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Population in Walsenburg, County, dwindling

HUERFANO- According to the 2009 draft from the State Demography Office of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the City of Walsenburg and Huerfano County continue to lose population. The estimates, once finalized, will be the basis for the distribution of Conservation Trust Fund lottery funds. Local governments will have 30 days to review figures and make any challenges.

    According to the figures the City of Walsenburg is down to 3,199 residents and the County is standing at 6,912.  These are drops from around 4,000 for the city and near 8,000 for the county from 2000.

    The census is being done this year but those figures probably won’t be available for 18 months.

    Hippie Days is not dead in Gardner. Danielle Seawell said previous comments from one of the previous organizers was not a decision by the entire group.  The event has been growing but concerns have also gone up.  The commissioners asked that a report be given to them on what measures they are taking to make sure security, health & sanitation issues, insurance and more are going to be handled.  The event was begun as a big community block party but people are now coming in from Pueblo and other areas.  Seawell feels that a bigger committee will need to take on this event to handle the growth and other issues in the future. Since the main location of the Hippie Days is on county property, the above issues are a concern to commissioners.  They expressed appreciation that Seawell was addressing some of those concerns.  Hippie Days is scheduled for July 30th and 31st.

    The closing of the prison means less money for the county to be able to donate for local causes and events from monies they received through the Prison Authority Meeting.  The Commissioners will have a special meeting of the Prison Authority Board to see if funds are available to donate money for the 2010 Fireworks Display planned by the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center and Dave Manzanares has requested an additional $2000 for the softball and volleyball programs this year