January 7, 2013 1:52 PM
If you still haven't gotten rid of your Christmas tree, you have a great recycling option in Pueblo. Take your tree, free of all ornaments, garlands, tinsel, and lights, to Vision Recycled Aggregate and Landscape. They're located on Vision Lane in Pueblo. Trees are stacking up out there everyday, and... more »
January 5, 2013 7:22 PM
If you have old Christmas lights and you're not sure what to do with them, you can try recycling for a good cause!
Ace Hardware stores participate in the benefit Lights for Life.
Over several years they've donated nearly $50,000 to families and kids with cancer. It's a goal... more »
December 24, 2012 6:44 PM
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - Thousands of Christians from the world over packed Manger Square in Bethlehem Monday to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the ancient West Bank town where he was born. For their Palestinian hosts, this holiday season was an especially joyous one, with the hardships of... more »
December 23, 2012 5:38 PM
It may have been a little more difficult to get around Pueblo today.
Shoppers kept a steady flow of traffic most of the day, and parking lots were mostly full at the mall and some of the bigger stores.
We heard a few people say they haven't even started... more »
December 23, 2012 5:29 PM
"Norad Tracks Santa" is now officially trade marked. Last year almost 19 million people visited Norad's website to view their Santa tracker, and now their name is official.
They've also licensed a private company to sell official T-shirts and other gear. The goal they say isn't to make money, but... more »
December 22, 2012 7:23 PM
Christmas gifts can light up a child's face.
That's especially true when they're in the hospital, so the Honors Society at Central High School in Pueblo visited them today at St. Mary Corwin Medical Center.
Just like Santa's elves, they brought joy and presents!
"It's always a good... more »
December 18, 2012 6:00 PM
Monday and Tuesday the Salvation Army in Colorado Springs is helping more than 500 families with gifts for Christmas.
Families who applied back in October stopped by the center on Yuma Street Monday to pick up their gifts. More families will come on Tuesday. The Salvation Army distributes the... more »
December 16, 2012 6:35 PM
There's nothing better at Christmas time than the sound of children singing carols. Hundreds came out to enjoy a Christmas concert by Bella Prima Musica Children's Choir in Pueblo. Kids of all ages sung popular Christmas songs this afternoon at Sacred Heart Cathedral. It was a wonderful way to celebrate... more »
December 16, 2012 3:10 PM
Over one hundred kids are a little happier this christmas.
The non profit Families Helping Families organized a gift donation and give away for families they found through Los Pobres organization. Today was the Christmas Party where Santa handed out the gifts, and families got a chance to eat... more »
December 15, 2012 7:30 PM
Five thousand children in Pueblo will have bigger smiles this Christmas.
Their parents said a big thank you today as well. Many organizations, like the Salvation Army, Posada, Toys for Tots, and The Toy Run, got together to provide a shopping station for parents.
It means those who were... more »
December 2, 2012 7:13 PM
Memorable Christmas tunes sung by the sweetest voices.
Pueblo's Children's Chorale presented their Winter Concert today on the campus of CSU-Pueblo. It was entitled "The Magic of Music."
Several well known Christmas songs were sung, and they even had an appearance by Jeannie's Academy of Dance.
December 1, 2012 5:47 PM
What's a better gift at Christmas than one that's handmade? Well, if you aren't exactly crafty, today was the perfect chance to get out and find something someone else made! 4-H in Pueblo held their Bells of Christmas craft show at the State Fairgrounds, and shoppers got the chance to... more »
November 23, 2012 5:31 AM
While several stores still open early in the morning on Black Friday, some say Thanksgiving has been "Black Thursday." Several stores like Walmart opened at eight last night and others at nine, but many chose to open at midnight, and we went to find out about the excitement.
Excitement... more »
November 17, 2012 5:43 PM
It started in 2005 as a way to help displaced families from Hurricane Katrina provide for their kids at Christmas time.
Now the non-profit Families Helping Families has immensely grown in Pueblo. They get names of families in need from Catholic Charities, and they need your help to provide for... more »
November 17, 2012 3:38 PM
It's a unique gift to give someone special this holiday season. Own Your Own is celebrating 45 years at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo. It gives you a chance to browse art by local artists, and if you see something you like, you can buy it! If... more »
November 3, 2012 7:34 PM
Congressman Scott Tipton spoke today at a ceremony for a special tree here in Colorado.
