Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Santa Rita pit offers ironic scene for lookie-loos

There’s something odd at the construction site at the new Santa Rita Park sewer plant. At the base of the excavated hole was a lone porta-potty. Is this all we get for our money? Can one...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Protection or rudeness? It straddles a fine line

How do I go about getting a parking permit like this guy has? I assume it conveys other special privileges that us ordinary folks aren’t entitled to? – Mark D’Lanes You’d expect this kind of...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

At least school kids aren’t in the dark about eclipse

I’m a parent of a 9-R student and I keep rolling my eyes about the absurd permission form I had to sign for the solar eclipse. The district required parents to waive all liability if a kid looks at...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Sign makes perfect sense in a town that doesn’t

My son wants to ride his bike to Animas High School. So he showed me a photo of the sign directing northbound bicycle traffic how to turn west to go on U.S. Highway 160. I don’t get it. How can...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

County would scrap any initiative to limit junk

While driving around La Plata County, I wonder why the county commissions can’t enact laws that force people to clean up their abandon cars, scrap mobile homes and other junk. If you want to live...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Time stands still at the La Plata County Courthouse

For years the clock at the La Plata County Courthouse has shown the time and chimed at the top of the hour. However, the past few weeks it has been silent and the hands unmoving. Why? Will it ever...

DATE: July 31, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Traversing north Main makes pedestrians quite cross

I was waiting to cross at the 19th Street and Main Avenue crosswalk. One driver stopped. I waved him on because there was too much traffic. Instead, he said, “Step out – make those other cars...

DATE: July 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Neighbors bring drivers up to speed with signs

What’s up with the red yard signs along North College Drive? They say, “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here.” Maybe they could have other signs, such as “Drive Like a Person from Sun City, Arizona.”...

DATE: July 16, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Grocery stores dogged by unauthorized pets

I love dogs and I have two that go almost everywhere with me. But I just came home from Walmart and City Market and there were three dogs in each grocery store, either carried, riding in the cart...

DATE: July 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

When building a fence, it’s best to be on the city’s good side

I was driving around town and saw a newly constructed fence around a home. The two-by-fours supporting the fence were facing the street, with the “good” side of the fence facing the home. It looked...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Downtown trashes river trail in waste basket count

Why are there so few trash cans along the Animas River Trail, particularly the stretch from 32nd Street down to Rotary Park? It seems to me that downtown has an overabundance of trash cans. Would...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

CDOT’s highway project is coming to a grinding halt

Regarding CDOT’s “improvement project” on U.S. Highway 550 through town: How does grinding down the road surface “prolong the life” of pavement? Also, the project was supposed to get rid of “ghost...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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