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Icy ponds no place for children and pets

It's perhaps the best-known parental warning in winter: "Don't walk on the ice." However, in spite of the obvious dangers, children are frequently seen walking on frozen ponds in th... — Updated 1/13/2021 Full story


A Fresh Move brings local produce to area 'food deserts'

Colorado Springs resident Elena Salinas grew up with a strong sense that it was important to give back. Her mother would routinely provide food for families in need, and Salinas... — Updated 1/5/2021


Ink Fountain owner retires; mother-son team take over

After more than 38 years in business, Fountain Valley resident Sandy Comstock has sold Ink Fountain Printing (721 Dale St. in Fountain). However, Ink Fountain will continue to... — Updated 12/31/2020 Full story


A lesson in sign language

"This space left blank intentionally." I stare at the words painted on the fender of a bright green car covered in psychedelic designs. This car has been parked not far from my offi... — Updated 12/29/2020


A look back at MRHS student magazine

Like many high schools and colleges, Mesa Ridge High School had a student literary magazine. Titled "Envision," the first issue came out in 1999. Linda Schwartz, a tutor with the Wi... — Updated 12/29/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Widefield High grad missing two months

Christine Pierce, a woman who attended Widefield High School and is well known on the Colorado Springs music scene, has been missing since Oct. 16. An experienced drummer, Pierce's... — Updated 12/23/2020 Full story


Local athletes make all-state football team

On Dec. 16, the Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) announced its all-state football team. For Class 4A, the first team included the following athletes: • Jayden Fuller, Fountain-Fort Carson • Q Jones,... — Updated 12/22/2020


Lake Bennett: The mystery of the disappearing water

For years, Lake Bennett has provided a pleasant view for residents in the Glen at Widefield. Then in 2019, the lake unexpectedly began drying up. "It looks very ugly where the pond... — Updated 12/22/2020


Fountain resident helps God's Pantry get grant; more help needed

Fountain resident Elizabeth Eagle has a reputation for helping out wherever she can. During Christmas, she's Jingles the Happy Elf, appearing at the Fountain Walmart and holiday... — Updated 12/22/2020


Hope and joy through music

While Security resident Priscilla Cooper had been around music since she was a little girl (both of her parents were musicians), she never planned on being a songwriter. Prior to... — Updated 12/16/2020 Full story


Trojan chooses Dartmouth

Q Jones, a senior at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, announced on Dec. 11 that he had selected Dartmouth College and will play on the school's football team starting 2021. In a... — Updated 12/15/2020


Trojan football coach looks back at a successful season

From the moment he replaced Fountain-Fort Carson High School's long-running football coach Mitch Johnson in 2016, Jake Novotny has had a lot to live up to. This season, Novotny had... — Updated 12/15/2020


Poet still making art in confusing times

"Right now, I have a million irons in the fire." Julianza (or "Julie") Shavin is reflecting on her current writing schedule. Although retired from a career that started in... — Updated 12/11/2020


Deployed Love helps military families get photos, community

Having a deployed spouse presents many problems for military families. Parents have to coordinate school and extracurricular events without a partner's help. Anything the spouse... — Updated 12/8/2020


Raceway helps raise funds for family displaced by house fire

Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) is hosting a holiday fundraiser for a Fountain Valley family whose home was destroyed in a fire. On Nov. 10, three houses in the Midway neigh... — Updated 12/8/2020


Fountain Together spreads native flowers, awareness

Susan Kircher, organizer for local advocacy group Fountain Together, is encouraging Fountain residents and city officials to plant local wildflower seeds. She spoke to the Fountain... — Updated 12/2/2020 Full story

 By G. Connor Salter    News

New campaign promotes mental health during COVID

With the pandemic producing plenty of stress, anxiety and other mental health issues have increased dramatically. Mental health professionals are creating special efforts and... — Updated 12/2/2020 Full story


Fountain-Fort Carson loses to Palmer Ridge

The Trojans lost 28-12 when they hosted Palmer Ridge on Nov. 28 in the second round of the state varsity play-offs. This marks the end of the fall 2020 season for the Trojans, the... — Updated 12/1/2020


Strange new friends

"Well, that was odd," I thought. I was standing on a cold concrete sidewalk outside my local library, 13 or 14 at the time, and had just attended my first writer's group. My parents... — Updated 12/1/2020


Sports Wrap-Up

Fountain-Fort Carson wins first round of playoffs The Trojans won 41-38 in a match against Ponderosa on Nov. 21 at Echo Park Stadium, the first round of the CHSAA Class 4A state playoffs. Jake Novotny, head coach for the Trojan... — Updated 11/25/2020


Fountain family honored by state for adoption efforts

To celebrate National Adoption Month and encourage more Coloradans to adopt or foster, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) recognized five adoptive families, including... — Updated 11/23/2020 Full story


Fountain Mesa Park gets facelift, new inclusive equipment

The city of Fountain Parks and Recreation department unveiled new playground equipment at Fountain Mesa Park on Nov. 12. The new structures include several ADA-friendly and wheelcha... — Updated 11/17/2020


CSU Pueblo picks local athlete

Torie Bass, a senior at Fountain-Fort Carson High School (FFCHS), has been accepted into CSU Pueblo's basketball program. Her family was excited by the news. Bass began taking part... — Updated 11/17/2020


Sports Wrap-Up

FOOTBALL MESA RIDGE Grizzlies cancel game Due to several isolated COVID-19 cases, Mesa Ridge High School had to cancel its Nov. 13 league game with Fountain-Fort Carson. According to Samantha Briggs, director of communication for... — Updated 11/17/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

El Paso County at Level Orange

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDHPE) announced on Nov. 11 that El Paso County would be required to move to Level Orange (Safer at Home) restrictions by 5... — Updated 11/17/2020


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