Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Subaru parade needs a steering committee

We’ve noticed lots of older black and dark blue Subaru Outbacks in Durango. I mean, there are four within three blocks of our house. Recently, when I went for a wine-and-beer run, a young man...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Watermelon board has colorful option to slapping

Much to my frugal husband’s horror, I’ve been purchasing pre-cut watermelon. I’m sick of buying the whole watermelon only to find it either over- or under-ripe. Yes, yes. I know I can return it....

DATE: June 25, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

License plates at forefront of controversy

I’ve been wondering why many Colorado vehicles don’t have front license plates? Doesn’t the law say Colorado drivers need both? Maybe these people want to be pulled over for roadside dancing...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Officials hold their fire on blaze-buzzing drones

After the reports of some idiot flying a drone over the 416 Fire, why doesn’t law enforcement shoot down the thing with a shotgun? Seriously. Just blast it out of the sky with a 12-gauge. Then cite...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Painted arrows point to changes in 10-mile race

I love the Iron Horse weekend as much as the next local, but what’s with all the orange trail-marker arrows all over town? I don’t mind painting on streets, but a beautiful trail along the Animas...

DATE: June 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Plans for new luxury hotel just about put to bed

What ever happened to the hotel they were building across from Town Plaza? Just curious. – Cathy Even though hotels are designed for overnight stays, hotels don’t get built overnight. Certainly not...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

City Market will ‘address’ problems with door sign

Please refer to attached photo of the front doors of City Market in Town Plaza. It’s a lollapalooza! Or something. How hard can it be to spell your own address correctly? Sign me, Ciyt Makret...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Pot users give the cold shoulder to frozen veggies

Since sometime last year, there has been a “Coming Soon” sign on the Durango Organics building in Grandview. Nothing has happened in six months. Did they space it and forget? And speaking of pot, I...

DATE: May 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

It’s a bummer when a ‘Bimmer’ parks on sidewalk

Eureka! The city has finally resolved the parking problem. While perambulating in peaceful Skyridge, I came upon this Beemer parked on the sidewalk. Do we now permit such sidewalk sedan storage?...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Signs outside library are past-due for an update

Check out these two signs posted on a wall at the Durango Public Library. Are they inclusive? Waiting and wondering. Thanks! – John Williamson Action Line is a huge fan of our Athenaeum, which...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Local waters roiled by scallywags and weeds

When Lake Nighthorse made its debut, the city emphatically said that motorized boats would not be allowed until May. Yet the photo commemorating Opening Day showed this boat clearly cruising along...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

County sets it straight with leaning flagpole

What’s with the listing flagpole at the La Plata County Administration Building at East Second Avenue and 11th Street? The flagpole has been that way since the building opened. Does it imply the...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

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