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 By Steve Hansen    News    October 28, 2020 

Tucumcari approves joint powers agreement

Tucumcari continues to be entitled to up to 6,000 acre-feet of water from Ute Lake and agrees to pay $9,000 to the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer to preserve rights to that water for one...

 

Quiet races aren't insignificant

If you get your news from New Mexico commercial TV, you would think there are two U.S. congressional races in the state, not including the one in the Third Congressional District that includes Quay Co...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 14, 2020

Promotion proposals get funding

Two proposals to promote Tucumcari via entertainment received funding authorization Thursday from the Tucumcari City Commission. “Bands of Enchantment,” a proposed music television series...

 

I'd rather see a second VP debate

After hearing the Oct. 6 vice presidential candidates debate by Queensbury rules, I had to ask if I were the only one left wondering if vice presidential candidates should have been leading their...

 

Don't want California to become cinder

Just in case I was missing life in Southern California, eastern New Mexico has been getting a little bit of California in the air over the past several weeks. Westerly winds have carried smoke from...

 

Boat back before commission

The city of Tucumcari had a choice between principle and practicality in dealing with an abandoned pontoon boat that haunted a Tucumcari street for...

 

Careful what you wish for politically

President Trump has been calling Democrats “radical socialists” and just last week, he said they might be “Communist.” Trump knows that words like “socialist” and “Communist” are bad....

 

More to blame than just Trump

Ross Douthat is a New York Times columnist who occasionally throws cold water onto the Times' generally red-hot liberal editorial opinions. Douthat's Sept.12 column, to me, was one of his most...

 

Interim city manager's position made permanent

After serving as Tucumcari’s interim city manager twice in three years, Mark Martinez has become city manager without the “interim.” The Tucumcari City Commission voted to hire Martinez as the...

 

Remember Trump's role in virus

Last week, we began learning about what President Donald Trump knew about the coronavirus and when he knew it as Watergate journalist Bob Woodward previewed a new Trump book called “Rage.” On...

 

Facts unclear in latest Trump controversy

President Donald Trump recently tweeted, “The United States of America will NOT be cutting funding to @starsandstripes magazine under my watch. It will continue to be a wonderful source of...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    September 2, 2020

Liquor license sought

A house on a residential block of Tucumcari may become the site of a liquor license, according to the property owner, Ralph Moya, and a notification on the doorway of the abandoned residence. Moya,...

 

No side has room for complacency

Political conventions have never presented the most honest version of American politics. If the economy is good, the party in power has always taken credit. If not, it’s always been because of the...

 

Hope Republicans rethink strategy

In their convention last week, the Democratic Party strongly signaled a return to American politics as usual. At least one party has gone back to the “big tent” concept, which tries to unite...

 

Learn to separate fact from fiction

Warning: The following is not true. I make my point at the end: Call me R, not Q as in QAnon, just R. Welcome to my anonymous “dark web” site. The evidence for this story has been buried in a plac...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 19, 2020

City delays action on hiring new city manager

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday delayed action on hiring a new city manager and whether the city will be a part of unknown current or pending litigation. The commissioners voted unanimously...

 

'Slacker' good label for anti-maskers

I was surprised to learn recently through a New York Times story that protective face masks were required during the great flu epidemic of 1918. I also learned that a very small contingent refused to...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 12, 2020

House students to begin with remote learning

Students in House Municipal Schools will begin the school year Monday with remote learning only except for students in kindergarten through third grade whose parents opt to have their children start...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    August 5, 2020

Stick to common sense on virus

It comes up again and again. Hydroxychloroquine (which I will refer to as HCQ to save space and keystrokes) as a potential treatment or cure for COVID-19. President Donald Trump, who has yet to admit...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 5, 2020

City manager candidates interviewed

Two candidates for the job of Tucumcari city manager were interviewed Thursday by the city commission and interim city manager Mark Martinez, according to Martinez. Martinez said the commission set...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 29, 2020

Federal 'assistance' not needed

As of Friday, Albuquerque, without even having to ask, was supposed to get “help” from about 25 federal law enforcement officials in combating its admittedly major crime problem. Albuquerque is...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 29, 2020

City approves $25 million final budget

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday approved a $25 million final budget for fiscal year 2021 that began July 1 and extends to June 30, 2021, and includes a deficit of $631,945. Documents show...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 22, 2020

NM fortunate in its leadership

The question of opening schools is one of the most troubling we have ever faced. On one hand, President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are pressuring states to pack the kids into cla...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 15, 2020

Interim city manager term extended

Mark Martinez will be Tucumcari’s interim city manager for another 90 days, the city commission decided Thursday. An extension of Martinez’s contract received unanimous approval from the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 15, 2020

Free speech belongs to all speakers

Let’s cancel “cancel culture,” the idea that discussion that offends should not be allowed if offended parties must be exposed to it. Cancel culture cancels free speech, the freedom on which...

 

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