Tipton took the chance to talk to potential voters just a few days before the election in Meeker. That's where the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree Harvest took place.
He's running for the Third Congressional... more »
January 23, 2012 12:12 PM
The Empty Stocking Fund reached its goal of $1 million thanks to the generosity of community members. This is the fifth consecutive year the fund has raised more than $1 million.
The fund is sponsored by the Gazette and El Pomar and benefits 15 health and human services agencies... more »
January 19, 2012 8:05 PM
Free mulch will be available to the public beginning Monday at noon, January 23 on a self-serve basis until all mulch is gone.
The mulch is from Christmas trees dropped off at Vision Recycled Aggregate located at 195 Vision Lane off of East 4th Street.
Pueblo city and... more »
December 23, 2011 8:55 PM
This Christmas, Maria Rangel is counting her blessings.
"He's a good baby. He's not a real crier, he's real calm", said Maria Rangel.
But unlike her baby boy, on December 5th, Maria was anything but calm. At seven months pregnant she went into labor. She knew something was... more »
December 17, 2011 6:50 PM
Christmas came a little early for some families. Thanks to the ‘Feed the Children' event in Colorado Springs.
Nearly 9 thousand people showed up at the event. They were able to receive much needed items like food, clothing, and toys for their children. "It's a true Christmas blessing that... more »
December 12, 2011 8:28 PM
UPDATE: Just after this story ran on News 5 at 6 p.m., the Beems had already received an outpuring of support to help Alex get his iPad. His mother, Heather, is now working on ideas to help other children in a similar situation as Alex; who don't qualify for support... more »
December 12, 2011 6:50 PM
A local family is going through the same thing a lot of people are right now; the kids are asking for something this Christmas that's just too expensive for the budget. However, for this family - with a child with autism - they're finding that the iPad is a big... more »
November 25, 2011 4:10 AM
NEW CANEY, Texas (AP) - A devastating drought in the Southwest has killed thousands of Christmas trees in Texas and Oklahoma, leaving many farmers with little to offer holiday shoppers.
Many trees died of thirst. Hundreds of others burned in wildfires. Most farmers say nearly all their youngest trees... more »
November 19, 2011 10:25 AM
Samaritans Purse is hoping to touch 8.5 million kids worldwide with a shoe box filled with school supplies, toys, and hygiene items during their 18th annual Operation Christmas Child fundraiser.
There are around two dozen locations across Pueblo and Colorado Springs that are collection sites for the boxes. Volunteers... more »
November 18, 2011 11:38 PM
Operation Christmas Child has help millions of kids worldwide feel a little bit of Christmas joy over the holidays. Last year alone, over 8 million children received boxes.
Since 1993, 77 million lives worldwide have been touched by a shoe box. Inside this simple little gift kids will find... more »
November 16, 2011 12:07 PM
DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is warning Christmas tree cutters to be careful in national forests this holiday season because of high winds and the possibility of falling trees. Forest managers say they may close some tree-cutting areas if conditions become too dangerous. High winds are being blamed... more »
November 11, 2011 5:37 PM
It seems awfully early, but one local station is already in Christmas mode. KKLI, KLite 106.3 will start continuous Christmas music at 5 p.m.
The traditional songs of the holidays will run 24 hours a day through Christmas. KLite usually starts running Christmas songs around the middle of November,... more »
November 5, 2011 7:27 AM
You can now get tickets to this year's national tree lighting ceremony in Washington D.C.
The National Park Service is opening an online lottery for free tickets. They will distribute 3,000 tickets for seats and 14,000 standing-room through the lottery.
If you think you might want to try... more »
October 16, 2011 12:31 PM
For a number of years our local four-wheel drive community has been assisting the Department of Human Services with their "Christmas for Kids" program.
Today, the Colorado Southern District Four Wheel Drive Club presents their 4th annual "Christmas for Kids" fundraiser.
It runs from 10 am - 3... more »
December 29, 2010 12:30 AM
New national sales numbers show a rise in holiday spending this year. It's a good sign for merchants in Southern Colorado who say the past couple of years haven't been as kind. "We were significantly down in 2008 and 2009." explains Chris Sondermann, owner of Terra Verde in Colorado Springs.... more »
December 25, 2010 12:06 PM
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas Day message is urging Catholics in China to courageously face limits on religious freedom and conscience.
