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The 15th annual Thunder in the Valley Car Show took place today at Metcalf Park in Fountain, Colorado.

The annual show had about 200 registrations, with proceeds benefiting Fountain Valley Scholars. It's also a great venue for local car buffs to show off their prized projects and maybe even take home a prize or two.

It also features live music, food vendors and local businesses offering information and S.W.A.G. (free stuff). The show is preceded on Fridays by a Show and Shine and police escorted cruise, followed by a BBQ.

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A half-century since the history-making moment Apollo 11 landed the first two people on the moon, a handful of Colorado Springs attractions are commemorating Commander Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s unforgettable feat with several special events. Brunch with an astronaut and a see special U.S. Air Force Academy Planetarium screenings of the documentary “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition.” For more stellar Pikes Peak region attractions, go to and order a free Vacation Planner.

50th Anniversary Celebration – July 20, 2019 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. – The Space Foundation looks back at this first small step on the moon and to the next giant leap in space discovery. Special activities include the unveiling of the U.S. Postal Service’s moon-landing stamp, rocket building, an Apollo virtual reality experience, rover driving and special “Science on a Sphere” presentations.

Breakfast with an Astronaut – July 20, 2019 – Experience an extraordinary start to the day by sharing a meal with Astronaut Duane "Digger" Carey. This special opportunity offers first-hand storytelling from an astronaut while enjoying a delicious breakfast. Tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis and must be purchased in advance. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission to the Space Foundation Discovery Center is included with the purchase of the Breakfast with an Astronaut.

Apollo 11 Documentary Showings – July 20, 2019 – Explore the U.S. Air Force Academy’s reopened planetarium experience. Closed to the public since 2004, this site welcomes Academy visitors with two daily showings. Begin the special Apollo 11 event with the sounds of a U.S. Air Force band member singing the National Anthem the exact moment the lunar touchdown took place. Afterward, enjoy one of two full screenings of “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. All events are free, but reservations are required for the documentary’s screenings.

Moondae Ice Cream Social – July 20, 2019 - 1-2 p.m. – Head to Old Colorado City’s Pikes Peak Library location to create “moondae” ice cream sundaes in honor of the moon landing. The event is free and open to the public.

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Shipley Do-Nuts, out of Texas, opened their first Colorado store at 5400 S. Parker, in Aurora in 2017. 

Fountain, Colorado will be the site of another one. The store is under construction now between the Carl's Jr. and Jimmy Johns at the Markets at Mesa Ridge.

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Travelers can Renew and Rush U.S. Passports at 2,000 FedEx Office Locations Nationwide


FedEx Office now offers expedited passport services, including taking and printing your photo, and overnight shipping. (Photo: Business Wire)

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FedEx Office, a world-class provider of convenient, state-of-the-art printing, packing, and shipping services and subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and RushMyPassport are teaming up to offer expedited U.S. passport services nationwide to travelers beginning this summer.


The routine passport processing time for the U.S. State Department recently increased from four to six weeks to six to eight weeks. Now, travelers short on time and in need of rushed passport processing, renewals, or updated government-compliant passport photos can stop by one of 2,000 convenient FedEx Office locations or visit to complete these travel tasks with one-stop shopping ease. Additional services include overnight shipping for rushed passport applications, full-tracking visibility throughout the approval process, and free 24/7 assistance from passport specialists.

“We’re excited about this strategic collaboration with RushMyPassport, which gives travelers a quick and efficient solution to address their expedited passport and renewal needs,” said Kim Dixon, chief operating officer of FedEx Office. “Many of us have experienced the distress of realizing our passport isn’t ready for an upcoming trip and, as a result, scramble to find a last-minute solution. This convenient service will help eliminate the confusion and common errors that often arise and help simplify the process.”

“I’ve helped many customers to get passport photos to renew their passport last minute after realizing it isn’t ready for an upcoming trip,” said Bayardo Ruiz, Flagship Store Manager, New York, NY. “The huge advantage of this new offering is now our customers can stop by any one of more than 2,000 locations across the country and get all their passport needs handled quickly and easily.”

Expedited passports and rushed passport renewal baseline pricing, which factors in the expedited processing service, is offered among six tiers. These include 24-hour service, next-day service, priority service, rush service, standard service, and rush renewal. Additionally, customers can purchase two high-quality, government-compliant 2x2 photos to submit with passport applications.

“Our team specializes in quickly securing U.S. passports for travelers. Routine passport processing can take weeks, which can mean the difference between enjoying that dream vacation you’ve spent months planning or canceling it. You also have to factor in the possibility of issues with documents you finally receive in the mail, causing further delays and even more headaches,” said Mosie Miller, CEO of RushMyPassport. “The combined service offering of RushMyPassport and FedEx Office helps travelers overcome these issues, giving a smooth and secure way to handle passport needs.”

About FedEx Office

FedEx Office operates more than 2,000 company-owned stores and locations in the U.S., providing convenient access to printing and shipping expertise with reliable service. The company’s network features retail stores, centralized production centers, corporate print centers, hotel and convention center operations, as well as FedEx OnCampus print centers and 24x7 online printing. Services include digital printing, professional finishing, document creation, direct mail, signs and graphics, copying, computer rental, free Wi-Fi and corporate print solutions. In addition, the company offers FedEx Express® and FedEx Ground® shipping, Hold at FedEx Location, FedEx SameDay City, and packing services backed by the FedEx® Packing Pledge. For more information, please visit

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $69 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 450,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit

About RushMyPassport, owned by Expedited Travel LLC, is registered with U.S. Passport Agencies and is an industry leader in expediting U.S. passports. Leveraging smart-form automation and trained passport specialists, RushMyPassport has emerged as one of the most trusted names in U.S. Passport expediting services. For more information, visit

For more information about the expedited passport and renewal offerings, please visit:

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By Ed Duffy

The Snack Shack is now open on Mesa Ridge in Fountain, Colorado.

The Snack Shack offers fast food, convenience store items and more. They feature Shell gasoline, a fully automated car wash and next week they'll open their dine-in/take out section with Champs Chicken and BluTaco.

This is the second location for Snack Shack. There is also one at 6445 Source Center Pt in Colorado Springs. That location features a Pita Pit. 

You'll find the new Fountain location at 8005 Foutain Mesa Rd. on the Mesa in Fountain, right next door to Rookies Taproom. You can follow the Fountain Snack Shack on Facebook here.

The Snack Shacks, Peak Liquor and Rookies Taproom are owned by a local family operation called Jumar Inc. For more information, including employment opportunities, visit Jumar Inc on the web.