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 By Steve Hansen    News    April 1, 2020 

Tucumcari designated virus emergency area

The city of Tucumcari is officially included among designated emergency areas in New Mexico in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as of Thursday. The Tucumcari City Commission unanimously approved a...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 1, 2020 

Virus wrong issue to politicize

COVID-19 has us all living through a great story. We’re in the middle of the excitement now and all waiting to see how it comes out. COVID-19 has a lot of heroes and villains, too. The disease...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 1, 2020 

Board agrees to surrender property

The Tucumcari Housing Authority board agreed to surrender its property and management responsibilities to the Eastern Regional Housing Authority of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 25, 2020

Hansen: Help limit spread however you can

Here are some first-person accounts of what it’s like to go through COVID-19. Bottom line: You should stay home or do whatever you can to prevent its spread. A Korean man told Vice.com that three...

 

Commissioners subject of employee complaint

Rachelle Arias, the city of Tucumcari’s finance director, has filed a complaint with city manager Britt Lusk accusing two city commissioners of violating three sections of the city’s Governmental...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    March 18, 2020

Clashes mark city meeting

Clashes over the city’s marketing efforts and nuisance ordinance marked Thursday’s meeting of the Tucumcari City Commission, as well as an announcement that city employees had filed complaints...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 18, 2020

Be conscientious about coronavirus

The impact of coronavirus has struck locally, even in isolated, rural Quay County, New Mexico. To my knowledge, as of this writing, Quay County has not recorded a case of COVID-19, the disease caused...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 11, 2020

Libel standard should stay in place

In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a gift to the idea of freedom of expression with its ruling in the New York Times v. Sullivan case. It is important to point out that the case could just...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    March 4, 2020

Housing board delays action on jurisdiction resolution

The Tucumcari Housing Authority board delayed action Thursday on a resolution that would have transferred jurisdiction over Tucumcari public housing t...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    March 4, 2020

City enacts grant stopgap

With a deadline looming to apply for grants from the New Mexico Department of Tourism’s New Mexico True marketing arm, the Tucumcari City Commission decided to assign one of the city’s grant...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 4, 2020

Credit where it's due, even to Trump

Well, President Trump’s first reaction to the Center for Disease Control’s announcement two weeks ago that a coronavirus epidemic was nearly inevitable was his usual stamping of feet. He denied...

 

Any Democrat better than Trump

Michael Bloomberg may not be my first choice for president, but I very much object to some of the objections that have been raised against him. Let me take those one at a time: 1. He’s rich: Yes. He...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    February 19, 2020

City narrowly passes sign ordinance

Amid questions about its validity, the Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday passed by a 3-2 vote an ordinance designed to help the city keep...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    February 19, 2020

Tucumcari city manager announces resignation

Tucumcari city manager Britt Lusk on Thursday evening announced his resignation from the city manager’s post and gave the city commission his 60-day notice at a regular meeting of the commission....

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    February 19, 2020

City votes to end contract with Sunny505

The Tucumcari City Commission voted Thursday to end the city’s contract with Sunny505, an Albuquerque advertising and marketing firm, after the recommendation of the city’s lodgers tax board. The...

 

Dems' best bet to vote moderate

Some observations on the presidential campaign so far: n Making predictions on the outcome of the Democratic nomination race based on results from two small, non-representative states is like predicti...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    February 12, 2020

Tucumcari city manager announces he's resigning

Tucumcari city manager Britt Lusk on Thursday evening announced his resignation from the city manager's post and gave the city commission his 60-day notice at a regular meeting of the commission....

 

Democrats finally ready to fight

Last week marked a turning point in the already strained (an understatement) relations between Democrats and Republicans. After the Republicans in the Senate ignored the Democrats’ thorough...

 

Just a little speculative fiction

For your consideration, a little speculative fiction: It is 2030. The president is Sophia Borodin, a fifth-generation descendant of Russian immigrants who came to the U.S. in the 19th Century,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    January 29, 2020

Boat raises heated discussion

"Miss Kristy" is the name of an orphaned pontoon boat that has haunted Tucumcari Streets for several years, and it produced heated accusations and...

 

Re-election may not survive impeachment

Well, are we going to have an orange president at the end of the impeachment trial? I say yes. Our orange-est president ever will keep his standing reservation to the Oval Office after the trial....

 

Robocalls unavoidable, dangerous

Robocalls are to cell phone ownership what mosquitoes are to fishing. They’re an unavoidable nuisance and can be dangerous. Mosquitoes carry disease; robocalls are dangerous to the vulnerable. I...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    January 15, 2020

City passes 'first reading' of sign ordinance

A landmark sign ordinance that could pit private property rights against historic preservation received approval for publication at 2020's first...

 

Hoping voters can see past PR

I used to work in public relations, even getting myself designated an APR — Accredited Public Relations — that required spending a day taking written tests and a 20-minute oral exam. A public...

 

Turn 'OK boomer' into compliment

Young people have been dismissing us older folks over the past year by sneering “OK boomer” at us. Kids these days. They don’t even learn grammar. The right way to phrase that sneer is “OK,...

 

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