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 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    December 12, 2018 

Political incivility started somewhere

The death of former President George H.W. Bush has been met with as much mourning for the gentlemanly politics he practiced as for the man himself. Bush saved incivility for America’s enemies,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    December 5, 2018

Cemetery shrine issue not resolved

Policies related to shrines at the Tucumcari Memorial Cemetery remained unresolved Thursday as the city commission gave final approval to other changes in the ordinance that governs administration of...

 

Better off with political correctness

Fox News pundits use “political correctness” as a blanket to cover any opinion they dislike. Progressives are enamored with political correctness, however, and despite my distaste for Fox News...

 

Holidays good time to stay home

I’m writing this on Black Friday and I’m not going anywhere. Black Friday, New Year’s Eve, Labor Day and Memorial Day have become my favorite times to stay home. Just to be ornery, I don’t...

 

Hold off on celebrating Acosta order

Happy Thanksgiving, Quay County and all of New Mexico. To my media colleagues, however, I issue a warning. The media corps seems to think they have reason to gloat over their turkey dinners as...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 14, 2018

City officials agree they should appoint new judge

The Tucumcari City Commission Thursday agreed without taking action the commission should appoint a new municipal judge in the wake of Municipal Judge Joe I. Dominguez's resignation Oct. 29....

 

Extend a hand, not a hammer

First, let me congratulate Democrats for taking the U.S. House of Representatives from the Republicans. Whether that is good news, however, depends on what the party whose standard bearer is not a...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 14, 2018

Meeting focuses on health, safety actions

Health and safety actions dominated the agenda Thursday at a regular meeting of the Tucumcari City Commission. Tucumcari Fire Chief Doug Hogan got the go-ahead from the commission Thursday to apply...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 7, 2018

City liability insurance jumps

The city of Tucumcari’s liability insurance rates jumped 20 percent this year, City Manager Britt Lusk told the Tucumcari City Commission on Oct. 30, and the budget-stressed city will cover the...

 

A lot happened between WWII and me

Between the end of World War II and my birth date in 1950 lies a period of which I know little. My birth year marked the start of the Korean conflict and another new era. I was able last week to get...

 

Getting a movie is writer's dream

The Public Broadcasting Company last week announced America’s 100 favorite books of all time, at least among readers of today, according to an extensive survey they engineered. I was a little...

 

Journalists in for fight of our lives

In public relations, our job was to make the company look good, to cast the company in a good light. When I worked for “house organs” — or employee publications — I learned they gave the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 17, 2018

District 4 candidates interviewed

The three candidates to serve out the term of District 4 Tucumcari City Commissioner Robert Lumpkin, who died July 17, were interviewed by the four...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 17, 2018

Tucumcari commission takes action on water

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday took action that brings closer increased water supply coming into the city and the final disposal of wastewater going out. The commission approved a letter...

 

Reading, thinking key to your vote

Take two people who are decent, long-serving public servants and have them compete for political office, and what do you get? You get two scheming, reprehensible, back-stabbing scoundrels who are...

 

Quay could use racino boost

At the risk of alienating real or potential readers in various parts of the state, I am using my space this week to advocate for my home town Tucumcari as the site of the state’s next...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 3, 2018

Commission applicants face public interviews

The three applicants to fill the District 4 commission seat on the Tucumcari City Commission held by the late Robert Lumpkin will face public...

 

Republicans should reconsider Kavanaugh

It’s funny what can happen after testimony from a credible accuser is weighed against a Supreme Court nominee’s partisan bombast and flat denials of allegations from credible witnesses about some...

 

Fiber to be city-wide

Fast fiber-optic internet service will be available to the entire city of Tucumcari when Plateau completes a plan that begins with its purchase of the assets of Comcast in the city, Plateau’s chief...

 

I prefer slow pace of New Mexico

I visited my old home state of California, more specifically the Los Angeles area, last week. Here are some of the things I learned: • The Los Angeles area is enjoying a pleasant late summer....

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 29, 2018

Annual ICIP OK'd

The next Tucumcari city commissioner from District 4 will be appointed from applicants for the position, the Tucumcari City Commission decided Thursday. The appointee will serve out the remaining two...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 29, 2018

Locals share ideas for Five-Mile Park

The next phase in developing Tucumcari's Five-Mile Park will combine the visions of about 40 Tucumcari residents that landscape architects converted...

 

Mutual misery got Trump elected

As a New York Times subscriber, I am often either amused or annoyed by its headlines that hint of new, knuckle-whitening crises. Here’s one from last week: “Steve Jobs’s Daughter Forgives Him....

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 22, 2018

Report cards in for area schools

Logan Municipal Schools again led Quay County school systems in the New Mexico Public Education Department’s 2018 annual grading of schools based on student performance and improvement in the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 22, 2018

Quay educators speak at workshop

SANTA ROSA — Two Quay County educators made their voices heard Wednesday morning as the New Mexico Legislature’s Legislative Educational Study Committee (LESC) began a three-day workshop in Santa...

 

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