By Ashleigh Hollowell Painted on the door of Matt Smith’s office at his Pueblo West Snap Fitness gym, is the quote: “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.” That is and has always been how he has lived as a business owner, he said. Smith […]
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By Ashleigh Hollowell Big R, a farm and ranch supply store that was founded on Colorado’s eastern plains in 1962, started as a small family business with around 25 employees. More than five decades later, it’s the largest ranch and home supply retail chain in the state — and they aren’t finished growing yet. With […]
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Pueblo could beat Colorado Springs to actually building a new downtown baseball stadium. But can the smaller city succeed where the Springs has so far been unsuccessful? Pueblo architect Gary Anzuini believes so. His plans show a decidedly urban ballpark anchored in Pueblo. “I’ve always been fascinated by the old stadiums,” said Anzuini, “and the […]
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“I’ve been coming here since 1969,” said Skeeter Medina, perched on a barstool at Gus’s Place. “There were six of us, all friends growing up in Pueblo, and we decided to check it out. I was 20, and I’ve been coming here ever since.” “We’re the oldest bar in Pueblo,” said owner Gino Mittino, tending […]
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“We actually started on Union Avenue,” said Amanda Taylor, standing behind the counter at Zoelsmann’s Bakery & Delicatessen in Pueblo, one of the oldest continuously operated businesses in Colorado, “but a little later we loaded all of the equipment on horse-drawn wagons and moved up here to Abriendo. This was the first building on Abriendo […]
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Lynn Clark, the assistant director of Pueblo’s Historic Arkansas Riverwalk, is a New Jersey native who attended Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management information systems. She’s been married to Rick Clark for 30 years and has two sons, a daughter-in-law, an American Quarter […]
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Caroline Trani just missed being a Colorado native, born into a military family while her father was stationed in Cheyenne, Wyo. Trani’s parents, grandparents and sister, along with several members of her extended family, are all from Colorado. “I have family all along the Front Range,” said Trani, executive director of the Southern Colorado Small […]
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With the passing of longtime Pueblo Chieftain publisher Bob Rawlings on March 24, residents of Pueblo and southern Colorado have lost a fierce advocate, a man whose powerful voice and steely determination shaped, supported, sustained and helped create modern Pueblo. Rawlings was the last of a vanishing breed — a daily newspaper owner who served […]
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While the 17-mile stretch of two-lane interstate between Monument Hill and Castle Rock has gotten the bulk of commuter attention recently, the corridor that connects Pueblo with the southern edge of Colorado Springs has also been seen as a symbol of a transportation system that once seamlessly connected the nation, but has since fallen victim […]
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Brues Alehouse helps Pueblo sing a positive tune HARP is kind of the future of Pueblo,” said 26-year-old Pueblo native Tony Garcia, who opened Brues Alehouse & Brewery on the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo earlier this year. Brues isn’t just another taproom attached to a small-scale brewery. Located in the former downtown police station, […]
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On Friday, Jan. 20, Sandy Stein received the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce’s highest honor: Citizen of the Year. Stein, a longtime Pueblo business and community advocate, was given the award based on decades of service to Pueblo, working on behalf of a variety of organizations to raise money and promote the Steel City. For Stein, […]
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The number of homicides and burglaries in Pueblo dropped substantially last year, as other violent and non-violent crimes — such as robberies and theft— continued to rise, according to data from the Pueblo Police Department. The homicide rate in the southern Colorado city dropped from a total of 13 cases in both 2014 and 2015 […]
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