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

Rocky Mountain gardening: Patience required

The key to gardening in Southwest Colorado is patience. “Don’t get overeager this time of the year,” said John Wickham, owner of Native Roots Garden Center and Gift Shop, 26266 U.S. Highway 160....

DATE: April 27, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Utes, Fort Lewis College will offer Ute language classes

In an effort to spread Ute language fluency to younger generations, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Fort Lewis College are working on a program to certify more instructors who can teach the Ute...

DATE: April 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango High School senior achieves dream of invitation to West Point

Ford Kavu Pitts found out in the middle of an anatomy test at Durango High School that he had achieved his goal since middle school: He will be one of 1,200 new cadets at the U.S. Military Academy...

DATE: April 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

A business founded on fungi

Rayne Grant has been studying mushrooms since 2012. For the past five years, she’s even been working on a documentary about the fungi. She began experimenting making mushroom medicinals in 2018,...

DATE: April 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Business

Six more electric co-ops seek Tri-State separation

Six rural electric cooperatives have joined La Plata Electric Association’s exploration of buying out their long-term contracts with their electricity supplier, Tri-State Generation and...

DATE: April 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Van life in era of COVID: A cruising vaccination clinic

In just over two months, San Juan Vans in Bayfield completed its most unusual conversion: From a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, it crafted a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Animas Surgical...

DATE: April 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Home health, hospice company with Durango office sells for $775M

Abode Healthcare, a provider of home health care and hospice services with an office in Durango, was acquired by BrightSpring Health Services in a deal reportedly valued at $775 million. Abode...

DATE: April 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

No letup in sight for hot home sales in La Plata County

Continued flight from urban areas and a limited number of available homes have sent La Plata County home prices higher – with the median price of a county home just shy of $500,000 in the first...

DATE: April 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango charter school does nasal swabs every day

“Who doesn’t love a nasal swab in the morning?” asked Jen Lokey, Mountain Middle School’s instructional guide, as she greeted sixth graders as they arrived for school Tuesday morning. Strangely...

DATE: April 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio family featured on DIY Network

Shalina Luna and her daughter, Joli Galvan, were glued to the TV on Tuesday evening with a dozen or so close friends who helped them build a 700-square-foot earthen house in the Ignacio area. Luna,...

DATE: April 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Durango High School targets teens

Pediatric Partners of the Southwest will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic targeting 16- to 17-year-olds, the youngest age group cleared for inoculations, from 3 to 7 p.m. April 29 at Durango High...

DATE: April 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory Resort wraps up 2020-21 ski season

PURGATORY – Sean Wren estimates he spent 50 days this season out on the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and he was not about to miss getting some final turns in Sunday, the last day of the season. “The...

DATE: April 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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