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by Ed Duffy

Rookies Taphouse opened for business on the Mesa in Fountain Colorado this weekend.

Rookies has 17 taps featuring national//regional and local favorites including Bristol Brewing, New Belgium and Goat Patch. They also offer craft spirits and wine.

Rookies also has great food such as burgers, wings, sandwiches, appetizers, pasta, salads, fish n chips, mac n cheese and more. 

You’ll find them at 8017 Fountain Mesa Rd just south of the Safeway at the Markets at Mesa Ridge in Fountain, Colorado. You can reach them at 719-308-5235. Visit them on the web at and you can follow them on Facebook

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Press Release (Merit Media Relations, LLC)

The allure of printed packages and labels that change colors to reflect product temperatures has been expanded. Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI) has launched the packaging industry’s first thermochromic ink for use in solvent ink applications. CTI’s achievement represents a technological breakthrough, especially for the flexible packaging industry, and is a technological breakthrough many thought could never be done.

Solvent inks for printing are used by over 95 percent of flexible packaging suppliers. Prior to CTI’s development of Solvent Thermochromic Ink, printers were forced to run water-based specialty technology.   Using water-based inks inside a solvent plant created challenges (1) affecting efficiency and economics for customers, (2) increasing set-up times as well as set-up, cleaning and (3) affecting solvent recapture. 

CTI’s Solvent Thermochromic Ink also offers the advantage of delivering much stronger color compared to water-based inks, which heretofore often required more than one printing station to achieve target color density. Solvent Thermochromic Ink is delivered as a one-part, finished ink to customers. 

Prior attempts at using solvent thermochromic inks failed due to the solvents attacking the encapsulated chemistry of the printing process.  In some cases, ink customers would wait to mix a thermochromic concentrate with a solvent immediately prior to printing.  As such, the ink must be typically applied in the next eight hours, and everything that is unused was thrown away, resulting in waste of typically 30 percent.

“CTI had a technology breakthrough inventing solvent-thermochromic inks that can be delivered as a single, finished, print-ready ink which maintains a shelf-life of 90 days,” said Lyle Small, CTI’s founder and president.   “This new technology just made a lot of production and economic headaches disappear for our customers and creates a pipeline of innovation they can bring to market.”

In addition to thermochromic, CTI now offers a suite of solvent-ready specialty ink technologies including glow-in-dark, photochromic, hydrochromic, pressure-activated and reveal inks.

During August 2019, CTI is offering free solvent trials to qualified customers.  Trial requests can be submitted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719-592-1557.

CTI was founded in 1993 and has since grown to be the world’s largest specialty ink supplier.

About Chromatic Technologies Inc.

CTI is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A., and was founded in 1993.  CTI focuses on proprietary chemistry that alerts, protects and surprises and includes

materials that react to heat and cold, light and pressure, as well as anti-counterfeiting taggants. CTI is the world’s largest manufacturer of thermochromic materials for

packaging, and exports to 52 countries.   CTI has also recently been awarded new patents for thermochromic inks for metal decoration. The company’s latest innovation is

its “Color Explosion” capability, which provides a dramatic increase in color palettes targeted to customer-driven needs such as communicating cold refreshment, flavor

enhancement and engaging inspiration for settings reminiscent of the tropics, nature, modernism and nightlife.

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By Ed Duffy

Bart and Cindy Smith, owners of Crackerjack Mud Jacking, Colorado Springs celebrated their recent move into their new facility at 7315 McClain Point this past Saturday.

Mud jacking or slabjacking is a process of raising slabs of concrete, like sidewalk sections or driveway, that have settled due to soil erosion or sinkage. The process involves drilling holes in the concrete and injecting a specially formulated slurry beneath the slab to lift it back into place from underneath.

Crackerjack Mud Jacking was founded by Jim Snyder in 1999. Bart Smith bought the Southern Colorado territory (from Monument to Pueblo) about 5 years later. He and his wife Cindy have since grown the company to 5 employees, two custom built mudjacking trucks as well as a number of utility vehicles. Up to now, they didn't have a facility where everything, including the vehicles could be stored and worked on. Now they have room to continue to expand and innovate in the years ahead.

