Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

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

Civic boards, not political office, control the plows

What is the lowest level of political office I must attain in order to ensure my street is plowed in a timely manner? Iam willing to spend enormous resources to attain this office, not to exceed...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Bike commuters get no upgrades or exemptions

Regarding the diversion of outbound Florida Road traffic to 32nd Street, there's a problem. At Holly Avenue, 32ndStreet narrows and has no shoulders, bike lanes or sidewalks. I discussed this with...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

On 32nd Street, pothole repairs are in the bag

So I read that the city is getting ready to rebuild Florida Road, with inbound traffic using Florida but outboundtraffic detouring to Main and then up 32nd Street. What the heck? Have you driven on...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Notion of new stop sign gives pause for thought

Why can't the city make the intersection of East Second Avenue and Eighth Street a four-way stop? It's a particularlydangerous intersection, given the location of the Durango Arts Center, which...

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

City has a no-returns policy on the gift of snow

As I understand it, precipitation that falls from the sky is legally the property of Colorado. So during last week'ssnowstorms, I decided to give the state back its snow that fell on my driveway....

DATE: Jan. 25, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Library an open book about sign, conveyor belt

Check out this sign. If this appeared outside a grammar school, one might conclude that the author had not graduatedfrom that institution. However, this sign appears multiple times outside our new...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

A new year brings up some old questions

Did you make any New Year's resolutions? Perhaps you could suggest a resolution for those of us who forgot or werehaving too much of a good time to make one. - D.L in Bayfield.The main problem with...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

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