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 By Karin Hill    News 

Police arrest 13-year-old in armed home invasion

A 13-year-old Security-Widefield boy has been arrested in connection with a violent crime in Fountain that occurred the morning of Monday, July 6. In that incident, a family was held at gunpoint before two suspects stole their... — Updated 7/10/2020 Full story

 By Karin Hill    News 

Upcoming meetings may play key role in creek bank decision

Although officials have been continually discussing possible solutions to the erosion of creek bank along Fountain Creek and Southmoor Drive recently, one Fountain City Council... — Updated 7/10/2020 Full story

 By Karin Hill    Community 

A poppin' 4th of July

See more pictures here: — Updated 7/8/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

Council approves design program for Olde Town

The Fountain City Council has approved a plan that city officials hope will encourage property owners in the Olde Town district to incorporate certain design elements to improve the look and feel of the area. Last Tuesday, June... — Updated 7/1/2020 Full story

 By Karin Hill    Activities

Fall Festival parade cancelled; smaller event possible

The annual Fountain Fall Festival, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, will not take place this year - at least, not in the way most people in the region have come... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Karin Hill    Activities

City adds ADA-friendly playground to Aga Park

Fountain's first all-inclusive playground incorporating wheelchair-accessible play equipment and sensory activities has been installed at Aga Park. The project has been two years... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

Fountain Police, community engage in dialogue

By Karin Hill In light of recent events nationwide surrounding police and race relations, Fountain Valley community members, pastors, police officers and government officials are... — Updated 6/24/2020 Full story

 By Karin Hill    News

New businesses open; city reviews grant applications

Despite the recent COVID-19 shutdown causing many local businesses to lose money - some closing permanently - there is new growth on the horizon. "We can share that business... — Updated 6/23/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

City updates on splash pad, substation

At last week’s Fountain City Council meeting, staff and council members discussed the dilemma of how to open the city’s splash pad at Aga Park —an issue Mayor Gabe Ortega called a “tough situation.” Although the state and... — Updated 6/18/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

Fountain to grant $1.4 million to businesses hit by COVID-19

By Karin Hill Fountain will receive $2.4 million of El Paso County’s share of the federal relief funds related to COVID-19, and city leaders plan to give $1.4 million of that back to local businesses in the form of micro-grants.... — Updated 6/8/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

Voting machines tested, sample ballots published

By Karin Hill The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office conducted a public Logic and Accuracy test on all ballot counting equipment that will be used for the 2020 Primary Election. This includes the Central Count Optical... — Updated 6/2/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

Fountain gets $2.4 million in COVID relief funds

Fountain will receive $2.4 million of El Paso County’s share of the federal relief funds related to COVID-19, and city leaders plan to give $1.4 million of that back to local businesses in the form of micro-grants. On Tuesday... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

 By Karin Hill    News

'The right guy at the right time'

Curtis Mitchell is retiring as Fountain's utilities director after 11 years with the city. But as invested as he is in some of the ongoing challenges and projects he's faced here,... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Karin Hill    Activities

Fountain plans virtual Memorial Day ceremony

The city of Fountain has changed its usual plans for Memorial Day this year, but there will be different ways to participate - both in person and online. In the past, Memorial Day... — Updated 5/20/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

City Council gets update on creek; approves deal for wholesale power

The Fountain City Council has approved an energy contract that’s expected to save ratepayers millions of dollars over the next several years. The council voted unanimously last week to begin a new wholesale electricity... — Updated 5/20/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

Motorcycle deaths spike across state

So far this year, motorcycle deaths in Colorado are up 24 percent despite lower traffic volume. In El Paso County, there have been four motorcycle fatalities so far this year, the... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

No quick, easy fixes to creek, Southmoor

The recent closure of a portion of Southmoor Drive in Fountain has residents and officials wondering what can be done not only to fix the erosion along the creek that threatens... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Karin Hill    Opinion

Canines, coffee and courtesy

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Wait! Wrong story! It was a Friday. A very Monday-ey Friday. In fact, the whole week had felt like Monday on repeat. As... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

Mayor: City facilities to be opened slowly

Editor's note: I had a phone interview with Mayor Gabe Ortega and the city's communications manager, John Trylch, on April 24 about some of the city's experiences as the COVID-19... — Updated 4/30/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

Operation Rolling Thunder

Members of Fountain's Public Safety departments recently held a parade of police and fire vehicles through the community, which they called "Operation Rolling Thunder." The event,... — 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 Karin Hill    News

A roaring 'Thank You'

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds treated a large part of Colorado to a flyover Saturday to show appreciation for the medical workers, first reponders and other essential workers on... — Updated 4/22/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

City Council approves new Youth Council for Fountain

By Karin Hill The Fountain City Council, during its first fully virtual online meeting April 14, voted to create a new Youth Council for teens between 14 and 18 years old. Detra Duncan, one of the council’s newest members,... — Updated 4/22/2020


Drive-in Church

Members and guests at Calvary Fellowship Fountain Valley participate in the church's first-ever drive-in service on Easter morning. The pastor spoke out of a church garage, while... — Updated 4/15/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

COVID affecting child abuse data

Although state and county officials are seeing fewer reports of child abuse lately, there might be some troubling truth behind the improved statistics. Officials say the statewide s... — Updated 4/15/2020 Full story


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