Steve Hansen:Hiroshima observance brings insight

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor I was born about four years after the bombing of Hiroshima marked the start of the nuclear age. The bombing was a ghastly horror, shocking even the flight crew that dropped the weapon, but it shortened the war. Like most people, I have spent my life in its […]

Steve Hansen: Navigating traffic is ‘knot’ enjoyable

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Before I moved to Tucumcari from the Los Angeles suburbs about eight years ago, I dreaded driving in Los Angeles proper. Downtown Los Angeles was a maze of one-way streets and narrow lanes lined with parked cars that never moved. Parking in a lot usually cost more than […]

Steve Hansen: ‘Smear’ letter is, belongs, in the garbage

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By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Even in an age of negative campaigning, there should still be a level below which you do not sink. An anonymous letter I received last week that does not even name a funding source — as obscure and hard to pin down as these usually are — sinks […]

Letter to the Editor— May 18

Don’t be quick to judge Scooter and Jeanette Mitchell have been friends of Myrna’s and mine for over a decade. We watched their two daughters grow into the fine young ladies that we see today. We campaigned for him when he ran for district judge in 2008 when he won and we have campaigned for […]

Steve Hansen: Much to gain as a Work Ready Community

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By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Quay County doesn’t find itself in the forefront on too many new ideas, but it is one of only two New Mexico counties that has decided to become a Work Ready Community. ACT, the non-profit company known mainly for its namesake college readiness test, is succeeding in widening […]

Steve Hansen: Good things are yet to come for Quay County

By Steve Hansen Fromer QCS Managing Editor Harold Morgan, who heads an entity called New Mexico Progress, recently published a column that says Quay County, among other rural New Mexico counties, had more people move in than move out from 2014 to 2015. U.S. Census Bureau figures back him up, and despite the county’s continuing […]

Groups aim to put residents on a healthier ‘trail’

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor On Saturday I joined a group of kids and adults to paint shoeprints on downtown Tucumcari sidewalks. This was to mark the path of the “Rail Trail,” in preparation for its grand opening at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Rail Depot downtown. The Rail Trail is the first […]

Letter to the Editor

It’s a residence not a business The recently proposed garage sale ordinance is not too broad — just the opposite. It must target those running a business out of their home and every-other-weekend garage sales. I’ve heard suggestions that the city needs to stop being petty and worry about fixing streets and drug crimes. Well, […]

Letter to the Editor

Michael G. Lucero is a Republican candidate hoping to replace Ben Ray Lujan as our  U.S. representative. In a speech he gave his qualifications and reasons for wanting to represent us. There is a huge difference between well informed and indoctrinated; Lucero obviously falls under the latter. Lucero complained about the government bullying him to […]

It’s a time of resentment, it’s tax bill time

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor On or about April 15 every year, many Americans of all political stripes momentarily become government-hating conservatives and libertarians. That’s because they learn first-hand the personal cost to them of government. Nobody writes a check or hits the “enter” key to see their bank account shrink by the […]