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

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

Fort Lewis College plan calls for improved retention, greater enrollment

A new strategic plan that calls for improved retention of students, enrollment growth to 3,700 students within three years and more experiential learning opportunities for students was unanimously...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Would-be Fort Lewis College trustee pays a visit

Janet Lopez got a preview of her future job as a member of the Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees on Thursday – discussing the school’s budget and getting a glimpse of the future that will be...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango airport passenger numbers up in 2018, despite 416 Fire

Commercial passenger traffic at the Durango-La Plata County Airport increased to 378,876 combined arrivals and departures in 2018, an increase of 6,549 passengers, or 1.8 percent, compared with...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Service station owner reimburses customers for bad fuel

Donna Cook, owner of the Sonoco gas station in Grandview, earned one loyal customer in an unusual way when she inadvertently sold him a half tank of gas mixed with water. But Mark Guenin of Pagosa...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Juniper School invites community to discuss plans for a new school

The Juniper School will begin a community discussion to plan for its permanent facility and kick off its enrollment application window at a meeting Monday at the school, 215 E. 12th St. Head of...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New bus routes will service Tech Center

Durango Transit and Road Runner Transit are partnering to provide four new routes from the Transit Center to the Durango Tech Center as public and private agencies scramble to fill holes after...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman rescued near Purgatory

A 50-year-old woman from Oklahoma was with members of La Plata County Search and Rescue on the Purgatory Flats Trail at 8:20 p.m. Monday after she became lost while snowshoeing at the Durango...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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