Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Don’t be at loggerheads with trucks lumbering through town

I bet there are a lot of Durangoans wondering about those large log trucks rolling along Camino del Rio and north Main. Where are the trees from and where are they going? Are they beetle-kill to...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 minute ago | COLUMN: Action Line

Installing humps ‘raises’ concerns in county

Is it appropriate for an individual subdivision to install “speed-control humps” throughout its community at a cost to the safety and well-being and financial burden of the entire county? – Sign...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 23 hours ago | COLUMN: Action Line

City takes middle-of-the-road approach to safety

I’ve noticed some disturbing traffic trends at Florida Road and County Road 250 near Bread. The right-hand turn lanes bisect the pedestrian crosswalks. Drivers just blow through and ignore yield...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

New ADU names make an initial appearance

Many folks in our neighborhood west of the Durango Public Library are renting ADUs. In Wyoming, where they’re a bit behind with naming, some people call them Accelerated Depreciation Units. But...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Curb your enthusiasm on ‘reserved’ parking

Can Durango residents reserve parking on their streets? I saw this sign in the Riverview neighborhood near a trailhead for access to the infamous “Beach,” the area along the Animas River across...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Small recovery fee takes the ‘pain’ out of paint

I recently purchased a quart of paint at Walmart. On the receipt, I was charged a “recovery fee.” Three different people gave me three different answers about this recovery fee. Why this fee? Who...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango has your number with plastic recycling

Where does my plastic go after I recycle it in Durango’s single-stream recycling bin? What are the odds that it’s really getting made into other plastic goods? Am I just fooling myself into...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango doesn’t have lock on being No. 1 in storage

Driving around town, I noticed that Durango has an incredibly high number of storage units. Are we the Storage Capital of the United States? If so, this would nicely complement Durango’s...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango’s drains awash with errant bark mulch

After some of our very welcome recent rains, there was a less-welcome displacement of material onto sidewalks and streets. The biggest offender looks to be landscaping mulch. Go figure – chips of...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Lawyers courted briefly with county bounty

Here’s a phone screen shot from a recent official La Plata County job posting. It looks like I may have chosen the wrong career path. No wonder our county budget is looking kinda slim. Sign me,...

DATE: July 29, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Pine or Los Pinos name is well rooted in history

La Plata County geography can be so confusing. For example, there’s the Los Pinos Fire Protection District but also the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District. Are the Los Pinos and the Pine the...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Getting close-in parking has its pros and cons

Home Depot offers “Pro” customer parking, presumably for contractors. How is that fair? Those guys are being paid to shop. Seems like those of us spending our own dime and time ought to get...

DATE: July 15, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

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