Crackerjack has 4 territories in Colorado, including Fort Collins and two in the Denver area. To contact Bart and Cindy at the Colorado Springs location, call 719-520-1099. Learn more about CrackerJack Mud Jacking at

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On June 19th, Frontier Airlines announced its intent to convert 18 Airbus A320neo family aircraft on order to 18 Airbus A321XLR aircraft. The A321XLR is Airbus’ newest addition to the A320 family of aircraft and is the longest-range single-aisle aircraft, with unsurpassed fuel efficiency.

“Today’s announcement marks another milestone in Frontier’s tremendous growth story,” said Barry Biffle, President and CEO of Frontier Airlines. “Our long-standing relationship with Airbus has made Frontier America’s most fuel-efficient airline, with the youngest fleet in the U.S. The A321XLR will enable Frontier to offer coast to coast service and explore exciting international and domestic opportunities, such as Hawaii, while continuing to deliver ‘Low Fares Done Right’ to our customers.”

“Frontier is a leader in the Americas in offering value travel options, and the A321XLR seems a great fit for the airline’s philosophy of ‘Low Fares Done Right,’” said Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer. “The XLR’s long range and increased efficiency mean more route opportunities at lower operating costs for Frontier. We’re proud to provide the platform for their service!”

The addition of these aircraft to the fleet will allow Frontier to grow in new and existing markets and provide even more compelling low fares. It will further improve the carrier’s already industry-leading fuel efficiency and maintain the company’s status of having one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the U.S. Frontier expects to take delivery of its first A321XLR aircraft in 2024.

In 2017, Frontier’s owner, Indigo Partners, made history with the single-largest Airbus order ever made - a 430 aircraft order valued at $49.5 billion list price, of which Frontier will receive a total of 134 aircraft. Frontier currently has more than 175 Airbus A320 family aircraft on order.

About Frontier Airlines:

Frontier Airlines is committed to delivering ‘Low Fares Done Right’ to over 100 cities in the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic and Mexico on 400 daily flights. Headquartered in Denver, Frontier Airlines is the proud recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2018 Diamond Award for maintenance excellence and was named the industry’s most fuel-efficient airline by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) as a result of superior technology and operational efficiencies.

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Real-time insurance rates reward good drivers

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Today, Noblr, a next generation car insurance company, announced its Colorado launch. Noblr is a new kind of car insurance that aims to create friendlier roads by rewarding customers’ good driving behaviors with real-time competitive rates. Innovative in technology and structure, Noblr is built on a reciprocal exchange model, where customers are members who help drive the company forward.

"With a dynamic population of people who are on the go and who care about making our world a better place, Colorado is the perfect location for Noblr’s launch," said Gary Tolman, Noblr CEO & Co-founder. "We believe that it’s time to leverage the latest technology to make insurance a lot fairer and more transparent for the benefit of good drivers and our communities."

Noblr’s behavior-based pricing is calculated in real time and measures how well and how much someone drives. Good drivers could save up to 51 percent. In addition to savings, Noblr’s intuitive app and highly personalized pricing model help directly incentivize better driving. 

While other companies take a more generalized and less transparent approach,Noblr members pay for insurance based on what they actually do. Thanks to Noblr’s proprietary technology, Noblr drivers who drive better can lower their rates and make the roads friendlier every trip they take. 

Noblr’s customer-centric approach is driven by its reciprocal exchange insurance structure. It’s unique in that Noblr customers are members who help guide the company’s direction. Tolman continued, "True to the saying ‘the customer knows best,’ we feel that our members are integral to us not only as users of our product, but as active partners in our company. Our community of responsible drivers will earn price savings and create safer roads together."

Noblr will launch in other states in coming months, rewarding good drivers in select locales. The Noblr app is available for both iOS and Android. Good drivers who want to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to their insurance should visit 

Potential savings estimate is based on a sample risk profile of one driver/one vehicle compared to a leading auto insurer’s rate without a telematics discount.

About Noblr

Noblr is a new kind of car insurance company that rewards its members’ good driving habits by giving a highly accurate, competitive rate that is based on, among other things, time of driving, road choice, quality of driving, and miles driven. Noblr is an innovator in terms of its proprietary insurance solutions and its corporate structure. Through a reciprocal exchange model, Noblr customers are members who help steer the company’s direction. 

Headquartered in San Francisco, Noblr’s experienced team of seasoned insurance and technology leaders have received investments from top-tier companies like HSCM Bermuda, White Mountains (NYSE: WTM), and Third Point Re (NYSE: TPRE). The Noblr team and its members are working together to change the way we think about driving and our insurance. For more information, please visit