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

First-year Fort Lewis College students to ski Purgatory, Hesperus free

Ardent skiers have another reason to attend Fort Lewis College: free passes to Purgatory Resort and Hesperus Ski Area for full-time, first-year students. “We’re so grateful for this partnership...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Humane Society to close high-end shop

La Plata County Humane Society will close a retail shop that opened in April and featured high-end donations. The franchise will be consolidated into the existing thrift store at the Humane...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High School examines two plans for a new home

Animas High School has two conceptual plans to build its permanent facility, and school officials are gathering input from the teachers, staff members, parents, students and community members about...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Weak system moving through Southwest Colorado

Durango can expect 2 to 4 inches of snow from a weak system moving through Southwest Colorado Sunday, and more snow is expected later this week from similar weak cells. Jimmy Fowler, a...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Natural Foods sets vote to shutter operations

Member-owners of Durango Natural Foods will vote later this month on whether to dissolve the cooperative or elect a new board in an attempt to make the nonprofit financially stable. DNF is...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Salvage yard near Bayfield is final resting place for hundreds of cars

When your old beater has made its last commute, there’s a better than fair chance it will end up at Lon’s Automotive, a salvage yard, mechanic shop and used-parts dealer near Bayfield. The shop,...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Experts say economic expansion should run through 2019

A clock is ticking on the current U.S. economic expansion, the second longest on record, but three economists who delivered their economic forecasts for 2019 expect the good times will continue...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Bayfield-area house damaged in fire

Firefighters saved a home early Sunday near Bayfield. Upper Pine Fire Protection District Fire Chief Bruce Evans said hot ashes placed in a plastic garbage container outside the garage of a house...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman’s lawsuit accuses funeral home of illegally harvesting mother’s body parts

A La Plata County woman has filed a lawsuit accusing a Montrose funeral home and a business that harvests and sells body parts of dismembering her mother and selling the body parts without her...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ernest House Jr. learned young how to bridge cultures

Building partnerships and fostering relationships among different communities comes naturally to Ernest House Jr. Serving as executive director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs for the...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sunday snowstorm leads to serious accident north of Cortez, minor crashes around Durango

Light Sunday traffic helped keep snow-related accidents to a minimum in La Plata County as the latest snowstorm moved through Southwest Colorado. However, three people were critically injured in a...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

College buddies open ski bar south of Purgatory Resort

North Animas Valley residents have a new night spot a half mile from the entrance of Purgatory Resort after college buddies Kevin Wright and Joe Valerio spent two months gutting an old vacation...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

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