New COVID-19 testing center opens at Fountain fire station

The city of Fountain Fire Department has teamed up with El Paso County Public Health to provide a COVID-19 test site for the Fountain area. The test site is at Fountain Fire... — Updated 10/28/2020

Polling centers, drop box locations for election

Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC) will be available to register to vote, update voter registration, request a replacement ballot, mark your ballot using an ADA accessible ballot marking device, or drop off your ballot.... — Updated 10/28/2020

Father, two sons killed in multi-vehicle crash

Three members of a baseball-loving family from Security were killed in a crash on I-25 near Walsenburg early last Friday. The Colorado State Patrol reports that a Ford F-250 was traveling north on I-25, possibly too fast for... — Updated 10/27/2020

Southwest Airlines coming to Colorado Springs Airport

UPDATE 10/29: Southwest Airlines has released the list of destinations offered in that new lineup beginning March 11, 2021. The new service links the Pikes Peak region nonstop with... — Updated 10/29/2020

Clerk urges voters to vote mail ballot, avoid crowds

In the first several days since Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC) opened there has been an influx of a few thousand voters who have voted in person even though they may have received their mail ballot to vote from home.... — Updated 10/28/2020

New addition to the scenery

A new cell tower is under construction on Goldfield Drive west of Big Johnson Reservoir. The county had to give approval to the contractor, but no specific cell phone company was... — Updated 10/28/2020

Sheriff's Office experiences employee COVID-19 outbreak

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has had eight employees test positive for COVID-19 within the past three weeks. These employees are a combination of sworn and civilian staff who have varying assignments across the... — Updated 10/27/2020

Ag Department's Soil Health Initiative progresses with new federal partnership

Broomfield, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Agriculture's (CDA) Conservation Services Division is pleased to announce the signing of a five-year, $5 million agreement between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service... — Updated 10/28/2020

Colorado has lowest rate of seriously delinquent mortgage debt in the U.S.

Amid record-breaking unemployment numbers resulting from COVID-19, millions of Americans are struggling to make their mortgage payments in 2020. In response to the crisis, the CARES Act invoked a moratorium on home foreclosures... — Updated 10/28/2020

Mesa Ridge wrestling team scores big in Nebraska

Mesa Ridge High School's wrestling department traveled to Kearney, Neb. on Oct. 24 to take part in the 20th annual Midwest Classic National Tournament. The tournament took place at... — Updated 10/28/2020

Mesa Ridge cross country coach proud of his runners

With the 4A Colorado State Cross Country Championships finished last week, the cross country season has officially ended for all three local high schools. Due to a shift in... — Updated 10/28/2020

Widefield boxer moving to professional level

Luis Joe Ybarra Jr., a 2019 graduate from Widefied High school, is preparing to start his career as a professional boxer. His father, Luis Joe Ybarra Sr., runs Ybarra's Boxing Club... — Updated 10/28/2020

Sports Wrap-Up

FOOTBALL MESA RIDGE Grizzlies lose to Pueblo West The Grizzlies lost 42-20 when they hosted Pueblo West on Oct. 23 in a league game. They return to action when they play at Vista Ridge on Oct. 30 in a league game. WIDEFIELD Glads... — Updated 10/28/2020

Veterans Post: OIG Is Vets' Watchdog

You have to admire the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General. If there’s something illegal going on, they will find it. In one case, the doctor said that, no, she had never prescribed anything without first... — Updated 10/28/2020

Spooktacular displays

The News Staff asked for reader suggestions to find some of the more outstanding Halloween displays around the area. From silly to spooky, and friendly to freaky, these homes have... — Updated 10/28/2020

Fountain entrepreneur revisits life in documentary

Ask about Dr. John Williams and people who know him will probably mention one of two things. Many will talk about how accomplished Williams is. The Fountain resident has multiple... — Updated 10/29/2020

Because you asked...

Question: What or who is Adams Open Space named after? Answer: Thanks to Pam Owens and Dorothy Christian Boyd, we have established that Adams Open Space is named after George David... — Updated 10/28/2020

Seniors invited to trunk or treat

Fountain Valley Senior Center will host a Trunk or Treat for Seniors on Friday, Oct. 30, from 1-3 p.m. at the center, 5745 Southmoor Drive, Fountain. Seniors and Caregivers welcome. Wear your costumes, enjoy some Halloween music... — Updated 10/27/2020

Online scammers eye holiday shoppers

Holiday shopping online is one of our annual rituals, at least for a portion of the gifts we want to buy, but with COVID making in-person shopping too risky, a much larger percentage of us are likely to shop online. That’s what... — Updated 10/28/2020

How to make candy-infused vodka

Candy-infused vodka is growing in popularity, and it's an indulgence that you partake in every once in a while. It's a great way to get rid of any extra candy laying around from... — Updated 10/28/2020

Commit to getting the care you need as you age

(Family Features) Older adults in America are living longer lives and will outnumber people under the age of 18 by nearly 500,000 by 2034, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.... — Updated 10/27/2020

Be safe when decorating with candles & electrical lighting

As families find creative ways to celebrate Halloween in response to COVID-19, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges everyone to keep fire safety in mind,... — Updated 10/28/2020

Keep pets safe on Halloween by avoiding dangerous treats

As Halloween approaches, Trupanion, a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs, scanned its database of more than 530,000 pets and found that historically there is a noticeable increase in chocolate toxicity claims beginning... — Updated 10/28/2020

Tree sculpture brings joy to area resident

When Deb McCloskey moved to her Widefield home in the 1980s, one of the big attractions was the majestic cottonwood tree in the front yard. McCloskey recalls it was perhaps 65 feet... — Updated 10/28/2020

The man in the red truck

On Oct. 25, I received an urgent call from my granddaughter who was stranded at the MM Equestrian Center in Fountain. She said that Uber was not available to pick her up, and could... — Updated 10/27/2020

Not a very cheerful time of year

Wow, what a week, huh? We have had frigid temperatures and (depending on where you live) varied amounts of the white stuff. As is Colorado's tradition, it is freezing cold for... — Updated 10/28/2020

Security health screening update

Here is the update from our ATSDR/CDC (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry/Centers for Disease Control) environmental study done a few months ago. How many households... — Updated 10/28/2020

Biden or Trump: follow your heart AND your mind

Typically, the heart leads us and keeps us in various places throughout life. Most of the time people marry because at that moment that's where their hearts have led them to be.... — Updated 10/28/2020

It's budget time, and last few days to vote

I hope all are doing well this week and handled the snowstorm well. It was cold, but it brought with it much-needed moisture and help in combating the fires in Colorado. This week... — Updated 10/27/2020

Honesty

One of the top 10 principles of extraordinary relationships is honesty. It seems so basic, but without it your relationship is doomed for failure. We all know at some point the... — Updated 10/28/2020

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 www.elpasocountynaturecenters.com Programs... — Updated 10/27/2020

Halloween events

Fountain Fright Night is Oct. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Metcalfe Park. This fun-filled evening is a great time to bring your children to the park, pick up a bag of candy and enjoy the... — Updated 10/29/2020

County hosts wilderness survival, CPR classes

Introduction to Wilderness Survival Thursday, Nov. 5, 6–8:30 p.m. Bear Creek Nature Center Learn the basics of Wilderness survival, such as the Rule of Threes, top 10 backcountry must-haves, and more. $25/person. First Aid,... — Updated 10/27/2020

In Loving Memory of Robert Anthony Dankert

Robert was a loving father and military man. He was married to Cassandra L. Dankert. Robert retired from the U.S. Army after 23 years of service. He worked for School District 3... — Updated 10/28/2020

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