Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Local vehicle accessories include mountain goats, wenches

Is it too late to enter my 2008 Toyota Tacoma into the classic car show? The truck itself is nothing special, but the hood ornament is surely a prize winner. By the way, this occurred at the end of...

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

Reservoir signs provide the best typos by a dam site

Dear Mr. Action Line, can you investigate these aquatic orthographic oversights spotted nearby at Vallecito and Totten reservoirs? Sign me, Aqua-nonymous Following Action Line’s blockbuster exposé...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

City might run out of words in Sustainability Action Plan

Aren’t you constantly amazed at the politically correct gobbledygook from our elected officials? Specifically, this pertains to the City Council “Sustainability Action Plan” announced via the Local...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

City’s ‘libary’ directional sign is one for the history books

I was recently in Durango visiting my sister, Debbie Williams, who thought that Action Line might find the attached photo of interest. Taken at the old public library, the sign drew our attention...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Bold gulp makes governor the toast of the town

If Gov. Hickenlooper is willing to drink water from the Animas River so soon after the toxic spill, what else is he willing to drink? Is he available to hire as entertainment for my next social...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

What in the blazes is up with that maple at the county fairgrounds?

There’s a tree at the La Plata County Fairgrounds that’s turning yellowish red. There are a couple of other trees doing the same thing in various parts of town. It seems way too early for trees to...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

You gotta keep an eye on webcams and vagrant parking pluggers

While watching KOB-TV Albuquerque morning news, I saw a live view of the intersection of Main Avenue and Seventh Street, with the Strater Hotel on the right and Karyn Gabaldon’s gallery on the...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Duo blazes the way for roads not saddled with signs

Having driven recently to surrounding towns such as Pagosa Springs, Cortez, Monticello and Moab, we were bombarded with ubiquitous roadside signs and billboards. Who can we thank for the relative...

DATE: July 26, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango’s phone habits show herd mentality

Isn’t there some sort of law about unnatural acts like talking on a cellphone while bull riding? And you should see what he left behind him! Left me steaming! – Cab O’Yero It’s hard to see this as...

DATE: July 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Wildflower, weed debate meets happy median

I wish the planters in the center of the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection were better maintained. They are currently full of noxious weeds obscuring the wildflowers. Is it the state’s...

DATE: July 5, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango dogged by scofflaws with free-range rovers

I’m new to town, and I own two dogs. One is a sweet little puppy and the other is unpredictable. Because of this, I make sure they’re on leashes. It’s my understanding that the city has and...

DATE: June 28, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

With chilly spring, trees were freezing their buds off

Why doesn’t the city take care of things? I often think “Durango” is a Spanish word meaning “deferred maintenance.” It’s why we’re going to have to cough up $50 million for a new sewer plant. So...

DATE: June 21, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

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