Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

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

Dim-bulb drivers having headlights problems

Why can’t motorists manage to turn on their headlights? It happens every evening, all the time. These stupid drivers must be “greenies” who think that not having headlights on saves on gas. That’s...

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

Chair-hatted ‘unicorn’ doesn’t sit well with agency

I took a picture of a strange-looking critter in my backyard this evening. I thought there were no such things as unicorns, especially ones with bad hats. What’s going on around here? – Terry Hobbs...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Big signs can prevent issues with parking, zombies

Check out the La Plata County Courthouse. They put up a huge sign, the type you see along the highway. It’s flashing a message about relocation of the Human Services Department. Thing is, if you...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Over-the-air TV watchers are all ears regarding antennas

I’m one of those folks without cable, satellite or Internet TV. I use the old rabbit ears antenna, which actually gets PBS, CBS and FOX plus some Spanish stations. In the last year, things have...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Buckley Park is going downhill fast as plastic piles up

Have you gone past Buckley Park lately? There’s this mountain of broken sleds and snow saucers forming the base of the hillside. Did the city of Durango establish a new plastic recycling site? Do...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

For most performances, the no-applause rule is claptrap

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a sold-out production of “The Music Man” at the Durango Arts Center. I was amazed at how few people in the audience were applauding some really stellar singing...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Wag more, bark less with the annual Christmas doggerel

’Twas four days ’fore Christmas and all through our towns, Events of the past year brought smirks and some frowns. We’ll look at what happened for better or worse; It’s time once again for the...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

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