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Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

On a lighter note, here’s how goldfinches change color

I’m sick of hearing about the virus. How about a non-pandemic question? Around this time of year, the goldfinches suddenly turn bright yellow. How do they know when to change colors and what causes...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 13 hours ago | COLUMN: Action Line

Witty sign unwittingly predicts the future

When I saw this marquee at the fairgrounds, the irony of psychics having “unforeseen circumstances” struck me as pretty darn funny. Then, almost immediately, I wondered what Action Line’s take on...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Truck at Durango Mall gets 5-star review for irony

Is the Amazon Prime truck at the Durango Mall picking up or dropping off? Probably dropping off since half the stores have abandoned the mall. Maybe this photo is the ultimate indignity. Either...

DATE: March 16, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

College Drive road diet weighs heavily on some locals

After enduring “improvements” to College Drive, several of us citizens want to stop the planned complete destruction of this corridor. If the changes that have been made so far weren’t so horrible,...

DATE: March 9, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

City patches things over with local skeptics and atheists

What is “services parking” along East Third Avenue? Is “services parking” available every day of the week? I noticed that some tape is obscuring the top part of the signs, presumably covering the...

DATE: March 2, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Older stoppers are non-starters in rec center showers

What’s with the Durango rec center shower control knobs? They keep changing directions. One day, you turn the handle to the left for hot water. The next day, it’s to the right. Also, it varies by...

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

Trimble Crossing is the area’s new hot spot

On my way up to Purgatory, the temperature sign at Trimble Crossing shows it’s hot as hell. Does La Plata County have an untapped power source? Is the magma that fuels Trimble Hot Springs coming to...

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

It’s up to the locals to create Follies humor

It was yet another snowless year for Snowdown, but that unfortunate situation paled in comparison to this year’s Snowdown Follies. What? No local humor? In a year of budget scandals, a city manager...

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

Alleys have allies for old ugly sheds

What about doing a column about the great old ugly sheds in the alleys around West Second and West Third avenues? They seem to be jam-packed with old stuff. It would be nice to have some photos and...

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

Same ol’ weather isn’t grounded in reality

The NOAA website for Durango is one of my go-to sources for weather forecasts, along with durangoweatherguy.com. However, for many days now the NOAA site has shown incorrect information – and the...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

It’s still a sorry state of affairs with Denver TV

All we get is cheap talk about getting Denver TV. Why can’t each state get that state’s broadcasts? Maybe our lawmakers could pass a huge fee on stations that broadcast out-of-state channels. We...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Trail’s darkness sheds light on upcoming project

Like many Durangotangs, I enjoy using the river trail to bike, run, walk the dog and even for yoga. But there’s a problem at night. There are no working lights between the Powerhouse Science Center...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

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