This podcast is hosted by long-time local radio DJ Dave Moore. (P.S. If you'd like to get to know Dave listen to Episode 1) Dave started a podcast just for Pueblo, Colorado in January 2020. This podcast shares the stories of Pueblo people -- often pillars in our community -- discusses the issues important to us and even sheds light on a little bit of history! So, whether you're new to the community or a native, you'll enjoy Pueblo's Podcast. Look forward to a new episode every month or so and let’s be Pueblo proud! Thanks for following along. Learn more at Pueblospodcast.com
Bonus Episode: Customizing the education experience
In this special edition of Pueblo’s Podcast, Dave Moore and Gunnison Pagnotta and Alan Van Norman talk about GOAL High School. Education has changed due to the pandemic however GOAL has not. GOAL High School has been doing remote learning for more than a decade. GOAL High School is a multi-district, charter, blended online school. Blended online means classes are online but students have the option to come in-person to a drop-in center at any time. The student experience at GOAL is never the same student to student . This model works for students who travel to compete in rodeo events, teen parents, athletes, students with social anxiety and every where in between. However, each student has access to an academic coach which acts as a mentor.
There are dozens of drop-in centers around the state. GOAL serves a wide range of student needs from social-emotional to food insecurities; to honors and early college programs. They are accepting new students for the 2021-2022 school year. You can enroll at goalac.org or call 877-776-4625.
Host: Dave Moore Guest: Gunnison Pagnotta & Alan Van Norman Editor: Carly Moore Music: J.B. Skelton
Episode 21: Digging up details about the tunnels beneath our feet
Storyteller Gregory Howell sits down with Dave Moore to do just that: Tell fascinating stories about Pueblo and the secret tunnels beneath our feet. Did you know there is a massive network of tunnels -- similar to the catacombs -- underground in Pueblo? Gregory Howell gives us the inside look at how these tunnels were used, mainly during prohibition times to smuggle bootlegged goods.
Howell is currently a Commissioner on the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Pueblo where he is an advocate for adaptive reuse of historic properties, economic redevelopment and tourism. He's so into tourism, he even spitballs an idea on how to open up Pueblo's underground and turn it into a tourist attraction! Take a deep dive with us and unearth one of Pueblo's best kept secrets whispering under your shoes.
Also tune in to his series The Dig where he tells incredible stories and broadcasts them live from the historic Backroom at the Senate Bar which is located directly across from City Hall.
Episode 20: Celebrating the comeback of a family favorite
Dave Moore and Scott Stoller chat once again. Scott the General Manager of the Colorado State Fair joined us on the Podcast last summer to talk about how the State Fair was downsizing and reimagining the event during the Pandemic. The State Fair is back for 2021! Get ready for 11 days family fun with 60 entertainers, 10,000 exhibits, ad 45 rides. Listen to this month's podcast to help you plan your visit to the State Fair. The Fair runs August 27 through September 6. There are special discount days throughout the event.
Friday Aug. 27 is Healthcare Heroes Day
Tuesday, Aug. 31 $2 Tuesday
Monday, Sept. 6 Senior Day
Wednesday Sept. 1 One Price Wednesday
>> Tap here to see all the discount days.
Next year will be the 150th Colorado State Fair.
Also if you're interested in seeing the behind the scenes, the Fair is hiring and you can get a job at the Fair.
Episode 19: An icon memorialized in bronze
During this episode Dave Moore visits the Sarah Shaw Dance studio and chats with studio director Donna Lira. The two will discuss the loss of dance icon Sarah Shaw, how the studio is carrying on in her absence and how the community and city council stepped up to memorialize her forever.
A bronze sculpture of Sarah now sits outside Memorial Hall so that as the show goes on, Sarah can still welcome guests to each recital.
The sculpture has a plaque that reads, "Sarah Shaw was a lifetime Puebloan and local dance teacher. Over 56 years thousands of young people, including multiple generations of Pueblo families, were shaped by Sarah's enduring teachings at her dance studio. Sarah believed that dance came from the heart and could instill lifelong lesson including self-confidence, perseverance, and teamwork in her students. Most importantly, Sarah taught her students to be kind to all and love their friends. Her legacy lives on in the accomplishments of all those who danced and the kindness they continue to spread to others. Sarah lived her life the same way she ended every class with her motto: FRIENDS FOREVER. "
COVID canceled the studio’s Christmas recital but right now dancers are preparing for a performance this summer in Branson, Missouri. If you have a young one who'd love to learn to dance contact the studio at 719.543.0027.
Episode 18: A SPECIAL EDITION: Devastation to development, how a catastrophe formed the community we know today
This is a BONUS episode commemorates a catastrophe in the Pueblo community that forever changed the landscape of the southern Colorado town.
On June 3, 1921, a cloudburst developed over Pueblo. During a typical cloudburst, over half an inch of rain may fall in a matter of minutes, and that is exactly what happened in Pueblo, according to NOAA. As the torrential rains fell, the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek quickly began to swell, a wall of water reaching over 15-20 feet in some areas before they began to recede. Within two hours the greater part of the business district of downtown Pueblo was flooded with water 10 feet deep, NOAA reports.
Hundreds of people died, with some death toll estimates as high as 1,500. The flood destroyed almost all of the downtown Pueblo area and decimated the city.
In this episode Dave talks with Margo Hatton who is the Marketing Director at the Sangre DeCristo Arts Center and Sam Ebersole, a long-time communications professor at CSU-Pueblo. Margo gives great insight into how Pueblo recovered and rebounded from the flood. She discusses how the flood affected arts, business and development of the city; ultimately leading to the formation of the Riverwalk and the community we know today. Ebersole explains more of the flood's history and how you can watch a documentary he wrote about the flood commemorating 100 years since the tragedy.
Rocky Mountain PBS will debut a documentary commemorating the flood, on June 3 at 7 p.m.
Tap here to watch the video.
A special thanks to Juan and Deborah Espinoza for sharing "The Flood of 21" song from their production "The Song of Pueblo" for this episode. It was written and composed by Daniel Valdez.
Episode 17: Giving a voice to the voiceless
* Some of this content might be sensitive to some listeners*
Since March 2020, Dave has been conducting podcast interviews over the phone, but for this episode, after receiving both vaccine shots Dave conducted his first in-person interview.
In this episode, Dave Moore is sitting down with Jennifer Chavez with the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center.
The Child Advocacy Center is a nonprofit organization where they help children who have experienced abuse or neglect. The goal is to help children feel comfortable, safe and at home while officials conduct an investigation of child abuse. With the inviting atmosphere, hopefully kids can begin to heal and share their voice.
The Child Advocacy Center is having their Blue Cape Breakfast on June 24, 2021. They believe we all have superpowers, whether it’s cooking or teaching or catching the bad guys. Some capes look like scrubs, or a badge, or a piece of chalk. Registration for that event is coming soon.
Tap here to donate to the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center.
Host: Dave Moore Guests: Jennifer Chavez Editor: Carly Moore Music: J.B. Skelton