John Peel

Position: Action Line Columnist


Huffing about puffing: An idle pastime?

Dear Action Line: My neighbor in Bayfield leaves his diesel truck idling – morning and evening – for over an hour almost every day. Yesterday, he left it idling from 5:15 to 6:47 p.m. Is this...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2021 | UPDATED: 1 day 12 hours ago | COLUMN: Action Line

Finding restroom a Costanzian challenge

Dear Action Line: As I walked out of Office Depot, a woman was urinating on the sidewalk. She looked at me, and I awkwardly said, “Hey,” like this happens all the time. What’s the etiquette in this...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line goes off the rails

Dear Action Line: Where are the three springs of Three Springs? – Mike Silver Dear Mike: Sounds like a simple question. Action Line will make the answer very complex so you have to pay attention....

DATE: Jan. 4, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Wood chips, and chips on the shoulder

Dear Action Line: I’ve never put up a Christmas tree before but with all that I, and the world, have gone through, I figured a hopeful, symbolic evergreen was just what I needed. But what do I do...

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

The train whistle’s link to science fiction

Dear Action Line: It’s great to hear the train whistle each evening from where I live on 32nd Street. Lately it hasn’t been the regular warning blast at the 32nd Street crossing, but more of a...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Driveway tolls: The new rage?

Dear Rookie Action Line: Wait, you again? – A. Ego Dear A.: Well, yeah. What do you mean by that? We thought you skedaddled about a decade ago. You’re still in town? You still exist? I left the...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line passes the torch

Dear Action Line: Is it true you took a job with city and are giving up the column? – Dazed and Confused Dear Dazed: It is true. This is my final column. I have taken a job with the city of...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Critters occupy Smelter Mountain 1BR/1BA

Dear Action Line: I was walking along the Animas River Trail by Smelter Rapids the other day and looked up to see what looks like an old adobe building with a door and windows on the hillside. Is...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

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

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