Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Bridge-naming contest music to Durango's ears

The impromptu Name The Bridge contest is the summer's surprise hit.In case you missed last week, Action Line readers were asked to come up with a catchy nom de guerre for our embarrassing...

DATE: June 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

FLC sculptures didn't cross sluggish gangster

Last week's column mentioned the sculptures inside the Goeglein Gulch roundabout. So what's the deal with those three slabs with faces on them? They remind me of Star Wars when Han Solo was frozen...

DATE: May 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Lime prices put the squeeze on margarita make

Last week, I purchased fresh limes for 20 cents each at north City Market. I returned today to buy limes only to find that they are now 39 cents apiece, and yet a sign touted "new lower prices" on...

DATE: May 18, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango won't get a chicken in every pothole

Would the city consider Kentucky Fried Chicken's ingenious plan for corporate sponsorship of potholes? Imagine how many businesses could advertise on the re-"freshed" potholes on Florida Road....

DATE: May 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

It's status quo for trail lights, traffic lanes

Why is the Animas River Trail so dark at night from the Junction Creek bridge to the fairgrounds? Also, I had to dodge rather large piles of horse excrement in two places along the trail. Are...

DATE: April 27, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Every dark cloud has a silver lining

When forecasting the weather, the weather people say 20 percent chance of rain. Why can't they say 80 percent chance of nice? I've heard that one prerequisite to economic recovery is consumer...

DATE: April 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

City stands firm on soft trail alternative

I'm excited about the extension of the Animas River Trail north of 32nd Street, but can the city make the trail from dirt instead of bone-destroying cement? Walking on cement can damage the body....

DATE: April 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Readers do heavy lifting for spring break

Two kind readers provided a spring break surprise. Not only did they make inquiries, but they provided responses, as well. It must be March madness. So now Action Line can relax on the veranda with...

DATE: March 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Fill-in-the-blank letter is pretty full of holes

I came up with a handy multiple-choice form letter for personal attacks: "I was (somewhere/nowhere/in the middle of the desert/on the moon) with (everyone/no one/someone I hate). This person said...

DATE: March 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Get creative when testing your speedometer

I haven't lived in Durango long and wonder if you could help me in finding an automotive repair shop capable of calibrating the speedometer on my late-model Toyota. My speedometer is obviously 10...

DATE: March 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Economy a rude awakening for field of dreams

Did I read correctly that Durango High School plans on firing teachers next year because of budget cuts but wants a million bucks to install fake grass on its football field? Are these people nuts?...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Drivers squeezed by thinner parking spaces

There are more important problems in the world, but I've got a gripe: narrow parking spaces. I run a business on east Eighth Street and all day long, I watch locals and tourists alike try to...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

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