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Up in arms about dubious chicken thighs

When ordering fried chicken thighs, a certain fast-food joint and all the local supermarket delis pass off backs as thighs. Upon questioning employees, they appear to have no chicken thighs in...

DATE: July 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Home-brewed police logo is toast to town

I've noticed that several of the Durango police cars now have a mountain outline logo, which makes me wonder the following: Has the city made a corporate sponsorship deal with Coors Light? Will the...

DATE: July 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Politicians aren't going to get their hands dirty

The president recently assured new car buyers that their warranties would be backed by the government in the event of domestic automaker failures or bankruptcy. Does that mean that Sens. Mark Udall...

DATE: July 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Cold coffee discharge may get you into hot water

When I get out of the car in the morning, I dump my coffee on the street. That got me thinking: Am I violating the city's littering laws? I see a lot of fellow commuters toss the last cold remnants...

DATE: June 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

There's something fishy about salmon, casino photo

I purchased a salmon fillet at the grocery store. The product was tagged as "Atlantic salmon," and its country of origin was Chile. I thought Chile was on the Pacific coast of South America. In...

DATE: June 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

New retiree frets about possible social stigma

Dear Action Dude, I'm going to start getting my Social Security this fall. Am I going to be considered a socialist? If so, should I send it back? - Durango Retiree Ahem. That's Action Line to...

DATE: June 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Bridge-naming contest music to Durango's ears

The impromptu Name The Bridge contest is the summer's surprise hit.In case you missed last week, Action Line readers were asked to come up with a catchy nom de guerre for our embarrassing...

DATE: June 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

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

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