Benedict is using his traditional holiday speech, delivered Saturday at noon from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, to encourage people living... more »
December 25, 2010 11:53 AM
SYDNEY (AP) - There are no reports of damage or injuries from a powerful earthquake in the South Pacific. It struck under the sea near Vanuatu, generating a small tsunami.
Earthquake monitors say they measured it at 7.3 in magnitude. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a tsunami wave... more »
December 25, 2010 10:46 AM
HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to spend Christmas at his rented oceanfront home in Kailua, Hawaii, with his family and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng (soh-TEHR'-oh eng), who lives on Oahu. Several of Obama's childhood friends are also in town, along with family friends from Chicago.
On the... more »
December 25, 2010 10:41 AM
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi Christians are marking a somber Christmas in Baghdad.
Several hundred gathered today in the same church where less than two months ago dozens from their beleaguered community were killed by Muslim extremists intent on driving them from Iraq.
In front of the altar were... more »
December 24, 2010 2:45 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Christmas Eve snow storm that blanketed parts of the Midwest is heading southeast, expected to bring rare Christmas Day snowfall to Kentucky, Tennessee and even Georgia.
After dumping 9 inches of snow in Iowa by Friday morning, the storm was likely to dip south... more »
December 24, 2010 10:45 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - Whether last-minute shoppers have been too busy until now to Christmas shop, or their procrastination just provides an adrenaline rush, many stores will be open today to oblige them.
Today's Christmas Eve mad dash is expected to be the best holiday season for stores since... more »
December 23, 2010 1:53 PM
On average a gallon of gas throughout the U.S. is $3.01 according to AAA. However, the good news is Colorado has the lowest average gas prices in the country at $2.76 a gallon.
Holiday travel for Christmas and New Year's is expected to be up about 3% this year... more »
December 22, 2010 11:21 PM
On one of the busiest travel days of the year, some big delays in Colorado Springs. Heavy fogs and a small plane crash nearly shut things down at the airport. Around 20 delays and cancellations left many with little options. Hundreds boarded buses headed to DIA to try and catch... more »
December 22, 2010 2:29 PM
They're the foods you crave around Christmas.Sweet or spicy. Tasty and gooey. Here's a look at some of the popular cultural foods we found in Pueblo. At Gags, or Gagliano's in Bessemer people line up for a taste of Italy. "This is our busiest time of year," said Vince Gagliano.... more »
December 21, 2010 7:29 PM
Christmas trees can be recycled at seven locations in El Paso County on the first two weekends in January.
Discarded trees will be ground into mulch and then given away for gardens and landscaping.
Baptist Road Trailhead - Baptist Road & Old Denver Highway
... more »
December 21, 2010 1:34 PM
The Salvation of Army of Pueblo is counting its blessings. Last week, they were desperate for toy and clothing donations--worried they wouldn't be able to help the 2,200 local children in need of help this Christmas. But they got so many donations, they're holding a free gift giveaway tomorrow--Dec. 22.... more »
December 16, 2010 11:52 AM
All this week we've been showing Christmas crafts you can make at home. Today we featured a lighted decoration made from a glass block with a hole in it, and a light inside.
The block can be decorated or even painted. Some craft stores sell glass blocks with a... more »
December 15, 2010 12:14 PM
Cowboy singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey will perform a free concert for soldiers, their family and the public at Fort Carson.
"Christmas is a time to count our blessings," said Murphey. "In this country, we've been blessed to have people who volunteer to serve our country in the military. I'm... more »
December 14, 2010 4:27 PM
Two friends in Pueblo have created a Christmas village in their home, that took nearly a month to set up. They've collected hundreds of figurines, some as small as a fingernail. It's a time consuming hobby, that fills their hearts with joy. "We call it our labor of love village,"... more »
December 10, 2010 1:20 PM
The Annual Posada and Christmas Tree Lighting will happen in Avondale tomorrow evening.
Sponsored by People Caring for People, the ceremony will include a performance by the Pueblo County High School Choir, carols from area church groups, cookies and hot chocolate. It Happens at Highway 50 and Avondale Blvd.... more »
December 10, 2010 9:06 AM
Nestled against the foothills, Manitou Springs is blessed with a gorgeous natural setting.
That beauty is enhanced at Christmastime, as the town is decorated and filled with festive events.
