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Fall high school football starting after all?

The CHSAA Board of Directors voted Wednesday to approve variances allowing high schools to play field hockey, football and sideline spirit. Schools can play these sports in Season A (Fall) or Season C (Spring). Athletic directors... — Updated 9/17/2020 Full story

 

Zucchini contest winners named

Today this paper is proud to announce the winners of its annual zucchini contest. The prize for heaviest zucchini went to Alicia Johnson for her 10.8 pound zucchini. "I watered in... — Updated 9/23/2020 Full story

 
 By G. Connor Salter    Sports 

Sports Wrap-Up

CROSS COUNTRY Mesa Ridge Varsity ran in the Above the Clouds Invitational hosted by Woodland Park High School on Sept. 18. In the boys’ race, Sam Hunsicker was the Grizzlies’ highest scorer, finishing first. In the girl’s... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By G. Connor Salter    Sports 

CHSAA announces tennis championship plansv

By G. Connor Salter On Sept. 14, the CHSAA announced alterations to its usual annual tennis championship schedule, which will take place Sept. 25-26. Each tournament will move from three days to two days. Friday will feature... — Updated 9/23/2020

 

Widefield Parks and Rec announces special picnic, Fall Fun Day, for Oct. 3

Widefield Parks and Recreation is partnering with School District 3 Federal Credit Union to host a Fall Full Day Picnic on Saturday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event is free and will take place on the Red Field and Green Field... — Updated 9/23/2020

 

Mesa Ridge HS student makes semifinals in scholarship contest

Cynthia Vino, a student at Mesa Ridge High School, has been named a semifinalist in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the list of 16,000 semifinalists in a... — Updated 9/17/2020

 

CHSAA and Governor stance on fall football still up in air

While the Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Board of Directors voted on Sept. 8 not to change the 2020-21 sports calendar, there are new indications from CHSAA and the Governor’s office that more variances may be... — Updated 9/16/2020

 

Sports Wrap-Up

Editor’s Note: Due to technical difficulties, the official website for reporting high school sports scores, MaxPreps.com, is not currently showing the scores or schedules for varsity tennis games. Sports Wrap-Up will continue to... — Updated 9/16/2020

 

Scouts add new all-girls troop, open for in-person meetings again

Scout Pack 911, Fountain's local Scouts group, added an all-girls troop this year. Started in February, Troop 1911 is for female cub scouts (ages 10-18) and part of the larger Pack... — Updated 9/16/2020

 

Local dog laws not well-known

Dog control seems to be turning into a big problem in the Fountain Valley. Social media sites like Nextdoor are currently filled with area residents reporting vicious dogs, dog... — Updated 9/11/2020

 

Yvonne Coombes named Fort Carson, U.S. Army Spouse of the Year by AFI

Yvonne Coombes, wife of Lt. Col. Mike Coombes, commander, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division., was named Fort... — Updated 9/9/2020

 

Neighborhood bar closes

Pat's Local Tavern (412 Royalty Place in Fountain) closed on Aug. 23. The tavern owner claims COVID-19 resulted in him not being able to pay full rent since March 2020, which led... — Updated 9/9/2020

 

Mexican restaurant opens in Fountain

Fountain residents looking for something better than fast food but still convenient will be pleased to hear a new restaurant has opened on the south end of Santa Fe Avenue at... — Updated 8/27/2020 Full story

 
 By G. Connor Salter    News

Firefighters, police rescue cyclist

The Fountain Fire Department and three officers from the Fountain Police Department rescued an injured cyclist on Aug. 20. According to Fire Chief James Maxon, the man was cycling... — Updated 8/26/2020

 

Fountain man's music a tribute to Colorado

Johnny Durango, a resident of Fountain, is releasing his first album on Aug. 31. Titled "Thank You Colorado," the album (and its single of the same name) is described as... — Updated 8/26/2020

 

Disabled veterans experience thrill of NASCAR

On Aug. 10, a group of four military veterans sporting prosthetic limbs or with other disabilities met at the Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) to drive burnouts in a NASCAR... — Updated 8/19/2020

 

Back to School for District 8

Fountain Fort Carson District 8 students started back at school.... — Updated 8/19/2020

 

Walmart fixes sales tax rates

Following the July 29 story about incorrect sales tax rates at several businesses and the Aug. 5 update, the Fountain Valley News confirmed that some of the stores found to be overcharging since January have corrected their rates.... — Updated 8/13/2020 Full story

 
 By G. Connor Salter    News

Coin shortage affects consumers

On July 19, a Widefield resident went to the Burger King on Highway 85/87 and paid $7 for a $6.47 order. After getting the food she was informed employees were not giving out... — Updated 8/5/2020 Full story

 
 By G. Connor Salter    News

Local poet's work now published in school textbook

Robert Lee Hinshaw has provided many poems to this paper over the years. Starting this school year, his work will reach an international audience. Hinshaw's poem "Inspector Tweede"... — Updated 8/5/2020

 
 By G. Connor Salter    News

Officials continue to sift through excess sales tax charges

Last week this paper reported on how multiple businesses, including both Fountain Walmarts, are currently charging too much sales tax despite the fact that the local sales tax rate decreased in January. On July 30, the day after... — Updated 8/5/2020

 

Regional churches join revival series, aim to build unity

Regional churches join revival series, aim to build unity By G. Connor Salter After one year, a new effort to unify local churches and serve the community has grown to include more... — Updated 7/29/2020 Full story

 
 By G. Connor Salter    News

Illegal pot grow investigation ongoing in Lorson Ranch

On July 22, residents on Seawolf Drive and Thunderbolt Trail in Lorson Ranch were startled when federal agents, a SWAT team and members of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Security Fire Department came through their... — Updated 7/29/2020

 

New Fountain Youth Council moving forward

By G. Connor Salter and Karin Hill Plans for a new Youth Council to engage teens in their community and local government have taken shape, and applications are now being accepted. I... — Updated 7/29/2020

 
 By G. Connor Salter    News

Backed-up DMVs impacting drivers

COVID-19 has created some complications, especially for people who have to get government documents. Many government offices have reopened their doors, but social distancing rules... — Updated 7/15/2020

 

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