Position: Education, business & real estate reporter

Email: [email protected]

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

Durango’s real estate market immune to COVID-19

Most businesses relished seeing 2020, the year of COVID-19, fade into the rearview mirror, but there was one big exception: Real estate was hot on the Western Slope, and La Plata County and Durango...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Four people escape mobile home fire southeast of Durango

A single-wide mobile home south of Elmore’s Corner in La Plata County was destroyed by fire Thursday morning, but the four occupants and their three dogs escaped unharmed. Durango Fire Protection...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tuesday snowstorm might favor lower elevations in Southwest Colorado

An unusual snow-producing storm that might leave more snow in Durango than on the highest peaks of the San Juan Mountains reached Southwest Colorado early Tuesday, canceling in-person learning at...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s Brennan Oil Co. switches gasoline supplier

Durango’s venerable gasoline provider Brennan Oil has changed fuel-supplier contracts going to Marathon Petroleum Corp. from Exxon Mobil Corp. New Marathon signs are already on gas pumps, and Kevin...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Restaurants preparing meals for workers battling COVID-19

Feed the Frontlines, an effort aimed at helping Durango restaurants cope with reduced business during the COVID-19 pandemic while providing meals to front-line workers battling the virus, is back...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire damages house in Arboles

A house sustained damage in a fire Saturday in Arboles, but the resident inside was uninjured and the house remains in livable condition. Los Pinos Fire Protection District Capt. Josh Lorenzen said...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado could see snow late Monday, Tuesday

A storm system following an unusual track is expected to bring snow to Southwest Colorado late Monday and Tuesday with 1 to 4 inches expected along the U.S. Highway 160 corridor and up to a foot in...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

At Durango School District 9-R, in-person learning returns

Replete with a face mask and goggles, the new teacher uniform in the COVID-19 era, Rachel Tabor welcomed back her 18 kindergarten students this week, after they had spent eight weeks at home after...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bath & Body Works at Durango Mall to close

Citing slow sales, the Bath & Body Works shop at the Durango Mall plans to close Jan. 23. Shanice Medina, store supervisor, said store sales have slowed to a point where the store is no longer...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hundreds apply for PPP loans at Durango bank

By Thursday afternoon, 300 applications for the latest round of the Paycheck Protection Program had already been received at First Southwest Bank in Durango. First Southwest and Native American...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District 9-R board OKs parameters for bonds

The parameters for issuance of $90 million in bonds to improve school safety, to take care of a backlog of maintenance needs and to finance two new major buildings were set Tuesday by the Durango...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango school district likely will need to open pocketbook for new superintendent

Durango School District 9-R will likely have to up the ante when it hires a new superintendent, district board members were told Tuesday night in an update on the search to replace Dan Snowberger....

DATE: Jan. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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