December 9, 2010 2:33 PM
A Colorado Springs group called Best Christmas Ever is working to fulfill the Christmas wishes of 8,000 underprivileged children and families.
The Best Christmas Ever was created to inspire individuals to do whatever they can to help, not only at Christmas, but year-round.
Current needs include toys for... more »
December 6, 2010 7:42 PM
Some new numbers show an increase of online shopping as much as 36% from last year during the Christmas season. But not all of us may have such a happy holiday. "A lot of people bought online, more than predicted." explains Katie Carrol with the Better Business Bureau of Southern... more »
November 30, 2010 6:54 AM
It may seem like the holiday shopping season just got underway, but if you've got a loved one serving in the military overseas, the deadline to ship them a card or package by Christmas is coming up quick.
The holiday mail shipping deadline for troops serving in Afghanistan and... more »
November 29, 2010 2:42 PM
The Pueblo Fire Department will once again participate in Pueblo Bikers United Annual Toy Collection effort.
Simply drop off new, unwrapped toys at any of the City of Pueblo's eleven Fire Stations until this Friday, December 3rd.
The Fire Department will ensure that the toys will get to... more »
November 29, 2010 7:17 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - After a weekend of strong online sales, retail websites are rolling out the gimmicks on " Cyber Monday " to draw buyers.
The sales promotions on the Monday after Thanksgiving got their name from a retail trade group, which promoted the idea that people, upon... more »
November 27, 2010 1:33 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A 30-year Christmas tradition is lighting up a Colorado Springs home again this year when John and Jo Knull throw the switch on the holiday displays that fill their yard.
The Knulls started with a lighted, rotating Christmas tree and added a few other... more »
November 24, 2010 2:19 PM
The Colorado Springs Police Department has started its annual Christmas Toy Drive in partnership with Christmas Unlimited and Teens with Promise.
Continuing through Christmas Day, collection boxes will be available in the lobbies of each police substation. New, unwrapped may be dropped off anytime of the day or night.... more »
November 20, 2010 11:47 PM
Over the next few weeks, thousands of shoppers in Southern Colorado will flood the malls and other stores looking to score the perfect Christmas gift. But some of those gifts will never make it to their loved one. Around this time of year, police see a rise in thefts around... more »
November 1, 2010 8:13 PM
With Halloween now in the books the retail focus shifts to Christmas. With only 54 shopping days left, businesses are already getting into the holiday spirit. "We already have all of our Christmas wrap in and we're ready to go." says Chris Sondermann who owns Terra Verde, a shop in... more »
October 11, 2010 7:11 PM
It may only be mid October, but some stores in Southern Colorado are already hearing "Jingle Bells". "It's definitely the warm up for Christmas." explains Rebecca Berg, the owner of Barracuda Bazaar clothing store in Old Colorado City, "People are starting to look around at the stores to see what's... more »
October 6, 2010 1:53 PM
The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is known for the kinds of gifts you can't find anywhere else. The 2010 edition has just been released.
For the music lover, there's a $6,500 dollar ukulele made out of gourds.
For the sports car enthusiast there's the 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible,... more »
January 2, 2010 9:15 AM
President Barack Obama is blaming an al-Qaida affiliate for a botched Christmas Day terrorist attack on an international flight bound for Detroit. In his weekly radio and Internet address today, Obama described the path through Yemen of 23-year-old suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Obama says it appears that during his time... more »
December 24, 2009 7:16 PM
Those without plans Christmas day may want to join with others for a Christmas meal with all the trimmings.
The "Miracle on Tejon Street" will take place at Old Chicago on North Tejon. Old Chicago has teamed up with Pikes Peak Community Action to give meals and clothes to... more »
December 24, 2009 4:58 PM
A big pile of gifts surround a young woman with a big heart.
"It doesn't take a lot to make a big difference," said 21-year-old Chelsea Smith.
But Smith's heart also made her quite sick as a baby. "I actually had open heart surgery at 3 months and... more »
December 24, 2009 2:34 PM
(AP) - A Chicago man could be unwrapping the hundreds of Christmas gifts spread around his apartment for days, even weeks. Trouble is, they aren't really presents. They're his own belongings meticulously wrapped by friends as a prank while he was out of town.
Louie Saunders' packages contain everything... more »
December 24, 2009 9:08 AM
When you are ready to get rid of your Christmas tree, El Paso County and Pueblo County are offering recycling services to residents.
