Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Scooters, dachshund race spark uneasiness

It’s time for the Action Line summer clearance, featuring 50 to 70 percent off all questions and mea culpas. The ol’ email box is really full, so we’re stacking them deep and answering them...

DATE: July 24, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Hot dog! A tree mystery is solved and a dunk tank beckons

I have a real cottonwood in my yard. Its leaves look like huge aspen leaves. However, the trees in the valley have long spear-like leaves. They cotton up a snowstorm and snap like a toothpick if a...

DATE: July 17, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

When paying tickets with pesos, it’s thanks, but no gracias

Having received an undeserved (aren’t they all) parking ticket the other day, I immediately went to City Hall and paid the fine in small, unmarked bills. At the bottom of the receipt, it said:...

DATE: July 10, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Itching to kill mosquitoes? Give your control district a buzz

Question 1: I live in the valley. Isn’t there a tax that allows spraying these varmints, and if so, when does it commence? Best call me anonymous so the anti-spray folks won’t egg my house.Question...

DATE: July 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Helmetless biking on Florida leads to a ducky proposition

It’s great that so many people attended last Monday’s grand opening of Florida Road. However, I looked at the photo in the paper and noticed that Mayor Christina Rinderle was wearing a cowboy hat...

DATE: June 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Local thrift stores come clean on unwanted, icky clothes

Why do local thrift stores have such a prohibitive policy on clothing donations? They take donations on certain days only or they’ll take a minimum amount only. Interestingly, if you go inside to...

DATE: June 12, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

New zone aims to keep wildlife from cleaning your clock

Can you clarify the recently enacted reduced-speed, double-fines “Wildlife Crossing Zones” on U.S. Highway 550? The posted signs say 55 mph, 5 p.m.-7 a.m., September-May. Is this September to May...

DATE: June 5, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

City manager never draws a blank when solving problems

Now that the Florida Road project is just about finished, what’s going to be done with that blocked-off section of road at Cedar Avenue? It used to be a neighborhood access. Perhaps it could be...

DATE: May 29, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

When answering the call of the wild, the line can be busy

If someone sees an endangered animal about to eat an endangered plant, what should he or she do? – Tom GreyThe appropriate response depends on who witnesses it and where this encounter occurs.For...

DATE: May 22, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

At north Main hotels, the wit is dry – and so are the pools

A couple of weeks ago, we noticed the Spanish Trails Inns and Suites was filling its pool with dirt. Is this a new trend in swimming pools? Speaking of hotels, our 9-year-old daughter is becoming...

DATE: May 15, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Gardener’s hobby puts new yucca on the must-see list

I was driving past a house near 32nd Street and saw a plant in full flower, something remarkable for this time of year. It was a yucca, but there were yellow daisy-like flowers on the pointy ends....

DATE: May 1, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Marketing blamed for slow walkers, ham’s popularity

Should there be a minimum walking speed for able-bodied pedestrians in the crosswalk when I want to turn right or left? Do some pedestrians enjoy the control they have over an automobile at times...

DATE: April 24, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

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