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 By Steve Hansen    News    December 13, 2017 

County planning kicks off

In about six months, Quay County should have a new comprehensive plan that will include results from citizen comments and outline a path to achieve county goals, according to Phyllis Taylor, a princip...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    December 13, 2017 

New kids on the block

Two ribbon-cutting ceremonies Friday helped launch two new businesses in Tucumcari. One marked the beginning of a new chapter for a Tucumcari...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    December 13, 2017 

Limited access best for landscape

President Donald Trump recently reduced the size of a couple of national monuments in Utah. This has the environmental community up in arms. The environmentalists apparently think that opening this la...

 

School bully not fit for president

I’ll lay my cards on the table: I do not like President Donald Trump. I would not like him as a Republican. I would not like him as a Democrat. Here’s why: Trump is the answer to what would... Full story

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 29, 2017

Fantasy reading not just for young

I think fantasy literature is supposed to appeal mostly to the young. Being a retiree, however, does not stop me from being fascinated by what I consider the best of this kind of literature in print...

 

Time to end this 'work and spend'

Wal-Mart recently bought Lord & Taylor. That has renewed predictions of the end for America’s middle class. Wal-Mart caters to the growing ranks of the underpaid poor, while Lord & Taylor offers...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 15, 2017

City commission OKs water line project

The Tucumcari City Commission Thursday decided to buy an ambulance and authorize an agreement for state and local funding of an expanded-capacity water line to Mountain Road and Interstate 40 in...

 

Uranium story a conspiracy theory

Did Hillary Clinton surrender 20 percent of U.S. uranium to the Russians, endangering us all, while she was the U.S. secretary of state? I don’t think so. I think what we have is yet another...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 1, 2017

Hub-jumping, anyone?

I stopped at "hub-jumping." I was wearing the harness and could secure one of its life-line lanyards to the safety rail with a "lobster claw," but my...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 1, 2017

Official gets pay increase

When all was said and done, City Manager Jared Langenegger received a 2-percent raise in his pay Thursday at the hands of the Tucumcari City Commission. On a 4-to-1 vote, the commission decided to...

 

No clear answers on tax structure

As Congress, whether controlled by Democrats or Republicans, considers tax reforms, it pays for individual wage earners to keep their hands on their wallets and their eyes on the news. With his usual...

 

Liberal, conservative differences many

A website called Quora allows users to ask questions and have them answered by their peers. Usually the questions are undergraduate queries like, “If Darth Vader were your father, how would you get...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 18, 2017

Three arrested on burglary charges

Amid the graffiti burglars left on the walls at Tucumcari's Center Methodist Church on the night of Oct. 8 was a taunt: "You'll never catch us." The...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 18, 2017

Disc golf course hosts first event

Tucumcari's rustic new 18-hole disc golf course shone in its debut event, officially titled "Shootout at Six-Shooter Siding," Saturday and Sunday at...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 18, 2017

Censorship agenda just wrong

From 1949 to 1987, the federal government required broadcast stations to cover — and balance their coverage of — current issues. This rule was called “the Fairness Doctrine.” There are natural...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 18, 2017

EMT leave discussion on table

A request Thursday to increase leave time that Tucumcari city emergency medical employees may accumulate became a discussion of how hard it has become to hire and retain public safety employees. Tucum...

 

Fall rodeo scores record attendance

One Mesaland Community College rodeo athlete managed ornery animals well enough to qualify for championship rounds Saturday, but even he did not...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 11, 2017

Former fire chief jailed

Former Tucumcari Fire Chief Shane Warner, 41, is facing eight felony counts, including allegations of sexual penetration in commission of a felony, Qu...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 11, 2017

Two churches burglarized

Two Tucumcari churches were burglarized over the weekend, and one was heavily vandalized with graffiti and enchilada sauce, among other things. Musical and electronic equipment were stolen from both...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 11, 2017

Projects to get tax benefits

Two wind energy projects scheduled for Quay County with maximum value of $157.6 million will receive tax benefits through New Mexico industrial revenue bonds (IRB) as a result of ordinances the Quay C...

 

Recent events the way to healthy living

Community groups united in a big way to make the Sept. 30 Wheels on Fire 100 bicycle race succeed, but the activity centered around one guy. That was Brandon Goldston, a first-rate cyclist in his own...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 4, 2017

City resolves to rid town of dangerous properties

Three dilapidated houses and a collapsed building in the downtown area of Tucumcari are destined for leveling, the Tucumcari City Commission decided...

 

Fired Up! was great time for all

Tucumcari put on a great show for visitors on Saturday. And visitors we had. There were the 70-plus bicycle riders from out of town who rode in the second annual Wheels on Fire 100 race or ride,...

 

Health meets tech

If you can't get patients to health professionals, the providers can consult with patients on two-way video. That's the idea behind a "tele-health"...

 

City government reorganizes

A reorganization of city government that will create one more layer of management and cost the city about $118,000 in salary increases per year received approval Thursday from the Tucumcari City Commi...

 

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