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By Ed Duffy

Do you have fond memories of growing up watching Macho Man Savage, Sargent Slaughter, Hulk Hogan, Jim Duggan and the gang? Well, then you'll be excited to know that Iron Hills Wresting is one of two independent professional wrestling organizations that have cropped up in Colorado Springs in the past year or two (the other being Colorado Springs Wrestling). Both are intent on promoting the good, clean, family fun of live entertainment that is professional wrestling.

Iron Hills was founded by industry veteran Alex Milford out of Pueblo. The company is now owned by Chuey Martinez, another

Randy Chacon

wrestler/promoter with over 15 years experience and managed by Randy Chacon (aka Randy Rude). Randy's been a fan since he was a kid. He recalls going to the matches every other Saturday in Pueblo. He started in the business with a talk show on YouTube (You can catch "Rude Awakening" live every Sunday) and gradually got into production and promotion, as well as wrestling himself. He's also a masters certified sales consultant.

Randy's done some work with Colorado Springs Wrestling as well. Recently a number of wrestling organizations, including Iron Hills, Colorado Springs others out of Denver, Canon City and Pueblo, held their second annual Colorado United benefit show, featuring wrestlers from all over the country. This year's show raised money for the family of a wrestler (Logan Austin) who had a death in the family due to cancer. Last year's was for Colorado Springs Wrestling founder Chris Chavez's family. He was killed in a car accident earlier in the year.

Randy's not entirely new to the entertainment biz. He was the head gunfighter at Buckskin Joe's for two years. "I'm the guy they hung six days a week." he explained. The first big show for Iron Hills is coming up  February 23. Rudapalooza will be held at Union Station in Colorado Springs. There will be six matches, featuring the main event, a title match between Chuey Martinez and Big Guns Justin Andrews. Doors open at 7pm, first match at 8. Of course there will be food and drink available as well. Tickets purchased before the show are $20 for front row or $10 general admission. At the door: $25 front row, $15 general admission. Call 822-3497 for advanced ticket information.

Iron Hills also has very affordable sponsorship opportunities ranging from $50 to $250.

For more information on Iron Hills Championship Wresting, visit their website at www.IHCWrestling.com. You'll also find them on Facebook (Iron Hills Championship Wrestling) and Instagram (@ironhillschampionshipwrestling).

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Red Energy Public Relations, Marketing & Events, has recently been awarded three new public relations contracts in Colorado with organizations to include: property management company Griffis/Blessing, defense contractor Aleut Management Services and Chuy’s Tex-Mex. The firm has also renewed four Springs-based public relations contracts into the new year to include: Bestway Disposal, Ent Credit Union, Cedarwood Development’s Melody Living, and Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care.

“We love being able to support organizations right here in our state,” said President of Red Energy Public Relations, Amy Sufak. “Although we have clients all over the country, this is our community and one that we know very well. To be entrusted with some of the region’s most notable organizations and business leaders in support of their marketing strategies is beyond an honor.”

Griffis/Blessing has contracted Red Energy to support their advertising strategy with graphic design and copywriting/editing support.

Aleut Management Services has contracted Red Energy to support their marketing material expansions with graphic design and copywriting/editing support.

Austin-based Chuy’s restaurant contracted Red Energy to support their Colorado Springs opening with special event support, community outreach, news media outreach, and strategic planning.

Bestway Disposal has retained Red Energy to support their digital marketing efforts through strategic social media management, search engine optimization (SEO), and earned news media outreach.

Ent Credit Union has retained Red Energy for continued news media outreach support, special event support, and community outreach.

Red Energy has been retained to support Melody Living, a national Cedarwood Development assisted living and memory care community in Colorado Springs with SEO, copywriting/editing, earned news media outreach and graphic design.

Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care has retained Red Energy to support the nonprofit organization with news media outreach, graphic design services, copywriting/editing, community outreach, special event support, SEO, advertising creative, and social media management.

For more information, visit RedEnergyPR.com or call 719.465.3565.

About Red Energy Public Relations, Advertising & Events
Red Energy is an award-winning United States Air Force veteran, minority, woman-owned, small business headquartered in Colorado. The boutique agency, with 20 + years of experience, is an international provider of events, news media interview training, crisis communication management, marketing and creative communication services. Founded in 2008, Red Energy was established on the principles of delivering excellence to every client to include non-profits, corporations and governmental entities across the nation. The Red Energy team offers an integrated approach between public relations, advertising and events that builds awareness and visibility for organizations.

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At the end of December, 2018, a total of 1,725,947 passengers traveled through the Colorado Springs Airport (COS), representing a 3 percent increase in total passenger traffic compared to the same period in 2017. Although monthly traffic decreased 12.8 percent when compared to last year, year-to-date enplanements show overall sustained growth.


 
The four carriers at COS enplaned a total of 62,252 passengers in the month of December and have flown 8.8 percent more seats year-to-date when compared to 2017. Passengers filled an average of 86.2 percent of all seats offered from the airport in December, with each carrier achieving a load factor between 85 and 91 percent in the month.

The Airport is excited to announce the return of Frontier’s seasonal service to Atlanta, Minneapolis/St Paul, San Antonio and Washington, D.C. for summer 2019 – in addition to Frontier’s year-round service to Las Vegas, Orlando, and Phoenix. Tickets are available for purchase; flight service begins April 30 and May 1. In anticipation of strong demand, Delta and SkyWest will additionally add a third daily flight to Salt Lake City in the summer of 2019; service on this additional flight will begin June 8.
 
