Position: Education, business & real estate reporter

Email: patrick@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4507

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. Read More

Durango School District board members get early look at 2019-20 budget

A glimpse of a preliminary 2019-20 budget, which needs about $375,000 in trims to bring the numbers into balance, was presented to Durango School District board members at their Tuesday night...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | UPDATED: 17 hours 29 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

A fat snowpack: Farmers should have water through October

YELLOW JACKET – Sprouts from a volunteer crop of spring wheat in a field kept fallow during last year’s drought provided a reassuring sign earlier this month for Chris Neely. “Last year, the only...

DATE: April 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Schools in Southwest Colorado see changes driven by Columbine

One look at Durango High School, built in 1976, and Montezuma-Cortez High School, which opened in 2015, tells you a lot about how the world of education has changed 20 years after the Columbine...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College to offer new classes aimed at improving retention

Freshmen at Fort Lewis College will be taking a new, one-hour course in fall 2019 aimed at introducing them to their new academic community, inspiring their intellectual curiosity, developing their...

DATE: April 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango school district gets $1.1 million for school safety

Durango public schools have received a $1.1 million grant from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security to support and build upon existing school safety efforts. For several years, Durango School...

DATE: April 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores man wanted in Montezuma County is arrested in Utah

A Dolores man involved in a two-hour standoff with police in Durango and is wanted on several felony warrants for weapons and menacing offenses will be extradited to Cortez after being arrested...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango/San Juan Mason Lodge awards community members

The Durango/San Juan Mason Lodge honored students, teachers and first-responders on Sunday at its annual award ceremony. “You hear the educational system isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, but I can...

DATE: April 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

4 hurt in crash south of Pagosa Springs

Four people were injured in a single-vehicle crash around 11:58 a.m. Saturday on Archuleta County Road 359, about 19 miles south of Pagosa Springs. According to a news release issued by the...

DATE: April 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fish power brings couple home to Montezuma County

Jeff and Tammy Coulon started aquaponic farming as a test – just for produce for the family dinner table at their farm near Ainsworth, Nebraska. It proved so successful it turned out to be key to...

DATE: April 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Richard Ballantine inducted into Colorado Press Association Hall of Fame

Richard Ballantine, chairman of Ballantine Communications Inc., was inducted Saturday into the Colorado Press Association Hall of Fame in Denver. Ballantine served as publisher for The Durango...

DATE: April 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

April 15 is coming: Have you filed your tax returns yet?

OK, folks. It’s the final week before tax filing deadline, one of the best times of the year to determine how bad of a procrastinator you really are. If you haven’t yet filed your income taxes with...

DATE: April 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Skiers make waves Sunday at Purgatory

PURGATORY RESORT – Josh Steinlauf of Durango handled his pond skimming run like a pro: right through the water, not a drop on him. Purgatory Resort is beginning its end-of-the season craziness,...

DATE: April 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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