Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

A day late and a dollar short on parking ticket

I got a parking ticket a couple of weeks ago, and being a law-abiding citizen, I immediately mailed my check for $8. Unbeknownst to me (because I haven’t had a ticket in a long time), tickets had...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

There’s something fishy about sanctuary status

Several years ago, the Durango City Council voted to designate Durango as a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. At the time, I considered it another harmless liberal waste of time. Now that...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Democrats’ location puts the party in politics

Is it just a coincidence or is it on purpose that the La Plata County Democratic Party has its 2010 campaign headquarters located next to a bong shop? – Cheech N. ChongIt’s an intentional move. But...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Bear this in mind when trying to identify wildlife

The other day, a bear was killed after it removed a blanket from a person sleeping outside of the Manna Soup Kitchen. After the bear was shot, according to news accounts, the man and his friend...

DATE: July 25, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Readers dish on Durango's 'Seven Wonders'

Start with a fiercely proud town. Fold in a generous quantity of quirkiness. Stir in ample amounts of annoyance andsarcasm. Add a pinch of frustration and angst. Spice with righteous indignation....

DATE: May 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

In our fine town, seven wonders never cease

I am seeking your help, and possibly the help of readers, to come up with a list of the Seven Wonders of Durango. It'skind of like the Seven Wonders of the World - only with a local flavor. This...

DATE: May 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Climate change begins with the foaming brush

I thought Chicago was the Windy City, but with all the recent gales in our little burg, I'm beginning to wonder. Withthe Dust Bowl-like conditions, are the car-wash people trying to drum up...

DATE: May 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

College's blank billboard is a sign of the times

Maybe now that the Fort has new leadership, it could finally update the “Welcome to Fort Lewis College" entry sign onFort Lewis Drive with its references to construction projects “to be completed...

DATE: April 26, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

City makes its presence known around gaping hole

As I was driving on Crestview, I saw this small work site and took a photo. Q: How many warning signs are needed for a10-foot-long hole? A: If you're the city, it takes eight flashing barricades,...

DATE: April 19, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Early exercise appeals to the strong, silent types

I work out at the Durango Community Recreation Center in the morning, and most of my fellow exercisers won't say helloor engage in any conversation. They're so crabby! Yet when I use the Animas...

DATE: April 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Health agency has hands-on approach to gloves

As a conscientious follower of the health department's restaurant inspection list, I noticed a local eatery had an“improper use of gloves" violation in the most recent listings. Just what is...

DATE: April 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Jail will offer lunch, but it won't cater weddings

Someone told me the La Plata County Jail puts on a real spread for lunch for anyone employed by the department. Fromwhat I understand, not only do the employees get an extravagant free lunch, but...

DATE: March 29, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

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