Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Hunting for lake interloper isn’t a shore thing

Many, many of your constituents are still curious about the fate of the “lost hunter” who “broke into” the entrance trailer at Lake” Nighthorse last fall. Did that poor soul survive his privations?...

DATE: April 22, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

New intersection takes a turn for the worse

Here’s a photo of the renovated 22nd Street and Main Avenue intersection. Across the intersection is a two-way street, Alamo Drive. If I obey the posted signs, I can only turn left in the left...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Size matters, especially with parking spaces and trucks

Here’s my pet peeve: oversized parked trucks that stick out into the street. Why aren’t these hazardous monstrosities ticketed? You have to drive in the oncoming lane or scrape the entire right...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Conspiracy theories are all wet about dry creek

The Animas River is rising, the San Juan Basin’s snowpack is 160 percent of normal and the temperatures have been warm. So why is there no water in Junction Creek? Where is all the water from the...

DATE: April 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

People have had their fill of online pothole pleas

No new taxes? Let’s adopt a street! How about a GoFundMe page for the big, beautiful potholes of your liking on whatever street you prefer? We have GoFundMe pages for dogs, cats, people, horses,...

DATE: March 25, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Puppy ad is the black sheep of the classifieds

In the classifieds on Wednesday, the section for Livestock and Pets had an unusual offer. Under a large headline for “sheep” was an ad for “beautiful black lab and kelpy mix and pitty and black lab...

DATE: March 18, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

‘Roundabout to Everywhere’ needs medical attention

Hurrying to Mercy Regional Medical Center, we took the Bridge to Nowhere to avoid the Three Springs stoplight. After crossing the bridge, we came upon the Roundabout to Everywhere. The sign informs...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

City makes cold cuts with sandwich board ban

City Council banned water bowls for dogs and now prohibit sandwich boards outside stores and restaurants because they too can cause pedestrian hazards. When will the city ban posted menus outside...

DATE: March 4, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

City left holding the bag when trash cans don’t open

During a walk with my sister, I proudly pooped on the sidewalk. My human owner bagged it and looked for a trash can. He discovered the trash can (see photo) with nine bags of poop on top. Being a...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Roads could be fixed with tax on trikes, skateboards

What does the upcoming sales-tax hike really mean? It’s supposed to be for road repairs. Voters rightly didn’t trust the City Council in the last election, so should we ever? Are we voting for more...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Light at Elmore’s Corner has a dark backstory

The traffic light at Elmore’s Corner (I call it “El No-mores”) has got to go. Drive east on “the 160” and all the lights seem to be timed. Through Bodo – green. WallyWorld – zip-a-dee-doo. Home...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

All are welcome, sort of, in many public places

There are “No Trespassing” signs around the Mason Center, including on the path I use every day. Isn’t this public property? Then there are “No Trespassing” signs around the School District 9-R...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

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