John Peel

Position: Action Line Columnist

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Unknown R’s, ‘UFO drone thing’ perplex

I lived in Durango for 19 months and never found out what the “9-R” in School District 9-R means. It’s no doubt wonderful for headline writers, but what other purpose does it serve? – Galloway H....

DATE: Sept. 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Fence provides volt of confidence to deter bears

What are the chances of setting up temporary electric fencing in town during summer and fall? With bear droppings every few feet along the Animas River Trail, it seems like the bear population is...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Figures don’t add up in numbers game

I know Durango makes all these Top 10 lists of Best This and Best That – and then it struck me: We are No. 1, but we also have Twin Buttes (i.e. “2”), and then there’s Three Springs. What’s next?...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

In racy move, city takes off bikinis, rebuilds hump

Is there any truth to the rumor that someone put bras and panties on the Florida Road roundabout bicycle sculpture the morning of the big USA Pro Cycling Challenge? Was this outstanding event...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Review of law ‘yields’ surprising sign situation

There seems to be some confusion with signs that remind drivers to not hit people crossing the street. The one at Camino del Rio near the Transit Center says it’s “state law” to yield to...

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

Broken streetlight may be linked to global conspiracy

The streetlight between Skyridge and Hillcrest cycles on for about five minutes and then goes off for about three minutes. The light at the corner of Jenkins Ranch Road and Coal Bank does the same...

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

Debate over electric bikes on river trail goes off grid

Last week’s column about electric bikes and the Animas River Trail was a lightning bolt, generating 5,000-plus words of email, enough to fill Action Line six times over and surpassing the reactions...

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

Electric bikes cause revolt on river trail

I have been noticing more “electric bikes” around town. I believe they’re a great alternative to driving a car and fully support them on city streets. However, I have also seen them on the Animas...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Confused drivers get crosswise at Malfunction Junction

Regarding the intersection of Floor-EE-da Road and East Third Avenue: Why is there no clear signage about who goes first? If I’m turning left from Floor-EE-da onto Third, no one seems to know what...

DATE: July 29, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango hopes to avoid doping scandal

Most city streets have a posted speed limit of 25 mph. Can the police give speeding tickets to cyclists? If so, will they overlook that when the pros come to town? – SlowpokeAction Line will quote...

DATE: July 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Bottle-deposit could open can of worms

When I lived in Michigan and the deposit law was passed, you could tell you’d hit the Ohio border simply by the roadside trash. In Michigan, each glass bottle and aluminum can was worth a dime, as...

DATE: July 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Nothing’s fishy at the hatchery, inside dark freezers

Why does the refrigerator have a light but the freezer doesn’t? It’s hard to find the Popsicles at night during this hot, hot summer. – Tori EdisonThe conventional wisdom blames conventional light...

DATE: July 8, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

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