COS currently serves 10 nonstop destinations on 4 airlines, with additional seasonal routes starting at the end of April. With up to 35 daily departures to choose from and connecting passengers to over 300 destinations around the world, COS encourages residents in southern Colorado to “look before you book,” and offers simple parking, easy check-in, and a short drive home.

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Visit Colorado Springs announces the following hires, appointments and staff promotions:

Jane Blazer has accepted the role as marketing coordinator. Blazer comes from a background of marketing, social media and event planning. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication as well as Journalism from Miami University. She then moved to Los Angeles where she worked for 3 Arts Entertainment and Tastemade. Blazer recently moved to Colorado Springs and will be responsible for marketing outreach and supporting the marketing manager and the chief innovation officer. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 719-685-7637.



Dina Chiaravalloti, formerly the group servicing manager, has been promoted to sales manager. She is responsible for working with the following markets: Colorado associations, military reunions, education, fraternal, government, hobby, special events and various third-party planners. Chiaravalloti has been with VCOS since January 2017. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 719-685-7625.

Holly Taylor has filled the group servicing coordinator position. Taylor was previously with Metso Minerals as an advertising administrator and comes from a background of event planning and vendor relations. Taylor has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 40 years and is very familiar with the City and surrounding areas. She will be responsible for providing servicing to all group markets as well as coordinating and assisting with military, class and family reunions, day meetings, holiday parties, student and youth groups and weddings. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 719-685-7626.

Denise Noble, formerly the partnership coordinator, has been promoted to partner relations manager. Noble joined the organization in March of 2012 and is now responsible for partner relationship building, account reviews, website updates, invoicing, email communications, event planning and execution and supporting the director of partnership development. Noble has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 20 years and is also an accomplished photographer whose work can occasionally be seen at area galleries. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 719-685-7621.

The Colorado Tourism Office named Chelsy Offutt, director of communications, a member of the 2019 class for the Colorado Tourism Leadership Journey, a year-long executive training program aimed at building the state tourism industry’s bench strength. The Class of 2019 includes 22 participants from tourism settings as diverse as Red Robin International, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train, Rocky Mountain National Park and Johnson and Wales University. Their year-long experience began at the Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference in Vail, Colo.

Crystal LaTier has joined the VCOS Board of Directors as a non-voting El Paso County representative. LaTier is the housing authority executive director and interim economic development executive director with the County’s Economic Development Department where she has worked since 2010. LaTier oversees the administration of the County’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

Becky Leinweber has joined the VCOS Board of Directors as a voting member. Leinweber serves as executive director of Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance where she strengthens the outdoor recreation industry for the Pikes Peak region through leadership and collaboration. She also co-owns Angler’s Covey in Colorado Springs with her husband David.

Dave Harris has rejoined the VCOS Board of Directors as a voting member. Harris has previously served on the VCOS Board of Directors for 18 years and its Executive Committee for 8 years. Harris co-owns and operates Pikes Peak Ghost Town with his wife and has previously served eight years as President of Pikes Peak Region Attractions.

Visit Colorado Springs is the leading marketing organization for group and leisure travel and tourism to the Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA and the Pikes Peak region. The organization is dedicated to a strong national and international presence so that tourism is a primary contributor to a thriving local economy. Visit Colorado Springs’ mission: We create economic vitality through memorable visits to the wonders of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.

 

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Iconic Tex-Mex restaurant bringing fresh food and fun atmosphere

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Chuy’s, an Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant known for its inviting atmosphere and from-scratch menu, is planning to open its first location in the Colorado Springs area this spring at 9297 Forest Bluffs View near the corner of Briargate Boulevard and Chapel Hills Drive.



Founders Mike Young and John Zapp opened the first Chuy's in 1982 in an abandoned Texas Barbeque restaurant in Austin with a vision of creating a fun and funky Tex-Mex restaurant where their friends and family could enjoy authentic and fresh food at a great price.

Chuy’s offers a unique dining experience focused on made-from-scratch Tex-Mex recipes in a fun, eclectic atmosphere. The menu features authentic dishes created with hand-rolled tortillas made fresh all day on a traditional comal in the dining room. Customer favorites include Stuffed Chile Rellenos, Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom Enchiladas and Chuy’s famous Big As Yo’ Face Burritos.

The eatery is known for its funky décor, including: a custom Elvis Shrine, a dog wall which is covered in photos of local dogs provided by customers, hand-crafted metal palm trees, as well as a hubcap-covered ceiling.

“The culture and tight-knit feel of the Colorado Springs community was a big draw. Similar to Chuy’s original roots in Austin, Colorado Springs is a big city with a small-town feel that we feel is the perfect fit for us,” said Local Owner and Operator, Joanna Hicks. “We like to say that if you’ve seen one Chuy’s, you’ve seen one Chuy’s because no two locations are the same. The Colorado Springs restaurant will be unique to this great community.”

Chuy's sets itself apart with its one-of-a-kind happy hour offered Monday through Friday from 4 – 7 pm. In addition to discounted drinks, such as margaritas made with fresh squeezed lime juice and hand shaken Texas Martinis, happy hour customers can enjoy Chuy's famous Fully-Loaded Nacho Car for free.
For more information, visit: www.chuys.com or Facebook.com/ChuysColoradoSprings

About Chuy’s
Chuy's serves authentic Tex-Mex food in an eclectic atmosphere full of color and personality. The menu offers family recipes from south Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns, all made to order from the freshest ingredients. Chuy's has the reputation as the most fun and friendly spot to eat real Tex-Mex at a great price.