Rio Arriba County

Rio Arriba County, New Mexico

PO Box 127
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
Phone: (505) 588-7255
Fax: (505) 588-7418

On the central northern border of NM, northwest of Santa Fe; original county; organized Jan 9, 1852 (prior to statehood). Name Origin: Spanish 'upper river,' the Spanish designation for the upper Rio Grande in NM

Area (sq mi):: 5896.10 (land 5857.63; water 38.47) Population per square mile: 7.00
Population 2005: 40,828 State rank: 13 Population change: 2000-20005 -0.90%; 1990-2000 19.90% Population 2000: 41,190 (White 13.60%; Black or African American 0.30%; Hispanic or Latino 72.90%; Asian 0.10%; Other 42.90%). Foreign born: 3.70%. Median age: 34.50
Income 2000: per capita $14,263; median household $29,429; Population below poverty level: 20.30% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $17,035-$20,720
Unemployment (2004): 6.60% Unemployment change (from 2000): 0.00% Median travel time to work: 28.10 minutes Working outside county of residence: 44.20%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Less than 30 miles north is Rio Arriba County, home to drug- and crime-plagued Espanola, whose main drag is a mix of fast-food restaurants, boarded-up businesses, a casino-hotel and a Wal-Mart.
Who: - Mayor David Coss, Santa Fe (moderator) - Sheriff Joe Mascarenas, Rio Arriba County (retired) - District Attorney Lemuel Martinez, 13[sup.
Shortly after arriving, I knocked on the door of a funky house right beside the crowded main drag of Espanola, a working class town in Rio Arriba County that was a hotbed of struggles for social justice in the 1960s and 1970s.
By 1598, that route extended from Mexico City to San Juan Pueblo, present Rio Arriba County in northern New Mexico (Jackson, 2006), which became Spain's first capital in the state and is now again known by its original Tewa name of Ohkay Owingeh.
At the time, Marxist terrorist Reies Lopez Tijerina was embroiled in a reign of terror in New Mexico, having stormed the Rio Arriba County courthouse in New Mexico at the head of 150 other armed terrorists, killing a police officer, shooting another man, and taking 20 people hostage, all in an effort to establish "exclusive and supreme jurisdiction within our territorial jurisdiction, over all persons and property situated therein, to the exclusion of all other countries and governments.
These markets are: Hesperia-Apple Valley-Victorville, Los Angeles, and Riverside-San Bernardino, California; Idaho Falls and Sandpoint, Idaho; Reno, Nevada; Rio Arriba County, Roswell-Artesia, and Santa Fe, New Mexico; Corvallis, Deschutes, Ontario, Portland, and Salem, Oregon; El Paso, Texas; Ogden, and Provo-Orem, Utah; and Spokane, Washington.
In 1967, the land-grant question flared into violence when a band of armed farmers and ranchers temporarily seized the Rio Arriba County Courthouse.
On June 6, 1967, 20 "Chicanos" (the politically correct term) armed with rifles and pistols stormed the Rio Arriba County courthouse near the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico.
The Interfaith-Leadership for the Empowerment of All People (Interfaith-LEAP) in Rio Arriba County received $5,000 from the Frost Foundation.
Despite objections raised by Rio Arriba County related to the loss of revenue through the removal of the land from the local tax rolls, the Department of the Interior thoroughly considered the fiscal impact on the surrounding community and determined that the acquisition would not have an adverse tax impact on the State of New Mexico, Rio Arriba County or any other local authority.
The biggest bow-killed buck from New Mexico was shot in 1993 by Donald Cost in the northern tip of the state in Rio Arriba County.
The Espanola CBOC will serve approximately 1,200 enrolled patients, and will be located at 110 North Coronado Avenue, in Rio Arriba County.