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Person of interest sought in death

On May 13, at approximately 1:36 p.m., our Communications Center dispatched Manitou Springs Police officers to El Paso Boulevard in Manitou Springs on a Check the Welfare call.... — Updated 8/5/2020

County reduces capacity allowance

Due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases within El Paso County, authorities have announced new measures including smaller capacity for indoor venues. Michelle Hewitt, Public Health Information Officer for El Paso County Public... — Updated 8/5/2020

Mayor Ortega to speak at Business Networking event

The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce’s next Business Networking Breakfast meeting will be Friday, Aug. 7, from 7-8 a.m. in the back room at IHOP, 6450 Hwy. 85/87. This week’s speaker is Fountain Mayor Gabe Ortega.... — Updated 8/5/2020

No suspects yet in drive-by

Evidence in last month’s drive-by shooting in Fountain links weapons to other unsolved cases in Colorado Springs, police say. However, no arrests have been made yet. Just before 7 p.m. on July 7, a shootout between two vehicles... — Updated 8/5/2020

El Paso County Combined Courts closed through Aug. 14

The El Paso County Combined Courthouse is closed for two weeks, Aug. 3-14, after a court staff member working in the El Paso County Judicial Building tested positive for COVID-19. The Courthouse will only be open for essential... — Updated 8/5/2020

Coin shortage affects consumers

On July 19, a Widefield resident went to the Burger King on Highway 85/87 and paid $7 for a $6.47 order. After getting the food she was informed employees were not giving out... — Updated 8/5/2020 Full story

Hwy. 24 homicide victim ID'd

On July 31, at approximately 6 a.m., the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a party who reported seeing a person lying on the side of the road on Highway 24 in Cascade. Deputies responded to the area and... — Updated 8/5/2020

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: ELIJAH JAMES COGMON is a Black... — Updated 8/5/2020

Officials continue to sift through excess sales tax charges

Last week this paper reported on how multiple businesses, including both Fountain Walmarts, are currently charging too much sales tax despite the fact that the local sales tax rate decreased in January. On July 30, the day after... — Updated 8/5/2020

State DHS honors El Paso County

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) recently recognized El Paso County for 2019 C-Stat Distinguished Performance, a measure designed to improve the outcome of individuals served. The county’s outstanding... — Updated 8/5/2020

Softball, golf and tennis to start practicing soon

By G. Connor Salter The Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) has announced plans for several sports to start up again this fall. CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green announced Wednesday, July 29, at the CHSAA’s... — Updated 8/5/2020

Veterans Writing Workshops online August schedule

Veterans Writing Workshops offer a safe place for veterans, their family members (18+), and caregivers to write and talk about their experiences and connect with each other statewide. Colorado Humanities offers three types of... — Updated 8/5/2020

Groups rally for justice in Vanessa Guillen case

A number of local organizations are joining a nationwide movement calling for reform in how the military treats sexual harassment claims. Held in honor of Spc. Vanessa Guillen ... — Updated 8/5/2020

Army Reserve space warriors train to fight

By Aaron Rognstad U.S. Space and Missile Defense Command FORT CARSON - On a beautiful summer sun-drenched day at the base of the Rocky Mountains, U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers were... — Updated 8/5/2020

Active military, all veterans get free state parks entry in August

As a thank you to U.S. military members, Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers active duty military, veterans and the National Guard free admission to all state parks for the month of... — Updated 8/5/2020

Veteran's Post

It’s hard to fathom how low some criminals will go. Right in the middle of the COVID crisis, a respiratory therapist working for the Department of Veterans Affairs was nabbed for theft. Hospitals were sweating out having enough... — Updated 8/5/2020

Fountain food distribution each Monday evening

The REACH Pikes Peak food distribution in Fountain continues to take place each Monday from 5-7 p.m., weather permitting, for the foreseeable future. Organizers hope to reach more people and cooler temperatures with this new... — Updated 8/5/2020 Full story

Sage Advice!

