Its time for the Action Line summer clearance, featuring 50 to 70 percent off all questions and mea culpas. The ol email box is really full, so were stacking them deep and answering them cheap.
Scooters parked on sidewalks are an issue for our friend Wade Nelson.
Legally, only 50 cc and smaller scooters can park on the sidewalk. Anything bigger has to park on the street, same as cars, he says.
Apparently, the city has begun ticketing scooter owners for overnight parking on the sidewalks. (Third Avenue Nazis at it again?) Some of these are 50 cc, some arent.
Heres the dilemma: If you park a scooter in parallel parking, sooner or later a car will knock it over, doing considerable damage and typically hit-and-run.
Wades solution: We either need Scooter Parking Zones or some relief from the sidewalk rule.
Or a guy named Mongo to beat the tar out of drivers who run over scooters and flee.
Weiner dog racing doesnt cut the mustard, advises loyal reader Susan Campbell. Susan is concerned about last weeks column promoting a fundraiser that included the canine competition, as well as a dunk tank, kids activities and a hot-dog-eating contest.
For the good of these precious little dogs, please discourage (organizers) from having the race, she says.
The Dachshund Club of America opposes dachshund races, not only on the grounds that the breed has a genetic predisposition to back injuries, but also because they are afraid that greyhound or horse (racing) tracks will use the events to attract potential customers to see a sport that many animal-rights advocates condemn.
Susan points out that many greyhounds are euthanized. Dachshunds might be next, she fears.
Dachshunds are already being bred as racing dogs. Please dont encourage events that push them further toward following the path of the greyhound.
Action Line did let organizers know about these concerns, and the race went on as planned. At the end of the day, a nice sum was raised for a the Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse. And no animals were injured, except for couple of humans, including Action Line, who suffered water-logging in the dunk tank.
Helmets for kids are a priority for the good folks at the Kiwanis of the Narrow Gauge.
As a follow-up to a recent column needling Durango Mayor Christina Rinderle for not wearing a helmet while biking on Florida Road, the club is distributing its remaining stock of free brain buckets.
Christina gladly helped the cause and gave away a bunch of helmets at her recent Tour de Racks event, which celebrates more bike parking downtown.
Now theres another opportunity for kids who need bike helmets. Come to the Kiwanis Club 25th annual Durango Duck Race on the Animas River from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Durango Discovery Museum. The club has 70 or so helmets, mostly size small, for kids. Theyll be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.
For event infoformation, check out www.durangoduckrace.com. Organizers have assured Action Line that rubber ducks and not wiener dogs will be used at this race.
Last weeks column wound up in the inbox of a leading expert on cottonwood trees, Kathleen Cain of Denver, author of The Cottonwood Tree: An American Champion.
Kathleen writes: Loved your cottonwood article, but can I just add (some clarifications).
Its a matter of es. Eek!
Kathleen (two es) correctly points out that the native Fremont cottonwood has only one e and is named after the explorer John C. Fremont.
Action Line was remiss in referring to Freemont Cottonwoods.
And while the Latin phrase mea culpa appears without problems, the same cannot be said for botanical nomenclature.
The correct Latin for the plains cottonwood is Populus deltoides (with an e), not deltoids.
Flexing its muscles was the dang computers auto-correct program, which made a robo-edit that 240-pound weakling Action Line failed to catch.
Thus, when it comes to cottonwoods, Action Line didnt see the forest for the es.
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