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

What’s next for Durango’s Buckley Park?

Art Gomez remembers Durango High School football practices at what is now Buckley Park. Nancy Ariano remembers the park’s hillside used as a sledding run for children as far back as her childhood...

DATE: July 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Challenger Lauren Boebert knocks off five-term incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton

Lauren Boebert delivered a stunning upset victory knocking off five-time incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, in Colorado’s 3rd U.S. Congressional District in the Colorado Primary Election...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commission candidates advance to General Election

Two Democrats ran unopposed seeking two seats on the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners and will likely face unaffiliated candidates in the November General Election after the Republican...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

StoneAge lays off 12 employees

StoneAge, the maker of water-blasting cleaning tools and one of Durango’s few industrial firms, has laid off 12 employees amid a global economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. StoneAge ...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High School lands $13.7 million for new school

Animas High School has been awarded $13.7 million to build a permanent school on the Fort Lewis College campus from the state’s BEST grant program, which will fund 68.5% of the estimated $20...

DATE: June 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Four teens, young adults injured in rollover at Navajo Lake

Four of five teenagers and young adults from Durango were injured Friday night in a rollover crash near Navajo Lake in New Mexico – with one of the occupants eventually airlifted to St. Anthony’s...

DATE: June 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Masks: The new normal at Durango businesses

You know the era of COVID-19 has become the new normal when mask wearing is now the default while eating or shopping in downtown Durango. “No one’s really gotten upset,” said Jim Carver, co-owner...

DATE: June 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Group recommends Durango schools ask for $85 million bond

A group looking at maintenance needs of existing schools and studying future capital needs has recommended Durango School District 9-R seek voter approval for $85 million in bonds in the November...

DATE: June 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District 9-R approves $56.6 million budget for 2020-21

The Durango School District 9-R Board of Education unanimously adopted a $56.6 million budget for 2020-21 that includes cuts to account for $3.6 million in reduced state funding and $1.6 million in...

DATE: June 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Planning Commission allows hot springs to stay open until 10 p.m.

Durango Hot Springs will be allowed to remain open until 10 p.m. after the La Plata County Planning Commission modified a condition of approval that would have required the new owner of the...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

More than 9,300 primary ballots returned in La Plata County

As of Thursday morning, 9,387 ballots had been returned in La Plata County for the primary election, and voters still have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to return ballots to drop-off boxes. It is too late...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Investment contest open to rural firms

Startup companies in rural Colorado have until Tuesday to apply to compete in an investment contest with the winner receiving a $250,000 investment from the Greater Colorado Venture Fund. The...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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