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.
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., San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council and Santa Fe-based Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety"--are that the waste contains radioactive depleted uranium and polychlorinated biphenyls that could contaminate the Rio Grande and downstream communities.