Mike Smedley
Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Downtown trashes river trail in waste basket count

Why are there so few trash cans along the Animas River Trail, particularly the stretch from 32nd Street down to Rotary Park? It seems to me that downtown has an overabundance of trash cans. Would...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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CDOT’s highway project is coming to a grinding halt

Regarding CDOT’s “improvement project” on U.S. Highway 550 through town: How does grinding down the road surface “prolong the life” of pavement? Also, the project was supposed to get rid of “ghost...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Time running out on blue boxes

When I’m out walking around the neighborhood, I’ve noticed most homes have a corded semi-transparent blue box attached to a post that’s set in the strip between the sidewalk and the curb. What are...

DATE: May 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Suing sidewalk beggars doesn’t sit well with the law

Last Sunday, I read with disbelief about the woman who successfully sued Maria’s Bookshop for a quarter million bucks after she tripped over a dog bowl and broke her ankle. So my question is this:...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

TV viewers can watch goats for free, but not Broncos

Could Action Line motivate the proper organization to get at least one or two Denver channels on free television? Up until 1994, we had Colorado TV on KREZ-Durango and KREX-Grand Junction. We got...

DATE: May 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Sheriff’s patrol vehicles tinted but not tainted

I’ve noticed the La Plata County Sheriff’s Department’s new SUVs have window tints that elevate the officers to the status of the Secret Service. It appears the tint exceeds the Colorado law...

DATE: May 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Colorado’s survey errors are borderline crazy

As a Colorado native, Denver-born in the 1950s and now living in Durango heaven, I have only recently become aware of the imperfect nature of our rectangular state. While I understand the...

DATE: May 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Pooch owner pooh-poohs property protocol

There’s a person who walks her dog by my home every morning and evening and religiously lets her dog poop in my yard. She always picks it up, but then walks further onto my property and deposits...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Horoscopes aren’t helping with your hazy fortunes

A weighty concern struck me this morning as my husband and I sat down to do our morning astrological reading. With the newspaper coming out every other day now, which dates do the horoscope apply?...

DATE: April 17, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Finding a handyman shouldn’t be a hands-off task

I’m an older resident of La Plata County, and on occasion, I need a handyman. Right now, the inside of my toilet needs to be replaced. Looking at the classified ads, I noticed that one handyman has...

DATE: April 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Action Line Pueblo plates get a chile reception from New Mexico

What’s your take on the looming Chile War between Colorado and New Mexico? It all stems (pardon the pun) from a bill in the Colorado Legislature to put “Pueblo Chiles” on a custom license plate. –...

DATE: April 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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When is it time to replace the city’s asphalt?

With all this talk of repeal and replace, at what point does the city decide to replace asphalt rather than repair with streaks of tar in the pattern of an Afghan? See my attached photo of the...

DATE: March 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line