“Pack Attack! We are the Thunderwolves! Always ready to fight, we’ve got you in our sight. We’re on the loose, we’re on the prowl! You better watch out, here us howl! Thunderwolves are a pack! Lightning strikes, we attack! HOWL! Go, fight win!” The chant that that the CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves Marching Band and crowd members roar as their hometown football team courses up and down the football field; this is the chant of a team who finished with a perfect 11-0 record, and climbed as high as first place in NCAA Division II football. Feats like this are unimaginable for many teams, but the 2011 football season brought an air of change to the CSU-Pueblo campus for football fans, faculty, administration, and students alike.
How This Little City Will Get A Whole Lot Better
Under the banner of the Urban Renewal Authority of Pueblo, the Pueblo City Center Partnership (PCCP) is a group of local business and non-profit leaders, members of the Downtown Association, and members of local merchant associations who meet every month “to create initiatives and programs designed to keep our Center alive and thriving,” according to the group’s website, pueblocitycenter.com.
Among their recent activities is the establishment of an information booth for visitors in El Pueblo Museum, the creation of guidelines for Downtown street landscaping and City Center architecture, and collaborating on a grant the City was awarded to purchase trolleys. “[The trolleys] are on order now, and the Pueblo City Center Partnership will be spending the next several months figuring out how to get them on the street. It’s an expensive venture,” explained Board Chairman Chris Kaufman.
What happens when you excel at arts, academics, and athletics? That’s what Heaton Middle School has been finding out over the last decade as their championship banners have been hung and their music programs have exploded. In Heaton, our city has a Title 1 School that is excelling, despite national statistics that would seem to say that it’s virtually impossible.
“When the position of Principal came open at Heaton, I couldn’t believe it. This is the gem of jobs for a first-year Principal,” said Principal Mario Romero. “Because of the staff, their commitment to excellence, and their willingness to go the extra mile, Heaton is definitely the best place to work in Pueblo.”