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 By Karin Hill    News

Preliminary election results for El Paso County

The first round of election results released by the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's office shows Republicans leading in races of interest to the Fountain Valley area among... — Updated 11/4/2020 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    News 

City considers new development fees

The city of Fountain is taking steps to implement a series of fees on new residential and commercial construction designed to help fund future public safety facilities and road main... — Updated 11/23/2020 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    Community 

Powers, Grinnell widening to begin this week

As part of the Amazon building construction project, W.E. O’Neil will be constructing intersection improvements at the intersection of Powers Boulevard and Grinnell Boulevard. The contractor will begin construction operations... — Updated 11/17/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    Opinion 

This is coming from someone who doesn't even like sports

"Get used to disappointment." I'm glad I was familiar with this phrase before 2020. It has served me well this year, and I've used it on my kids many times recently. School's back... — Updated 11/17/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    Community

Meter replacement concerns residents

A wave of visits and notices to utility customers in Fountain neighborhoods recently has some people on edge. Concerns about smart meters have resurfaced, as have complaints about the city’s intentions. However, utility officials... — Updated 11/11/2020 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Council OK's electric increase

Fountain electric customers will see a 4-percent increase on their bills beginning in January 2021. The City Council voted last Tuesday to approve the rate hike, along with an identical one starting January 2022. Mayor Gabe Ortega... — Updated 11/4/2020 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    Community

Construction begins on affordable senior apartments

A new 60-unit senior living development is officially under construction in Fountain near Safeway and the Cross Creek neighborhood. Villas at Mesa Ridge is a planned apartment... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Electric rates, city budget on council agenda

Last week the City Council set a public hearing date to allow residents to hear details of the plan for a 4-percent rate hike in the Electric Department. The meeting is set for Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m, during the council’s... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    Community

How COVID changes Halloween

Should I stay or should I go? It's more than the title of an '80s song by The Clash. These days, it's the theme of parents wondering what to do about trick-or-treating on... — Updated 10/14/2020 Full story

 

City outlines use of federal CARES funds

The city of Fountain has provided the breakdown of how it is spending its $2.4 million share of federal COVID-19 relief funds. Although it has until the end of the year to spend the money, the allocations had to be made by the end... — Updated 10/13/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Fire burns 670 acres along 115, Fort Carson

Fire crews spent the last few days battling a wildfire along Hwy. 115 and on Fort Carson, with 10 percent containment reported as of press time Tuesday. Dubbed the Wild Horse Fire, it was located south of Fort Carson's Gate 6 and... — Updated 10/13/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Water treatment plant for Security nearly complete

There is about $60 million worth of work being done between the water and wastewater systems in Security right now. But officials say Security tap water is safe to drink now, even w... — Updated 10/13/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    Opinion

Why newspapers matter

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked a question about something the newspaper had covered or answered already, I'd be a wealthy woman. Case in point: I've seen many posts... — Updated 10/7/2020 Full story

 

REACH Pikes Peak closes programs without warning

REACH Pikes Peak, an organization that has provided numerous resources to low-income residents for many years, suddenly announced its closure on Sept. 30. Officials posted the following statement to the REACH Pikes Peak Facebook... — Updated 10/7/2020 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Because you asked.....Big Johnson Reservoir not so big right now?

Several readers have asked why the water levels in Big Johnson Reservoir seem to have gone down significantly over the last couple of weeks. After sitting empty for a few years,... — Updated 10/5/2020 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Council takes no action when asked to rescind sign ban

An issue that some in Fountain city government probably thought had been laid to rest many months ago was resurrected at last week's City Council meeting. A number of people called... — Updated 9/30/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    Outdoors

Colorful Colorado

For more photos: https://www.epcan.com/home/customer_files/pdfs/ftnv_9.30.2020_p._21.pdf A lot of people drove into the nearby hills and mountains this weekend to view the fall... — Updated 9/30/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Small business coalition begins to take shape

The chiropractor's office was filled with tears one recent evening, but it wasn't from physical pain. People from all walks of life had gathered to share their experiences of how... — Updated 9/23/2020 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    News

HD21 candidates debate issues

A debate between two of the three candidates for Colorado House District 21 last week revealed agreement on a few issues - the need for a hospital in southern El Paso County,... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    Community

City requests Olde Town Fountain input

This week, the city of Fountain launched a community brainstorming session to develop ideas to improve the stretch of Ohio Avenue from City Hall to Santa Fe Avenue. As part of Fount... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    News

City partners with county on Fountain public health office

As reported in last week's paper, El Paso County plans to set up a new Public Health facility to serve the Fountain Valley area. Officials have since elaborated that it will be in... — Updated 9/17/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Fountain considers electric rate hike

With load on Fountain’s electric grid increasing at a rate of 2.9 percent a year, and transformers at 85-90 percent capacity already, utility officials are proposing a 4-percent rate increase in January to help pay for added... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    News

City formalizes PFAS test standards

Four years ago area residents found out their groundwater was contaminated with dangerous chemicals from firefighting foam used at Peterson Air Force Base. Overnight, terms like... — Updated 9/2/2020 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Council approves tax-sharing agreement

The Fountain City Council has approved a new initiative that officials hope will encourage developments in the vacant area south of Mesa Ridge Parkway between Fountain Mesa Road... — Updated 9/2/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    News

City expands grant program

The city of Fountain is expanding its grant program for small businesses affected by COVID-19. The City Council voted last week to allow more types of businesses to apply for the gr... — Updated 8/19/2020 Full story

 

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