Memorials to Christopher Columbus are coming down across the United States, but the one in Pueblo will stay up for now. Mayor Nick Gradisar had a Community Connections Event Friday, with the memorial in Mesa Junction a big topic. Demonstrations have been held there in recent weeks, with protesters calling for its removal while the city's Italian co...

Italian-Americans plan to meet with Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar after two people were arrested during Sunday's rally over the Christopher Columbus monument. Pueblo police say 66-year-old James Pospahala of Pueblo was cited for disorderly conduct and 28-year-old Daniel Gilette of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested for interference, resisting arrest. Bo...

Claiming that the monument glorifies a rapist, slave trader and murderer, an outspoken and impassioned collective of about 75 activists on Sunday called for the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from the Mesa Junction. The statue is the centerpiece of the Christopher Columbus Piazza, site of the annual Columbus Day celebration in honor of...

The Pueblo Sister City Commission is working with Mayor Nick Gradisar and Pueblo Rotary 43 to raise funds for one of Europe’s most affected cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Masks, ventilators, drugs — those are the primary things needed to treat people who have it and are still being cured," said Michael Salardino, president of the Pueblo Sist...

Michael A. Occhiato is being recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Top Professional in the field of Politics and Consulting as a Municipal Official Independent Consultant and the Owner of Occhiato Land and Cattle, LLC.        Mr. Occhiato has had a wide range of experiences, showcasing his remarkable aptitude to excel in leadership positions. In...

Elvis, or at least a very reasonable facsimile, was in the house, as were 21 high-achieving students of Italian heritage who received a leg up on their higher education journey. In its 21st year, the Sons of Italy Lodge 2738 Scholarship and Citizen of the Year Gala once again a drew a capacity gallery of 450 to the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Confere...

The 1920s in Colorado was a period of hatred, prejudice and racism. As hard times deepened, more middle and lower class workers became unemployed. Money was tight, jobs were few, agriculture was failing, and scapegoats were needed. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) became a powerful force in Colorado politics at this time. The KKK came out of Georgia during t...

Sam Carlino knew nothing of his grandfather Pete’s involvement in organized crime in Pueblo until 1985 while working at his family’s Italian sausage stand in San Jose, Calif. An elderly man took a sample and immediately recognized the recipe. “He immediately asked if I was a Carlino, and as I said yes. He proceeded to tell me how he had known my gr...

Michael Salardino, a lifelong supporter of Pueblo and numerous local organizations, is the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year. The chamber is scheduled to hold its 109th annual meeting on Jan. 24 at the Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St. The evening is set to begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a si...

On Monday, four men who have demonstrated ongoing support and recognition of the cultural and heritage significance that Columbus Day symbolizes will be inducted into the Pueblo Columbus Day Hall of Fame. Only one, however, has an Italian surname: an accurate reflection of what the New Columbus Day Celebration is all about. Three years ago, in an a...