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 By Karin Hill    News 

Fireworks prohibited in Fountain, county

While moisture levels have been rising a little, the city of Fountain and El Paso County still have fire restrictions in place. Currently, both are at Stage 1, which prohibits... — Updated 6/22/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    Community 

Campaign for grocery store submits 600-plus signatures

An elderly couple in their 90s drives from their home in the Olde Town Fountain area up Hwy. 85-87 to Walmart for groceries every week, despite consensus of neighbors that it was... — Updated 6/22/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    News 

Oh Deer!

Officer Hammill of the Fountain Police Department carries away a young fawn that had been hit by a car on Mesa Ridge Parkway just east of Safeway on Friday morning. The mother deer... — Updated 6/22/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Training for a worst-case scenario

Once a year members of Fountain Police Department's Rapid Response Team — FPD's equivalent of SWAT — go through a week of special training to keep up their certifications. They... — Updated 6/15/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    Military

Veterans cemetery seeks volunteers for committee

Do you have a passion for veterans and their families? The local veterans' cemetery urgently needs your help. Pikes Peak National Cemetery, which opened in 2018, serves U.S.... — Updated 6/8/2022 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    Community

Park cleanup volunteers needed

Fountain Police Chief Chris Heberer has started rallying fellow employees and Fountain-area residents to help clean up Metcalfe Park this Friday, as the property remains littered... — Updated 5/25/2022 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Council votes on road fees

A series of fees imposed on developers to help pay for roads in Fountain is becoming more comprehensive and formalized with a new ordinance. On May 10, the City Council voted on fir... — Updated 5/23/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    Community

Homelessness and the law

Balancing the rights of individuals and the needs of the surrounding community is one of the challenges law enforcement agencies face when dealing with homeless people and camps.... — Updated 5/18/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Fire in Security spread quickly; no buildings damaged

A fire that started in the area of Alturas Drive in Security on Thursday afternoon caused numerous evacuations in residential neighborhoods and businesses, and a shelter-in-place... — Updated 5/18/2022 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    News

El Paso County leads state in motorcycle fatalities

A 22-year-old soldier was killed while riding his motorcycle near Marksheffel and Drennan roads recently, just the latest in a string of motorcycle fatalities in this region. The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) responded... — Updated 5/10/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Winery coming to Olde Town Fountain

Officials hope a new establishment called Fountain Creek Winery will bring new life to the southern gateway of Olde Town Fountain. Slated for completion in July or August, the busin... — Updated 5/4/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Council votes to deny de-annexation

The Fountain City Council voted 4-3 last week to deny a developer's request to de-annex the 2,400-acre Kane Ranch property from the city. Now, the matter is expected to head to... — Updated 5/3/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Homeless in the Valley: Part I

Carol Harding-Kittridge lives on the south end of downtown Fountain and frequently sees homeless people camped along the creek from her house. "It's probably 100 feet to my front do... — Updated 5/2/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Study shows PFOS in local pond fish

Don't eat the fish from Willow Springs Ponds. That's the message that will be going up on signs in the very near future now that officials have results of a study showing certain... — Updated 4/27/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Don't eat the fish

Don't eat the fish from Willow Springs Ponds. That's the message that will be going up on signs in the very near future now that officials have results of a study showing certain... — Updated 4/22/2022 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Accidents, fires on I-25 keep responders busy

The week got off to a rough start, with multiple major accidents and a grass fire along I-25 in Fountain. The incidents spanned Monday and Tuesday, caused lane closures, several... — Updated 4/19/2022 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    News

New interim chief at Fountain Fire

A new interim fire chief was introduced at the April 12 Fountain City Council meeting. Tom Joyce, a 36-year veteran of the firefighting profession, was appointed to lead the... — Updated 4/19/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    News

De-annexation request will return to City Council

In the last year, ambulances from Fountain Fire Department responded to Colorado Springs emergencies 341 times. In the same period, Colorado Springs ambulances responded to... — Updated 4/19/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Residents escape fire

Firefighters responded to an early-morning house fire on El Vereda Drive, south of C&S Road in Fountain, on Monday, April 18. When crews arrived, they found a two-story,... — Updated 4/19/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    Community

New Widefield Rec Center underway

Work has begun on a major facelift and expansion for Widefield Parks and Recreation at 705 Aspen Drive in Security. Crews began the initial prep work last week, and the official... — Updated 4/6/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Swift response saves homes

Crews battled a fire in Widefield that spread from a camper to a house on Buffalo Creek Trail near Sunrise Elementary on Saturday morning, April 2, around 10:30. Smoke was seen... — Updated 4/5/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    Community

Security family survives traumatic brain injuries, one day at a time

The term "traumatic brain injury," or TBI, is known to many people, particularly in a military community where veterans often experience this type of issue from battle injuries.... — Updated 4/3/2022 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Mayhem at the local playground

Mayhem at the local playground Area parents are outraged as they say children are unable to play at Fountain Mesa Park without teenagers hassling them - sometimes physically... — Updated 3/23/2022 Full story

 
 By Karin Hill    Community

PFAS study still needs participants

The new study on health effects of PFAS-contaminated water in the Fountain Valley area is making progress, but more participants are needed. CO SCOPE has met its first benchmark of 100 people – 107 adults and five children ... — Updated 3/22/2022

 
 By Karin Hill    News

Additional engineer OK'd for Fountain

On March 8, the Fountain City council voted 6-1 (Gordon Rick dissenting) to approve a new full-time position in the city’s Engineering Department to help with increased workload. City Engineer Brandy Williams explained that in... — Updated 3/22/2022

 

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