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 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...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    January 29, 2020 

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,...

 

Taking shot at new year predictions

Happy New Year! The fact that today begins year 2020 makes one think in visionary terms. With that in mind, I will venture some predictions. The first: By the time next year rolls around, I will have...

 

Celebrating best of human nature

Today is Christmas, the date on the calendar when we celebrate the earthly birth of Jesus Christ and the best of human nature. Exactly two months ago, on Oct. 25, an Amarillo couple experienced sort...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    December 25, 2019

City accepts $600,000 grant

Some good news about a grant, painted dinosaur footprints and a few tears marked Thursday’s Tucumcari City Commission meeting. The commission accepted a grant for $600,000 for its Great Blocks...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    December 25, 2019

Commissioner says he stands by statements

Tucumcari District 1 Commissioner Ralph Moya said he stands by statements about the decline of Tucumcari since he served on the commission in the 1980s and ‘90s. Moya said he served as a...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    December 25, 2019

Housing authority board to remain independent

Despite regional housing authorities’ apparent intent to take control of managing federally funded housing in Tucumcari by June 30, the board of the Tucumcari Housing Authority decided Thursday to...

 

Couple of questions for officials

By the time this column publishes, President Donald Trump will, in all likelihood, be impeached. In other words, formal charges will be filed against him by the U.S. House of Representatives to be...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    December 11, 2019

Neon sign ordinance rejected

An ordinance designed to encourage preservation of Tucumcari’s neon-lit Route 66 history was rejected before it could receive further consideration Thursday as Tucumcari City Commissioners voted to...

 

Outside help needed for streets

At the workshop before the Thursday meeting of the Tucumcari City Commission, Ralph Lopez, a project manager in the city’s Community Development Department, announced it costs $138,835 per city...

 

'Woke' may be past its prime

Are you “woke?” I keep hearing this word on late-night television, daytime talk shows and especially in commentary about left-of-center candidates for president on the pundit pages that carry the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 27, 2019

Housing authority decision delayed

The Tucumcari Housing Authority board Thursday delayed a decision on whether to turn over the management of the city's public housing to federal...

 

No shortage of Thanksgiving advice

If you’re going to visit family for Thanksgiving in Denver or Dallas, about six hours away each, don’t leave on Wednesday. (I apologize if you’re reading this for the first time on Black...

 

Impeachment can be confusing

Impeachment was on just about everybody’s mind last week as the House of Representatives’ hearings on the subject went live. But the idea of impeachment is likely misunderstood. Some understand...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 13, 2019

Water project gets final approval

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday gave final approval to arrangements to fund a $5.5 million project that will divert treated water from the city’s wastewater treatment facility to a nearby...

 

Balloting passes its first test

I don’t know what to conclude from looking at voter turnout statistics from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office for the Nov. 5 local elections. Quay County generated a turnout of 21...

 

Freedom doesn't have to be pretty

Facebook and Twitter are social media platforms that set the world-wide gold standard for their particular brands of dialogue-inducing software. Their inventors set them up as neutral media for...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 23, 2019

House candidates weigh in

Two of the three positions for the House school board on the Nov. 5 ballot are contested with challengers facing off against incumbents in both races. William “Clint” Runyan, Position 4, is...

 

Dark humor won't encourage violence

My introduction to “black humor” was a book called “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller. I fell in love with it and enjoy this guilt-inducing brand of humor even now, a half-century later. In “Catch-...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 16, 2019

Improvements on way

The way has been paved for the Tucumcari Senior Citizens Center to receive long-awaited improvements to its kitchen, electrical system, service entrance and driveway. The Tucumcari City Commission on...

 

Parties can't keep ignoring 'Flyover Man'

New York Times columnist David Brooks, a thinking conservative, wrote what I consider a brilliant piece that sympathetically explains the loyalty of President Donald Trump’s base. Brooks, who is as...

 

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