In the midst of a fierce debate over the future of the Christopher Columbus Plaza on Abriendo Avenue, Pueblo's Italian community came together for the 115th annual Columbus Day Celebration. However, Columbus Day 2020 had a different look: no protesters. For decades, protesters from Pueblo's indigenous communities came out to the bust of Christopher...

Early Sunday morning shortly before 6 a.m., News5's news crew noticed red paint on the Christopher Columbus statue in downtown Pueblo. Police officers had just arrived on scene and were shining their flashlights to investigate what happened, and they confirmed they received reports the statue had been tagged. For the next couple of hours, Pueblo Fi...

In March, the State of Colorado designated the first Monday in October to be Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini Day. The Federal Government still recognizes the second Monday as Columbus Day and a Federal Holiday. Mayor Nick Gradisar issued the following statement in a press release: “I want to recognize those early Pueblo-Italian families who fought fo...

She was an Italian immigrant, a loving servant of those in need and the very first American saint, who also happened to walk the streets of Colorado. And now, to recognize the inimitable legacy she left behind in the Centennial State, she has a day named in her honor. Each year in Colorado, the first Monday of October – Oct. 5 this year – will henc...

After 26 years as a local hotspot, Carmine’s on Penn is considering opening another location. The development team behind McGregor Square has submitted documents to the city requesting permits be approved for a Carmine’s restaurant within the mixed-use project going up next to Coors Field. The family-style Italian restaurant has operated at 92 S. P...

Colorado is not the place that typically comes to mind when we think of Columbus Day celebrations in the United States. If New York makes the top of the list, Colorado would probably rank somewhere around #25, depending on who you ask. But guess which state was the first to recognize the Columbus Day holiday. The answer may surprise you. It wasn’t...

After living in Italy for two years, husband and wife Ryan and Nicole Silver couldn’t leave without a little souvenir. So they purchased and shipped a vintage 1994 Piaggio Ape, a small Italian three-wheeled commercial vehicle, to the United States. After a $30,000 renovation, they’ve transformed it into a mobile bar for Colorado weddings and other...

The city of Pueblo tried a mediator to reach a resolution for the future of a Christopher Columbus statue, but now the Pueblo City Council will be discussing a possible emergency ordinance to put the issue in front of voters. The statue, which is in front of the Rawlings Library, has attracted numerous protests, and some of them have turned violent...

On Tuesday, Mayor Nick Gradisar expressed his disappointment the two parties involved in mediation over the future of the Christopher Columbus Statue could not reach an agreement. On Saturday morning, the two parties, the Sons of Italy Community Group and the Indigenous Community group, advised the Mayor that they could not reach an agreement over...

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine is normally a place of peace and prayer. However, this weekend it was also a crime scene. Someone beheaded the statue of St. Jude, and destroyed dozens of candles in the shrine’s sacred courtyard. “This is not good. It’s ugly. I don’t have words. I don’t know why people are like that,” Sandra Bartolo said, who visited t...