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Old 01-18-2019, 10:58 AM
 
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Water is a big deal anywhere in CO. Recently, southwestern CO was rated as being under Exceptional Drought, along with some neighboring areas. Huge areas of evergreen trees are infested with various types of harmful beetles, which are boring into the trunks due to the trees not producing enough protective resin, due to prolonged drought.

This drought is not a stranger to the state. It will keep happening, and the hordes moving into the state only increase demand for limited water. The Front Range gets water from outside of the Front Range, so don’t assume all is well there. The entire state is affected.

To have a water well, you must meet some requirements, which often means owning at least 35 acres. Fewer than that, if you are not on municipal water, you need to fill a cistern.

The closest Walmart to Pagosa is in Durango. Durango wows out-of-staters with its scenery. But it, too, has severe water shortages. When the city stopped letting county residents not on city water fill cisterns from the usual supply, those residents then took water from other counties that have their own water shortages to deal with. No wonder there is hostility.
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Old 01-18-2019, 01:08 PM
 
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The closest Walmart to Pagosa is in Durango. Durango wows out-of-staters with its scenery. But it, too, has severe water shortages. When the city stopped letting county residents not on city water fill cisterns from the usual supply, those residents then took water from other counties that have their own water shortages to deal with. No wonder there is hostility.
FYI Pagosa has its own Walmart, it opened in 2015.
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:13 PM
 
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FYI Pagosa has its own Walmart, it opened in 2015.
Thanks for the correction. Last time I went through Pagosa was before that.
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Old Today, 11:36 AM
 
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Among official permanents residents in Pagosa Springs there is about 30% between 25-44 years old. That is typical for Colorado and higher than national average. But 25-44 is only about 20% of permanent residents in Archuleta County and probably a good deal less than that after considering the many older second homers and visitors.


The younger adults are more often Hispanic while the older crowd is more non-Hispanic. About 45% of official residents are over 55. That is about 15 points higher than national average. With second homers and visitors it is actually significantly higher.


There is diversity in age, ethnicity and economic status in Pagosa. Some of everything but whether it works for someone will depend on who they are, if they want / need to be in the biggest group, etc.

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