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Press Release (Merit Media Relations)  

As the world’s supply chain for pharmaceutical drugs comes under increasing scrutiny for safety and quality, Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI) has introduced printable thermochromic technology that is free of Bisphenol A, F and S.  The development meets the stringent regulatory standards for pharma packaging.

The spread of the coronavirus has refocused the world’s attention on proper care of the supply chain for vaccines and drugs.   Additionally, interest has surged in low-cost technology that monitors the cold chain, identifies temperature abuse and tampering and provides authentication.

Bisphenol A (BPA) has been labeled “an endocrine disruptor,” though it is found in many plastics, the lining of food and beverage cans and carbonless paper. Several companies have attempted to limit Bisphenol A, F and S in order to be more cautious.  CTI recognized that effort and has responded with its latest innovation now available to pharmaceutical packaging companies.

CTI’s BlindSpotz™ technology is a portfolio of patented technology that created low-cost printable sensors for drugs that detects freezing, thawing, gradual warming, tampering and authentication.

Pharmaceutical printers, as well as food and beverage printers, are requiring CTI’s innovative thermochromic inks to be free of Bisphenol A, F and S.  Heretofore, printers have rejected traditional thermochromics for not meeting strict internal and external regulatory standards.

“We undertook the challenge of reinventing thermochromic technology to meet the high standards of pharmaceutical customers,” said Lyle Small, CTI’s chief executive officer.   “Not only did we create CTI’s products free of BPA, F and S, but we also installed a 21-step checklist to validate quality and performance.” For full compliance information, visit

About Chromatic Technologies Inc.

CTI is the world’s largest supplier of smart, specialty, color-changing technology that responds to temperature, light and pressure.  CTI, founded in 1993, exports to 55 countries and is an ISO9001/2015 production facility. CTI’s ink technology is found worldwide on many of the most recognizable brands in the consumer marketplace.

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Press Release (CO State Forest Service)

This week, the Colorado State Forest Service launched a new website for landowners, land managers and others to access data about Colorado’s forests.

The CSFS gathers and analyzes data about wildfire risk, priority areas for forestry work, on-the-ground projects and more related to forestlands and natural resources in the state. The Colorado Forest Atlas is the one-stop shop for the public, partners and CSFS staff to access this geospatial data and information when developing new projects, writing forestry plans or assessing wildfire risk for communities.

“As a service and outreach agency, the Colorado State Forest Service is committed to ensuring our data is available and easily accessible to all Coloradans, including our partners in forestry and wildfire risk reduction,” said Amanda West Fordham, Manager of Science Information for the CSFS. “The Colorado Forest Atlas offers a user-friendly interface for access to web applications that can be used to make informed decisions and develop plans that will make the greatest, positive impact on the health of our forests.”

Wildfire Risk Apps

The first two apps included in the launch of the Colorado Forest Atlas are the Wildfire Risk Viewer and the Risk Reduction Planner. The CSFS developed these apps several years ago to offer access to data and reports concerning wildland fire risk in Colorado. The agency previously offered these apps on a stand-alone website called the Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (CO-WRAP), but with new apps in development, it opted to develop a sole website for all its apps that do or will provide access to its data, Fordham said.

The Wildfire Risk Viewer (formerly called the Public Viewer on the CO-WRAP website) is an app that anyone can use to learn more about wildfire risk, local fire history and additional resources that can be accessed to reduce risk. With more than half of all Coloradans living in the wildland-urban interface – about 3 million people – the CSFS is urging homeowners to visit the Colorado Forest Atlas and use the Wildfire Risk Viewer to assess their neighborhood’s risk during Wildfire Awareness Month in May.

The Risk Reduction Planner (formerly called the Professional Viewer on the CO-WRAP website) is an app for partners and professional users to generate reports that they can use in planning efforts. With its move to the Colorado Forest Atlas website from the CO-WRAP website, the Risk Reduction Planner has a new design and is now compatible with mobile devices.

More Apps in the Works

Eventually, the Colorado Forest Atlas will include additional apps and some are in development. Later this year, the CSFS will add an app for the 2020 Forest Action Plan, where users can explore and use data from the plan. In addition, the CSFS will add an app called GeoTracks, slated for release next year, to plan and track its projects and activities.

“With these new apps coming onboard, the Colorado Forest Atlas will help us and our partners to plan, implement and monitor projects over the long term,” said Wilfred Previant, Acting Associate Director of Science and Data at the CSFS. “It will ensure we are as effective as possible in improving the health of our forests in the locations of greatest need in our state, using the best available science and data.”

The CSFS developed the Colorado Forest Atlas with Technosylva, a company with expertise in creating software for wildfire risk planning. The CSFS received funding for the Colorado Forest Atlas from the State of Colorado and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Colorado Forest Atlas is available at For more information, please contact Fordham at (970) 491-8443.

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Always Elegant Interiors, a 2,400 square-foot full-service interior design showroom, is opening at 5118 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs in University Village Colorado across from Lowe’s, Friday, May 8 from 10 am – 6 pm.

Originally planned to open mid-April, Always Elegant Interiors had to revise their opening celebration due to COVID-19. While social distancing practices will be implemented and state mandated guidelines in place, the new showroom will open to the public featuring custom home furnishings, fabrics, window treatments, custom bedding, area rugs, outdoor furniture, pillows, art, lamps and other home accents that are ever-evolving throughout the year.

