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Ent Credit Union celebrated their new Constitution Service Center, Saturday, June 29 at 2477 Marksheffel Road in Colorado Springs.

Open to the community, this new service center is located in the Cimarron Hills neighborhood next to Highway 24 and featured free tacos from 100% Street Tacos, Hurts Donuts, refreshments and the chance to win a new MacBook Pro.

The two hour Grand Opening event hosted around 350 guests.

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Colorado Springs detailer Ryan Smith of Pro Auto Spa has been hand-picked for the 2019 Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. He has been selected out of hundreds of detailers nationwide by the original “Detailer of Air Force One”, Renny Doyle of Detailing Success. Doyle announced this year’s 55-person team just in time for the Independence Day holiday. The weeklong detailing event, which is considered one of the largest in the country runs from July 7-14.

Smith received his Detailing Business, Paint Correction, Headlight Repair, and Ceramic Coatings Certification from Doyle last year, as well as dual certifications (CD SV) from the International Detailing Association (IDA).

Members chosen for the exclusive Air Force One Detailing Team, do so voluntarily as their patriotic duty to restore, maintain and protect the original presidential jet Air Force One and more than a dozen additional historic aircraft currently on exhibit in the museum’s new Airpark Pavilion. In addition to Air Force One, the team will continue restoring a WWII B-29 Super Fortress Bomber and a recently acquired and badly deteriorating Vietnam-era B-52G Stratofortress Bomber. They will also clean and continue to maintain the first-ever Boeing “Jumbo Jet” 747; the Concorde Alpha Golf; and the first 1960s-70s-era Boeing 727-022 commercial airliner – all three, planes previous teams have begun restoring in the past 5-10 years.

Air Force One is the first presidential jet, known as a flying Oval Office for four American presidents including Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. It entertained International dignitaries like Nikita Khrushchev and Henry Kissinger. For more than a decade, it lived on the open tarmac exposed to Seattle’s notorious climate.

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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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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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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