Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Lawyers courted briefly with county bounty

Here’s a phone screen shot from a recent official La Plata County job posting. It looks like I may have chosen the wrong career path. No wonder our county budget is looking kinda slim. Sign me,...

DATE: July 29, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Pine or Los Pinos name is well rooted in history

La Plata County geography can be so confusing. For example, there’s the Los Pinos Fire Protection District but also the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District. Are the Los Pinos and the Pine the...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Getting close-in parking has its pros and cons

Home Depot offers “Pro” customer parking, presumably for contractors. How is that fair? Those guys are being paid to shop. Seems like those of us spending our own dime and time ought to get...

DATE: July 15, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

State’s left-lane drivers are never in the right

I am amazed at how many people use the left traffic lane as the main lane, and they refuse to move over. Not only is it extremely frustrating, it’s dangerous. Why don’t we have reminder signs...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Shrubbery-free paths are the city’s holy grail

This year’s above-average moisture is a welcome change compared with last summer, but it has caused city vegetation to go crazy. Whose responsibility is it to trim bushes and trees encroaching on...

DATE: July 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Some think ‘Local First’ is a downtown parking policy

Why do downtown business owners and employees park their cars in front of their shops or their restaurants all day, plugging the meter and then complain how slow business is? Don’t these people...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Store’s sign offers fresh perspective on ‘food’

I noticed this sign at City Market, advertising bags of composted cow manure. Thing is, the placard’s headline reads “Fresh food. Low prices.” While $1.89 is a low price, I’m fairly sure that...

DATE: June 17, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

‘Canning’ with glass is a jarring concept

When I was a kid, we had a large garden and put up veggies. We jarred ketchup, beets, beans, tomatoes, corn and other crops. I just don’t understand why we call this “canning” when it’s “jarring”...

DATE: May 27, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Auto-attendants aren’t dialed in to modern lingo

In the last couple of days, I’ve noticed something odd when calling businesses. Auto-attendants inform callers to “dial” a particular extension for assistance or to leave a message. Even at a local...

DATE: May 20, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Launch raft at fish hatchery? Don’t give it a whirl

At the Durango Fish Hatchery, two new signs were recently put up. The first one forbids overnight parking. Fair enough. But then there’s this curious one prohibiting “vessel launching and takeout.”...

DATE: May 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Gold frames on traffic lights have a colorful history

We’ve been noticing the new golden-edged traffic lights hanging over intersections of U.S. Highway 160/550 east and south of town. Besides their improved visibility, what’s new and improved about...

DATE: May 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Seniors won’t get in hot water being adults at Trimble

I won two Trimble Hot Springs passes after bowling a strike at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kid’s Sake fundraiser. First and foremost, thanks to Trimble for supporting BBBS and I’m not...

DATE: April 29, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

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