Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

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

Repurposing the city’s recycling station hits the glass ceiling

With the glass recycling station behind north City Market closing at the end of the week, could the site be “repurposed” for something even better? How about using it as a court for all the food...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Swiss cheese conspiracy theories are full of holes

I know this is a First World problem, but it’s been bugging me for a while. Why are blocks of Swiss cheese always more expensive than cheddar, pepper jack and other “regular” cheeses? The other day...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Warming up your car in winter is an idle notion

What are Colorado’s laws on warming up a car/truck and how long is long enough? Many people in my neighborhood start their car and leave it running each morning for a good 10 minutes. Not only does...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

No gray area with white lines, black clothes

I’ve noticed a number of motorists driving so that the passenger-side wheels cruise on the white line, or worse, over onto the shoulder. I live in the north Animas Valley, and one morning I...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Fenced-in land strip offers great squatting potential

Our lot backs to Florida Road, and we have a 6 foot privacy fence. When Florida Road was improved, another fence was constructed about 6 or 8 feet from our existing fence. We have no access to this...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Signs reveal quirks in traffic laws, 1950s-era development

Been meaning to ask you what could be the possible purpose of this sign up on Riverview Drive? And why tell drivers that the fine has been reduced for speeding in a school zone? – Louise Teal You...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Curious gate and mysterious door offer egregious egress in Durango

Did you know about the Gate to Nowhere? It’s by the Durango Joe’s drive-thru north of 32nd Street. Between the Caboose Motel and Durango Joe’s, there’s a concrete wall with a chain-link fence on...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Time is of the essence for Durango High School track team, food trucks

Given recent events, could certain members of the Durango High School’s cross country team be training for a 4:20 mile? That certainly would be a high goal. Sign me, T.H.C. Running a mile in 4:20...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

In Durango, no-shows make their presence known

I recently organized a large celebration. The party was a hit, despite the fact that 40 of the invited guests who RSVP’d never showed up. I was taught that an RSVP is your word and a courtesy to...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

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