Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Idling police cruiser offers fuel for thought

As a loyal employee of our fair city, I’m quite aware of the tight budget. I recently witnessed an officer administering justice to the herd of delinquents who frequent the Durango Community...

DATE: April 17, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Loud noises raise questions about trail, Forest Lakes

I frequently bike to town on the Animas River Trail, and there’s an irksome problem with the Junction Creek bridge. The metal at the north end is loose; when one rides over it, the metal makes a...

DATE: April 10, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Unfortunate typos mar new street sign, library figures

Someone replaced the sign at the junction of Aspen and Plymouth drives. It’s a nice new sign for our neighborhood, but the problem is they spelled it “Plymoth.” Did the city change name of the...

DATE: April 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Public can put library DVD collection on fast-forward

The DVDs at the Durango Public Library are totally lame. There are tons of old movies and all these PBS series, but nothing that anyone would want to watch. Why can’t the library have better DVDs?...

DATE: March 27, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Ignore the dim bulbs who won’t lower their headlights

What’s the deal with trucks with extra headlights that blind oncoming traffic? When you flash to alert them to the fact that you can’t see, they turn on another set of brights that blind you...

DATE: March 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

How about a silent vigil to protest the noise ordinance?

A new sign sprouted recently on U.S. Highway 550 north on the curve between the Animas View Drive signal and the Iron Horse Inn. The sign says “Noise Ordinance Enforced,” with graphics intended to...

DATE: March 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

New stop sign isn’t a dark plot to divert attention from Walmart

The intersection of East Animas Road and 32nd Street/Metz Lane has been changed from a two-way stop sign to a three-way stop sign. Why was the new stop sign placed on the southbound East Animas...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Be careful what you wish for in switch from Albuquerque to Denver TV

I’m a relatively happy cable customer. I enjoy a reasonable amount of Denver news, Denver PBS, Colorado political ads and very occasionally good football, regardless of who is playing. I also enjoy...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Biker fashion ‘Durango Pants’ aren’t quite the right fit

Back in November, Action Line provided some choice commentary on an expensive, clingy sweater called the “Durango Dress.” Anyway, while surfing the Internet, I discovered “Durango Pants.” Perhaps...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Isle of Florida is not a new recycling destination

As I was driving up the new Florida Road, I noticed the sign informing drivers about the roundabout. The sign consists of a circle with three arrows, which looks like that universal recycling...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Cold, hard facts dampen rumor of lake’s hot springs

Vallecito Lake has been frozen for more than a month, yet Lake Nighthorse remains unfrozen despite below-average temperatures. Rumor has it that during construction of Lake Nighthorse a...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

With Florida Road delays, it’s chagrin and bear it

The city of Durango is obviously justified in collecting liquidated damages from the Florida Road contractor who is going to take well over 50 percent longer to complete the project than...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

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