Position: Education, business & real estate reporter

Email: patrick@durangoherald.com

About: Patrick Armijo begin his career in journalism as an agate clerk at The Albuquerque Journal in the 1980s.
After studying in the master's program at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Armijo worked as in intern at the Denver Bureau of the Associated Press.
He worked in the early 1990s at The Greeley Tribune. In the mid-90s he moved to The Albuquerque Journal, working at The Journal North bureau in Santa Fe covering the Los Alamos National Laboratory and businesses in northern New Mexico.
He also covered business, the westside of Albuquerque, and he spent three years as the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for The Albuquerque Journal.
He came to The Durango Herald in 2002 as night editor.
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Downtown Durango Ambassadors will return in effort to curb panhandling

Efforts to reduce belligerent or unsafe behaviors of panhandlers downtown will begin March 17 when Downtown Ambassadors make their first appearance of 2018 – asking shoppers to donate to charities...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Joes owner Joe Lloyd expands coffeehouse footprint to stay viable

Joe Lloyd had to be convinced to include his name in what is now one of Durango’s most ubiquitous retail storefronts. Chances are, if you need a caffeine boost to jump-start your morning batteries,...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program boosts 5 regional firms

Five new businesses have been selected to participate in a business-accelerator program that has helped seed 19 different Southwest Colorado firms with $4.7 million in investments and created 75...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Original bike shop owner returns to Durango, repurchases Pedal the Peaks

Longtime cyclists in Southwest Colorado may see a familiar face behind the wrench at Pedal the Peaks bicycle shop in downtown Durango. David Howard, who owned the shop from its opening until 2004,...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Business

120 people seek president’s post at Fort Lewis College

More than 100 applicants are seeking to become the next president at Fort Lewis College. An update on the school’s search for its next leader came at Friday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees and...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Top professors at Fort Lewis College protected from cuts

Potential budget cuts of up to $4.5 million at Fort Lewis College will not eliminate majors or lay off tenured or tenure-track professors, President Dene Thomas said Friday at a Board of Trustees...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 18 hours 38 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Crestview residents discuss car break-ins, homelessness

A community meeting to discuss a rash of car break-ins in Crestview evolved into a sometimes emotional discussion of problems related to homelessness in Durango and a rise in petty crime. Donna...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Lady Falconburgh’s in downtown Durango says it will reopen soon

Lady Falconburgh’s Barley Exchange, often touted as Durango’s best-stocked watering hole, has had its doors closed for a week. Efforts to reach the business’s most-recent listed owner, Miguel...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Petition to recall Gwen Lachelt OK’d setting off timetable to possible vote

La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker approved the recall petition against county Commissioner Gwen Lachelt on Monday, which gives recall organizers until March 30 to submit 7,505 valid...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Program boosts college readiness for Native American students in Southwest Colorado

“You don’t have to go through this alone.” With that simple statement, Torey Archuleta, a Fort Lewis College freshman majoring in elementary education, explained the greatest benefit she had...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Recall effort against Gwen Lachelt faces questions for locating at VFW

A petition drive to recall La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt raised questions last week about where it is legal to collect signatures. A signing station was set up Thursday at the Veterans...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Boy Scout Logan Moore builds staircase to Miller Middle School

Logan Moore, a Durango High School sophomore, allowed an idea bouncing around his head for four years to sprout. Now, it’s providing benefits for many Miller Middle School students who hoof it to...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News