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 Hide

Man sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexual assault

James Zink, one of three men accused of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint Oct. 14, 2017, was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison for second-degree assault. He was also sentenced to 10...

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

La Plata County homeowners get glimpse of federal flood aid program

Homeowners whose property was damaged by floods coming from the burn scar of the 416 Fire got a tutorial Thursday evening about a federal program that could help with projects to protect their...

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

Mexican Rotary club visits Durango for inspiration

Anna Mier found a tour of Manna soup kitchen’s garden and learning kitchen an inspiring example of community building and a model her Rotary group in Juárez, Mexico, might replicate to help some of...

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

La Plata County commissioners get zoning tutorial

The saga of whether zoning will be adopted in La Plata County may have entered the beginning of its end stage Wednesday. Commissioners kicked off a series of four work sessions that is expected to...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flood damage misses threshold to qualify for FEMA funding

The dollar amount of damage from floods and debris flows caused by a weeklong storm system in La Plata County and across the state, about $4.3 million, fell well short of the $7.3 million the state...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Juniper School breaks down age barriers by mixing classes

A teacher at The Juniper School in Durango might help a student in the morning, but in the afternoon, the assistance might come from a classmate, maybe a grade ahead or another student who has a...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Small Business Administration offers loans to businesses hit by 416 Fire

Small businesses that suffered lost sales because of the 416 Fire and subsequent flooding and debris flows can apply for federal disaster loans. The Small Business Administration has opened its...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City sales taxes down in June, but not as much as feared

City of Durango sales tax revenue collected for the month of June came in at $2.22 million, down 5.6 percent from the same month in 2017 – a relief to some the drop wasn’t bigger given the 416 Fire...

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

Five Southwest Colorado firms on fast track to growth

Daudi Barnes is looking for an investment of $4 million to $5 million to revolutionize the way rocket thrusters are designed and manufactured through his firm, Agile Space Propulsion Co., located...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Airport parking lot to close for repairs

The Durango-La Plata County Airport will close its 375-space main parking lot from Sept. 17 to Sept. 21 for repairs. Airport passengers who leave their vehicles at the airport will be asked to use...

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

Durango to ask voters to approve tax increase in November

Durango city councilors Tuesday unanimously approved asking voters for an $8.7 million tax increase request when they go to the polls in November. The increases would pay for general city services,...

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

Train owner floats new idea for conference center near Buckley Park

Al Harper is adding another idea to the decades-old conversation about building a conference, arts and cultural center in Durango. The owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad ...

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