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 By G. Connor Salter    Sports 

Golf tourney to benefit local student scholarships on for July

The annual Fountain Valley Scholars (FVS) Golf Tournament will take place this year, and is scheduled for Monday, July 19. The tournament will be held at Cheyenne Shadows Golf... — Updated 4/7/2021 Full story


Annual art show exhibits work by sexual abuse survivors

"The research shows that only one of every 10 childhood sexual abuse survivors will disclose during childhood, and the average age for disclosure is 52," Joyce Aubrey said. "So I... — Updated 4/6/2021

 By G. Connor Salter    Opinion 

What makes a good story?

Perhaps the oldest question that writers get is "Where do you get your ideas from?" When someone brings that up, I remember something: When I was 17, my family was camping with... — Updated 4/6/2021

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Vietnam-era veterans honored

Monday, March 29, was National Vietnam War Veterans Day, which recognizes veterans who served in the Vietnam War. The date marks the day in 1973 that the last U.S. forces left... — Updated 4/2/2021 Full story


Home-based business seeing 'sweet' success

While the pandemic has resulted in many people losing jobs, it's also created interesting new side hustles and work-from-home businesses. One good example is sweet businesses... — Updated 3/30/2021 Full story


Local spring gardening tips

Planning a garden or backyard can be pretty difficult in Colorado. As Robert Benson wrote in an article for, "Gardening in a high altitude, mountainous region... — Updated 3/24/2021


WSD3 addresses student, staff equity; some issues emphasized by pandemic

Widefield School District 3 (WSD3) has entered a new phase of a program to address inequities among students. The program started in February 2020 when WSD3 spoke with the Board of... — Updated 3/23/2021


Trojans make All League Teams

The Pikes Peak Athletic Conference (PPAC) announced this year’s 4A/5A All League Teams for Boy’s and Girl’s Basketball on Monday. On the Boy’s Basketball list, Isaiah Thompson made the first team and was also named PPAC... — Updated 3/23/2021


FFCHS launches Trojan Sports Network channel

Trojan basketball fans that missed the team’s state championship game against Rangeview or want to see the soccer game against Pine Creek can now watch those games on the new Fountain-Fort Carson High School (FFCHS) YouTube... — Updated 3/23/2021


FFCHS scores big in swimming and diving

Despite various setbacks this spring season, the Fountain-Fort Carson Girls' Swimming team rose to the challenge. They competed in seven meets, winning each one and usually by a... — Updated 3/23/2021


Fountain boys qualify for national bass fishing competition

Three Fountain residents – Clayton Russell, Dominic Spengler and Angelo Valentine – have qualified for The Bass Federation High School Fishing 2021 Annual High School World Fina... — Updated 3/23/2021



VOLLEYBALL MESA RIDGE GIRLS LADY GRIZZLIES GO 0-1 The Lady Grizzlies lost 3-0 against Harrison when they hosted Harrison last Wednesday (March 17) in a Class 4A Colorado Springs Metro League game. They are currently fifth in... — Updated 3/23/2021

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Authorities investigating body found in rural area

UPDATE (Wednesday, March 17): The victim has been identified at Alison Cantrell, 33. The case has now been classified as a homicide investigation. The cause and manner of death... — Updated 3/17/2021

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Widefield Parks & Rec studying new options

With financing for the anticipated regional rec center put on hold, Widefield Parks & Rec (WPR) is seeking other ways to accommodate current recreational needs. WPR and city of... — Updated 3/17/2021 Full story


A birthday tribute to a long-time area resident

Evelyn Kinnard, who has lived in Widefield since 1972, turns 87 on March 21. Her daughter Sharon spoke with me about Evelyn's life and history with the area. Born in Sugarland,... — Updated 3/16/2021


Grizzlies fare well at state

The Mesa Ridge wrestling team did well in the Class 4A State Wrestling Championships held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo on March 13. In the boys' championships,... — Updated 3/16/2021

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Body found by Old Pueblo Road

At 1:35 p.m. Monday, the El Paso County Sheriff's office received a 911 call about an adult female body found in the 16000 block of Midway Ranch Road. Authorities arrived at the... — Updated 3/15/2021 Full story


Partnership with local kennel helps animals find their 'furever' homes

Tumbleweed Country Kennels in Fountain is helping dogs find homes through its partnership with Adoptable Animal Rescue Force (AARF). A nonprofit centered on helping homeless dogs... — Updated 3/15/2021 Full story



BASKETBALL MESA RIDGE BOYS GRIZZLIES GO 0-1 The Grizzlies lost 67-54 when they hosted Canon City on Tuesday in a Class 4A Colorado Springs Metro League game. They finished the week... — Updated 3/9/2021


Tuns of Fun Hot Dogs turns three

Tuns of Fun Hot Dogs food truck celebrated three years of service on March 7. To commemorate the anniversary, the truck gave out free hot dogs and unveiled its newest menu item:... — Updated 3/9/2021


New program helps students adjust to COVID-19 learning

A new tutoring center, The School House, has been established in Security to help elementary school students with education changes brought on by COVID-19. Located at 1729 Crest... — Updated 3/9/2021 Full story


It's not always safety first

"What kinda lies you tellin' this boy?" he croaked. The man's eyes were a cold blue color. They reminded me of shotgun barrels, and fit very well with his cowboy boots, denim jeans... — Updated 3/9/2021


Before 98th birthday, Fountain man recalls life of service, music

Recently, I sat down to talk with Robert "Bob" Wilson, one of Fountain's oldest, most entertaining citizens. "Did you know Roy Gray?" Wilson asked me at one point. I said that I... — Updated 3/9/2021


After 30 years, witnesses of plane crash still remember

Today, March 3, 2021, marks 30 years to the day that United Airlines Flight 585 crashed into Widefield Community Park. All told, 25 passengers died in the crash (not counting a... — Updated 3/5/2021 Full story


Flight 585: News over the years

In the days after the United Airlines Flight 585 crash, as well as on various anniversary years, this paper has written many pieces on the subject. The following are selections... — Updated 3/2/2021


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