Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Bulb expert to plant her knowledge in Durango

Renowned bulb expert Kit Strange has explored the rugged terrain of Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. She has scouted the canyons of Armenia and steppes of Central Asia. Half a world away, Strange has...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

A cloud of suspicion hovers over motorized devices on trail

In the past month, I’ve noticed kids on self-propelled skateboards along the Animas River Trail. Is this the “slippery slope” that many feared when the City Council voted to allow electric bikes on...

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

Pot tax revenue about 1.51% of all tax revenue collected by state

This question has me losing precious sleep. So voters were asked to approve more taxes for schools, roads, airport and health care. I’ve done minimal research, and I see that in 2015, some $996...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Call for quieter trains is barking up wrong tree

First, everyone demanded the train emit less smoke. And now, there's a request for less noise. C'mon folks. It's a railroad. Since 1880 (more than a century before your dog was born), federal law...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Colorado’s rice pioneers

What would you say if someone claimed that rice can be successfully grown in Colorado? “Oh, really? What kind of sake are you drinking?” But it’s true – there’s a thriving rice paddy just south of...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2013 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Putting the ‘dig’ in shindig

When leaves turn and temperatures fall, it’s Mother Nature’s way of saying “time to quit gardening.”What a bunch of compost! Now’s the best time to plant perennials, shrubs and many trees.And, to...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Among locals, resolutions are taken quite seriously

Now that it’s almost Dec. 31, would you be so kind as to round up “the usual suspects” and ask them about their New Year’s resolutions. – Jimmy Your wish is Action Line’s command. So let’s start...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Hands-free Durangoans can drive with their knees

A friend was visiting from out of town and was alarmed by local motorists, especially the ones driving newer cars. She has a theory: Car dealers are forgetting to hook up the blinkers when vehicles...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Denial isn’t just for baby boomers, dog owners

Is there a program similar to Big Brothers Big Sisters for those advanced in age? Seems there would be a need for aging baby boomers, Follies cast members and others of that age group who would...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Fuel efficiency is a burning issue at the library

I pulled into the library in my little, gutless 36-mpg car and found an SUV in one “fuel efficient” parking space and a 1970s-era pickup in another. Assuming that being at the library implies...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Asphalt at fault on near-failing 32nd Street

Why has 32nd Street been turned into a ravine and at what cost? In comparison with many in-town roads, it was not inneed of repair. - Stephanie O.Stephanie's letter wasn't the only inquiry about...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Hunt for erroneous road sign leads to nowhere

Recently our beloved City Council tried to rename a stretch of U.S. Highway 160. Chaos ensued, and the issue was dropped. But recently I was driving that now-nameless road, and I noticed a large...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

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