Patrick Armijo

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Shop class stars strut their stuff at regional competition

Seth Thornburg, 17, a senior at Durango High School, is pretty handy with a miter saw and a router – skills enhanced in carpentry and woodworking classes. Seth and 85 other students from five...

DATE: March 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Stormy week expected in Southwest Colorado

Southwest Colorado can expect an unsettled wet week ahead, with three storms expected to bring rain to river valleys and snow to San Juan Mountains. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield firm looks to revolutionize wastewater treatment

BAYFIELD – A small, 3½-year-old firm is talking to venture capitalists and angel investors looking for $1.3 million in investments by May to commercialize a chemical compound to clean wastewater...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Are local businesses hurting or benefiting from storms?

When it comes to snowstorms, it’s typically feast or famine for businesses, unless you’re the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, in which case it’s complicated. If you sell ice cream,...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Durango woman seeks seat on La Plata County Commission

Marsha Porter-Norton, who has led a nonprofit in La Plata County and worked as a facilitator of meetings on numerous public policy issues, announced her candidacy for the county commission...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Graduation rates: Different issues face neighboring schools

When examining graduation rates, Bayfield and Ignacio high schools face two almost polar opposite challenges. Bayfield High must work to maintain high graduation rates that frequently finish at...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Partial shutdown stifles craft breweries, including Ska

As the partial federal government shutdown extends to a month, craft brewers like Ska Brewing Co. are feeling the pinch. Craft brewers that distribute across state lines need approval from the...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

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. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County Economic Development Alliance looking for new leader

Roger Zalneraitis, who has led the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance for eight years, has accepted an offer to become economic development manager for the Permanent Fund of the Southern...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

LPEA deepens study of new electricity sources

A consulting firm has been hired to explore the realities of purchasing electricity on the open market if La Plata Electric Association buys out its contract with its current electricity supplier,...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Veterans Day Parade honors World War II vets

Herman Todeschi has seen more than his fair share of war - fighting up the bootleg of Italy, then southern France, the Balkans and eventually along the Rhine River in Germany itself during World...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Dealing with painful loss, Bayfield EMT finds his calling

Eleven years ago, Dan Miller tragically lost his toddler son, Thomas. But in his journey to deal with the boy's death, he found his true calling - working as a paramedic and firefighter. "It was a...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

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