In El Paso County you can go to any "Treecycle" location. The "treecycle" program will operate two consecutive weekends.
Saturday and Sunday, January 2-3 and... more »
December 24, 2009 4:15 AM
Want to make sure you are in bed before Santa gets to your house? You can track his location by going to by clicking here.
There you can see the exact location of Santa and his eight reindeer.
You can also tune in to NewsFirst5 for updates about... more »
December 23, 2009 8:16 PM
Another holiday, another meal for the homeless in our area. Fort Carson soldiers are once again working for the community this holiday season.
The mission at Fort Carson, prep work. The cooking has a military feel.
"Everybody's definitely got their own job," says Spc. Bobby Garrett. "I'm on... more »
December 22, 2009 2:31 PM
Pueblo has expanded its Christmas tree recycling program this year. Trees can be dropped off and ground up into mulch, which will then be given away. Trees may be dropped off between January 2 and 17 at Vision Recycled Aggregate and Landscaping, located at 95 Vision Lane, just south of... more »
December 21, 2009 5:37 PM
Silver Key Senior Services has a limited number of fresh Christmas trees available for a suggested donation of $20. The trees were donated by a local tree lot and all proceeds will go to support services for people 60 and over. The trees will be for sale fron noon to... more »
December 21, 2009 9:16 AM
Christmas can be a tough time for families who are struggling to make ends meet, but even those who are on a tight budget can find meaningful ways to spend time together for the holidays.
Dr. Juli Slattery, a family psychologist at Focus on the Family, says the rough... more »
December 20, 2009 7:21 PM
A lot more people head to church around the holidays. That means more hands to "pass the hat." However, one local church, like many others, says the economy is taking a toll on donations.
There aren't many empty seats on the Sunday before Christmas.
"It's our biggest attendance,"... more »
December 19, 2009 6:48 PM
The holidays are here. That means lots of spending, presents and unfortunately car break-ins. "The breaking into cars does go up this time of year, every year, without fail." explains Sgt. Tim Hogan with CSPD, "We have seen a spike in that and it's something that's just going to happen... more »
December 19, 2009 11:11 AM
So much for the value menu. A Taco Bell manager in Ohio says a man who appeared drunk walked into the restaurant earlier this week and handed him $72 for just one taco.
The manager tells police near the northern Ohio town of Sandusky that the customer who seemed... more »
December 19, 2009 10:19 AM
An annual giveaway started by a Denver priest lives on. Hundreds of people, many of the homeless, lined up outside the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver to receive $20 Friday. The holiday season tradition was started by the late Monsignor Charles B. Woodrich. KUSA-TV in Denver reports the... more »
December 19, 2009 9:59 AM
The eastern U.S. is getting ready for a frightful wintry storm that's expected to snarl travel and keep shoppers home on the weekend before Christmas.
Forecasts call for up to 20 inches of snow across the Mid-Atlantic region, including Washington. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty declared a snow emergency for... more »
December 18, 2009 7:13 PM
Last year they celebrated Christmas in Iraq and this year the soldiers of Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division are happy to be home and are happy to give back.
Some 300 members of the Raiders brigade assembled on a special mission Friday morning to help... more »
December 17, 2009 4:01 PM
Christmas came early for hundreds of needy families in Pueblo. On Thursday, the Salvation Army of Pueblo held its annual toy and food giveaway. Over the past couple of weeks they've been collecting donated gifts for families with children, that can't afford christmas. In all--they received enough clothes, toys and... more »
December 14, 2009 5:16 PM
Silver Key volunteers began delivering Christmas gifts to seniors last Thursday but will be unable to deliver all of the 1,500 remaining donated gifts without help. More volunteers, 150 to be exact, are needed between now and Friday to assure no one goes without.
The holiday season is often... more »
December 14, 2009 8:09 AM
Author Stephen King and his wife are donating money so 150 soldiers from the Maine Army National Guard can come home for the holidays.
King and his wife, Tabitha, who live in Bangor, are paying $13,000 toward the cost of two bus trips so that members of the 3rd... more »
December 12, 2009 11:35 PM
With Black Friday behind us and the holiday shopping season in full swing it's easy to get caught up in the holiday rush. But it may not be a very merry Christmas for thousands of kids in El Paso County. "There are 22,000 kids living at or below the poverty... more »