It's not just the gas stations that give locals the shaft. In The Durango Herald, a half-page ad on Jan. 23 showed Frontier Airlines offering an economy flight between Durango and Denver for just $59 each way. But if you start your flight in Denver, it's only $39 each way, according to a Jan. 25 half-page ad in The Denver Post. This is the same stinking plane. At least the gas stations don't put out a half-page ad stating how lucky we are to be goosed by their special offer. Please sign me "Flying United."
Not to be rude, but your tray table isn't in the upright and locked position.
Action Line compared Frontier's Durango and Denver "Check out our Economic Stimulus Package" ads side-by-side, and they do look similar, with three pricing categories: classic plus, classic and economy.
Local readers saw a $59 economy deal for a one-way fare between here and the Mile High City.
The Denver ad lists an economy one-way fare for $39. However, you gotta read the fine print: "Fares shown are each way for off-peak travel between Denver and Albuquerque or Colorado Springs." No mention of Durango.
So Frontier isn't gouging locals. Heck, 59 bucks seems like a pretty good deal.
Maybe a bag of pretzels and a ginger ale will help you sit back, relax and enjoy the flight.
And what a coincidence - salty snacks and soft drinks are on sale at the gas station!
Regarding recent statements about La Campanella, what does it mean to be "too cheesy for Miami?" Do any other Durango developments qualify for that designation? - Brie in Animas City
"Cheesy" comes in many flavors, such as Old Western, served locally by ranch-style homes with rusty farm implements and wagon wheels as yard art.
A slice of Eastern Yankee cheese can be found in those faux colonial townhomes along Florida Road.
So why the collective "mamma mia!" when Italian villas are added to Durango's plate of ripe fromage?
Actually, the city is trying to cut down on gimmicky developments.
"It's true that La Campanella was reviewed and approved prior to the adoption of commercial design guidelines," said Greg Hoch, director of planning and community development. "It is likely that a comparably over-the-top development would not be approved under the new guidelines."
Always the diplomatic public servant, Hoch avoided any reference to "cheesy." But he did say his favorite cheese is Jarlsberg. Which is a good thing.
If Hoch loved Swiss, we might see chalet-inspired designs, lederhosen and yodeling. Kind of like Ouray, the so-called "Switzerland of America."
Now that's cheesy.
The Mea Culpa Mailbag has two constabulary notes.
- Durango Police Sgt. Geary Parsons, who answered the question about the legality of asking vehicle passengers for ID, passes along the latest Supreme Court pronouncement.
Last Monday, the court ruled unanimously that officers have leeway to search a passenger in a car stopped for a traffic violation even if nothing indicates the passenger has committed a crime or is about to do so.
Pat-downs are permissible when cops have a reasonable suspicion that the passenger may be armed and dangerous.
Obviously, this ruling is a major setback for the many Action Line readers who pack heat and carry contraband.
- After getting dinged for overtime parking, Margi Buiso is boycotting downtown because of Durango's new $9 ticket.
"I will now opt to have my business meetings away from downtown as there are plenty of establishments that have no meters and my friends will be able to enjoy time together uninterrupted by meter restrictions," she writes.
"As a longtime Durangoan, I have had way too many longer-than-expected lunches end with a parking ticket."
Let's look on the bright side. At least the ticket-writers aren't cops, so they can't frisk parking scofflaws.
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