Is there a program similar to Big Brothers Big Sisters for those advanced in age? Seems there would be a need for aging baby boomers, Follies cast members and others of that age group who would benefit from mentoring, companionship or maybe just a weekly run to the dispensary. Little Brothers Little Sisters maybe? – Dan
Being the independent-minded and freedom-loving generation, boomers aren’t ready for organized elderly support programs because they won’t admit they’re old and don’t like organized programs.
Instead, boomers will just squander their final paycheck or their first Social Security disbursement on driving an unpaid-for car to hear the latest Rolling Stones final concert tour.
Is the “Dogs Must Be On Leash” sign at the Animas Mountain trailhead some kind of mistake? Has anyone ever seen a dog on a leash there? Whose regulation is it, and what’s the reason for a regulation that all dog owners ignore? – Uninformed
Ignoring regulations is not limited to dog owners. It’s practically a Durango law that everyone can eschew any rule sign they want.
For proof, just head to north City Market and watch the entrance next to Mac’s Liquor.
Does anyone exiting the parking lot obey that “No Left Turn” sign? (You’re asking yourself, “Oh, is there a sign there? Hmm.”)
Even Mrs. Action Line has been known to take a few liberties fleeing the cluster-prone north City Market parking lot.
What about the “Customer Parking Only” sign in Town Plaza? A lot of people who work downtown totally blow it off.
And who hasn’t stopped counting at 12 while standing in the “10 Items or Less” aisle? C’mon, admit it. Everyone has been a checkout scofflaw.
It’s the same thing at Animas Mountain, just north of Junction Creek.
The trail system is under two jurisdictions, thus giving Durangotangs twice the opportunity to grant themselves regulatory immunity.
The trailhead is city-owned, but the trails are on Bureau of Land Management land, according to Jed Botsford, recreation supervisor for the Columbine District of the BLM.
All dogs must be on a leash in the city limits. In theory at least. Thus the leash sign.
Once away from the trailhead, it’s a different story. Dogs can roam free – sort of.
“There is no regulation to say that dogs must be leashed on BLM land except when in developed recreation areas,” Botsford said, adding that canines must be “under voice control” of their owners.
Despite not having a rule for leashes on Animas Mountain trails, Botsford asked that people consider the impact of untrained, unrestrained dogs.
Botsford appealed to all users to abide by Leave No Trace ethics (LNT.org), which includes “control pets at all times or leave them at home” and respecting the forest’s silence.
The call of the wild is not, “Buddy! Get over here! Buddy! Stop chasing that squirrel! Come! Buddy, come! Stop that! Get over here, now! Sit!”
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The Mea Culpa Mailbag offers clarification on last week’s potshot at the public library’s voluntary preferred parking for fuel-efficient cars.
b “Some folks think that this means only hybrids can park in these spaces, but very efficient gasoline and diesel vehicles are also compliant,” writes Michelle Reott, a local green-building consultant who worked on the library’s design.
Does your car qualify? Michelle provided two handy links.
First is a list of qualifying 2000-2010 model-year cars at www.greencars.org. Second, vehicles with a “smog score” of 10 are considered a ”zero emission vehicle”; check it out at www.driveclean.ca.gov/index.php.
Needless to say, you won’t find a Hummer H3 or Cadillac Escalade on either list.
b And speaking of handy links, reader Luke Rangle passes along footage of what he calls “the most massive aerosol spraying I’ve witnessed” shot from his deck on Aug. 27: www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Qp0HgtAh0.
This might be the proof the chemtrail people need.
Jets unleash mysterious vapor – and next thing you know, SUV drivers think they can park in the library’s fuel-efficient spots.
E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Action Line, The Durango Herald, 1275 Main Ave., Durango, CO 80301. You can request anonymity if you ask the chemtrail jet pilots to write ‘Surrender Dorothy’ next time they spray Durango.