Tom Sluis

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

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

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