Dashon King had difficulties in school because of autism. “I’m a slow learner,” he said. “I need time to understand things. As a kid I had trouble with that — I got picked on.” At CSU-Pueblo, he found a diverse community where people were accepted regardless of backgrounds or disabilities, and he was able to […]
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Railroad passenger service could create a major economic impact for Pueblo and all along the Front Range, says Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, who has worked for several years to make that a reality. “It’s not just Pueblo, but Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Fort Collins,” Pace said. Limited service in Pueblo has been approved — […]
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Own a commercial property sorely in need of energy efficiency upgrades? How about fully automated building controls, a better furnace, new windows, high efficiency lighting, HVAC upgrades and even a new roof? After running the numbers, it seems clear that these improvements will more than pay for themselves. But what about financing them? What’s needed […]
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As the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center moves forward under the ownership of Colorado College, it’s interesting to compare today’s FAC with Pueblo’s Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center. Founded in 1972, 36 years after the FAC opened its doors, the Sangre de Cristo is and always has been all about Pueblo and Southern […]
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The managers of Pueblo’s newest hotel say they were attracted to the Steel City’s inexpensive housing and a new vision for its downtown. Carliann Ward and her spouse Jordan moved back to Pueblo from Denver to open The Station, a mini-hotel located above Brues Alehouse on the Pueblo Riverwalk. “We were living in this tiny […]
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A few years ago, the building at 745 Industrial Blvd. in Pueblo West was just another vacant warehouse, one of many victims of the Great Recession. “It was empty for years,” said owner Rob Lucero. “No one wanted these buildings, but then a guy who wanted to start a marijuana grow came along. I rented to […]
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It’s fascinating to imagine the competition between Pueblo and Colorado Springs more than 100 years ago, when Pueblo was a mighty industrial city and Colorado Springs a quiet tourist town. In those days, Pueblo brimmed with civic ambition and the money to realize the dreams of its elected leaders. One of those dreams remains in […]
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State lotteries are unlike most government agencies. They provide no essential services, receive no tax money and serve no broad public purpose. Instead, they compete fiercely with private gambling providers for those who enjoy placing a bet. Headquartered in a renovated bank building in downtown Pueblo, the Colorado Lottery was authorized by voters in 1983. […]
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When Garrison Ortiz says he had to work to get to where he is today, he isn’t kidding. The Pueblo native and county commissioner was raised by his mother and extended family, and recalls, while campaigning, trying to convince his grandmother to vote for him. “She said it depended on where I stood on the […]
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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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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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“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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