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 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...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    October 23, 2019 

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...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 2, 2019

Wastewater plan another step closer to reality

A $5.5 million plan to keep treated wastewater from Tucumcari’s wastewater treatment plan out of waterways came significantly closer to reality Thursday. The city commission approved publication of...

 

Hoping impeachment move wise

Whether to impeach President Donald Trump, which seemed clear cut to me only a week ago, has gotten muddier since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last week that impeachment inquiries would...

 

Taking steps against online addiction

Like the people in Alcoholics Anonymous, I sometimes feel like I should stand up and say, “My name is Steve, and I have an online addiction.” Making an income through journalism, which the...

 

Discussions to continue on school land grant

Tucumcari city commissioners on Sept. 9 seemed amenable to granting city land to Tucumcari Municipal Schools that includes the current diamond for...

 

US' sanity could hang in balance

I have two brothers who think I’m crazy. I think they’re nuts, too. My other two brothers are smarter. They don’t talk about politics. The two who think I’m crazy are ardent supporters of...

 

Trump clear danger to democracy

While President Trump’s hold on reality seems to fade daily, his hold on party power seems to be growing. South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas are apparently preparing to cancel Republican...

 

The less info classified the better

Former FBI Director James Comey was the subject last week of yet another Washington dust-devil involving what he might have said in some emails that he shouldn’t have said in emails. Once again,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 28, 2019

Tucumcari approves code of conduct

After a brief but intense debate Thursday, the Tucumcari City Commission gave final approval to a code of conduct for city elected officials and emplo...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 28, 2019

HUD may take control in Tucumcari

Three years of failing to achieve a 98% occupancy rate in its rental units may result in the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, or...

 

HUD works in mysterious ways

The federal government sometimes giveth and sometimes taketh away. Like a prime Biblical figure, it can also work in mysterious ways. Witness the events in recent weeks that could essentially end...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 21, 2019

Tucumcari leaders remain optimistic

While the Coronado Partners group is far from giving up on obtaining a license to build a racetrack-casino in Tucumcari, the state's recent decision...

 

Trump falling back on old triumphs

President Donald Trump announced out of the blue last week that he wants to buy Greenland, which has the whole world going, “What the rhymes-with-small-waterfowl?” Well, there are some unsettling...

 

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...

 

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