Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

‘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

Multi modal plan could put bikes, elk on equal footing

Traveling up County Road 211 toward Lake Nighthorse, I’m always amused at this “Share the Road” sign. If I come upon one of these wapiti, must I allow the same 3-foot buffer afforded to cyclists?...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

‘Dr. Seuss’ vine trumps trail’s trees and bushes

There appears to be an invasive vine engulfing entire trees and shrubbery on parts of the Animas River Trail. It bloomed with pretty white flowers, but now it has seed heads that look like...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Halloween in August could be a trick or a treat

I was heading into south City Market and something literally stopped me in my tracks. Some workers were putting ceramic jack-o’-lanterns out for sale. It’s not even Labor Day and we’re getting...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Offer to purchase Arc might hit a steel wall

I need your help! Who could I contact at the city to purchase the Arc of History? I would like to put it in my front yard, as it will compliment my home quite nicely. I am actually serious. I...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line: Recreation and sanitation mingle at park bench

You need to check this out. By the “Demon Bridge” across from the Fairgrounds, there’s this bench overlooking the Animas River. Thing is, the bench was installed right next to a sewer vent. While...

DATE: July 31, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

‪Durango profoundly at risk for highfalutin hooey

Here’s a question of utmost importance to Durango: Does “wholeness quiet infinite phenomena?” I believe that your readers have a need to know. Keep up the important work and send my regards to the...

DATE: July 17, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Lack of music reigns on Durango’s July 4th parade

I’m as patriotic as the next Western liberal intellectual. But I found myself uninspired by Durango’s Fourth of July parade. There was one tiny band, few floats that demonstrated any vision or...

DATE: July 10, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

On the Animas River Trail, seepage may prompt city to spring into action

I love our Animas River Trail and travel on it daily. But two things are bothering me. First, what’s up with the water seep behind the high school? Its appearance certainly coincided with the...

DATE: July 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

City arborist gets a plum assignment on Florida Road

Why did the city cut down the rows of trees in the Florida Road median? They left these rows of ugly 3-foot-tall stumps. Is the city taking landscaping lessons from the Colorado Department of...

DATE: June 26, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Downtown decks the halls for the Fourth of July

Check out the Ninth Street entrance to the offices above the Irish Embassy. The window features a painted poinsettia from Christmas. Does the downtown Business Improvement District have rules for...

DATE: June 19, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Podiums ‘teaming’ with winners who didn’t medal

When I was a high jumper in junior high, high school and college, the winners’ podium had a spot for first-, second- and third-place finishers. Now I read of athletes in several sports placing...

DATE: June 12, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

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