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Area law enforcement, military join forces to address firearm safety and suicide prevention

The Suicide Prevention Collaborative of El Paso County (the Collaborative), a project of Community Health Partnership (CHP), has developed and released a video featuring local... — Updated 7/28/2021


Widefield man arrested after alleged road rage shooting

A Widefield man was arrested Thursday evening after authorities say he fired a weapon from his vehicle and then barricaded himself inside a home on Cornell Street. The incident... — Updated 7/28/2021

County warns oil shortage may delay road projects

County officials say an oil shortage may affect local road projects. The El Paso County Department of Public Works is closely monitoring a current shortage of asphalt. Because oil is a major component of asphalt production, a... — Updated 7/28/2021


Woman killed by train

A woman was struck and killed by a train just south of the crossing at Hwy. 85/87 and Fontaine Boulevard on the afternoon of July 21. Public Information Officer Lisa Schneider of... — Updated 7/28/2021


Fountain Fire plans reunion

For the first time ever, the Fountain Fire Department is holding a reunion for all current and former members in an effort to reconnect and honor those who dedicated much of their... — Updated 7/28/2021

Jail reduces visitation charges

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is reducing costs associated with phone calls and video visitation services at the El Paso County Jail. Previously, calls were charged at a rate of 44 cents per minute for local calls and 60... — Updated 7/28/2021


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: HARRY ESCALERA JR. is a Black... — Updated 7/28/2021


Fountain Valley Scholars raise scholarship money during annual golf tournament

The annual Fountain Valley Scholars golf tournament held July 19 was a great success, organizers reported. "We had 29 teams and raised approximately $19,000 that will go toward... — Updated 7/28/2021


Widefield High School alumnus coaching at Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics began on Friday, and as mentioned last week ("Fort Carson soldiers will participate in 2021 Olympics and Paralympic Games" and "Area residents heading to... — Updated 7/28/2021


Springs native sets new Olympic Record

Soldier-athlete 1st Lt. Amber English won the Olympic Gold and set a new Olympic Record in Women's Skeet Shooting this week. English is part of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete... — Updated 7/28/2021


Post Office named for fallen Army chaplain

On Friday, July 23, Congressman Doug Lamborn, in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), held a ceremony that renamed the Briargate Post Office building at 8585 Criterion... — Updated 7/28/2021

CO military bases get new names

Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station have been renamed to better reflect their role in the U.S. Space Force. Following a ceremony July 26 at Peterson AFB, the three locations adopted the... — Updated 7/28/2021

OIG holds the VA accountable

The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs has been busy. Despite COVID, the OIG managed to keep working, and it has checked in with its congressionally required six-month report. The eye automatically... — Updated 7/28/2021


One of Fountain's own making a difference for fellow veterans

A Fountain native and Air Force veteran currently serving a Texas community has been honored for exceptional service to fellow veterans – including efforts to prevent suicide,... — Updated 7/28/2021


Training for city leaders

The leadership team of Fountain Fire Department, plus four up-and-coming leaders, pose with leadership coach Rob Noyes-Smith during a training session July 23 in a city conference... — Updated 7/28/2021


Navigating your health over 65

(Family Features) Taking care of your health, especially over age 65, requires an understanding of your personal needs. Proper medical care isn't one-size-fits-all, so finding the... — Updated 7/28/2021


City judge retiring after nearly 50 years

When Fountain's municipal judge first got to work in 1972, community service wasn't yet a thing and the person for whom Aga Park was named was the mayor. Now, after 49 years on the... — Updated 7/28/2021

Fall Festival updates: BBQ, dance back on

The Sunday evening barbecue and dance at the Fountain Fire Department is back on for this year’s Fountain Fall Festival, organizers announced. The dinner kicks off the Labor Day weekend festival. The Monday morning breakfast at... — Updated 7/28/2021

Does oatmeal contain Roundup herbicide?

