Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Action line takes hit for incorrect guidance right-hand turns

Talk about a bum steer. Several members of the motoring public admonished Action Line for providing incorrect guidance in last week’s column. Normally, Action Line admits his blunders briefly in...

DATE: June 5, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Give cold shoulder to old notions of traffic rules

Good morning, Mr. Action Line. I feel compelled to give you my observations from my 87-year perspective regarding U.S. Highway 550 north from town to Hermosa. Recently, I was reprimanded by an...

DATE: May 29, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango’s green energy numbers are not black and white

There’s a sign on the west side of U.S. Highway 550 at Animas View Drive that says we are a “Green Energy Community.” If we are, can you find out what percentage of the energy we consume is “green”...

DATE: May 22, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Where did Tuba City get its name?

Traveling to Flagstaff across the northern Navajo Reservation, you go through Tuba City. Where did the name come from? Was John Phillips Sousa born in Tuba City? The Navajo people are exceptional...

DATE: May 15, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Something’s afoot with downtown pedestrians

The other day, I watched people crossing the streets downtown and a question arose. Pedestrians on the corners punch the silver crosswalk buttons not once but many times, often in rapid succession....

DATE: May 8, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

What a difference a day makes after decade of weather wondering

In The Durango Herald’s “WeatherWatch” section, there’s a shaded box that says, “Durango precipitation measures are recorded from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. in the previous 48 hours.” So, being that it...

DATE: May 1, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Cyclists bristle over CDOT’s road-sweeping schedule

The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is five weeks away, and most aspiring participants need to spend lots of time training. In-town roads have been cleaned of winter debris, but highways are a different...

DATE: April 24, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line investigates urban deer population

Having moved into town from the county, I’ve been surprised at the deer-dodging I have to do every day on the roads. It seems that all the deer have likewise moved into town. Has anyone taken a...

DATE: April 17, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Roads become more difficult to make driving easier

What the heck is up with the disappearing lane on U.S. Highway 550 just before the Iron Horse Inn? Did too many drivers end up in the pool at the RV park? I thought that the two lanes merging just...

DATE: April 10, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Santa Rita Park playground goes from janky to swanky

When my family and I discovered that the Santa Rita Park playground was being dismantled in preparation for new equipment, we were excited and perplexed. The old Santa Rita playground was one of...

DATE: April 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Dialogue about one-lane road is a two-way street

Why does the city insist on having two lanes on the one-way portion of Main Avenue through Rio Grande Land and past the train station? The road paint has faded, and it’s scary this time of year. As...

DATE: March 27, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Pine cones, snowpack show nothing’s average in Durango

Has anybody noticed the abundance of huge Ponderosa Pine cones? It’s the biggest pinecone crop in the 20-plus years I’ve been at my house. Does this predict a wonderfully wet spring and so the...

DATE: March 21, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

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