John Peel

Position: Action Line Columnist

Email: [email protected]

Pathway to nowhere might go somewhere soon

Dear Action Line: What is with the Bike Path to Nowhere off College Drive? The whole path on the east side is wide and wonderful, including a nice swooping-upwards section across from Ted’s Rental...

DATE: May 3, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line speaks truth to power bill

Dear Action Line: I just received my first billing for electricity, as a new homeowner in the Durango area. La Plata Electric Association stated my “Average Daily Cost” was $1.88. This simply isn’t...

DATE: April 26, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Rotary Park ‘upgrade’ and a new jungle gym?

Dear Action Line: What is up with the Rotary Park “upgrade”? It appears the parking lot was redesigned to hold FEWER and smaller vehicles than it used to. The new curved walkways probably looked...

DATE: April 19, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Plate question: An old-timer or just a scofflaw?

Dear Action Line: Can anyone get a “Colorado – Established 1876” license plate? Or are they reserved for locals who purchased their car when Colorado was admitted to the Union? – R.E.L. Longtymer ...

DATE: April 12, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Why is Montview so wide, and just, ‘Why?’

Dear Action Line: Montview Parkway is wide enough to land an airplane on, but it would be a rough landing with all those huge drainage ditches. Why was Montview built so wide? – Stephanie Herbst ...

DATE: April 5, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

North or west? Action Line turns to mathematical wizardry

Dear Action Line: When is Walmart going to open the entrance to the north side of its parking lot? It’s been ribboned off for a REALLY looooong time. Or is this a plot by City Market? – Noah Parker...

DATE: March 29, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Howdy, Pardner! Now get that couch off your lawn

Dear Action Line: The other day I received a “ticket” from the city for having a couch with a “free” sign on the lawn. I was tickled by the bold letters at the bottom: “COURTESY NOTICE ONLY – NOT A...

DATE: March 22, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

A shrunken head, and the lost ‘Z’ and ‘J’

Dear Action Line: The noble effort to create an urban park out of the old Dalla property seems to be suffering from lack of follow-up and maintenance. The signage throughout is certainly tragic!...

DATE: March 15, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Extraterrestrials pay visit to La Plata County

Dear Action Line: Can you explain this crop circle near Ignacio? – Aliens Ate My Buick Dear Buick: This sets a personal Action Line record for shortest question, so thanks and congratulations. ...

DATE: March 8, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

A youthful resolution to snowed-in fire hydrants

Dear Action Line: I think I have the solution for kids who are bored, being left at home to do homework in the days of COVID. This might make them happy and be beneficial for the town. Kids, bundle...

DATE: March 1, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Be on the lookout for Hula Hoopers, students

Dear Action Line: As you approach Fort Lewis College via the front hill (East Eighth Avenue), there’s a Hula Hoop crossing warning sign. My proposal to teach a course in the Physics, Art and Zen of...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

What’s wrong with feeding birds day-old City Market bread?

Dear Action Line: I like to buy the day-old bread from City Market and feed it to the birds. They like it, but is this a good thing to be doing? – Birdman Dear Birdman: Well, can you afford it?...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: [email protected]

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