Columbus Day might not be recognized as an official holiday in Colorado, but this didn't stop the annual celebration from taking place at the statue of Christopher Columbus in Pueblo. The Pueblo Christopher Columbus Piazza celebration has become a rallying point for Indigenous protestors and those who sympathize with the minorities in this country...

Henry “Carl” Musso, the patriarch of the Pueblo County farming family and one of the pioneers of the iconic roasted Pueblo chile, was laying in a Denver hospital room 11 years ago and told he was dying. It was prostate cancer — they caught it late and it metastasized into his femur — and his doctors told him he probably wouldn’t leave that room ali...

The enticing scent of herbs, spaghetti sauce and Italian sausage is a familiar one for many members of the Pueblo community, often greeting the familial owners of a small storefront on Elm Street by name as the customers purchase meats, cheeses and other Italian staples. This Saturday the Gagliano family, owners of Gagliano's Italian Market & Deli,...

Our tour of the United States takes us this time west to the Centennial State: Colorado. Here, too, there is a vibrant community that celebrates Italy, gathered around a successful magazine that for exactly 10 years has been led by a young Italian American, Jenna Capra.  We thank her three times: because with the magazine she directs, Andiamo! she...

It is said that every family heirloom holds a unique and deeply personal history. The story of my heirloom—a late Victorian golden oak dresser—begins with a flood: the 1921 Pueblo, Colorado flood. Although the dresser figures in my earliest memories and, more than any other piece of furniture, has remained a fixture in my life, it was not until rec...

Some local volunteers are serving up comfort food and positivity to people in need in the Pueblo and El Paso County communities. It's part of a nation-wide grassroots effort called "Lasagna Love," which kicked off in the beginning of the pandemic. Members of the community volunteer their time, by buying fresh ingredients, and making home-made lasag...

On the afternoon of March 28, several individuals could be found near the Pueblo Columbus statue seeking recognition and action from the city. The action is largely organized through two groups: Take It Down Pueblo and El Movimiento Sigue — The Movement Continues. Together, the groups are restarting protests from last year concerning the Christophe...

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...