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Position: Education, business & real estate reporter

Email: parmijo@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

City of Durango begins budget cuts forced by coronavirus

More than 30 projects planned by the city of Durango in the 2020 budget have been deferred or scaled back, including the pedestrian bridge over the Animas River at 32nd Street, repairs to the...

DATE: April 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 11 hours 37 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Ag burns putting up smoke visible in Durango

Smoke, like that visible Tuesday morning in northeast Durango, is expected on and off for the next three weeks as farmers burn last year’s grass growth in ditches to prepare for irrigation season....

DATE: April 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is government response to health crisis causing irreversible damage to civil liberties?

Does America in the era of COVID-19 have Benjamin Franklin spinning in his grave? Franklin famously wrote in a letter, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary...

DATE: April 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 18 hours 49 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

At Summit Church, the internet helps ... a bit

A new daily devotional is offered at 9 a.m. on Facebook by Summit Church. Pastor Jeff Huber is working with his congregation to replace the words “social distancing” with the phrase “physical...

DATE: April 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

StoneAge secures hard-to-get N95 masks

Working with a Chinese distributor, StoneAge Water Blast Tools and Equipment has secured 1,000 hard-to-get N95 masks and is working to bring in other personal protective equipment for medical...

DATE: April 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain Middle planning for new classrooms

Mountain Middle School, which has reached its maximum enrollment of 240 students for the past decade, has begun preliminary planning for a 7,000-square-foot classrooms addition. Head of School...

DATE: April 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Early release Mondays will end next year for Durango School District 9-R

Durango School District 9-R has revised its academic calendar for school year 2020-21 – moving to full teacher workdays one Monday each month in place of weekly early release Mondays....

DATE: April 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

As restaurants, inns deal with COVID-19, the scope of aid begins to emerge

In 27 years running The Rochester Hotel and The Leland House, Kirk Komick said dealing with COVID-19 is by far the toughest environment he’s ever faced. Joe Lloyd, owner of Durango Joes Coffee , is...

DATE: April 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 36 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Business

After stumbling, ABC Denver airs on DirecTV in La Plata County

After a frustrating weekend for many DirecTV subscribers in La Plata County, KMGH, the ABC affiliate based in Denver, appears to be activated for county subscribers on the satellite system’s...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

COVID-19 disaster-assistance loans offered by Region 9

A disaster-assistance loan fund, which will start out with modest funding but with the expectation it will grow, has been established to help small businesses in Southwest Colorado deal with...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango businesses report losing at least 70% of sales

More than half of Durango and La Plata County businesses responding to a survey about the COVID-19 pandemic say they have lost 70% of their business or closed their doors. Two hundred and...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Storm expected to bring light rain, snow to Southwest Colorado

Durango could see rain Sunday and a light rain-snow mix overnight that is not expected to leave much on the ground. However, 1 to 3 inches could be added to the snowpack in the San Juan Mountains...

DATE: March 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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