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Mike Smedley
Position: Staff reporter

Conspiracy theories are all wet about dry creek

The Animas River is rising, the San Juan Basin’s snowpack is 160 percent of normal and the temperatures have been warm. So why is there no water in Junction Creek? Where is all the water fro...

People have had their fill of online pothole pleas

No new taxes? Let’s adopt a street! How about a GoFundMe page for the big, beautiful potholes of your liking on whatever street you prefer? We have GoFundMe pages for dogs, cats, people,...

Puppy ad is the black sheep of the classifieds

In the classifieds on Wednesday, the section for Livestock and Pets had an unusual offer. Under a large headline for “sheep” was an ad for “beautiful black lab and kelpy mix and pitty an...

‘Roundabout to Everywhere’ needs medical attention

Hurrying to Mercy Regional Medical Center, we took the Bridge to Nowhere to avoid the Three Springs stoplight. After crossing the bridge, we came upon the Roundabout to Everywhere. The sign ...

City makes cold cuts with sandwich board ban

City Council banned water bowls for dogs and now prohibit sandwich boards outside stores and restaurants because they too can cause pedestrian hazards. When will the city ban posted menus ou...

City left holding the bag when trash cans don’t open

During a walk with my sister, I proudly pooped on the sidewalk. My human owner bagged it and looked for a trash can. He discovered the trash can (see photo) with nine bags of poop on top. Be...

Roads could be fixed with tax on trikes, skateboards

What does the upcoming sales-tax hike really mean? It’s supposed to be for road repairs. Voters rightly didn’t trust the City Council in the last election, so should we ever? Are we voting f...

Light at Elmore’s Corner has a dark backstory

The traffic light at Elmore’s Corner (I call it “El No-mores”) has got to go. Drive east on “the 160” and all the lights seem to be timed. Through Bodo – green. WallyWorld – zip-a-dee-doo. H...

All are welcome, sort of, in many public places

There are “No Trespassing” signs around the Mason Center, including on the path I use every day. Isn’t this public property? Then there are “No Trespassing” signs around the School District ...

Action Line: Options for Snowdown provide comic relief

I didn’t get Snowdown Follies tickets. And I don’t want to dress up in tights and a cape for the comic-con theme. What am I supposed to do this week? – Putting the “down” in Snowdown ...

Code office is a ‘fine’ way to report city to itself

On the heels of the column reminding residents and business owners to remove snow from their sidewalks, who fines the city when the city neglects to do the same with city properties? – Sandy...

A brush with greatness? Not for snow-top drivers

With all the recent winter weather, we see many a car driving along with snow piled on the roof. What’s the purpose of this? Is it to show that it snowed? Or do these drivers have no garage ...