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Mike Smedley
Position: Staff reporter

Cyclists throw caution to the wind at huffy-toss

A recent Police Blotter item in The Lycra-clad clan is a close-knit community, so to speak, and attending their secret rituals requires undercover reporting. But it’s impossible...

Real estate guide photo rings the wrong bell

We moved from Pitkin County to La Plata County more than 20 years ago, so we fully appreciate the landscape differences between the two areas. Both are magnificent in their own right. Still,...

Mobile devices cause mobility woes at car wash

Do cellphones disrupt the computers in an automatic car wash? What is the safety issue at Durango Rapid Wash, across from Durango High School? I feel like I’m boarding an airplane with the w...

Durango is an enchanting place for television

Another election year and again local citizens are well informed on the candidates running for New Mexico offices. How long are we going to tolerate no Colorado news on the free TV channels?...

Bi-color tank isn’t an accent wall for upscale north Main

What’s up with the water tank near Animas Mountain? The tank used to be a muted green, which wasn’t very visible. Now it’s is being repainted a tannish-dull yellow color that makes it an eye...

Action Line: Gulch sidewalk paved with good intentions

Here are two questions about Goeglein Gulch. Why do bicyclists take over the sidewalk, especially when bike lanes were installed several years ago? Furthermore, why is a length of the sidewa...

Annual festival’s artsy typeface can lead cats astray

My husband saw the printed program in the paper and wondered aloud about the “Durango Autumn Cats Festival.” The word “Arts” was spelled with flourishing letters, making it look like “Cats.”...

Wildlife agency has no vested interest in deer garb

As the roadkill season approaches, I have an idea that might save countless deer lives. We should fund reflective vests for the entire deer population. They can be seen more easily by the ca...

Squatters decamp after gremlin grumblings

My question may be a touchy one, but I have to ask. Each workday, I travel along Roosa Avenue between U.S. Highway 160 and the Ninth Street Bridge. I’m baffled by the parking lot for decrepi...

Police return device fast and with humor to boot

Uh oh. I knew parking was strictly enforced in Durango, but seriously? Why would the city impound its own fleet? Is Durango a parking dictatorship? Sign me, Vladimir Bootin When...

Confusion dogs law enforcement at wildlife area

A couple of weeks ago, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer informed me that dogs are to be “on leash” at Pastorius Reservoir. The officer provided a lengthy lecture. Two days later, a La P...

Pushy pedestrians put the cross in crosswalk

Is it me or are Durango pedestrians getting more aggressive? I’ve experienced more and more walkers who don’t pause when entering an intersection. They jump right out into the street. Sheesh...