Tom Sluis

City fixes problem too soon, flusters columnist

Dear Action Line: I forgot the name of our new city manager, so I did a Google search for “Durango City Manager,” but the photo of Amber Blake showed up. Is this proof that there is a Deep State in...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Rumble bumps music to reader’s ears

Dear Action Line: We live near a state highway. A couple of months ago rumble bumps were installed down the middle of the road. Since that time, we have been constantly entertained by the “burp,...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Dog-poo bags might line the path to hell

Dear Action Line: It’s pretty much agreed that hikers who don’t pick up their dog waste on the trail are going straight to hell. But what about those who bag it and just leave it on the trail...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Hole in ballot envelope not for prying eyes

Dear Action Line: Why is there a hole in the center of my ballot envelope? Are people looking through it to see how I voted? Is there something nefarious at work? – My ballot, all mine. Dear Mine:...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Frogger played at 12th and Camino

Dear Action Line: I have almost been run over multiple times at the pedestrian crosswalk on Camino del Rio near River City Hall/Backcountry Experience. Someone is going to die if people continue to...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Animas River’s flows flirt with the all-time low

Dear Action Line: The Animas River flow rate is slowly falling toward the 100 cfs mark. Has it ever fallen below 100, into double digits? – Drying Up Dear Drying: The U.S. Geological Survey has...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Walmart’s ‘pit mine’ under review

Dear Action Line: For the past few years I’ve had to drive through the open pit mining that’s going on at the north entrance to Walmart. I’m all for resource extraction, but isn’t this the kind of...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Sign’s signs point to City Market

Dear Action Line: Why do people insist on turning left onto north Main Avenue from the north City Market parking lot, despite having a “No Left Turn” sign right there at the exit! Why can’t CDOT...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Flashing sign prevents cyclist bonks

Dear Action Line: Why is there a flashing stop sign at East Fourth Avenue and Eighth Street? It is powered by a solar panel but blocked by a large tree. Is this going to be the new normal in...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

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 | 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

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