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Articles from the July 19, 2017 edition

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Open House Next Tuesday Focuses on Local Drinking Water Issues

El Paso County officials, coordinating with Peterson AFB, federal, state and local agencies (including the local water districts), have scheduled another public discussion on local drinking water. An open house is planned next Tuesday, July 25, from... Full story


Fountain's Mayor Ortega to Seek Re-Election in November for One Last Term

After serving as the City of Fountain's Mayor for nearly four years now, fifth generation Fountain resident Gabe Ortega, 43, has decided he will seek re-election for one final term. He follows in the...


Nomination Petitions for November's Fountain City Council Election to be Available August 8

Just this week, Fountain City Clerk Silvia Huffman has announced that soon nomination petitions will be available to candidates for office for Fountain's City Council election in November. The City... Full story

 By Karen Johnson    News    July 19, 2017

New Community Garden Opens at Fountain's Recycling Center

Girl Scouts from Fort Carson Troop 41660 welcomed the public to an open house at the Fountain Recycling Center Garden to tour their new Community Garden Project on Wednesday, June 28, and offered... Full story


Long-time Fountain Volunteer Kathy Manley Bids Farewell

The Fountain Recycling Center recently held a small farewell ceremony for Kathy Manley. Fountain Recycling Center Manager Juan S. Flores presented a "Thank You" cake and Certificate of Appreciation... Full story


Family of Onesimo Vigil Want Their Father's Death Not To Be In Vain...

Family members of Onesimo "Oney" Vigil spoke to the Fountain City Council last week, seeking the city's support to have something done at the dangerous intersection at Fountain Mesa Road and...


Lotion Bar Cafe Hosts "719 Rocks!" Painting Party

There is a new craze spreading cheer and kindness around the Fountain Valley, Colorado Springs and elewhere in the nation. If you haven't heard of it yet, there's a good chance you have been "living...


Crime Stoppers Seek Fugitives

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for your assistance in locating the following individuals for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued: CAMILLO ARELLANO is a Hispanic Male, 56 years old,... Full story


Fountain Police Respond to Fatal Shooting Sunday

At approximately 3 p.m. Sunday, Fountain Police officers were dispatched to the area of Royalty Place and Ridge Avenue in regard to a shooting. According to Lt. Jess Freeman, upon arrival, officers located the victim seated in a vehicle with an... Full story


Update About Local Well Water Issues And Related Open House

Good day, I hope all are enjoying a nice week thus far.  I wanted to get out information regarding an update on the PFOS and PFOA issues with our local well water.   El Paso County, local... Full story


Update on Fountain's Current Water Situation

I wanted to give you a brief update on our current water situation. I also want to stress that if it wasn’t for the forward thinking by previous leadership both on staff and council we would be in... Full story


An Open Letter from School District Eight

To the Fountain Community, We very much appreciate the partnership and collaboration between the school district and our local paper. The Fountain Valley News is critical to our community and helps support our students by keeping you informed of... Full story


GROW Act Prevents Water Mismanagement

I issued the following statement regarding H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act: "As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water, Power & Oceans, I am pleased to see that this... Full story


Project Connecting Mesa Ridge Parkway to Marksheffel Road is Complete

El Paso County and Widefield Investment Group celebrated their partnership last Thursday afternoon and opened a new 1.3-mile stretch of Mesa Ridge Parkway that will allow southern El Paso County travelers another way to access Interstate 25 and the e... Full story


County Planning and Development Unveils Website to Help Foster Transparency

At the Tuesday, July 11 regular Board of El Paso County Commissioners meeting yet another step was unveiled in an ongoing County-wide effort to give residents easier access to data and improve transparency. Craig Dossey, the County’s Executive... Full story

 By Alice Trulson    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Miss Doris and Bus Driver...

Editor's Note: This week we are printing one of our favorite "Oh My Word" columns from last summer. While my son was home on leave we decided to run away with him to the Royal Gorge in the RV and... Full story


Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held for Fountain's Dunkin' Donuts

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fountain's newly-opened Dunkin' Donuts was held Saturday at the business located at 6650 Mesa Ridge Parkway. The ceremony was conducted by Fountain Chamber of Commerce... Full story


Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce News

UPCOMING EVENTS Fri., July 21- The next Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast will be Fri., July 21 from 7-8 a.m. at Sarges’ Grill, 6436 Hwy 85/87, Fountain. “If you know a business owner who would be interested in joining the chamber, please... Full story


Passing of a Legend

All over America there are people who remember this lady, thanks to Ft. Carson's ever-rotating families; and that is what even brought her here. Now who could this be? When I started teaching at... Full story


Fountain Valley Senior Center News

* Rural Area Meal Program, or RAMP, is for individuals age 60 and over who live in El Paso County. This program is for older adults who are not able to get to the nearest congregate meal site. This includes individuals needing assistance due to physi... Full story


Golden Circle Lunch Menu

For more information about the Golden Circle meal program, contact the Fountain Valley Senior Center at 520-6470. Local Golden Circle meal sites include: Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5745 Southmoor Drive, Fountain and Grinde Manor, 906 Grinde... Full story


Karen Rebitski

Karen L. Rebitski departed this world April 27, 2017 in Colorado Springs where she called home for more than 40 years. She ultimately lost the battle after a short fight with brain cancer. Karen was b... Full story


Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp July 31-Aug. 4 at Faith Lutheran Church

Pastor Rick Mensing and the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Security invite children and youth from churches throughout the Fountain Valley to participate in a Bible-based Day Camping Week. With a goal of 100 campers, Faith Lutheran Church,... Full story



I was walking through a parking lot a couple of weeks ago and something caught my eye. As I walked closer, I saw a husky dog forcing its nose into the 2 inch crack in the window. I can only assume the owner thought they were providing adequate... Full story


LuisJoe Ybarara Jr. Holds Onto No. 1 Ranking

LuisJoe Ybarra Jr., an 11th grader at Widefield High School, who boxes out of Ybarra's Boxing Club in Widefield has held USA Boxing's No. 1 position in the 125-pound division Junior Men's rankings... Full story


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