• Pueblo West Basketball Teams Looking To Go Far In State Tournament

    It seems like not too long ago both basketball teams were holding their first open gyms of the season, with nothing but high hopes as motivation.

    After the first couple of games, though, it became clear that both teams played at a caliber that Pueblo West High school has never seen before.

    The girls went 13-0 at the beginning of the season with only losses to South and East tarnishing their perfect record. The boys did just as good and according to ColoradoPreps.com, a site that shows the rankings and brackets for all high school teams in Colorado, they are going into the postseason with a record of 20-3. Two of those losses came on their trip to Orlando in December and the other from a crazy game at Lewis Palmer.

    Already, the girls’ team has shattered numerous team records, one of these being for most wins in a season, which was previously eighteen. Also, Dee Arrieta was named league MVP a title never before given to any girl at the school and of which, coach of the girls’ team, Mike Wilkinson calls, “a team effort.”  On the other hand, the boys’ team has won their first ever SC-L championship, beating Jordan Gregory and East twice to clinch the title. When asked about what has made this team more successful than previous ones, Coach Bob Tyler replied, “The leadership on this team is much better… I believe these seniors have played together for so long, that they know each other. That is what truly creates a TEAM environment. They are the best ‘TEAM’ I have ever coached.” Continue reading  Post ID 260


  • Red Raven Studio Rocks Pueblo

    An all age music venue is an understatement. Red Raven Studio, located at the corner of Mesa Avenue and Evans Avenue, is more of a haven for the creative. Most nights the venue hosts an array of musicians ranging from modern alternative to techno to heavy metal but they also have art displays, knitting classes, philosophical discussions, gay/lesbian/bi/trans-gender youth group meetings, and weekly open mic nights. Continue reading  Post ID 260


  • Yearbook Purchases Discontinue After End of Month

    Anyone wishing to purchase a yearbook must do so before January 29. The 29th is the absolute latest a yearbook can be purchased but students can make payments until the rest of the year if they are not able to pay in full by then. This deadline has been put in place because of the lack of yearbooks sold last year. “We got stuck with seven cases of yearbooks last year and that cost us about $8,400 and someone has the pay for that,” says Mrs. Parker, yearbook adviser. Continue reading  Post ID 260


  • Sir West Postponement Causes Controversy

    The third most anticipated dance of the year, Sir West, has been postponed to Saturday January 29th at 8:00 due to bad weather and student council decorating problems.

    Mrs. Nogare said “I am very comfortable with this decision,” and expressed the importance of students not being on the road during potentially fatal weather conditions. The change of plans has caused an uproar among student athletes and cheerleaders. There will be a boy’s basketball game at Pueblo West at 5:00 on the same night as the dance.

    Athletic director Coach Lane states the postponement was “An absolute good idea! If we would have continued with the original plans we would have lost half of a school day but in the end it all comes down to safety.”

    The Sir West court that consists of Tyler Kersey, Jacob Hill, Kyle Duffee, Skyler Calhoun, Ronny Bates, and Mike Driscoll will be introduced at halftime during the game. When asked if the postponement was a good idea, Sir West court member Mike Driscoll said, “I feel bad for the kids who called off work in order to attend the dance.” People, aside from the participants of the basketball game, are also upset; reservations have been made and flowers have been ordered only to be canceled at the last minute.

    Student council adviser Mrs. Erickson believes that only good can come from the situation. “It will be better because we have more time to plan and have better ideas. There really is no negative effect by it.”  Student council members are refunding tickets to Sir West because a plethora of people cannot make to the dance at the postponed date. Student council member Max Murtha states “I think there wasn’t much of a choice; the roads were really bad and the temperature was only dropping throughout the night. It was Mrs. Nogare’s decision, and her word is pretty heavy.”[poll id=”3”]


  • Stoners Forgot to Vote for Proposition 19

    “Oh, wait, the elections were yesterday?” inquired Charles Stalhammer from his San Diego, California couch on November 3rd.

    Yes, Charles, the elections were yesterday. And no, not enough people voted for Proposition 19. And yes, that means marijuana is still illegal in the state of California.

    Experts speculate that the proposition failed because of the short-term memory issues typical among cannabis users. Exit polls found that less than 1 percent of voters admitted to using cannabis regularly, as opposed to an estimated 11 percent of tokers present among the general population.

    Atmospheric samples taken in California on Election Day indicate that THC (the active ingredient in marijuana smoke) levels were at their highest this year since April 20th. Preliminary analysis indicates that the many would-be voters who lit up in celebration of Proposition 19 never made it to the polls. This hypothesis is supported by the sharp increase in the sale of Cheetos and Arizona Sweet Tea across the state.

    “I guess it sucks that weed’s not legal yet,” Stalhammer told le Shallot, “I mean, it’s just like alcohol prohibition. It’s unjust and the entire nation could benefit not only from the tax revenue, but the fact that drug cartels would lose their biggest source of funding.”

    At this point, Stalhammer eyed the intricate bong resting on his coffee table. “Do you mind?” he intoned sheepishly before sucking down a large quantity of milky-white smoke. As he exhaled, his posture slackened, and seemed to melt into the contours of his couch.

    “Whatever though. I’ll keep smoking anyway,” he continued from the recesses of his furniture lair. “I’ve got what, like three weeks of unemployment left? Yeah, I’m good.” Our interview was cut short by the microwave timer, signaling that his pepperoni pizza hot pockets were done.

    “Oh, wait, the elections were yesterday?” inquired Charles Stalhammer from his San Diego, California couch on November 3rd.

                    Yes, Charles, the elections were yesterday. And no, not enough people voted for Proposition 19. And yes, that means marijuana is still illegal in the state of California.

                    Experts speculate that the proposition failed because of the short-term memory issues typical among cannabis users. Exit polls found that less than 1 percent of voters admitted to using cannabis regularly, as opposed to an estimated 11 percent of tokers present among the general population.

                    Atmospheric samples taken in California on Election Day indicate that THC (the active ingredient in marijuana smoke) levels were at their highest this year since April 20th. Preliminary analysis indicates that the many would-be voters who lit up in celebration of Proposition 19 never made it to the polls. This hypothesis is supported by the sharp increase in the sale of Cheetos and Arizona Sweet Tea across the state.

                    “I guess it sucks that weed’s not legal yet,” Stalhammer told le Shallot, “I mean, it’s just like alcohol prohibition. It’s unjust and the entire nation could benefit not only from the tax revenue, but the fact that drug cartels would lose their biggest source of funding.”

                    At this point, Stalhammer eyed the intricate bong resting on his coffee table. “Do you mind?” he intoned sheepishly before sucking down a large quantity of milky-white smoke. As he exhaled, his posture slackened, and seemed to melt into the contours of his couch.

                    “Whatever though. I’ll keep smoking anyway,” he continued from the recesses of his furniture lair. “I’ve got what, like three weeks of unemployment left? Yeah, I’m good.” Our interview was cut short by the microwave timer, signaling that his pepperoni pizza hot pockets were done.