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

2 Native Americans join Fort Lewis College faculty

Two Native American professors, including one of the few Native Americans who will be on a business school faculty, will join Fort Lewis College for the fall 2019 semester. The additions come as...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Louisa’s Movie House set to close in March

Louisa’s Movie House, another venerable Durango business hit by the digital age, plans to hold a liquidation sale and close by the end of March unless a “unicorn” buyer materializes in the next...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Fort Lewis College grants help students make ends meet

In an effort to reduce accumulated fees and unexpected costs from blocking students continued pursuits of their studies, Fort Lewis College has introduced the Skyhawk Persistence Grant....

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

A childhood dream to serve on a school board

Marianna Valdez seemed destined to serve on a school board. Even growing up, she was fascinated with schools for their interaction with the community. “I’ve always wanted to be on a school board,”...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Big Picture High School takes time out of equation

With students who often arrive on campus already behind and enmeshed in fragile or abusive family environments, Durango Big Picture High School strives to nurture students, many of whom are...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Graduation rates: Different issues face neighboring schools

When examining graduation rates, Bayfield and Ignacio high schools face two almost polar opposite challenges. Bayfield High must work to maintain high graduation rates that frequently finish at...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pancake stacking queen crowned; Snowdown 2020 theme announced

Fans of golden-era rock ‘n’ roll should have an advantage winning any Snowdown trivia contests in 2020. “A Rock Around Snowdown” was chosen as next year’s theme. Peg Ochsenreiter, Snowdown board...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

A wet week in store for Southwest Colorado

Southwest Colorado got hit by a warm winter system, sometimes called a Pineapple Express, Saturday night, and the region can expect a string of storms one after another though the week. A system...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory-area housing market strengthens

Real estate in the Purgatory area is experiencing a delayed renaissance after taking a hit during the 2008 Great Recession. Since 2017, new construction has become a more common sight in the north...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango High School graduation rates increase, beat state average

Durango High School improved its four-year graduation rate from 86.1 percent in 2017 to 87.4 percent in 2018, a seemingly small amount that obscures a major improvement in the graduation rate of...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High School tops state graduation average

Animas High School pays particular attention to potential first-generation college students from the day they arrive on campus. It’s something that AHS Head of School Sean Woytek credits with...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Zia north remodels now, plans move in 2020

Zia Taqueria has finished a remodel of its north Durango restaurant’s entryway, but owner Tim Turner said he still intends to move one block south to a new building in spring 2020. And around the...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

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