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 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    August 14, 2019 

Quay needs economic shot in arm

As Quay County reels from the state’s decision not to grant a sixth racetrack-casino license, my inner wonk is motivated to see where the county stands as we figure out where we can go from here....

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 14, 2019 

Conduct ordinance tabled

After a public hearing on the proposed code of conduct ordinance to guide decisions and actions of city officials and employees, the Tucumcari City Commission voted Thursday to table the ordinance....

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    August 7, 2019

Appreciating leisure since I have it

OK, the Republicans are excusing the most excessive acts of Donald Trump, our most excessive president, and the Democrats might come up with such a toxic stew of unpopular policies that even...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 7, 2019

Tucumcari sounds out tourism spending

The city of Tucumcari can reap $76,869 in advertising and promotion benefits for the current fiscal year while paying $29,836, according to Joanie Griffin, a principal in Sunny 505, the marketing...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Hearing narrative work of fiction

The GOP narrative that came out of the Mueller hearings on July 23 could have been written by Clive Cussler, John Le Carre or Ian Fleming. It was compelling fiction and, like much good fiction, it...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 31, 2019

Records receive high marks

The state’s official review of the city of Tucumcari’s fiscal year 2018 financial records resulted in a rating of “unmodified,” the best rating the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor can...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 24, 2019

City ends year in black

While the city of Tucumcari’s general fund ended the year with a deficit of about $575,000, the city as a whole managed, with revenues of nearly $12.7 million, to finish the fiscal year that ended...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 24, 2019

Parties should seek next rising tide

A July 16 column by the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman favors some moderate ideas he thinks the Democratic party should adopt even as it lists leftward. I agree. Friedman and I share a belief...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 17, 2019

Code of conduct gets nod

A proposed code of conduct for Tucumcari city government elected officials and employees Thursday received a nod from the city commission to be published, but with some enforcement provisions...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 17, 2019

Confrontation needs context, balance

There were two sides to a confrontation that nearly got physical in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday. Big media almost ignored one side. The reporting of this incident, to me, is more evidence...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 10, 2019

Quake shook loose some memories

The July 4 temblor that rattled Southern California and even Las Vegas, Nevada, shook up some memories for me. The last time Southern California had a quake that measured as high as 6.4 on the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 3, 2019

Street projects receive action

Street projects received most of the Tucumcari City Commission’s action Thursday. The commission voted to contract with J&D Contracting Co. of Albuquerque for $470,615.73 for water line work on...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 3, 2019

Gerrymandering fault of both

I did not watch the Democratic debates last week. I had more interesting things to do, like play with the Linux operating system on my computer, which for me might replace Windows 7 as Microsoft...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 26, 2019

Non-delegation very slippery slope

The Supreme Court last week made a decision whose minority opinions matter more to the future of federal, state and local government than the majority opinion that prevailed. That’s because one of...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 19, 2019

Commissioner: Arrest result of 'misunderstanding'

Tucumcari City Commissioner Ralph Moya, speaking as a citizen at Thursday’s city commission meeting, said his arrest June 8 on a warrant from Tucumcari Municipal Court for failing to appear in...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 19, 2019

Code of conduct delicate balance

The Tucumcari City Commission faces a delicate balance as it considers whether to adopt a code of conduct for the commission and city government employees. While the rest of the commissioners and...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 12, 2019

Need more intellectual humility

There’s a lot of talk these days about “intellectual humility,” which most consider a virtue. It means you will occasionally admit when you’re wrong. It also means you’re open to new ideas,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Here's a quick Mueller scorecard

Here’s my scorecard on questions related to Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the campaign of President Donald Trump conspired with Russia: Did President Donald Trump or his campaign...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 29, 2019

Lots of potential for innovation

Where there’s art, there’s innovation, especially in rural communities. So says Richard Florida, who is described by Wikipedia as an American urban studies theorist focusing on social and...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 29, 2019

House superintendent contract renewed

House Schools Superintendent Bonnie Lightfoot received a two-year renewal on her contract and a 6% raise on May 20 after the House Municipal School Board held an executive session. The contract was re...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 22, 2019

Series over, but Game of Thrones lives

It’s over. The “Game of Thrones” television series, which has treated viewers to epic-movie-quality episodes for eight years, aired its final cliff-hanging installment on Sunday. I didn’t...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 15, 2019

City approves preliminary budget

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday approved a preliminary budget for the next fiscal year that begins July 1 that leaves a $622,000 deficit in the general fund but a positive balance of about...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 15, 2019

In Nixon vs. Trump, Nixon wins

The investigation into Russian involvement in President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign has inevitably been compared to the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon in 1974. The...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 8, 2019

Trump's Constitution doesn't match

The Constitution according to President Donald Trump: The Pre-Ramble Me, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union (the MOST PERFECT EVER), establish Justice against...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 1, 2019

Think Tank Row logic doesn't follow

The title of a New York Times op-ed for April 23 looked ridiculous on its face: “The Best Way to Rejuvenate Rural America? Invest in Cities.” The report by Nathan Arnosti and Amy Liu did not...

 

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