Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

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Neighbors bring drivers up to speed with signs

What’s up with the red yard signs along North College Drive? They say, “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here.” Maybe they could have other signs, such as “Drive Like a Person from Sun City, Arizona.”...

DATE: July 16, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Grocery stores dogged by unauthorized pets

I love dogs and I have two that go almost everywhere with me. But I just came home from Walmart and City Market and there were three dogs in each grocery store, either carried, riding in the cart...

DATE: July 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

When building a fence, it’s best to be on the city’s good side

I was driving around town and saw a newly constructed fence around a home. The two-by-fours supporting the fence were facing the street, with the “good” side of the fence facing the home. It looked...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Downtown trashes river trail in waste basket count

Why are there so few trash cans along the Animas River Trail, particularly the stretch from 32nd Street down to Rotary Park? It seems to me that downtown has an overabundance of trash cans. Would...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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CDOT’s highway project is coming to a grinding halt

Regarding CDOT’s “improvement project” on U.S. Highway 550 through town: How does grinding down the road surface “prolong the life” of pavement? Also, the project was supposed to get rid of “ghost...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Time running out on blue boxes

When I’m out walking around the neighborhood, I’ve noticed most homes have a corded semi-transparent blue box attached to a post that’s set in the strip between the sidewalk and the curb. What are...

DATE: May 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Suing sidewalk beggars doesn’t sit well with the law

Last Sunday, I read with disbelief about the woman who successfully sued Maria’s Bookshop for a quarter million bucks after she tripped over a dog bowl and broke her ankle. So my question is this:...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

TV viewers can watch goats for free, but not Broncos

Could Action Line motivate the proper organization to get at least one or two Denver channels on free television? Up until 1994, we had Colorado TV on KREZ-Durango and KREX-Grand Junction. We got...

DATE: May 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Sheriff’s patrol vehicles tinted but not tainted

I’ve noticed the La Plata County Sheriff’s Department’s new SUVs have window tints that elevate the officers to the status of the Secret Service. It appears the tint exceeds the Colorado law...

DATE: May 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Colorado’s survey errors are borderline crazy

As a Colorado native, Denver-born in the 1950s and now living in Durango heaven, I have only recently become aware of the imperfect nature of our rectangular state. While I understand the...

DATE: May 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Pooch owner pooh-poohs property protocol

There’s a person who walks her dog by my home every morning and evening and religiously lets her dog poop in my yard. She always picks it up, but then walks further onto my property and deposits...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Horoscopes aren’t helping with your hazy fortunes

A weighty concern struck me this morning as my husband and I sat down to do our morning astrological reading. With the newspaper coming out every other day now, which dates do the horoscope apply?...

DATE: April 17, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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