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Wood chips, and chips on the shoulder

Dear Action Line: I’ve never put up a Christmas tree before but with all that I, and the world, have gone through, I figured a hopeful, symbolic evergreen was just what I needed. But wha...

The train whistle’s link to science fiction

Dear Action Line: It’s great to hear the train whistle each evening from where I live on 32nd Street. Lately it hasn’t been the regular warning blast at the 32nd Street crossing, but mor...

Driveway tolls: The new rage?

Dear Rookie Action Line: Wait, you again? – A. Ego Dear A.: Well, yeah. What do you mean by that? We thought you skedaddled about a decade ago. You’re still in town? You...

Action Line passes the torch

Dear Action Line: Is it true you took a job with city and are giving up the column? – Dazed and Confused Dear Dazed: It is true. This is my final column. I have taken a job with the ci...

Critters occupy Smelter Mountain 1BR/1BA

Dear Action Line: I was walking along the Animas River Trail by Smelter Rapids the other day and looked up to see what looks like an old adobe building with a door and windows on the hil...

City fixes problem too soon, flusters columnist

Dear Action Line: I forgot the name of our new city manager, so I did a Google search for “Durango City Manager,” but the photo of Amber Blake showed up. Is this proof that there is a De...

Rumble bumps music to reader’s ears

Dear Action Line: We live near a state highway. A couple of months ago rumble bumps were installed down the middle of the road. Since that time, we have been constantly entertained by th...

Dog-poo bags might line the path to hell

Dear Action Line: It’s pretty much agreed that hikers who don’t pick up their dog waste on the trail are going straight to hell. But what about those who bag it and just leave it on the ...

Hole in ballot envelope not for prying eyes

Dear Action Line: Why is there a hole in the center of my ballot envelope? Are people looking through it to see how I voted? Is there something nefarious at work? – My ballot, all mine. ...

Frogger played at 12th and Camino

Dear Action Line: I have almost been run over multiple times at the pedestrian crosswalk on Camino del Rio near River City Hall/Backcountry Experience. Someone is going to die if people cont...

Animas River’s flows flirt with the all-time low

Dear Action Line: The Animas River flow rate is slowly falling toward the 100 cfs mark. Has it ever fallen below 100, into double digits? – Drying Up Dear Drying: The U.S. Geologi...

Walmart’s ‘pit mine’ under review

Dear Action Line: For the past few years I’ve had to drive through the open pit mining that’s going on at the north entrance to Walmart. I’m all for resource extraction, but isn’t this the k...