Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

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Carcass becomes lively topic thanks to endearing typo

Please investigate possible illegal voter suppression at Miller Middle School. Earlier this month, The Durango Herald reported that wildlife officials removed a “deer caucus” from the school...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Action Line

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Weekly trip to the grocery store can be quite taxing

I’m wondering about taxes we have to pay at the grocery store. I’m attaching my Walmart receipt. I know that the city tax is 3 percent, the county is 2 percent and the state is 2.9 percent for a...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Action Line

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Utah’s ‘Mount Trump’ could make Bears Ears great again

While backpacking this autumn in Grand Gulch, Utah, we came across the beginning of a Mount Rushmore-type of monument. It’s 40-foot by 50-foot and closely resembles our 45th president. Could our...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Action Line

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There is a reason for the no-smiling rule on driver’s licenses

While getting my driver’s license renewed, the technician said, “no smiling!” when it came time to take the photo. He clarified this to say that I wasn’t allowed to show any teeth in the picture....

DATE: Feb. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Action Line

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Fresh questions crop up with new vegetables

The other day, I stumbled upon this photo on my phone. I took it during the holidays at the grocery store. (Sorry for the delay.) Apparently, there’s a new kind of vegetable: green bean broccoli....

DATE: Jan. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Action Line

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The rain in vain stays mainly in the lanes

Sitting here watching the weather, I was confounded to contemplate rain in Durango in January. Then, lo and behold, I witness something even more confounding – a city snowplow drives by, sparks...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Action Line

Like everything else, inbox needs yearly deep cleaning

It’s a full week after New Year’s Day, so naturally, many of us, including Mrs. Action Line, get the urge to “clean things up around this place.” Sock drawers are organized and dust bunnies get...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Action Line

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Should the Bridge to Nowhere get a new name?

Now that the Bridge to Nowhere actually goes somewhere, what do we call it? – Rob Kolter Whenever a bridge is constructed, the strangest thing happens to elected officials. They get all giddy about...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Action Line

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Snow brings out flakiness in some fitness buffs

Now that snow is here, could you explain a perpetual Durango paradox? We live in arguably the fittest town in the fittest state in the nation. How is it that our citizens will brave the cold to...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Action Line

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Annual doggerel offers up a new leash on life

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through our towns / The events of the past year brought smiles and frowns. / So readers, indulge this most heinous of verses, / You cannot be faulted for...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Action Line

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When it comes to parking tickets, park users get to skate

If there is no parking allowed at the Durango Skate Park, why are cars usually parked there? – Joe Green “Durango doesn’t have a parking problem – Durango has a walking problem.” Action Line forgot...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Action Line

Disappearing lights may alienate some motorists

In October, you answered my question about the blinking warnings lights at the U.S. Highway 550 and Trimble Lane intersection. The lights used to start flashing just before the stoplight changed....

DATE: Dec. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Action Line

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