Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

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

Mystery gas line, winter’s onset lead to rout of route

I just came down 14th Street from East Third Avenue and recalled the city doing street work there some months back. The south side of the street is smoothly paved, but the north side of the street...

DATE: March 6, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Not all is what it ‘seams’ with smelly gas seep

Every time I drive across the “High Bridge” on the southeast end of Bodo Industrial Park, a foul odor invades my vehicle. It smells like the sewer plant during tourist season. Where is this stench...

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

Action Line Elevator’s halfway service prompts half-baked theories

I’ve been inside the West Building a bunch of times, but I never noticed this until the other day. If you’re in front of the elevator in the lobby, the sign above the door reads Floors 1 through 8....

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

Stoplight at JBo’s isn’t music to motorists’ ears

Going to work every morning, I drive down North College Drive and have to stop at the light on Florida Road across from JBo’s for a left turn. That light takes 45 minutes to change. OK, maybe only...

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

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