Hispanics putting down roots in big numbers in Garfield County

Ignacio Mendoza, his wife Maria, and their children Paulina, 4, and Janet, 1. When Mendoza first moved to Carbondale in 1986 there were maybe 20 Spanish-speaking people there, he says. Garfield County’s Hispanic population reached 28 percent in 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. Mendoza, who is originally from Mexico, is shown outside a restaurant he just reopened in Rifle after remodeling it.



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Ignacio Mendoza, his wife Maria, and their children Paulina, 4, and Janet, 1. When Mendoza first moved to Carbondale in 1986 there were maybe 20 Spanish-speaking people there, he says. Garfield County’s Hispanic population reached 28 percent in 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. Mendoza, who is originally from Mexico, is shown outside a restaurant he just reopened in Rifle after remodeling it.

When Mexico native Ignacio Mendoza first moved to Carbondale in 1986, “it was hard to find Hispanic people to talk to,” he remembers. “Probably about 20 of us spoke Spanish…




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