Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

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

‘Potted’ plant isn’t what some tourists think it is

Inside one of the city’s flower barrels, there’s a plant that resembles marijuana. Here’s a photo. I saw a tourist who stopped to look at the plant. He muttered derisively, “I just don’t know about...

DATE: June 14, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Support is flagging for downtown’s ‘Stars and Stripes’ parade

With the 4th of July a month away, the Durango Business Improvement District needs to tap into Action Line’s immense powers. We’re in charge of organizing the “Stars and Stripes Parade,” but we’re...

DATE: June 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango’s an accepting place, except for grass in park

I walk “past” Memorial Park every day, and I reflect on memories of actually walking “through” the park. When is the city planning to re-open it to the public? The project took so much longer than...

DATE: May 31, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

‘Happy Hour’ offers free parking but no apps or drinks

What’s up with the signs on city parking lots? One of them says you can park there for free after 5 p.m. weekdays. But on the same sign, it says “Free Parking 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.” So which is it? Or...

DATE: May 24, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Hail or assail kale? Debate rages on bumpers, in kitchens

I saw this bumper sticker recently and could not believe such a sentiment exists in this, the Age of the Brassicas. Is it allowed? Does the feeling then apply to all of kale’s close relatives?...

DATE: May 17, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

State water law leaves gardeners high and dry on rain barrels

Let me get this straight. According to Colorado law, a person can legally possess and use marijuana. However, it’s still against the law to possess and use a rain barrel. Why are rain barrels so...

DATE: May 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Vegan vagrancy begs the question of niche panhandling

You will probably recognize this photo’s location as the median near the Albertsons parking lot. Should the ACLU argue that this panhandler be given a dispensation to be in the median because of...

DATE: May 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Fowl play: Latest addition to Arc may ruffle feathers

The Arc of History never ceases to amaze. First, there was the dinosaur head. Then the dragon head. Then the baby arcs. Then the nest with eggs. And now this. I recall that cowbirds lay their eggs...

DATE: April 26, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

Gas sign, flags need some TLC after rough winter

Have you seen the gas-price sign at the Grandview Sonoco? What’s the story with the big “ouch” banner across it? What does “ouch” refer to? – Curious Pity the woebegone, Rodney Dangerfield of...

DATE: April 19, 2015 | COLUMN: Action Line

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