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 By G. Connor Salter    Sports 

BMX racing back on track

Bike riders will be pleased to know that local BMX tracks have reopened for business. As describes BMX, "In its simplest form, it is very similar to the motorcycle st... — Updated 7/8/2020


Local author covers sickness and friendship in new book

Middle school can be a hard time for even the most well-adjusted kids. It's even harder for kids who have unusual conditions, as Kim Shatteen learned when she contracted ophthalmic... — Updated 7/2/2020


Fountain Middle School principal receives statewide honor

Fountain Middle School's principal, Dr. William Dallas, got a great honor recently. He has been named 2020 Colorado Middle Level Principal of the Year. The Colorado Association of... — Updated 7/1/2020


Interactive play comes to Fountain Creek trail

Melissa Law had plans for a big wedding in March 2020, but COVID-19 meant she had to cancel it just weeks before it was scheduled. After getting refunds for the venue and looking at... — Updated 6/24/2020


Widefield Parks and Recreation director retires

Ben Valdez is retiring after 15 years as Director of Widefield School District 3 Parks and Recreation. His last day is June 30 and Eric Hulen has been announced as the new... — Updated 6/24/2020


Local schools start sports practices

COVID-19 may have canceled spring, but things are starting to look up. On May 14, Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green sent a... — Updated 6/24/2020


Pentecost service commemorates new prayer circle for veterans

On May 31, peopled gathered at Gateway Prayer Garden in Fountain to commemorate a newly finished Military Prayer Circle on the site's South Prayer Trail. The Military Prayer Circle... — Updated 6/17/2020


A message from your friendly neighborhood circulation manager

Like everyone on the Fountain Valley News’ staff, I have an interesting mix of responsibilities. As a staff writer, I cover various local events and take pictures. As the designated sports editor, I try to keep on top of... — Updated 6/17/2020


Fountain Farmer's Market begins June 27 at Metcalfe

By G. Connor Salter The Fountain Fall Community Market has been an annual event for many years, giving local businesses a chance to show their wares and build stronger connections... — Updated 6/17/2020


Ministry supports local churches

James C. Spencer hasn’t worked as a full-time pastor, but he has preached in many churches over the last 30 years or so. Looking back, he says he’s preached “in nearly every denomination you can think of at one time or... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Garbage truck driver injured in Security Boulevard crash

An accident on Security Boulevard early Monday afternoon drew numerous emergency response vehicles and a helicopter to the scene. Security Fire Department confirmed that a garbage truck flipped into a drainage ditch along the road,... — Updated 6/10/2020


Fountain Valley News welcomes new employees

Amber Hittle-Putra joins office staff By G. Connor Salter Amber Hittle-Putra has joined the paper's staff as an Administrative Assistant. Amber will help with finances and... — Updated 6/3/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Local author pens children's book about quarantine

Should children be exposed to stories that talk about hard topics? It's a question that routinely comes up in conversations about children's books. Parents and library groups... — Updated 5/28/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Shops, restaurants begin to reopen, but some are struggling to get by

Several recent stories have talked about COVID-19's impact on businesses. Some businesses (such as food trucks) thrived during the non-essential business shutdown periods. Others... — Updated 5/28/2020


Maintaining readiness during COVID-19

Soldiers fire machine guns on Fort Carson's M240B Machine Gun Range on May 14. The soldiers pictured are with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Army Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade... — Updated 5/27/2020


Delivering news and strange fashion

It perhaps goes without saying that COVID-19 has created many awkward or simply unusual situations for people. Since I not only write for the Fountain Valley News but also deliver... — Updated 5/27/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Fire danger up around county

On May 7, two Fountain Valley News staffers stumbled upon an unattended campfire. They were walking in the Adams Open Space behind the Fountain Library when they found it, and descr... — Updated 5/15/2020


COVID-19 complicates camping

As it gets closer to summer, many people are wondering whether they will be able to do their usual vacation activities. Social distancing and masks make amusement parks and movie... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Police Explorers program teaches students law enforcement, life skills

Young people interested in what the police do have an opportunity to learn about it first-hand. In 2015, the Fountain Police Department (FPD) started the Police Explorers program,... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Recreation center funding on hold

As many locals will tell you, the FountainValley has grown a lot in recent years. This growth means many changes, one of them being many more residents looking for swimming pools, gyms and other recreational facilities. Fountain... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

County, state offices slowly reopen in-person services

With the Stay At Home Order replaced by Safer At Home, some offices are cautiously phasing back in their in-person services. The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office reopened some of its services by appointment only on May... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Census Bureau updates 2020 operations timeline

As noted in earlier stories, concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have affected the 2020 Census' schedule and operation. As of press time, the Census Bureau has adjusted its... — Updated 4/29/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

New order allows some businesses to reopen

By G. Connor Salter As of April 27, there are 13,879 COVID-19 cases in Colorado, 879 in El Paso County. Governor Jared Polis released a new executive order titled Safer At Home on April 26. The order lasts 30 days from April 27... — Updated 4/29/2020


Food trucks thriving in neighborhoods

On April 17, people gathered in the cul-de-sac on Pinfeather Drive to order lunch. Mira Sol, a food truck specializing in New Mexico-inspired dishes, was selling burritos and other... — Updated 4/29/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Local businesses struggling with COVID-19 shutdown

With stay-at-home orders, non-essential businesses being forced to close and social distancing creating a limit to how much people can go out and use services, many business owners... — Updated 4/22/2020


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