Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Bike riders are at work, not in spaceship

Many early mornings I see more than a few parked bicycles on Main Avenue sidewalks. Were the riders abducted? By aliens? By Focus on the Family? By NORML? Thanks, Dan (P.S. Why do they call it a...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Family smitten by elephant in the room

Most times, the Mea Culpa Mailbag is devoted to a few brief snippets from reader letters and e-mails. But this week, we stray from the norm to present a delightful and bizarre saga.Remember the...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

City takes dim view of tiki torches downtown

How did flaming tiki torches find their way past the stringent historical regulations of downtown Durango? These torches, securely mounted in flagpole holders in front of Moe's Starlight Lounge,...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Time to raise a stink about skunks under houses

This west-side neighborhood is crawling with skunks! All night long, they're doing their smelly thing. A skunk family has dug a home under my house. I have tried mothballs, ammonia-soaked rags and...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Identifying invasive species can be tricky

Driving past Chapman Hill, I noticed at the bottom of the slope a wide swath of plants with pinkish-purple flowers. It looks like a bunch of thistle! What's wrong with the city? Can't it manage to...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Highway median not quite garden-friendly

What's up with the concrete barrier on the new section of U.S. Highway 550/160 at Bodo? Aesthetically, it's a disaster. Did the city not have any say in the design? Why not install a median with...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

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

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