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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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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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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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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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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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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Born in Puerto Rico, Pueblo County Commissioner Terry Hart grew up in the Denver area. His parents were both southern Colorado natives, hailing from Trinidad and Manzanola. But his heart’s always been in Pueblo. Hart first came to Pueblo in 1971 to attend college at Southern Colorado State College (now Colorado State University, Pueblo). Graduating […]
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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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