“We are so excited to finally open our doors to the Colorado Springs community,” said owner and lead interior designer, Deidre Robinson. “This has been a long-awaited celebration and we look forward to having shoppers experience the vast showcase of home décor and accents that we offer. Our team of experienced interior designers can help people redefine their space by assisting with free in-home consultations and offering various packages that work with their needs to find a style that is unique to them,” said Robinson.

From May 8 through May 31, Always Elegant Interiors is offering guests a VIP shopping experience with complimentary flutes of sparkling cider and chocolates and the chance to win a $250 gift card to the store. Open Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm, shoppers can also meet with one of the interior designers to schedule a free in-home consultation.

“It’s certainly a different Grand Opening plan than what we had originally intended, but we’re beyond grateful and thrilled to finally be able to open our doors,” said co-owner, Deborah Sawyer. “Our showroom is a great place for people to explore who are aiming to revitalize their home after being cooped up for so long.”

Featured designer brands include Bernhardt, Wildcat Territory, Tantine, K&K Interiors, Elaine Smith, Castelle, Elk Home, Uttermost and dozens of other notable brands.

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About Always Elegant Interiors

Always Elegant Interiors is a local woman-owned interior design showroom located in the heart of Colorado Springs, Colorado. With more than 15 years of interior design expertise nationwide, owner and lead designer, Deidre Robinson, wanted to create a solution for people looking to revolutionize their space; a place where you can explore an ever-evolving showcase of exquisite pieces and discover a style that is Uniquely You.

Always Elegant Interiors features pieces from notable design brands, a wide variety of unique furnishings, beautiful accessories, gifts and home décor, and our team of design experts are here to help you make your design dreams a reality. We understand that every person has their own unique style and one of our specialties is being able to unveil what that style is so that we can work with our clients to create a space that is comfortable, energizing and exactly what they’ve always dreamed of.

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3027 North Circle Drive

Colorado Springs MOB Investors, LLC has selected Griffis/Blessing, Inc as the new property management company for 3027 North Circle Drive and 2312 North Nevada Avenue. Circle Drive is 23,950 square feet and 100% occupied by Centura Endocrinology Colorado Springs, PSF Primary Health Care Services, CHPG Penrose Community Urgent Care, and Penrose-St. Francis Health Learning Center on the northeast corner of Union and Circle. Penrose Pavilion is 69,526 square feet and home to Southern Colorado Breast Care Specialists, Colorado Springs Neurological Associates, Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, Colorado Laboratory Services, and Integrated Medical Consultants. Jeremiah Nease, CPM®, Senior Portfolio Manager, will oversee the day to day operations of the properties with the support of Rachael Dumont, Portfolio Assistant and Greg Bolding, Maintenance Technician. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to demonstrate our extensive knowledge of medical office management during these unprecedented times and continue to grow our partnership with this owner,” says Commercial Department Vice President, Doris Wall. “These assignments bring our medical portfolio to over 800,000 square feet.” Griffis/Blessing is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver. It is Southern Colorado’s largest manager of medical office space, with the exclusion of hospitals. The organization currently manages over 6 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 7,500 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit

2312 North Nevada Avenue

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In the midst of the pandemic, Ent Credit Union continues to help members by approving more than $24 million in emergency loans, deferring more than $90 million in loan payments, eliminating and reducing fees and doubling business lines of credit. In addition, it has prioritized the safety and welfare of its employees from the beginning.

“We began to prepare for this scenario weeks before the social distancing and shelter-in-place mandates were instituted,” said Chad Graves, CEO. “We knew this would be a huge undertaking and worked to make sure the bulk of our staff could work safely from home, while still serving our members at the highest possible level - sometimes in new and creative ways.”

Ent rapidly implemented several COVID-19 Member Relief Programs that have resulted in:
• Deferred loan payments on business loans totaling $89 million
• More than 5,000 emergency loans totaling more than $24 million
• Increased lines of credit by more than $1.6 million for Colorado small businesses
• More than 30,000 monthly consumer loan payments skipped (including personal, auto and home equity line of credit)
• More than $1.7 million in deferred mortgage payments
• Fee relief for thousands of members with eliminated and waived fees Ent also worked diligently to protect employees when social distancing and stay-at-home mandates began, and provided them with the necessary resources to work remotely. Some extra measures Ent has taken include:
• Ordering new laptops and other equipment for people to work remotely
• Paying front-line staff interfacing with the public and call center staff at time and a half for the added risk they’re taking to serve members
• Paying staff while home sick, in quarantine or caring for young children without counting it against paid time off (PTO)
• Extra levels of sanitizing and cleaning measures

“Approximately 45% of Ent staff members are working remotely for the first time,” Graves added. “It shows their level of professionalism and passion that they’ve adapted so quickly to new processes serving members, as well as the dedication of our service center team members working at our drive-up locations and call center.”

In addition to physical safety, the mental well-being of staff is also a priority for Ent. Like many companies, regular check-ins on Zoom meetings are key, but it has also offered employees free mental health days that don’t count against their PTO. “We want to make sure our staff has the tools they need to not only take care of our members, but to also take care of themselves and their families,” explained Graves.

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About Ent
Founded in 1957, for the second consecutive year Ent is ranked Colorado’s #1 credit union by Forbes. A different kind of financial institution, Ent is committed to improving members’ financial quality of life with better rates, lower fees and Ent Extras® Cash Rewards. With $6+ billion in assets, Ent serves more than 370,000 members at more than 35 convenient service centers all along the Front Range. Businesses and people (who live, work, worship or attend school) in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo, Teller and Weld counties may join the not-for-profit financial, community-chartered credit union. Ent is an Equal Housing Opportunity and Equal Opportunity Lender, insured by the NCUA.