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

Fire damages house in Arboles

A house sustained damage in a fire Saturday in Arboles, but the resident inside was uninjured and the house remains in livable condition. Los Pinos Fire Protection District Capt. Josh Lorenzen said...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado could see snow late Monday, Tuesday

A storm system following an unusual track is expected to bring snow to Southwest Colorado late Monday and Tuesday with 1 to 4 inches expected along the U.S. Highway 160 corridor and up to a foot in...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2021 | UPDATED: 34 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

At Durango School District 9-R, in-person learning returns

Replete with a face mask and goggles, the new teacher uniform in the COVID-19 era, Rachel Tabor welcomed back her 18 kindergarten students this week, after they had spent eight weeks at home after...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bath & Body Works at Durango Mall to close

Citing slow sales, the Bath & Body Works shop at the Durango Mall plans to close Jan. 23. Shanice Medina, store supervisor, said store sales have slowed to a point where the store is no longer...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2021 | UPDATED: 19 hours 15 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Hundreds apply for PPP loans at Durango bank

By Thursday afternoon, 300 applications for the latest round of the Paycheck Protection Program had already been received at First Southwest Bank in Durango. First Southwest and Native American...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District 9-R board OKs parameters for bonds

The parameters for issuance of $90 million in bonds to improve school safety, to take care of a backlog of maintenance needs and to finance two new major buildings were set Tuesday by the Durango...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango school district likely will need to open pocketbook for new superintendent

Durango School District 9-R will likely have to up the ante when it hires a new superintendent, district board members were told Tuesday night in an update on the search to replace Dan Snowberger....

DATE: Jan. 13, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango restaurant owners file lawsuit against Polis, health departments

Owners of CJ’s Diner, Jerry and Carrie Martinez, are suing Gov. Jared Polis and state and local health departments, claiming state law, executive orders and public health orders that restrict...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | UPDATED: 4 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Teams organize to begin vaccinations in La Plata County

A group of 400 medical volunteers is organizing to begin vaccinating residents of La Plata County who are 70 and older, hoping to hold their first event possibly in the second half of the month....

DATE: Jan. 11, 2021 | UPDATED: 5 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

San Juan Basin Public Health forms partnerships for COVID-19 tests, vaccinations

San Juan Basin Public Health is working with Animas Surgical Hospital and Pagosa Springs Medical Center to provide COVID-19 vaccines to residents and staff members of long-term care facilities....

DATE: Jan. 11, 2021 | UPDATED: 4 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High School, Fort Lewis College agree to land lease for new school

Animas High School has moved a step closer to building a new school on the campus of Fort Lewis College – agreeing to a ground lease for 3.2 acres of land just south of the Bader-Snyder resident...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2021 | UPDATED: 5 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Putting in some turns for a good cause

PURGATORY – Dr. Jon Vivolo, an emergency room physician at Mercy Regional Medical Center, said his friend and skiing buddy Dr. Jeff Paffendorf would have been right with him Sunday making turns at...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2021 | UPDATED: 5 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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