Conejos County

Conejos County, Colorado

PO Box 157
Conejos, CO 81129
Phone: (719) 376-5565
Fax: (719) 376-5661

On central southern border, east of Durango; original county, organized as Guadalupe County Nov 1, 1861 (prior to statehood); name changed Nov 7, 1861. Name Origin: For the river (which runs through the county) and town called Conejos, from the Spanish meaning 'rabbits,' for the local abundance of the animals

Area (sq mi):: 1290.87 (land 1287.22; water 3.65) Population per square mile: 6.60
Population 2005: 8,512 State rank: 40 Population change: 2000-20005 1.30%; 1990-2000 12.70% Population 2000: 8,400 (White 39.30%; Black or African American 0.20%; Hispanic or Latino 58.90%; Asian 0.20%; Other 26.90%). Foreign born: 3.00%. Median age: 34.20
Income 2000: per capita $12,050; median household $24,744; Population below poverty level: 23.00% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $15,649-$17,724
Unemployment (2004): 8.20% Unemployment change (from 2000): 0.30% Median travel time to work: 22.40 minutes Working outside county of residence: 36.70%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Nightingale Awards for Leadership in Administrator, Educator, Researcher, or Non-Traditional Roles: outstanding nurses who motivated others to work toward a common goal: Anita Roberts, Nurse Program Manager, Eastside Pediatric-Teen Clinic/Denver Health Medical Center, Denver; and Kelly Gallegos, Administrator, Conejos County Health and Hospital Services, Alamosa.
Among the awardees announced by CPW Director Bob Broscheid are projects to start the design and engineering of a new range on Forest Service land near Idaho Springs, continued development of a major range close to Sterling and expansion of the Conejos County Shooting Range, near Alamosa, to include an archery facility.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Conejos County Clean Water, Inc.
Conejos County Clean Water and their partners have a proven track record in addressing environmental issues and achieving solutions in the San Luis Valley, said Shaun McGrath, Regional Administrator in EPA s Denver office.
Conejos County commissioners are discussing whether to deny a permit for the transfers, which are being sought by EnergySolutions, the Utah-based company responsible for hauling waste from Los Alamos to the company's radioactive waste repository in Clive.
Among the complaints made by plaintiffs in the case--the plaintiffs are the Conejos County Clean Water Inc.
In 1986, cyanide and heavy metals spilled into waterways, including the Alamosa River, which runs through Conejos County, not far from where Henderson practices medicine.