Hello Fountain gardeners! How do your gardens grow? August is one of my favorite times in the gardens since everything is starting to come to true fruition and the fruits of my... — Updated 8/5/2020

Gov. Jared Polis proclaims August as Child Support Awareness Month

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has proclaimed August to be Child Support Awareness Month. The Colorado Department of Human Services' Division of Child Support Services, along with county child support programs across the state, plans... — Updated 8/5/2020

COVID-19 concerns lead to more contactless payments

Both Mastercard and Visa have reported dramatic increases in contactless payments since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Loss prevention specialist Chargebacks911 warns of a probable increase in fraud as wrongdoers become more... — Updated 8/5/2020

Gallstones won't go away

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband had his gallbladder removed many years ago. In the past few years, he has had six ERCPs to remove gallstones from his bile duct, as he is still making them. He has been told to drink lots of water but... — Updated 8/5/2020

Five ways seniors can safeguard against online identity theft

As the use of personal computers and cell phones has grown over the last two decades, identity theft has surged. One study found that over 14 million consumers were victims of identity fraud in 2018, and that their... — Updated 8/5/2020


You might not expect great changes after World War II, but some things did improve that you might not have expected. During the war there were a number of hardships the public... — Updated 8/5/2020

CDOT gets personal to encourage seat belt use

This week, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) launched a new public awareness campaign to draw attention to the importance of buckling up in the state. Between 2015... — Updated 8/5/2020

Senior News Line

With aging, we lose muscle. With all the staying home we’re doing now, we’re losing more muscle. We have to fight against that. One serious result of losing muscle at our age is the simple task of getting up off the floor. It... — Updated 8/5/2020

News for Seniors

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 8/5/2020

Polis, Hancock fiddle while Denver descends into chaos

Once known as The Queen City of the Plains or the Gateway to the Rockies, Denver is rapidly descending into a cesspool of violence and filth. 15 years ago, if I met a friend for... — Updated 8/5/2020

Courthouse is closed, nature is still open

I pray all are doing well and enjoying a nice day. This week I want to highlight one temporary building closure as well as congratulate the efforts of one or our county departments... — Updated 8/5/2020

When opportunity knocks

Opportunity knocks, sometimes it taps lightly, and still… other times it knocks you down with a thud! How you respond to it is also a measure of how big of an opportunity it... — Updated 8/5/2020

All politics, all the time

In ancient history -- that is, before TV -- there was a gentleman’s agreement that the presidential electioneering didn’t really get underway until Labor Day. But how times have changed! First of all, there are no... — Updated 8/5/2020

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 8/5/2020

El Paso County Recreation Services events, classes, clean-up coming up

El Paso County Recreation Services events, classes, clean-up coming up Online registration for all events: Flow Patterns and Boat Races Saturday, August 15, 8:30–9:45 a.m. Rainbow Falls... — Updated 8/5/2020

Pikes Peak outdoor industry leadership summit planned

The Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (PPORA) has decided to hold a virtual leadership summit this year. The summit will take place in two consecutive sections on different days: Aug. 11 and 20, 9-10:30 a.m. on both days.... — Updated 8/5/2020

Arabian, All Breed Horse Show coming in September

The Southern Division of the Colorado Arabian Horse Club is hosting an Arabian and All Breed One-Day Horse Show at Latigo Trails Equestrian Center, 13710 Halleluiah Trail, in Black Forest on Saturday, Sept. 5, beginning at 9 a.m.... — Updated 8/5/2020

Know before you go: Be aware of restrictions before going out

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy." So goes the famous song penned by George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward in 1934. The bright, summertime days lure us outdoors. And after a... — Updated 8/5/2020

State establishes hotline for mystery seed reports

In response to numerous reports from across the state of people receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has activated a dedicated reporting hotline number. Those who have... — Updated 8/5/2020

New pastor to lead GSUMC

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of Security has a new minister, Mina Nau. Nau has had previous experience with the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church, and... — Updated 8/5/2020

Whose life doesn't matter?

I understand and affirm that black lives matter. Some of my dearest friends are black people. I love them and they matter. There are many black people, who I do not know, but they matter just the same.  Red people matter. Yellow... — Updated 8/5/2020

American Legion distributing school supplies

American Legion Post 38 is holding a Back to School Event from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8. The event is open to military personnel and Fountain residents who have school-age children. Volunteers will be giving out basic school... — Updated 8/5/2020

EPCSO school supply giveaway

On Aug. 3 the El Paso County Sheriff's Office partnered with Servicios de La Raza to provide backpacks to community members in need at the southeast YMCA. There was free COVID-19... — Updated 8/5/2020

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