Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Things are looking up with Durango Dictionary

In a recent column, you outlined aspects of “the Durango Lifestyle,” such as waving at every train. Just thought I’d suggest another local phrase: “clusterfrump,” which is when a group of locals...

DATE: May 6, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Community garden will not grow ‘potted’ plants

I was thrilled to learn we may soon have a community garden, presumably open to all residents and plants of their choice. Does this mean we can all grow our pot in a convenient place with portable...

DATE: April 29, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Seniors make sitzmark with season ski-pass fuss

Could you get the true meaning of the letter Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort sent to its mature customers? It starts with a personalized salutary “Dear Valued Passholder.” This was spot on...

DATE: April 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

City mints a dubious new rule for coin carrying

I was recently advised by the city’s ever-vigilant parking barons that it is every resident’s responsibility to have coins upon their person at all times in case one needs to park downtown. Yes,...

DATE: April 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

City’s franchise fee is dark but future’s still bright

What’s going to happen now that voters rejected the franchise agreement with La Plata Electric Association? Because there’s no agreement, when is LPEA going to turn off my power? How much is my...

DATE: April 8, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Latest crosswalk vigilance defeated

When the pedestrian-crossing light on Camino del Rio turned solid red, I came to a complete stop. The pedestrians crossed, the light switched to flashing red, I looked for additional pedestrians...

DATE: April 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

At busy intersection, things take turn for better

One more question about our flashing lights. My husband and I are disagreeing about the light at the 14th Street and Main Avenue intersection. In the past, people driving south on Main Avenue were...

DATE: March 25, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Recycling unit red-faced over blue-bin brouhaha

We faithfully put out recycling in plastic kitchen-size trash bins labeled paper, cans, plastic and glass. For years, the city picked up the sorted containers. They missed us last week, so we...

DATE: March 18, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

‘Righty-merger’ still sits in center lane of controversy

The Durango “righty-merger” maneuver, described in this space a couple weeks ago, has made a U-turn, returning for a drive-by of additional commentary.“Righty-merging” is when a driver pulls out...

DATE: March 11, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

DGO is a no-go for the designation of our fair city

While making airline reservations recently, I typed in “Durango.” The website gave me two airport codes, DGO for Durango, Mexico, and DRO for Durango, Colo. I was surprised, because around here...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

‘Righty mergers’ are latest scourge

Everyone’s having a Presidents Day clearance, so why not Action Line? Especially when the Mea Culpa Mailbag is brimming with so many timely goodies.The East Third Avenue “puller-outer” situation...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

FLC students’ choices are topic of major concern

A recent story reported about how Fort Lewis College is dropping computer science because of falling enrollment and low retention. The article also said two other majors were cut as well:...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

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