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

Supporters of La Plata County commissioner’s recall fall 1,105 signatures shy of their mark

Three county residents turned in 6,400 signatures in an effort to recall La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt on Friday – 1,105 shy of the 7,505 needed to force a vote – but they vow to take...

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Conservation Colorado spends thousands to fight La Plata County commissioner’s recall

Conservation Colorado this month donated $20,110 to United Against the Recall, a group it formed to fight the recall of La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt. Campaign finance records from the...

DATE: March 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Maria Guajardo, Fort Lewis College presidential candidate, visits campus

Maria Guajardo, one of three candidates seeking to become the next president of Fort Lewis College, hugged Katherine Montoya, a senior sociology major, when asked what attracted her to a school...

DATE: March 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado recall laws liberal but challenging

Colorado laws on recall elections date back to the early 20th century and are designed to ensure voters have the power to determine the validity of any reasons cited for the ouster of an elected...

DATE: March 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Should Durango High School close its campus?

Closing Durango High School’s campus, a debate that springs up about once a decade, has been rekindled – returning this year after a rash of shootings at schools across the country, including in...

DATE: March 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Longtime La Plata County rancher announces bid for Congress

Mary Malarsie, a longtime La Plata County rancher and mother of three who is frustrated with the two-party political system, has announced her candidacy as an independent for the 3rd Congressional...

DATE: March 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmers, Ranchers looking at cuts to irrigation allocations

Ranchers and farmers dependent on irrigated water for their operations are preparing for a tough year, as they may receive just 50 percent of normal allocation. The situation is brighter for some...

DATE: March 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

City of Durango may bar sitting, lying on downtown sidewalks

In their ongoing effort to find ways to reduce panhandling downtown, Durango city councilors are turning to Tempe, Arizona, where it is illegal to sit or lie on city sidewalks. “We certainly are...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Republicans find treasurer nominee in Wells Fargo banker Colton Black

What looked to be a two-way battle among Democrats for the La Plata County treasurer’s office was joined Thursday by Republican Colton Black. Black is first vice-chair of the La Plata County...

DATE: March 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango schools Superintendent Dan Snowberger a finalist for another job

Dan Snowberger, superintendent of Durango School District 9-R, is one of four finalists for a superintendent’s position with the Thompson School District in Loveland. In an email to The Durango...

DATE: March 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parents, school officials cross wires on school-safety meeting

Parents concerned about school safety crossed wires with Durango School District officials, with both taking leadership roles in organizing the same panel. A passionate desire to move quickly to...

DATE: March 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Boosting enrollment top priority for next Fort Lewis president

The three finalists for the top job at Fort Lewis College are well aware of the school’s declining enrollment and its budgetary pinch. Dick Kaufman, a trustee who led the Presidential Search...

DATE: March 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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