Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Free downtown parking, for a limited time only

Could you clarify the city’s loading-zone policy? A meter reader told me that the city changed its policy a year ago. The “Commercial Loading” signs no longer apply, but will be left there. The...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Predicting foul weather can be a chancy job

As the one who answers pesky practical questions, please tell us what the “chance of precipitation” means. Thursday evening’s forecast was for 40 percent snow. Does that mean it will snow 40...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

By posting, USPS put its stamp on social media

I noticed these signs at the local Post Office. I can’t help but wonder why anyone would follow the U.S. Post Office on social media. Facebook? Instagram? What’s next, following the IRS on Twitter?...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango goes green with all these blooming bags

What’s with all the green plastic flowers around town? You know, the ones that look like little plastic bags, artfully knotted and with a floral flourish on top. I see more of these all the time,...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Rules lack teeth for defining a ‘healthy snack’

While shopping at Walmart, I saw something weird: One of the aisles had an overhead sign touting “Healthy Snacks,” however, the “healthy” items on the shelves were anything but. We’re talking Beer...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Cyclists throw caution to the wind at huffy-toss

A recent Police Blotter item in The Durango Herald reported that on Halloween afternoon at 3:52 p.m., “50 to 60 people were intoxicated and throwing bikes in the 900 block of Leyden Street at the...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Real estate guide photo rings the wrong bell

We moved from Pitkin County to La Plata County more than 20 years ago, so we fully appreciate the landscape differences between the two areas. Both are magnificent in their own right. Still, I had...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Mobile devices cause mobility woes at car wash

Do cellphones disrupt the computers in an automatic car wash? What is the safety issue at Durango Rapid Wash, across from Durango High School? I feel like I’m boarding an airplane with the warning...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango is an enchanting place for television

Another election year and again local citizens are well informed on the candidates running for New Mexico offices. How long are we going to tolerate no Colorado news on the free TV channels?...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Bi-color tank isn’t an accent wall for upscale north Main

What’s up with the water tank near Animas Mountain? The tank used to be a muted green, which wasn’t very visible. Now it’s is being repainted a tannish-dull yellow color that makes it an eyesore....

DATE: Oct. 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line: Gulch sidewalk paved with good intentions

Here are two questions about Goeglein Gulch. Why do bicyclists take over the sidewalk, especially when bike lanes were installed several years ago? Furthermore, why is a length of the sidewalk...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Annual festival’s artsy typeface can lead cats astray

My husband saw the printed program in the paper and wondered aloud about the “Durango Autumn Cats Festival.” The word “Arts” was spelled with flourishing letters, making it look like “Cats.” What...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

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