County offers Gov. Richardson a ‘teachable moment’

Chelle Delaney

Some educators call them a “teachable moment.”

They are those short opportune slices of time that give way to a lesson that was not on the day’s agenda.

Then again, some may call it just a plain old setup.

On Friday, when Gov. Bill Richardson visited Tucumcari, he and his two staffers were seated at the table in the chambers used by the Quay County Commission for its meetings at the Quay County Courthouse.

Franklin McCasland, chairman of the Quay County Commission, started off the local comments by acknowledging that conversations among the commissioners often focused on prioritizing the county’s needs.

“Our No. 1 need is upgrades in our courthouse,” McCasland said.

“Right here?” the governor said.