Position: Education, business & real estate reporter

Email: patrick@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 Hide

Fort Lewis College’s new president launches a listening tour

Tom Stritikus is beginning his tenure as president of Fort Lewis College playing to a strength: listening. Stritikus is in the middle of a listening tour during his first weeks on campus. He...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Restaurants, T-shirt shops rev up during Four Corners Motorcycle Rally

The Four Corners Motorcycle Rally appears to have met one of its prime missions: boosting late-summer sales for merchants, at least for some Durango merchants. Motorcyclists seem to have kept the...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Is a conference center worth the expense?

In the end, building a conference center requires a leap of faith and acceptance of a certain amount of risk. A group of Durango business and economic leaders want to make the leap. Rod Barker,...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Police Department hears from public about use of body cameras

The use of body cameras by Durango Police Department officers is slated to begin in early November with a 30-day trial, and public comment on policies that will guide their use began with a town...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Panel to discuss ‘fake news’ that permeates field of anthropology

Fake news has been a trending controversy for the past two years, but archaeologists have been debunking strange ideas about past iconic remains for decades, if not centuries. “Frauds, Myths and...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio School District improves state rating

The Ignacio School District improved its rating from the Colorado Department of Education for 2018, one of six low-performing districts in the state to earn an upgrade. The ratings come in part...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Four Corners Motorcycle Rally roars back into Durango

Vince Morris from Farmington is a regular at the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally, and he’s glad to see it’s returning to its full glory. “I used to volunteer at the rally every year. It’s nice to...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado ideally situated to lure more tour groups

Mountains, history from ancestral Puebloans to the Old West and unique small towns make Southwest Colorado an attractive destination for more small tour groups of 20 to 50 people, according to a...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Standardized tests enlighten educators about learning successes, gaps

It’s often said standardized school tests are a snapshot – “one day, one test” – and too much weight is put on their results. But Durango School District Superintendent Dan Snowberger said...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexual assault

James Zink, one of three men accused of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint Oct. 14, 2017, was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison for second-degree assault. He was also sentenced to 10...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County homeowners get glimpse of federal flood aid program

Homeowners whose property was damaged by floods coming from the burn scar of the 416 Fire got a tutorial Thursday evening about a federal program that could help with projects to protect their...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mexican Rotary club visits Durango for inspiration

Anna Mier found a tour of Manna soup kitchen’s garden and learning kitchen an inspiring example of community building and a model her Rotary group in Juárez, Mexico, might replicate to help some of...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News