Position: Education, business & real estate reporter

Email: parmijo@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. Read More

Longtime Durango Sports Club owner dies

David Rick Farmer, the longtime owner of Durango Sports Club, a business that grew out of his passion for physical therapy, died Sept. 15 at home after a long battle with prostate cancer. Farmer,...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Powerhouse to help kids deal with remote learning

Powerhouse Science Center with a host of partners will offer an academic and social enrichment program called Learning Lab this school year aimed at K-12 students who are spending at least part of...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge rejects plea agreement for man suspected of flashing Durango gas station attendant

A plea agreement that required no jail time for a man who exposed his genitals to a female gas station attendant for several minutes was rejected Tuesday by La Plata County Court Judge Dondi...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 15 hours 20 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College enrollment rises 4%

Enrollment increased 4% for the fall semester at Fort Lewis College, halting a multiyear slide in student numbers that had pinched school budgets. Fall enrollment came in at 3,443 compared with...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 15 hours 15 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Red flag warning issued for Southwest Colorado

Critical fire conditions in the southwestern corner of Colorado, including the city of Cortez, have led the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday....

DATE: Sept. 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 50 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District 9-R bond passage would fund charter schools

Durango’s three charter schools will get $2.5 million each if voters approve issuing $90 million in bonds sought by Durango School District 9-R on Nov. 3. On a 4-1 vote, the school board approved...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Frustrated and overworked: Durango teachers speak out

The experience of teachers at Durango School District 9-R is only one case study, but it is probably not unique. At this week’s school board meeting, a trio of teachers expressed the stresses and...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

End date set for bump-outs, but they will return

Fear not bump-out fans. Last week’s crash in which a suspected drunken driver plowed into Tequila’s outdoor patio doesn’t appear to have left lasting damage to the program that has gained fans...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fall colors arrive in Southwest Colorado

Fall colors should peak during the next two weeks, making weekend drives prime times to catch autumn’s show. Esther Godson, spokeswoman for the San Juan National Forest, said, “From our employees...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District 9-R enrollment down 96 students

Pay increases for teachers are likely in the offing at Durango School District 9-R, which is down only 96 students, good news considering the district anticipated it would be down 200 students. 9-R...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Where will the money go if voters approve Durango School District’s bonds?

Durango school board members heard details about where money will go for security and safety upgrades, repairs and new projects if voters approve $90 million in bonds on the Nov. 3 general election...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local group buys Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper

A group of locals, led by Aaron Brill, co-owner of Silverton Mountain ski area, has purchased the Silverton Standard & the Miner from the San Juan County Historical Society in an effort to keep...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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