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 imagines $4.5 million cut in budgetary exercise

Fort Lewis College is conducting a budget analysis, a hypothetical exercise in which each of the school’s five vice presidents are asked to plan for budget cuts of $4.5 million, which equates to...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Second-graders gain STEAM

Kaia Horton, 7, was frugal, coming in at $222, well under her teacher-imposed budget of $300 for her gingerbread house, although she admits she got a free chocolate snowman from her teacher, Nicole...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

The Mac Ranch to move to Main Avenue in Durango

The Mac Ranch, which has served as the Apple-certified computer repair shop serving most of Southwest Colorado, will move to Main Avenue after the holidays. Owner Dave Sessions said he will...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Study: Return to Archuleta Courthouse ill-advised until problems fixed

A return to the Archuleta County Courthouse should not occur until an array of indoor air-quality issues that have led many employees to complain of eye irritation, sinus issues, coughing and...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Pongas bar suspected of liquor law violations

Durango’s iconic pool hall and watering spot, Colorado Pongas, which changed owners on March 1, could lose its liquor license on Jan. 16. The city of Durango Local Licensing Board voted 3-0 to hold...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango 9-R board reassures undocumented students’ safety at school

Concerned that students of families in the country without documentation are fearful of being apprehended at schools, a group of Durango High School students recently asked the school board to...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango schools update procedures for detecting concussions

Several revisions and improvements to protocols dealing with concussions have Durango School District 9-R officials more confident they are diagnosing and treating students more effectively than...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Charles Siegele, ‘quiet leader’ and longtime Purgatory employee, dies at 70

Charles H. Siegele – who helped cut the Styx trail at Purgatory Resort, was a founding member of the National Ski Patrol of Southwest Colorado, and was a founding board member of Community...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beware of overindulging in ‘holiday cheer’ at office parties

Everyone has a favorite tale to tell, but the goal is to avoid a starring role in office chatter about that cringe-worthy, embarrassing Christmas office party moment that is the center of next-day...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

80 applicants expected to seek Fort Lewis College presidency

Thirty-eight candidates have applied to replace Dene Thomas as president of Fort Lewis College, 39 others have expressed interest in applying and 44 candidates have been nominated. By Feb. 1, 2018,...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango schools look to enhance emergency drills

Law enforcement officers might become more involved in regular emergency drills held in Durango schools, offer critiques of top school administrators’ table-top emergency drills and maybe even...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High students bring fresh eyes to homelessness issue in Durango

The final grade will be assigned by Ashley Carruth, who teaches humanities to a group of Animas High School juniors that chose to study issues surrounding homelessness. But if Brandon Hayes, who...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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