Tom Sluis

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 | UPDATED: 6 days 1 hour ago | 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

Plastic bags go underfoot, not to China

Dear Action Line: What happens to all those plastic bags I think I’m recycling at City Market? Do they really get recycled or is China just refilling them with Wuhan Virus to send back to the...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Use Jedi whammy for free hotel stay

Dear Action Line: With the chaos on Camino del Rio the past eight months caused by the Holiday Inn construction, why don’t the owners make amends by offering every resident in Durango and the...

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

404 Error: County roads not found

Dear Action Line: Why are there no county roads in the 400s in La Plata County? They skipped right over them and went right to 500! – Jumbled Dear Jumbled: The 400s were not forgotten, said Megan...

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

Tractor revs up fine-art ideas

Dear Action Line: What’s up with the red tractor sitting in the grass on the east side of Florida Road in the 900 block? Is it art? Is it historic? – No traction Dear Traction: That awesome red...

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

10 p.m. last call for COVID-hol

Dear Action Line: Why did the state require bars to stop selling alcohol at 10 p.m.? Is that when COVID comes out and starts attacking drunken people? – Cruisin’ for a Boozin’ Dear Boozin’:...

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

Previous columnists

Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald


click here to add your event
Area Events