Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Readers dish on Durango's 'Seven Wonders'

Start with a fiercely proud town. Fold in a generous quantity of quirkiness. Stir in ample amounts of annoyance andsarcasm. Add a pinch of frustration and angst. Spice with righteous indignation....

DATE: May 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

In our fine town, seven wonders never cease

I am seeking your help, and possibly the help of readers, to come up with a list of the Seven Wonders of Durango. It'skind of like the Seven Wonders of the World - only with a local flavor. This...

DATE: May 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Climate change begins with the foaming brush

I thought Chicago was the Windy City, but with all the recent gales in our little burg, I'm beginning to wonder. Withthe Dust Bowl-like conditions, are the car-wash people trying to drum up...

DATE: May 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

College's blank billboard is a sign of the times

Maybe now that the Fort has new leadership, it could finally update the “Welcome to Fort Lewis College" entry sign onFort Lewis Drive with its references to construction projects “to be completed...

DATE: April 26, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

City makes its presence known around gaping hole

As I was driving on Crestview, I saw this small work site and took a photo. Q: How many warning signs are needed for a10-foot-long hole? A: If you're the city, it takes eight flashing barricades,...

DATE: April 19, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Early exercise appeals to the strong, silent types

I work out at the Durango Community Recreation Center in the morning, and most of my fellow exercisers won't say helloor engage in any conversation. They're so crabby! Yet when I use the Animas...

DATE: April 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Health agency has hands-on approach to gloves

As a conscientious follower of the health department's restaurant inspection list, I noticed a local eatery had an“improper use of gloves" violation in the most recent listings. Just what is...

DATE: April 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Jail will offer lunch, but it won't cater weddings

Someone told me the La Plata County Jail puts on a real spread for lunch for anyone employed by the department. Fromwhat I understand, not only do the employees get an extravagant free lunch, but...

DATE: March 29, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

32nd Street markings fail the test of time

Last November, the city resurfaced the already-well-surfaced 32nd Street. I'm guessing a consultant came up with theidea of using inlaid arrows for the left turn lane instead of using a can of...

DATE: March 22, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Size matters, sort of, with police car hubcaps

For some reason, this has been bugging me for years: Why do police cars have such small hubcaps? Check it out sometime.All the cop cars I've seen, both here and elsewhere, have these little discs...

DATE: March 15, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Tow trucks, Demon boosters deal with snowpack

What's up with the white Jeep Cherokee parked on Ninth Street between the alley and East Third Avenue? It hasn't movedfor months. With all the snow plowed around it, this thing has occupied three...

DATE: March 8, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

It's a goose egg for in-town chicken permits

After the national televised embarrassment of Durango over the “chicken ordinance," and after reading so much about thetime and energy put into this ordinance, can you find out how many homes in...

DATE: March 1, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

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