Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Curb your enthusiasm on ‘reserved’ parking

Can Durango residents reserve parking on their streets? I saw this sign in the Riverview neighborhood near a trailhead for access to the infamous “Beach,” the area along the Animas River across...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Small recovery fee takes the ‘pain’ out of paint

I recently purchased a quart of paint at Walmart. On the receipt, I was charged a “recovery fee.” Three different people gave me three different answers about this recovery fee. Why this fee? Who...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango has your number with plastic recycling

Where does my plastic go after I recycle it in Durango’s single-stream recycling bin? What are the odds that it’s really getting made into other plastic goods? Am I just fooling myself into...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango doesn’t have lock on being No. 1 in storage

Driving around town, I noticed that Durango has an incredibly high number of storage units. Are we the Storage Capital of the United States? If so, this would nicely complement Durango’s...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango’s drains awash with errant bark mulch

After some of our very welcome recent rains, there was a less-welcome displacement of material onto sidewalks and streets. The biggest offender looks to be landscaping mulch. Go figure – chips of...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Lawyers courted briefly with county bounty

Here’s a phone screen shot from a recent official La Plata County job posting. It looks like I may have chosen the wrong career path. No wonder our county budget is looking kinda slim. Sign me,...

DATE: July 29, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Pine or Los Pinos name is well rooted in history

La Plata County geography can be so confusing. For example, there’s the Los Pinos Fire Protection District but also the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District. Are the Los Pinos and the Pine the...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Getting close-in parking has its pros and cons

Home Depot offers “Pro” customer parking, presumably for contractors. How is that fair? Those guys are being paid to shop. Seems like those of us spending our own dime and time ought to get...

DATE: July 15, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

State’s left-lane drivers are never in the right

I am amazed at how many people use the left traffic lane as the main lane, and they refuse to move over. Not only is it extremely frustrating, it’s dangerous. Why don’t we have reminder signs...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Shrubbery-free paths are the city’s holy grail

This year’s above-average moisture is a welcome change compared with last summer, but it has caused city vegetation to go crazy. Whose responsibility is it to trim bushes and trees encroaching on...

DATE: July 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Some think ‘Local First’ is a downtown parking policy

Why do downtown business owners and employees park their cars in front of their shops or their restaurants all day, plugging the meter and then complain how slow business is? Don’t these people...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Store’s sign offers fresh perspective on ‘food’

I noticed this sign at City Market, advertising bags of composted cow manure. Thing is, the placard’s headline reads “Fresh food. Low prices.” While $1.89 is a low price, I’m fairly sure that...

DATE: June 17, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

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