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

We asked, you answered: Should train pay for 416 Fire?

The federal government is seeking $25 million in damages from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to recover costs of fighting the 416 Fire that started when embers from a coal-burning...

DATE: July 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango railroad’s liability for 416 Fire worries economic leaders

Economic leaders warned Tuesday any final ruling in a 416 Fire lawsuit that saddles the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad with a burdensome financial penalty will be counterproductive –...

DATE: July 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory exploring sale of company

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has hired a financial adviser to explore a sale of the company as it examines options to boost long-term shareholder value. The announcement comes after a multiyear...

DATE: July 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

San Juan County closes County Road 2

San Juan County closed County Road 2 near Eureka Campground on Sunday because the road has become unstable after it was washed out by an avalanche debris flow near the Animas River. The road is...

DATE: June 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flood advisory issued for Los Pinos River

A flood advisory for Los Pinos River in Southeastern La Plata County is in effect through 1:15 p.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service issued the flood advisory just after 11 a.m. Sunday,...

DATE: June 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ranchers face one-two punch from drought, harsh winter

Healthy green grass is a welcome sight for cattle ranchers in Southwest Colorado who have faced an exceptional drought, low prices and a harsh winter. For Brad Fassett, owner of Fassett Hay and...

DATE: June 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Workshop helps teachers hone ecological science skills

About 20 regional science teachers will have some fish stories to tell students next year, and with the help of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, they’ll be better able to convey some ecological science...

DATE: June 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Girl seriously injured in U.S. 160 crash

One girl was seriously injured and three other people suffered minor injuries Saturday night when a van hit a tow truck on U.S. Highway 160 just west of Bayfield in front of Lon’s Automotive. Upper...

DATE: June 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

LGBTQ community struggles to find adequate health care

Gaps in health care remain a problem in communities across Colorado, according to One Colorado, an advocacy group for the LGBTQ community, which held an informational and educational session Sunday...

DATE: June 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Veterans enjoy day on the Animas River

About 150 veterans and family members enjoyed a sunny Sunday, rafting on the Animas River at Santa Rita Park for the second annual Veterans Float & Picnic. With the river flowing about 3,900 cubic...

DATE: June 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Department of Transportation schedules busy work season

About $85 million will be spent on highway construction and traffic-improvement projects in south-central and Southwest Colorado this summer. The 30 projects, in 16 counties in Colorado Department...

DATE: June 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

One killed in early-morning crash on U.S. Highway 160

One person was killed about 4:30 a.m. Sunday when the driver of an eastbound Subaru strayed into the westbound lane and struck a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 160 between Twin Buttes and Lightner...

DATE: June 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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