Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Slow speeds at Trimble give pause for thought

Why does U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango have a 45 mph speed limit before and after the Trimble Lane traffic light? Drivers have to slow down anyway if the traffic light turns amber, so it...

DATE: April 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

City stands firm on soft trail alternative

I'm excited about the extension of the Animas River Trail north of 32nd Street, but can the city make the trail from dirt instead of bone-destroying cement? Walking on cement can damage the body....

DATE: April 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Road project's signs give bikes a bum steer

Traveling south just past Santa Rita Park and entering the highway construction zone, there is a large, bright orange traffic sign that reads, "No Bike Lane Ahead - Bikes Use Frontage Road." It's...

DATE: March 30, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Readers do heavy lifting for spring break

Two kind readers provided a spring break surprise. Not only did they make inquiries, but they provided responses, as well. It must be March madness. So now Action Line can relax on the veranda with...

DATE: March 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Fill-in-the-blank letter is pretty full of holes

I came up with a handy multiple-choice form letter for personal attacks: "I was (somewhere/nowhere/in the middle of the desert/on the moon) with (everyone/no one/someone I hate). This person said...

DATE: March 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Get creative when testing your speedometer

I haven't lived in Durango long and wonder if you could help me in finding an automotive repair shop capable of calibrating the speedometer on my late-model Toyota. My speedometer is obviously 10...

DATE: March 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Economy a rude awakening for field of dreams

Did I read correctly that Durango High School plans on firing teachers next year because of budget cuts but wants a million bucks to install fake grass on its football field? Are these people nuts?...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Brown stuff on road is icky but not hazardous

Two months ago you responded to a question about West Second Avenue between 25th and 26th streets. The city gave a reason why paving hadn't been completed and promised increased attention to the...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Angst-filled FLC grad needs some tough love

I'm in my early 20s at this historic, frustrating, hopeful, confusing and anxious time. I feel cheated. I wasn't old enough to vote in the last two elections, yet the consequences of those...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Fine print reveals a tale of two Colo. cities

It's not just the gas stations that give locals the shaft. In  The Durango Herald, a half-page ad on Jan. 23 showed Frontier Airlines offering an economy flight between Durango and Denver for just...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Drivers squeezed by thinner parking spaces

There are more important problems in the world, but I've got a gripe: narrow parking spaces. I run a business on east Eighth Street and all day long, I watch locals and tourists alike try to...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Clueless skiers, bikers clog trails, roads

In the summer, my pet peeve is bicyclists riding two abreast like they own the place, giving all road bicyclists a bad name. In winter, it's classic cross country skiers who eschew the track so...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

click here to add your event
Area Events