Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Democrats’ location puts the party in politics

Is it just a coincidence or is it on purpose that the La Plata County Democratic Party has its 2010 campaign headquarters located next to a bong shop? – Cheech N. ChongIt’s an intentional move. But...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Bear this in mind when trying to identify wildlife

The other day, a bear was killed after it removed a blanket from a person sleeping outside of the Manna Soup Kitchen. After the bear was shot, according to news accounts, the man and his friend...

DATE: July 25, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Parking spots aren't as plentiful as phone books

The other night, a guy in a pickup hucked a small phone book on my front yard as well as every other yard in the neighborhood. I've never see this directory before, and I already have one. So just...

DATE: July 19, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Parking is an alien concept in Skyridge subdivision

The city has a gold mine on Jenkins Ranch Road because there is nowhere to park, and the police ticket vigorously. Oh, there is this unused "middle turn lane," but you can't park there. Four of us...

DATE: July 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Plenty of trash options for the habitual heaper

Once a week I wake up to the sight of our neighbor's mountain of garbage - at least 2 feet over the top of the garbagecan. Then, after the city truck empties the can, we see a blizzard of paper and...

DATE: July 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

What's old is new for younger local movie-goers

The Gaslight Twin Cinema is currently showing a sequel to a movie about a Marvel comic character circa 1968("Ironman"), another about a TV adventure/comedy series circa mid-1980s ("The A-Team") and...

DATE: June 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

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

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