Patrick Armijo

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Jared Polis talks health care in Durango

Any health care idea that reduces costs, expands coverage and improves outcomes is something Jared Polis said he would be interested in pursuing as governor. “Dianne and I,” Polis said, speaking...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill would create federal felony for rogue drones over wildfires

People caught flying a drone over a wildfire could face federal felony charges if a bill that Colorado’s congressional delegation introduced Wednesday becomes law. “I’ve heard firsthand from the...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

With fundraising complete, Fort Lewis College set to buy rafting company

Fort Lewis College students, faculty and staff soon will have access to rafting permits on the Rio Chama and San Juan rivers in New Mexico and the Salt River in Arizona. The Fort Lewis College...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Efforts to contain 416 Fire move to the northeast

Additional firefighters arrived Sunday to help battle the 416 Fire and more were expected Monday. Don Ferguson, a public information officer for the 416 Fire, said approximately 10 engines and...

DATE: July 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire, Durango & Silverton train cancellations hit merchants hard

Few if any retail businesses in Durango managed to escape the absence of tourists stemming from the 416 Fire and the cancellation of train runs to Silverton. “It is definitely affecting us,” said...

DATE: June 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New airport director focuses on incremental improvements

For Tony Vicari, managing the Durango-La Plata County Airport is the ideal job in an ideal locale for someone who likes to spend time on trails, whether it’s wearing hiking boots in the summer or...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

416 Fire sends up first plume visible from Durango in a week

For the first time since last week’s rains, the June 9-10 remnants of Hurricane Bud from the Pacific Ocean, the 416 Fire put up a plume visible from Durango on Sunday. Bethany Urban, a public...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Could Bureau of Land Management call La Plata County home?

The Bureau of Land Management is considering moving its headquarters out of Washington, D.C., and Grand Junction has been among the leaders looking to lure the office. But La Plata County may enter...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Purgatory deals with financial hit from 416 Fire

Many employees at Purgatory Resort are on a two-week furlough, other employees have had their hours reduced and some positions have been eliminated as the resort deals with the financial hit of a...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: More Sports

Silverton shop owners feel economic squeeze from 416 Fire

SILVERTON – The collateral damage inflicted by the 416 Fire hit more than homeowners and businesses within a few miles of the blaze; it also hit owners of shops and restaurants dozens of miles...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Firefighters use burnouts to outsmart 416 Fire

HERMOSA – The ominous plume north of Durango churned for an eleventh day Monday, putting up periodic puffs of black smoke as the blaze found pockets of thick vegetation – some discovered by natural...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire not harming tourism, director says

Tourism agencies have well-crafted marketing campaigns to draw in targeted crowds. But when natural disasters happen, they have to pivot to crisis communication to keep their message on point. The...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

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