Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Shipping containers won’t be converted to ADU village at Durango’s Walmart

I was driving past Walmart and I noticed a bunch of shipping containers in the front parking lot. Is Walmart starting a “tiny house” development on site? The store already allows camping there. Why...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Pot tax revenue about 1.51% of all tax revenue collected by state

This question has me losing precious sleep. So voters were asked to approve more taxes for schools, roads, airport and health care. I’ve done minimal research, and I see that in 2015, some $996...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

On U.S. Highway 550/160, two mile markers miss by a mile

I go past mileposts 87 and 88 frequently while driving or riding my bike on U.S. Highway 550/160 near Home Depot. One day it occurred to me that they were not a mile apart. In repeated...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Deck the halls with pumpkins, boughs of holly

I know you’ve answered this question before, but it’s worth asking again. Last week, Home Depot put up a small forest of artificial Christmas trees and decorations across from the barbecue grills....

DATE: Oct. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line: Highway ‘pot garden’ plan get nipped at the bud

Now that the Arc of History is gone, how about replacing it with a marijuana garden? Grow lights could be installed to help brighten the dark U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection. National media...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Some in Durango are fans of unusual currency

A few days back I decided to read The Durango Herald the old-fashioned way – a paper copy. I went to a newsstand and on there was a message on the box: “Use Any Coins Except Pennies.” So, I pulled...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

On U.S. Highway 550: Blinking light offers coded safety message

Is CDOT once again using us as a testing ground for traffic-control experiments? The question stems from the warning signals at U.S. Highway 550 and Trimble Lane, where there’s the only stop light...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Truck/light pole situation takes a turn for the worse

Another week, another semi takes out a traffic light or light pole. Is it me or is this happening more frequently? Last week, traffic backed up while CDOT repaired a truck-damaged pole on Camino...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Is ice food?

We were having a barbecue, so I went to the store and got some ice for the cooler. As I poured out the cubes, I noticed this label on the bag saying “Ice Is Food” and another label listing the...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line: Going multi-modal creates some singular problems

I invite you and Mrs. Action Line to take a nice walk along the Animas River Train from 32nd Street to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. I was walking there recently, and from out of nowhere, whoosh!...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Library garden odor speaks volumes about infrastructure

As a volunteer at the Durango Public Library demonstration garden and docent for the Durango Botanical Society, I’m frequently at the gardens along the Animas River Trail. We do maintenance each...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

‘Thistles’ on Chapman Hill cause quite the buzz

I thought Canadian thistle was considered noxious. The county thinks it is, but the city must not. Take a look at the purple haze on Chapman Hill. What’s the deal? – Kevin Karle Is there a new...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

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