Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Time to raise a stink about skunks under houses

This west-side neighborhood is crawling with skunks! All night long, they're doing their smelly thing. A skunk family has dug a home under my house. I have tried mothballs, ammonia-soaked rags and...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

9-R makes a statement with vinyl banner

What's with the huge idiotic banner along the chain-link fence at the Durango High School entrance? It looks like the school district is emulating the marketing tactics of a liquor store or car...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

No one watching out for zombie charities

In a recent public-service ad in the paper, there was a logo for "Operation Healthy Communities," a service organization that closed years ago. Has Operation Health Communities risen zombie-like...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Identifying invasive species can be tricky

Driving past Chapman Hill, I noticed at the bottom of the slope a wide swath of plants with pinkish-purple flowers. It looks like a bunch of thistle! What's wrong with the city? Can't it manage to...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Highway median not quite garden-friendly

What's up with the concrete barrier on the new section of U.S. Highway 550/160 at Bodo? Aesthetically, it's a disaster. Did the city not have any say in the design? Why not install a median with...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Paint punks, thug trees can't give city the slip

The city gives property owners 10 days to erase graffiti from their premises, but what about all the graffiti that greets rafters under the 32nd Street bridge? Isn't the city responsible for...

DATE: July 27, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Up in arms about dubious chicken thighs

When ordering fried chicken thighs, a certain fast-food joint and all the local supermarket delis pass off backs as thighs. Upon questioning employees, they appear to have no chicken thighs in...

DATE: July 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Home-brewed police logo is toast to town

I've noticed that several of the Durango police cars now have a mountain outline logo, which makes me wonder the following: Has the city made a corporate sponsorship deal with Coors Light? Will the...

DATE: July 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Politicians aren't going to get their hands dirty

The president recently assured new car buyers that their warranties would be backed by the government in the event of domestic automaker failures or bankruptcy. Does that mean that Sens. Mark Udall...

DATE: July 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Cold coffee discharge may get you into hot water

When I get out of the car in the morning, I dump my coffee on the street. That got me thinking: Am I violating the city's littering laws? I see a lot of fellow commuters toss the last cold remnants...

DATE: June 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

There's something fishy about salmon, casino photo

I purchased a salmon fillet at the grocery store. The product was tagged as "Atlantic salmon," and its country of origin was Chile. I thought Chile was on the Pacific coast of South America. In...

DATE: June 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

New retiree frets about possible social stigma

Dear Action Dude, I'm going to start getting my Social Security this fall. Am I going to be considered a socialist? If so, should I send it back? - Durango Retiree Ahem. That's Action Line to...

DATE: June 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

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