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Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

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

Historic names and airport hard to find

What was Smelter Mountain's name before there was a smelter there? Curiously yours - BethThe land formation has been called Smelter Mountain for well over a thousand years. It was named by psychic...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Leash law doesn't apply to year-end doggerel

'Twas the fifth day 'fore Christmas and all through the townsRecalling the past year brought smiles andfrownsThe readers were anxious, and so we will show 'emIt's time once again for the Action...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

City stays put despite Nebraska billing address

In the city's monthly water, sewer and trash bill, there was a notice about a new address for local utility payments.It's a post office box in Gretna, Neb. Did City Hall secretly relocate to the...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Chance of rogue rooster vexes nonviolent vegetarian

I am a nonviolent vegetarian who lives in town. I'd love to raise my own free-range organic eggs. However, it occurredto me that if I buy six chicks, half of them might be roosters! This is a real...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango not flexible on darkened windows

Just how dark are tinted vehicle windows allowed to be? When crossing West Second Avenue, I was almost hit by a big SUVwith nearly black windows. I couldn't tell whether it was driven by a man,...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Potato chips, 'billboards' are lofty issues

The vending machine at work features potato chips on the top shelf, while the candy bars are on the lower shelves.Isn't it kind of stupid to put breakable snacks up high where they have the...

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

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