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Local author strikes gold with history

The Colorado Gold Rush properly began in 1859 and lasted through the 1870s, bringing many interesting people to the state. Hanover resident Larry Obermesik discovered one of those... — Updated 12/2/2021 Full story


Space grant to benefit WHS class

Space Foundation, a nonprofit located in Colorado Springs, has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Fifteen grants total were awarded through the... — Updated 11/16/2021


Inaugural pinewood derby honors veterans, local law enforcement

Sons of the American Legion Squadron (SALS) 38 held an adult pinewood derby race on Saturday, Nov. 14. SALS 38 Adjutant Darrell Brown said this is the first time that SALS 38 has... — Updated 11/16/2021


Widefield High School gets full orchestra program back

Widefield High School has returned to having a full orchestra for the first time in six years. Organized by WHS Orchestra Director Sara Miller and WHS Director of Bands Nick... — Updated 11/9/2021


No, it's not a baby stroller

I think at some point, each of us has had a job that we don't know how to explain. Maybe it was too short to get a sense what the job was really about it; maybe it was so difficult... — Updated 11/9/2021

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Fountain's Police Explorers achieve major milestones

The Fountain Police Explorers program crossed a huge milestone in October, when it was announced that Police Explorer graduate Austin Starnes was chosen as a new hire for the... — Updated 11/9/2021


Local coffee shop rolls out mobile unit

The Last Drop Coffee Shop (105 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Fountain) recently introduced a new coffee/smoothie truck. The truck offers a similar menu to the shop, with coffee (flavored,... — Updated 11/9/2021


Fountain resident seeks to introduce pickleball to the area

If you're looking for a sport more challenging than ping pong but less physically demanding than tennis, then pickleball might be for you. In fact, a Fountain man is working to get... — Updated 11/3/2021 Full story


Local author gives real-life advice for playing at any age

"Everyone is born with the ability to fully express themselves creatively," local author Stéphanie McGuirt said. "I don't think we choose to give it up in favor of 'growing up.'... — Updated 11/3/2021 Full story


WESA Art Club creation for Dia de Los Muertos on display

The Art Club at Widefield Elementary School of the Arts has created ofrendas for Dia de Los Muertos, currently on display at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) in Colorado Springs. Art... — Updated 11/3/2021

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Fountain students learn about fire prevention

Members of the Fountain Fire Department treated area elementary students to special presentations last week in recognition of Fire Prevention Week. From demonstrating how a... — Updated 10/13/2021


Fountain Valley Communities That Care looking for local help

Fountain Valley Communities That Care (CTC) is on the lookout for new volunteers or projects to help local youth and promote mental health. Communities That Care (CTC) is a system... — Updated 10/13/2021


New classes for Alzheimer's caregivers starting Monday at FV Senior Center

The Central Colorado chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a caregiver support group at Fountain Valley Senior Center (5745 Southmoor Drive in Fountain), starting this month. RoseMary Jaramillo, who directs the... — Updated 10/13/2021


Outdoor music for Arts Month coming to city

The city of Fountain is hosting its second October Arts Month, with four events planned outside City Hall (116 S. Main St.). The first three events will be free music performances... — Updated 10/6/2021 Full story


A labor of love: Fountain woman on mission to replace tennis courts

Fountain resident Dawn Harnick has started a fundraising campaign to renovate the tennis courts at Aga Park. Harnick started thinking about this project when she served on the... — Updated 9/29/2021 Full story

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Newspaper receives presidential award

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 9/29/2021

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Youth council moves into second year

The Fountain Youth Council (FYC) is gearing up for another year of learning and activities, and local teens are encouraged to join. In April 2020, the Fountain City Council voted... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story


More than a recycling center

Sometimes you don't know something is nearby until someone draws your attention to it. A great example is the Lending Library shed at the Fountain Recycling Center (301 E. Iowa... — Updated 9/22/2021 Full story


Oh my gourd!

For over 20 years, this newspaper has proudly hosted the Zucchini Contest. It began as an annual event hosted by a local garden center; after it went out of business, this paper... — Updated 9/22/2021


WSD3 parade goes back many years

Ask most Fountain Valley locals about the Widefield School District 3 (WSD3) Community Parade, and they'll tell you it's been going on for a while. However, people are not always... — Updated 9/15/2021 Full story


WSD3 Community Parade coming

The Widefield School District 3 Community Parade — a favorite annual event for students and residents of the district — will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at 10:30 a.m. It will start at the corner of Fontaine Boulevard and Security... — Updated 9/8/2021 Full story

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Fountain Fall Festival to include parade, dinner/dance, breakfast

One of Fountain's biggest and most popular events is back after last year's cancellation due to COVID-19. The 51st annual Fountain Fall Festival and Parade, will take place Sunday a... — Updated 9/2/2021 Full story

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Parade Grand Marshal has a long history of serving the community

After stepping down as executive editor in 2019, ending 39 years at the Fountain Valley News, Patty St. Louis wasn't planning on anything except enjoying retirement. In January 2021... — Updated 9/1/2021


What happens when our skills aren't enough?

In my second year of college, a friend named Luke loaned me a book. Luke was an accomplished writer who had won a contest to have his first novel published. Unlike many students in... — Updated 9/1/2021


Foundation seeks to honor veterans with Honor Bell in Colorado Springs

For many who have served in the United States Armed Forces, the great tragedy is that no one thanks them for their service. Groups like the Honor Bell Foundation in Denver help to... — Updated 8/25/2021


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