Tom Sluis

Monsters limit access to Animas River

Dear Action Line: With the new Animas River Trail extension to Oxbow Park, can I access the river south or east of the 36th and Silverton streets intersection? There are “No River Access” signs...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 1 hour ago | COLUMN: Action Line

Blue boxes ready to accept your mail – and ballots

Dear Action Line: With all the mailboxes being removed in the United States, can you find out where the mailboxes are found in Durango and the surrounding area? – U.S. Male Dear U.S. Male:...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Kirk, Spock dictate county votes

Dear Action Line: A recent letter to the editor wanted to make sure everyone knew they can vote for all county commissioners regardless of which district they live in. Why even have districts if...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Plastic bags go underfoot, not to China

Dear Action Line: What happens to all those plastic bags I think I’m recycling at City Market? Do they really get recycled or is China just refilling them with Wuhan Virus to send back to the...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Use Jedi whammy for free hotel stay

Dear Action Line: With the chaos on Camino del Rio the past eight months caused by the Holiday Inn construction, why don’t the owners make amends by offering every resident in Durango and the...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

404 Error: County roads not found

Dear Action Line: Why are there no county roads in the 400s in La Plata County? They skipped right over them and went right to 500! – Jumbled Dear Jumbled: The 400s were not forgotten, said Megan...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Tractor revs up fine-art ideas

Dear Action Line: What’s up with the red tractor sitting in the grass on the east side of Florida Road in the 900 block? Is it art? Is it historic? – No traction Dear Traction: That awesome red...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

10 p.m. last call for COVID-hol

Dear Action Line: Why did the state require bars to stop selling alcohol at 10 p.m.? Is that when COVID comes out and starts attacking drunken people? – Cruisin’ for a Boozin’ Dear Boozin’:...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango School District horses around with sign’s origin

Dear Action Line: A sign at the parking lot at Durango High School says the lot is “permit parking only,” but the next sign says the entrance is for horses only, with a big exclamation point! Then...

DATE: July 20, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Swim suits, not birthday, OK for hot springs

Dear Action Line: With Trimble Hot Springs renovations including multiple pools, will any be clothing-optional? – Body Positive Dear Positive: Bryan Yearout, one of the new owners of the hot...

DATE: July 13, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Chief’s depiction a sign of the times

Dear Action Line: If a 40-foot unflattering caricature of a white person was used to advertise a Durango business, what would the sign look like and what kind of business would it be? – Fair’s fair...

DATE: July 6, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango’s tree huggers now smell-turriffic

Dear Action Line: What is the bright yellow flame burning from the metal chimney at the city’s water reclamation facility? Is it methane from, well, you know? There was no hint of the old smel-turd...

DATE: June 29, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

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