Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Naked train still can't win Iron Horse race

A friend and I rode in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and kept pace with the train for 10 miles. Staying with the train was a blast. But afterward, we got to thinking: What happened to the...

DATE: June 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

FLC sculptures didn't cross sluggish gangster

Last week's column mentioned the sculptures inside the Goeglein Gulch roundabout. So what's the deal with those three slabs with faces on them? They remind me of Star Wars when Han Solo was frozen...

DATE: May 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Lime prices put the squeeze on margarita make

Last week, I purchased fresh limes for 20 cents each at north City Market. I returned today to buy limes only to find that they are now 39 cents apiece, and yet a sign touted "new lower prices" on...

DATE: May 18, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango won't get a chicken in every pothole

Would the city consider Kentucky Fried Chicken's ingenious plan for corporate sponsorship of potholes? Imagine how many businesses could advertise on the re-"freshed" potholes on Florida Road....

DATE: May 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

It's status quo for trail lights, traffic lanes

Why is the Animas River Trail so dark at night from the Junction Creek bridge to the fairgrounds? Also, I had to dodge rather large piles of horse excrement in two places along the trail. Are...

DATE: April 27, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Every dark cloud has a silver lining

When forecasting the weather, the weather people say 20 percent chance of rain. Why can't they say 80 percent chance of nice? I've heard that one prerequisite to economic recovery is consumer...

DATE: April 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

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

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