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 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 11, 2018 

Tariffs could hurt state in long run

Ranked at 46th among states in exports, New Mexico still has a stake in trade wars against friends and foes, which seems to be a goal of President Donald Trump. Trump still thinks global trade is a...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 4, 2018

Meeting protocol discussed

The issue of who’s third in line to conduct a meeting became an issue before the Tucumcari City Commission Thursday. Mayor Ruth Ann Litchfield, in her duties as mayor, conducts commission meetings....

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 4, 2018

Dems should play hand they're dealt

OK. President Donald Trump gets another U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Guess what? He or she will be a conservative. The majorities vary between the U.S. House of Representative and the U.S. Senate, but...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 27, 2018

This country already best on earth

It would be useless to add my voice to the protests against the unconscionable separating of parents and children at the U.S. border in the name of cracking down on illegal immigration. With that...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 20, 2018

Commission bans some aerial fireworks

A ban on some fireworks for 30 days received final approval Thursday from the Tucumcari City Commission. District 1 Commissioner Ralph Moya cast the lone “no” vote because, he said the ban came...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 20, 2018

Officers honored for valor

Two Tucumcari Police officers who entered a burning house to assure occupants got to safety received "wreath of valor" awards from Police Chief David...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 20, 2018

Biases against Trump not political

I don’t know what to make of the Horowitz report, which President Donald Trump hoped would show that Hillary Clinton was a criminal and the FBI was biased, and therefore, his campaign did not...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 13, 2018

May best win new 'jungle primaries'

California calls it a “jungle primary.” There, you don’t declare a party, you just come out and vote. So the law of the jungle applies. You get the most votes or the second-most, or you’re...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 6, 2018

Commission revisits nuisance ordinance

Review and changes may be in the works for the city’s nuisance ordinance and its enforcement after a Tucumcari City Commission discussion held Thursday as part of a special meeting. The ordinance...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 6, 2018

Commission postpones talks of fireworks ban

The Tucumcari City Commission at a special meeting Thursday postponed a discussion of limiting or banning the use of some airborne fireworks and heard a review of the city’s interim budget for...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Barr, Bee insults hard to forgive

Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee both delivered nearly unforgivable insults last week... One resulted in cancellation of a hit TV series; the other, an apology that was deemed sufficient. Barr tweeted...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 30, 2018

City gets racino update

Tucumcari is entering the competition for the state’s sixth racetrack-casino license fully prepared to be a serious contender, Warren Frost, a principal of Coronado Partners LLC, told the Tucumcari...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 30, 2018

Population drops slightly in Quay

Quay County’s population dropped from 8,381 in 2016 to 8,306 in 2017, a total drop of 64 or about 0.9 percent, according to U.S. Census estimates released on May 24. Its county seat, Tucumcari, saw...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 30, 2018

Electric guitar mature, not dying

Debate has been raging since last year about whether the electric guitar is dying. As a musician with a long history of playing rock, this is a serious issue to me and, according to the Washington Pos...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 23, 2018

Students face off at annual Track and Field Day

Carrying on a tradition that goes back as far as anyone can remember, Tucumcari Elementary School third-grade through fifth-grade students teamed up...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 23, 2018

Scholarships aplenty for San Jon graduates

For a graduation class of eight students, San Jon High School's Class of 2018 walked away with a big share of financial aid for higher education. At...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 23, 2018

I'll miss literary master Tom Wolfe

“Heeeeeee-wack!” That was the sound of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s circular bed in rotation as described by Tom Wolfe, who died last week at the age of 88. Wolfe was one of the pioneers who in...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 16, 2018

New city manager to start

Tucumcari has a new city manager. Britt Lusk, 38, who was the director of administrative services for Hobbs, was named Tucumcari’s new city manager Thursday on a unanimous city commission vote. His...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 16, 2018

Media should be fair to Trump, too

How do you know you’re reading news and not propaganda? If it sounds too good or evil to be true, it’s probably propaganda. If it is important and urgent, you’re probably going to see it in...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 9, 2018

Track project wraps up

A major Union Pacific Railroad track maintenance project through Quay and Guadalupe counties was just finishing up, a UP spokesperson said Wednesday. The project, which began in February, involves...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 9, 2018

Trump isn't wrong all the time

I’ve got to admit that as much as I dislike having Donald Trump as my president, some good is likely to come out of his presidency. He just might pull off a real settlement with Kim Jong Un that...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 2, 2018

Water line upgrades approved

Water line improvements designed to allow business expansion on Mountain Road near Interstate 40 received one of their final approvals Thursday from the Tucumcari City Commission. The commission appro...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 2, 2018

Rather have unfashionable sedan

Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky ... Little boxes all the same. — Malvina Reynolds When Pete Seeger recorded this song in 1963, it applied to housing developments in...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 25, 2018

Tiny England queen of recycline

Great Britain is one-third the size of Texas, but contains more than twice Texas’ population. That might explain why Texans think everything should be big, whereas the English think compact, or so i...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 18, 2018

Much to be learned about England

Jolly old England was mostly old to my wife and I on our second visit last week to the nation that spawned ours. It’s hard to be jolly when the temperature seldom rises above 50 under...

 

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