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Fountain Community Theater hoping to raise curtain this fall

After over a year of dormancy, the Fountain Community Theater is starting productions. However, questions over whether the theater can use its usual facility make it hard to say... — Updated 8/4/2021


Fountain VFW post celebrates 75 years

While 2020's COVID regulations presented challenges to everyone, it was particularly hard for veteran groups like VFW Post 6461 (753 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Fountain). Steven Bustamente... — Updated 8/4/2021


One Body One Spirit multi-church revival events begin next week

As mentioned last week ("Churches unite for revival in Springs, Fountain Valley"), One Body One Spirit will host a revival Aug. 2-7, bringing together churches for worship, fasting... — Updated 7/28/2021


Thoughts on surviving a fire

The trees were black. Soot covered them all the way to the top, and the branches were burned away. Set against the red-orange soil, they looked like a thousand black toothpicks... — Updated 7/28/2021


Thunder in the Valley gets great community response

Participation was strong for the Thunder in the Valley Car Show, which took place on Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10. The annual event raises money for Fountain Valley... — Updated 7/21/2021


Because you asked...What's the Right of Way?

Recently residents contacted this paper about Fountain city officials removing a structure they had built on what they believed to be their property. City officials said the... — Updated 7/14/2021


Beauty from ashes: GingerSnap Rescue Ranch

In the last year, many readers have shared stories of crushed projects and dreams, but also stories of opportunities that arose from their losses. Sometimes tragedy provides a... — Updated 7/14/2021 Full story


Water in the Valley: Is there enough?

With droughts currently covering almost half the state, many Fountain Valley residents are wondering how water supplies are doing. This is especially true after reports several... — Updated 7/12/2021 Full story


Tips for saving water during summertime

Longtime Fountain Valley residents know that summer can be an exciting but unpredictable season. It’s the warmest time of the year, which makes it great for outdoor festivities. Since the Fountain Valley is a semi-arid location,... — Updated 6/29/2021 Full story



BOYS SWIMMING FOUNTAIN-FORT CARSON, WIDEFIELD PLAY SOUTH DIVISION Fountain-Fort Carson hosted the PPAC South Division Championships on Thursday (June 17). Widefield and... — Updated 6/23/2021


Senior Center announces re-opening plans for July-August

After more than a year of closed doors and socially distanced events, the Fountain Valley Senior Center (located at 5745 Southmoor Drive in Fountain) has an official reopening... — Updated 6/23/2021


Widefield Parks & Rec releases plans for facility expansions

Widefield Parks and Recreation (WPR) has released new plans for expanding their center and resources. The expansion plans were announced the week of May 20, and included a video... — Updated 6/16/2021 Full story


Valley Christian Academy aims for quality Christian education

Since its inception over 20 years ago, Valley Christian Academy has become not just a well-known Christian alternative to state education, but an important part of the Fountain... — Updated 6/9/2021


CU Boulder honors MRHS teacher

Caryn Morin, a science teacher at Mesa Ridge High School, has received the 2021 University of Colorado Boulder's Outstanding Colorado High School Educator Award. The award goes to... — Updated 6/9/2021


New thrift store brings goods, outreach to south Fountain

The storefront at 594 S. Santa Fe Ave. that used to house Dick's Rock Shop has now become Connie's Cupboard, a thrift store specializing in helping Fountain residents. Constance "Co... — Updated 6/9/2021 Full story


To pen name, or not to pen name?

I have the kind of last name that people struggle with. Salter is pronounced like it looks ("salt with an E-R," as my mother puts it), but many have found a multitude of ways to... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Local pros provide tips for hail season

While summertime means a temperature increase in the Fountain Valley and surrounding area, it's also the season when the harshest rain and hailstorms arrive. Tanner Johnson, a... — Updated 6/8/2021

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Local recycling center now accepting paint

With spring upon us and a year of quarantines and limited travel behind us, many people are ready for some spring cleaning. Doing this right means taking the time to ask what can... — Updated 6/3/2021


Fort Carson honors its fallen soldiers

Fort Carson honored two fallen soldiers in a ceremony Thursday at the Mountain Post Warrior Memorial in Kit Carson Park. This is the 18th annual ceremony at the memorial, and this... — Updated 6/1/2021 Full story


FFCHS students inducted into school's Sports Hall of Fame

At the senior convocation on May 26, Fountain-Fort Carson High School inducted the following people into the school's Sports Hall of Fame: 2017-2021 softball and basketball player... — Updated 6/1/2021



BOYS BASEBALL MESA RIDGE GRIZZLIES GO 2-0 The Lady Grizzlies won 1-0 when they hosted Coronado last Tuesday (May 25) and won 2-1 when they hosted Canon City on Thursday in two... — Updated 6/1/2021

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Raceway gears up for busy summer

With summer creeping up, many are hoping to return to the traditional pastimes – picnics, sports events, vacations and so forth. Since many of those activities were postponed or... — Updated 5/26/2021 Full story


New football, wrestling coaches for MRHS

Rob Braaten, longtime coach of both the football and wrestling teams at Mesa Ridge High School, has retired. The wrestling department gave him a surprise retirement party on May... — Updated 5/19/2021


Longtime Fountain Creek Nature Center supervisor retires

Nancy Stone Bernard, supervisor of Fountain Creek Nature Center (FCNC), has retired. Bernard joined El Paso County Parks (EPC) in October 2006 working as an Interpretive... — Updated 5/18/2021

 By G. Connor Salter    News

'Veteran Sheepdogs' a voice for U.S. veterans

It's been said many times that if someone fights for their country, they shouldn't have to fight for necessary treatments or benefits connected with their service. Unfortunately,... — Updated 5/17/2021 Full story


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