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

Animal rescue deals with suspected poisonings

Karen Corcoran-Watkins has a mystery to solve that hits too close to home. On Thursday morning, she woke to find three of her beloved pygmy goats dead. That came after two of her goats died...

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

Lake Nighthorse to close for season

Lake Nighthorse will close for the season Nov. 14 and reopen sometime in April. Durango Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz said visits to the lake and revenue projections are below...

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

Students propose ideas to cool warming planet

Inspiring people to combat climate change, protecting and growing forests and increasing the use of wind turbines were keys three high school students suggested to avoid the predicted catastrophic...

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

Southwest Colorado legislative candidates file latest campaign finance reports

With the General Election less than a week away, candidates for the Colorado General Assembly filed their final campaign-finance reports before voters’ mail-in ballots are due. The final financial...

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

Barbara McLachlan supporter files complaint against independent Paul Jones

Incumbent state Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, may be outpacing her opponent, Paul Jones, when it comes to financing their own campaigns, but the support her Gunnison challenger is receiving...

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

Community Foundation raises, spends $416,000 to aid residents hit by 416 Fire

The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado, which went into overdrive to raise funds in the wake of the 416 Fire, reports it has raised and spent a symbolically appropriate $416,000 as of...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health insurance costs increase at Durango School District 9-R

Durango School District 9-R will likely be examining about $127,000 in midyear budget cuts in the next several months to cover a shortfall in its health insurance fund. In addition, employees’...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado tourism industry borrows battlefield acronym to describe tough year

IGNACIO – The past year in Southwest Colorado has been tough for the tourism industry. Perhaps not as brutal as a Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan, but brutal enough that regional business leaders...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Mix It Up Day allows Durango High School students to combat bullying, prejudices

For students, Mix It Up Day was mostly an opportunity to have a little fun during lunch break, but the purpose of the event was more profound: to get students to drop personal and social barriers...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Francisco’s restaurant reopens in part of its original space

At 77 and 76 years of age, Frances and Claudine Garcia have reopened a smaller version of Francisco’s Restaurante Y Cantina, an iconic fixture on Durango’s restaurant scene for 46 years. “We’re...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Student videos explain ballot measures in nonpartisan way

American government students at Fort Lewis College have produced nonpartisan, informational videos to aid voters as they decide how to cast their vote on 11 of the 13 ballot measures they’ll face...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain expected Monday through Wednesday

A warm storm system from the south is expected to move into Southwest Colorado on Monday night with a good chance of rain lasting through early Wednesday. Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist with the...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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