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 By Karin Hill    News    March 25, 2020 

Discovery of Gannon's body leads to increased charges against Letecia

By Karin Hill Authorities announced Friday that a body found in Florida a few days earlier is believed to be that of missing 11-year-old Gannon Stauch. Lead prosecutor Michael Allen said new evidence...

 By Karin Hill    News    March 25, 2020 

Area military bases report several cases of COVID-19

In the last week, Fort Carson has seen its first four cases of COVID-19 and has made significant changes in protocol and scheduling to prevent further spread of the illness. Other military installatio... Full story

 By Karin Hill    News    March 25, 2020 

County up to 7 deaths from COVID-19; bases impacted

UPDATE: March 26 El Paso County now has seven deaths related to COVID-19 El Paso County Public Health has reported three more deaths related to COVID-19 in the county in the last week, bringing the total to four. The second fatality was a male in... Full story

 By Karin Hill    News    March 25, 2020 

Stores modify hours, item limits

Many stores in the area have adjusted hours and policies to better accommodate the run on supplies and help at-risk populations get a first shot at shopping on certain days. This is not a complete list, and it is subject to change. Fort Carson Commis...

 By Karin Hill    News    March 18, 2020

Study ranks Fountain 15th safest CO city

A recent report ranked Fountain the 15th safest city out of 41 cities studied in Colorado. The report only looked at cities with a minimum population of 10,000 and which had submitted complete crime reports to the FBI. The nearby cities of Colorado...

 By Karin Hill    News    March 18, 2020

City, Fort Carson partner for pest control services

The City of Fountain and Fort Carson have entered into a new partnership that officials say could be the beginning of many collaborations to come. Last week Mayor Gabriel Ortega and Garrison...

 By Karin Hill    News    March 18, 2020

Area construction update

It seems roads all over our area are under construction lately. Sidewalks are being replaced, potholes patched, and much more. The Fountain Valley News inquired about some of these projects, and here...

 By Karin Hill    News    March 18, 2020

Shutdowns ordered amid COVID-19 fears

El Paso Board of County Commissioners Chairman Mark Waller has signed a local disaster emergency declaration for the county due to developments related to COVID-19. “The safety and well-being of our citizens is our top priority,” said... Full story

 By Karin Hill    News    March 18, 2020

DMV, marriage licenses and more affected by county COVID-19 precautions

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is announcing temporary closures of all branch locations and suspension of Motor Vehicle, Driver’s License and Elections public facing services. Our Recording Department at Citizens Service Center... Full story

 By Karin Hill    News    March 18, 2020

Overview of coronavirus in El Paso County, more recent closures

NOTE: Please see story posted March 18 with previous list of closures: El Paso County Public Health... Full story

 By Karin Hill    News    March 11, 2020

Fountain PD rolls out new D.I.C.E. unit

The Fountain Police Department has formed a new unit that authorities hope will solve more crimes and improve the quality of life for residents. Those lofty goals belong to the Directed Investigations and Community Engagement Unit, or D.I.C.E. Unit ...

 By Karin Hill    News    March 11, 2020

Honoring the ultimate sacrifice

Members of the Fountain Electric crew, including Electric Superintendent Carl Christian (right) present flowers to Caela Collette in front of a Gold Star banner on Hwy. 85 at Alabama Ave. that the...

 By Karin Hill    News    March 11, 2020

Gannon display growing

Hundreds of items have been placed at a display near the entrance to Lorson Ranch, all for Gannon Stauch who went missing more than six weeks ago and still has not been found. Although an arrest for... Full story

 By Karin Hill    News    March 11, 2020

Fountain Creek Watershed Greenway project under way

A multi-agency effort to continue and eventually complete an extensive greenway along the Fountain Creek Watershed has kicked into high gear. A stakeholders meeting for various parks and wildlife...

 By Karin Hill    Opinion    March 11, 2020

For Gannon

There almost wasn't a newspaper last week. It was a serious struggle to string words together and figure out how to make things look somewhat decent. Honestly, nothing seemed important anymore....

 By Karin Hill    News    March 11, 2020

Fountain Valley Construction Update

It seems roads all over the Fountain Valley are under construction lately. Sidewalks are being replaced, potholes patched, and much more. The Fountain Valley News inquired about some of these... Full story

 By Karin Hill    News    March 4, 2020

Gannon's stepmom arrested for first-degree murder, abuse

The stepmother of Gannon Stauch has been arrested for murder, authorities announced during an emotional press conference Monday. However, Gannon still has not been found. "There is no way to express t... Full story

 By Karin Hill    News    March 4, 2020

Gannon's stepmom former Widefield School District teacher

Letecia Stauch, the stepmother of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch now accused of his murder, worked as a teacher in Widefield School District 3 for several months last year. The district sent a... Full story

 By Karin Hill    News    February 26, 2020

Thousands see Trump at rally

President Donald Trump's visit to Colorado Springs on Feb. 20 seemed a raging success to the thousands of supporters packed into - and waiting outside of - the Broadmoor World Arena, despite the...

 By Karin Hill    News    February 19, 2020

Fountain to pursue broadband partnership

Fountain officials have decided to pursue a partnership with a commercial provider to install and operate broadband throughout the city's utility service area. The decision came after a workshop Feb....


Gateway Prayer Garden progressing

A community prayer garden cleared another hurdle in its development recently, as the Fountain City Council approved the first reading of a rezoning ordinance. The 32-acre site along Bandley Drive...

 By Karin Hill    News    February 12, 2020

Mayor Ortega Q&A

Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a question-and-answer style interview with Fountain Mayor Gabriel Ortega. Q: Where is the city in terms of its Strategic Plan, the priorities and how much has been...

 By Karin Hill    News    February 5, 2020

Where is Gannon?

It has been more than a week since 11-year-old Gannon Stauch went missing from his Lorson Ranch home. With each passing day, there seem to be more questions about what could have happened to him....

 By Karin Hill    News    February 5, 2020

Q&A with Mayor Ortega

Editor's Note: This is the first installment of a question-and-answer style interview with Fountain Mayor Gabriel Ortega where we cover a wide variety of topics. The series will continue in next...


Colorful Colorado

In this month's Colorful Colorado, we feature an animal that is commonly seen in open fields and grassland, especially along Goldfield Drive, Fontaine Boulevard and Powers Boulevard. The American...


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