Donielle Gonzales fondly remembers the days when, as an ambassador for the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, she attended ribbon cuttings and other ceremonies wearing a scarf, necklace and earrings adorned with the likenesses of Pueblo chiles. Now she’s the chamber’s tourism director and also executive director of the Pueblo Chile...
It’s a southern Colorado business story that began more than 50 years ago in Rocky Ford. That’s where Sylvia Gobin purchased an office supply store (which has since closed) that eventually expanded to seven locations in the region, employing four generations of her family. Bob Gobin, Sylvia’s son, is now...
A drive down 41st Lane in Pueblo looks exactly like farmland portrayed in movies: green fields, vast acreage and scattered barns. On that road, 3 Sisters Farm and Dairy might blend in with the rest of the view, but the mission behind this family business is to stand out...
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...
Retail marijuana is helping kids go to college — at least in Pueblo County. Revenue from the excise tax on retail marijuana sales has provided $420,000 for 210 high school graduates from Pueblo County to attend either Pueblo Community College or Colorado State University-Pueblo in the fall. The $2,000 scholarships are...
It was an idea that grew out of a mentoring program in Pueblo — and now the concept is looking to go nationwide this year. Diana Hall, owner and founder of ActivArmor, which manufactures 3D-printed splints, was running the La Jente Mentoring Program on Pueblo’s Eastside. During her 2½...
By Ashleigh Hollowell Off historic Union Avenue in downtown Pueblo, just next to the Arkansas River, sits a small family-owned and -operated manufacturing business that has defied the odds for decades. Aztec Manufacturing opened in 1947 and has been at the same downtown location for its entire 70 years. The company...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....