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Crime Stoppers Seeks Fugitives

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for your assistance in locating the following individuals for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued: ELIJAH JAMES COGMON is a Black... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By G. Conner Salter    News 

No suspects yet in drive-by

Evidence in last month’s drive-by shooting in Fountain links weapons to other unsolved cases in Colorado Springs, police say. However, no arrests have been made yet. Just before 7 p.m. on July 7, a shootout between two vehicles... — Updated 8/5/2020


Hwy. 24 homicide victim ID'd

On July 31, at approximately 6 a.m., the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a party who reported seeing a person lying on the side of the road on Highway 24 in Cascade. Deputies responded to the area and... — Updated 8/5/2020


Person of interest sought in death

On May 13, at approximately 1:36 p.m., our Communications Center dispatched Manitou Springs Police officers to El Paso Boulevard in Manitou Springs on a Check the Welfare call.... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News 

Coin shortage affects consumers

On July 19, a Widefield resident went to the Burger King on Highway 85/87 and paid $7 for a $6.47 order. After getting the food she was informed employees were not giving out... — Updated 8/5/2020 Full story

 By G. Connor Salter    News 

Local poet's work now published in school textbook

Robert Lee Hinshaw has provided many poems to this paper over the years. Starting this school year, his work will reach an international audience. Hinshaw's poem "Inspector Tweede"... — Updated 8/5/2020


State DHS honors El Paso County

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) recently recognized El Paso County for 2019 C-Stat Distinguished Performance, a measure designed to improve the outcome of individuals served. The county’s outstanding performance... — Updated 8/5/2020


New data show youth pot use increasing since 2017 in state

A new survey released by the state of Colorado finds that marijuana use has skyrocketed in the last two years with nearly 21 percent of young people in the state reporting past month use. Notably, use in young teens (aged 15 and... — Updated 8/5/2020


Mayor Ortega to speak at Business Networking event

The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce’s next Business Networking Breakfast meeting will be Friday, Aug. 7, from 7-8 a.m. in the back room at IHOP, 6450 Hwy. 85/87. This week’s speaker is Fountain Mayor Gabe Ortega.... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News 

Officials continue to sift through excess sales tax charges

Last week this paper reported on how multiple businesses, including both Fountain Walmarts, are currently charging too much sales tax despite the fact that the local sales tax rate decreased in January. On July 30, the day after... — Updated 8/5/2020


Census takers start follow-up with households in Colorado

The U.S. Census Bureau has started following up with households in select areas in Colorado that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Starting July 30, census takers began... — Updated 8/5/2020


County reduces capacity allowance

Due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases within El Paso County, authorities have announced new measures including smaller capacity for indoor venues. Michelle Hewitt, Public Health Information Officer for El Paso County Public... — Updated 8/5/2020


El Paso County Combined Courts closed through Aug. 14

The El Paso County Combined Courthouse is closed for two weeks, Aug. 3-14, after a court staff member working in the El Paso County Judicial Building tested positive for COVID-19. The Courthouse will only be open for essential func... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Karin Hill    News

Stores overcharging sales tax

By Karin Hill A study of store receipts from around Fountain reveals that several businesses have been charging their customers too much sales tax since January, when the city's... — Updated 7/30/2020 Full story


New study to assess local PFAS exposure

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) just announced the initiation of an exposure assessment in the Security-Widefield area. The purpose of the... — Updated 7/29/2020 Full story


Colorado Springs Airport reintroduces itself as 'Colorado's small airport'

Record numbers of travelers were passing through America's airports before the coronavirus.Now airlines and airports are looking for ways to reach and reassure travelers and invite... — Updated 7/29/2020


Crime Stoppers Seeks Fugitives

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for your assistance in locating the following individuals for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued: WALLY JAY BAZAR is a White... — Updated 7/29/2020


CO has the 5th most coronavirus restrictions

With spikes in COVID-19 leading some states to pause their reopening processes and some local areas to close down, the personal-finance website WalletHub last week released updated... — Updated 7/29/2020


Chamber of Commerce promotes awareness of new sick leave act

The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce recently sent a notice to its members about a new bill that was passed in Colorado recently. The bill, SB20-205, creates the “Healthy Families and Workplaces Act,” which requires... — Updated 7/29/2020


Chamber News

In-person breakfast meetings for the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce have resumed. The next Business Networking Breakfast meeting will be Friday, Aug. 7, from 7-8 a.m. The group meets in the back room at IHOP and features a... — Updated 7/29/2020


Accidental shooting kills 12-year-old girl

Accidental shooting kills 12-year-old girl The Fountain Police Department has reported that a shooting incident that killed a 12-year-old girl last week is being considered accidental. At approximately 5:45 p.m. July 22, officers... — Updated 7/29/2020


Fire damages Fountain home

 — Updated 7/29/2020

 By G. Connor Salter    News

Illegal pot grow investigation ongoing in Lorson Ranch

On July 22, residents on Seawolf Drive and Thunderbolt Trail in Lorson Ranch were startled when federal agents, a SWAT team and members of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Security Fire Department came through their... — Updated 7/29/2020


LEAP utility assistance applications close July 31

Colorado LEAP (Low-income Energy Assistance Program) will accept applications through July 31 as the annual benefit program begins to wind down the 2019-20 funding period. LEAP is normally available November 1st to April 30th.... — Updated 7/29/2020 Full story


New Fountain Youth Council moving forward

By G. Connor Salter and Karin Hill Plans for a new Youth Council to engage teens in their community and local government have taken shape, and applications are now being accepted. I... — Updated 7/29/2020


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