peacefully on the morning of December 20, 2022, with her... — Updated 12/27/2022

In Loving Memory of Norma Jean Owen

In Loving Memory of Norma Jean Owen March 12, 1937 - December 21, 2022 Norma Jean (Granger) Owen, 85, has gone to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven on Dec. 21,... — Updated 12/27/2022

In Loving Memory of Chester P. Fiedler

In Loving Memory of Chester P. Fiedler December 21, 1923 — September 24, 2022 Chester P. Fiedler passed away September 24, 2022 after a short illness. His parents preceded him along with his brothers Dean, James and Robert in... — Updated 12/27/2022

WSD3 and Santa team up for toy distribution

Staff and volunteers in Widefield School District 3 traveled throughout the district last week to collect toys that had been donated, including at Security Fire above and Security... — Updated 12/28/2022

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