John Peel

Position: Action Line Columnist


Unsolved mysteries: Durango’s stealth artists

Dear Action Line: What is the deal with the cyclists at the roundabout at Florida Road and Chapman Hill? I pass by often and am always surprised and delighted when I see the cyclists. Who or what...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

All out of whack with Snowdown’s absence

Dear Action Line: With no Snowdown this year, how do we know when to take down our Christmas lights? – Pro Crazzinator Dear Pro: Well, Martin Luther King Jr. Day or Inauguration Day could have...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Is Durango’s restaurant ‘title’ in jeopardy?

Dear Action Line: Before the pandemic, Durango boasted the greatest number of restaurants per capita in the country. With the recent closure announcements by many of the longtime establishments,...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Huffing about puffing: An idle pastime?

Dear Action Line: My neighbor in Bayfield leaves his diesel truck idling – morning and evening – for over an hour almost every day. Yesterday, he left it idling from 5:15 to 6:47 p.m. Is this...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Finding restroom a Costanzian challenge

Dear Action Line: As I walked out of Office Depot, a woman was urinating on the sidewalk. She looked at me, and I awkwardly said, “Hey,” like this happens all the time. What’s the etiquette in this...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line goes off the rails

Dear Action Line: Where are the three springs of Three Springs? – Mike Silver Dear Mike: Sounds like a simple question. Action Line will make the answer very complex so you have to pay attention....

DATE: Jan. 4, 2021 | COLUMN: Action Line

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 what do I do...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

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 more of a...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

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 still exist? I left the...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

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 city of...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

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 hillside. Is...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

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 Deep State in...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

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