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Spirit of Cooperation

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Sometimes as a newspaper we have to say things others are thinking but will not say out loud. Last month we ran a piece — 10 things to do at the Wild West Fest — Some loved it as it expressed the dissatisfaction of the festival. Others hated saying it was anti-Pueblo and the West Fest is good for Pueblo.
Why did we run it? We felt that it expressed frustrations we’ve heard from business owners, festival goers, and merchants at both festivals. It strikes at something found everywhere in Pueblo — a lack of cooperation.

There’s nothing bad with having a festival. Wouldn’t it be great if the Wild West Fest grabbed hold of the Western culture of Pueblo and the legacy of bull riding — and spent the weekend celebrating that rather than offer a carnival. A true western festival.

The culprit is the level of cooperation between the Chamber, Union area merchants and vendors. Instead of forcing a festival on the Union area and telling them, we’ll bring you 50,000 attendees, the Chamber should start by asking one simple question, how can the festival help your business and Pueblo?

What if this spirit of helping each other caught fire from the festival? What if the city asked new businesses how it could assist them with zoning or being in compliance with various ordinances? What if PEDCo went to local, promising small businesses and said, let’s help you find capital to grow into a powerhouse? What if Urban Development asked how can we drive more traffic to your business or beautify that sore spot on the street?

Could you imagine living in a town, where instead of fighting City Hall, the Chamber, County Government or [insert name of organization that gives you headaches] you could sit down, have a cup of coffee and work on improving Southern Colorado together?

We can. And we are going to start with the Chamber.

Rod Slyhoff, Pueblo Chamber Chairman Brown, Chair-Elect Dunsmoor, Chamber board members, area merchants and Puebloans, The PULP would like to invite you to a moderated conversation to work together to show off the best of Pueblo at the Wild West Fest and the Chile & Frijole Festival. There may be some tough conversations but the goal is to improve the festivals and Pueblo.

More information will be printed in the July Issue of PULP for our readers.

So, how can PULP help Pueblo and Southern Colorado?

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Election 2012: Calling All Candidates in So. Colorado

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As we ramp up our political coverage for our 2012 Election Issue in October, we were frustrated there was not one place you could go to find all the candidates. At PULP we feel it shouldn’t be impossible to find good information on local races for voters.
Who’s running for what? Who are you electing? Where do you register to vote or where do you vote? We feel for everyone to make informed decisions it’s probably best to have a look at who’s on the ballot before you see the ballot.

So we are calling all candidates to send us their contact information. Please give us the best way voters can reach you to ask you questions or get involved with your campaign. Include your website, phone and email information and if you have them your Twitter or Facebook links.

Please send your campaign information to [email protected] with the subject ELECTION 2012.

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1st Annual Community Issue

A few months ago, we had the curious idea of having a community issue. The talk ranged from a BEST OF issue to a community guide. Then we had this amazing thought: what if for August, our community issue wasn’t told by us but by you. What if the community stages a revolt and talked about building a better community in PULP?

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Every month, PULP comes together to decide the central theme and stories we should share with you. We want to curate some of the best stories you’ve never heard or narrate the ones you have, in a different way. Since January, we’ve focused on unique stories in every issue and we are proud this voice has been well received.
A few months ago, we had the curious idea of having a community issue. The talk ranged from a BEST OF issue to a community guide. Then we had this amazing thought: what if for August, our community issue wasn’t told by us but by you. What if the community stages a revolt and talked about building a better community in PULP?

In August, for our first annual community issue, we are letting you take over the issue.

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • Tell us a story of an individual or group that’s helping Southern Colorado.
  • Tell us a story of a voice that goes unheard in our community but needs to be heard.
  • Tell us a story of someone who embodies the idea of community either here in Southern Colorado or somewhere else.
  • Tell us a story of something so interesting that it needs to be printed.
  • Show us a great photo capturing the essence of our community.
  • Tell us a story in pictures.

How to begin:

Find a good story and start writing.

Submit your article no more than 600 words. Send all submissions to [email protected]. Please include your full name and phone number where we can reach you. We will not print political or partisan editorials. We reserve the right to edit any articles for content, grammar and spelling. Your name will appear in the article. The deadline is July 15th for final submissions.

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Open Call: Pueblo Haiku Competition

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Submit your original haiku for possible publication in the August issue of PULP!
To be eligible for publication, the submission must be original and unpublished. Use the format of a poem with seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.

  • The Subjects: Pueblo and/or summer
  • Each individual may submit up to three (3) entries. Each entry must be submitted separately.
  • Submit via email to [email protected] and put HAIKU in the subject line. Submit by mail to Pueblo PULP, Attn: HAIKU, 120 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003.
  • Include your full name, city of residence and phone number with each submission.
  • To be eligible for publication, entries must be received by July 10th.
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