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By Ed Duffy

Panda Express opened for business this weekend at 6316 S. Hwy 85 in Fountain, just south of the WalMart, next to the Jack in the Box.

Panda Express offers "Gourmet Chinese Food" in a kind of a sub shop format. You can dine in, take out or drive through. When you go inside, you get your plate and choose 2 or 3 entrees from about a dozen behind the glass. The server plates it for you and you select your sides. Pay at the register and go help yourself to your drink.

It's the immediate gratification and affordability of buffet, but without the all-you-can-eat aspect and less variety. On the other hand, the selections are served and monitored by employees, so they know immediately when more is needed, turn to the cooks, who are just a few feet away, and call for a fresh batch. They don't run out, and you know it's fresh. They also offer catering party trays.

You can reach the Fountain Panda Express at 719-392-9988. To learn more about the company, visit PandaExpress.com.

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By Ed Duffy

I just received "Final Notice" of my good fortune! It's a very official looking check-like document made out to US Airlines on behalf of ME, for $1,298.00! Upon closer inspection it says I can redeem this certificate for 2 round trip tickets to anywhere in the Continental US from any major international US airport.  Of course, "some restrictions apply" you see, it's a limited time offer that may be withdrawn at any time. Flights fill quickly, so I should call 866-962-7085 and claim my prize!

I'm naturally skeptical of such gifts, but a big red flag was the statement they felt a need to put on the stub "this is not a timeshare or land sales offer". Okay, time to go to the Internet.

I typed in the words "US Airlines Travel Voucher" in the Google search box and found exactly what I expected to find.

These guys to a pretty good job of summing it up. - Fodors.com

Bottom line, as I suspected, nothing good will come from claiming this "prize".

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By Ed Duffy

Kum & Go convenience store is now open at 8050 Fountain Mesa Rd in Fountain, Colorado.

The 5,000 square foot store features 16 pumping stations, a large product section, center checkout area and a Go Fresh Market that offers made-to-order pizza, breakfast and deli sandwiches. 

The Fountain store is one of up to 25 stores the company has opened or plans to open in the Pikes Peak region over the next few years, including one at Vickers and Academy, and one nearly completed at Hancock and Academy. 

 

For more information about Kum & Go visit Kumandgo.com

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A man was shot dead today at the Seven Eleven at 5 Widefield Blvd.

According to reporters and people at the scene, law enforcement had the man in question under surveillance for at least the last several days. Earlier today, they were following him on Hwy 85 when he took evasive action, turning on to Fontaine and driving behind the Aamco and New Generations Homes buildings.

At that point law enforcement officers decided they needed to move in and blocked the vehicle as it pulled out along side the Seven Eleven. The driver rammed their vehicle. They opened fire, killing the man, whose name has not yet been released. Police believed the man was armed, but it is not yet clear if the suspect fired at officers.

note: edited 7:59 Friday 12/21

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The VFW is offering 2013 calendars that enter you in a drawing for every day of the year. The fundraiser calendars, which benefit the VFW, are $20 each.

The smallest prize on any given day is $40. There will also be 2 drawing for $1,000 and 8 drawings for $100 each. If you win a prize, your name remains in play for all future drawings throughout the year.

A total of 6,000 calendars have been printed for this program. If you'd like to get in on it, call Dave Stone at 719-391-9470,