DEAR DR. ROACH: Experts advised us to “throw out sugar-laden cereals” and eat a healthy breakfast, such as oatmeal. Now we are told that oatmeal contains a significant amount of glyphosate, which they say is an ingredient in... — Updated 7/28/2021


Ride for the Brand Rodeo returns to showcase real-life ranch work

Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo returns to the Norris Penrose Event Center on Saturday, Aug. 7, after last year's COVID-19 hiatus. This rodeo follows the successful 2021 Pikes Peak... — Updated 7/28/2021

Final call for WHS '60s classes reunion

Widefield High School (WHS) classes of the 1960s are invited to a reunion on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20-21. Sponsored by a committee of volunteers, not a company, the Friday event will take place 6 - 10 p.m. at a venue in... — Updated 7/28/2021


Water play offers cool summer fun

Kids can splash it, squirt it, sprinkle it, stir it, pour it or spray it. In fact, practically the only thing kids can't do with water is break it! That's why playing with water is... — Updated 7/28/2021

More and more scams aimed at seniors

Most scams keep repeating year after year. After all, the scammers are making big money doing those Nigerian grandson/auto-warranty scams, so why would they drop them? However, new ones keep popping up. If you shop online, beware... — Updated 7/28/2021


Cory Applegate to run for city council

My Name is Cory Applegate, and I am writing to ask for your vote. I am running for Ward 3 representative on the Fountain City Council. To tell you a little about myself, I am... — Updated 7/28/2021


Rental assistance still available

Good day. I hope all are well. This week I'd like to update residents on a rental assistance program as well as on a current nationwide shortage of asphalt which may temporarily... — Updated 7/28/2021


Thoughts on surviving a fire

The trees were black. Soot covered them all the way to the top, and the branches were burned away. Set against the red-orange soil, they looked like a thousand black toothpicks... — Updated 7/28/2021


Why play is essential for all ages

Play allows us to explore our creativity, enhance imagination, and deepen the connection we have with one another. In children it's especially vital to physical, cognitive and... — Updated 7/28/2021


When two aren't better than one

Have you done the house purge thing? Most people do a room at a time. Well, not me. I decide I'm doing the whole house all at once... What in the world was I thinking? Actually, I... — Updated 7/28/2021

CPR class offered to community

Security Fire Department will host a CPR class for community members this Saturday, July 31, at noon. The class will cover the basics of what you can do while waiting for first responders to arrive when someone has cardiac... — Updated 7/28/2021

Backpack giveaway event to include games, supplies

A backpack giveaway is planned for this Saturday, July 31, from 9 a.m.-noon at Calvary Fellowship Fountain Valley. Backpacks will be filled with a variety of school supplies for grades K-12. Students must be present to receive... — Updated 7/28/2021

Denim Day to raise awareness about sexual assault

Finding Our Voices is hosting a Denim Day Show at the Pioneer Museum Gazebo, on Thursday, July 29, noon–1 p.m. The event will feature donated denim from local stores, and the volunteer models will carry signs portraying... — Updated 7/28/2021

Backpack, school supply giveaway happening at Pikes Peak Christian

Pikes Peak United Way and COSILoveYou are partnering to bring free backpacks and supplies to students in need. The Backpack Bash seeks to provide access to all things back-to-school for thousands of families around El Paso... — Updated 7/28/2021

At Your Library

Kids and Teens - Don’t forget to turn in your reading logs by Saturday, July 31, to claim your prizes. Thank you for a wonderful summer! It was so great seeing you all again! Adults - You still have another month to finish up... — Updated 7/28/2021

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 Home Food... — Updated 7/28/2021


One Body One Spirit multi-church revival events begin next week

As mentioned last week ("Churches unite for revival in Springs, Fountain Valley"), One Body One Spirit will host a revival Aug. 2-7, bringing together churches for worship,... — Updated 7/28/2021


In Loving Memory of Manuel Vega (February 4, 1932 - July 14, 2021) and Maria Teresa Vega (November 29, 1932 - July 23, 2021)

Manuel and Maria Teresa Vega passed within nine days of each other. Manuel (89) passed away on July 14, and Maria (88) passed on July 23. Manuel was born on February 4, 1932, and... — Updated 7/28/2021


In Loving Memory of Frank L. Spilman

Retired SGM Frank L. Spilman passed away in his home on July 21, 2021, with his family by his side. He was 91, loved by all and will be missed! Frank and his wife Phyllis, who... — Updated 7/28/2021

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