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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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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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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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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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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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“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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For nearly a year, Pueblo County commissioners have quarreled bitterly with the city of Pueblo’s electric utility provider, Black Hills Energy. The issue: high electric bills, which may sharply increase from current levels if the Public Utilities Commission approves an $8.5 million rate increase, first submitted to the PUC last May. The PUC reduced the […]
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By Ashleigh Hollowell When Chuck Golinvaux purchased the Pueblo West powersports dealership HyMark Motorsports in 2013, five lenders turned him down, doubting he could increase revenue by even 15 percent in the first year. He arranged a deal with the previous owner, Jack Thompson, in order to purchase it despite the doubters, and within 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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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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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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Both Colorado Springs and Pueblo are trying to put together deals to build downtown sports/event facilities. Political and business leaders as well as downtown advocates in each city have long yearned for such facilities. It’s an article of faith among economic development advocates that such sports venues accelerate and sustain downtown economic revitalization. Yet they’re […]
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