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Bidding Tucumcari fond farewell

As of last weekend, one of the words that up until recently identified me for this column is a lie. That word is “Tucumcari.” I have moved to Clovis with my wife for personal and professional...

 

Water, wastewater projects top ICIP

Water and wastewater projects led Tucumcari’s annual Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) for the years 2023 to 2027. The city commission approved the five-year plan at its regular...

 

Best to follow your doctor's advice

Everybody knows that ivermectin, a horse de-worming medicine, should not be used by humans to fight COVID-19. That’s what everybody in the media has been saying. Even a shallow dive into the...

 

Divisions weakening democracy

In three days, we will mark the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center that killed more than 3,000 Americans who were peacefully going about their business. As the nation watched in...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    September 1, 2021

Asphalt warranty earns city approval

A three-year warranty on asphalt work on downtown Tucumcari’s Second Street rebuilding project Thursday received the city commission’s approval. The warranty does not mean the city has closed out...

 

May be time to reconsider job design

Henry David Thoreau, one of America’s literary giants, once proposed that people should work one day a week and rest on the other six, instead of the work-six, rest-one arrangement commanded in the...

 

No correct decision in Afghanistan

It seems to be the consensus of Monday morning quarterbacks, whether Republicans or Democrats, that President Joe Biden’s decision early this year to pull out of Afghanistan before autumn was a...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 18, 2021

Tucumcari passes cannabis regulation ordinance

A new ordinance to regulate recreational cannabis- and marijuana-based businesses in Tucumcari got a go-ahead Thursday from the Tucumcari City Commission, but the new law is still a work in progress....

 

Trump failed heir to Ronald Reagan

It was supposed to happen Friday the 13th, but Donald Trump is still not back in the White House. Joseph Biden is still the president without the immediate threat of being toppled, and Trump is still...

 

Coronaviruses are not political

Recently, I have heard some thoughtful arguments against COVID-19 masks and the requirements to wear them. I respect the opinions I have heard, but I still think they are dangerously wrong in the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 4, 2021

City approves final budget for 2022

The Tucumcari City Commission on July 27 approved a final budget for fiscal year 2022 that shows a deficit of about $417,000 and assigns spending cuts to city departments ranging from 2% to 7%. The...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    August 4, 2021

Government has share of absurdity

I do not subscribe to the theory that the greatest oxymoronic phrase in existence is “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” In my history of covering governments as a journalist and...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 28, 2021

City approves renewal of joint powers agreement

The city of Tucumcari will uphold its part of the joint powers agreement that provides emergency communications service to Quay County and parts of Harding County. Under the agreement, city pays 45%...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 28, 2021

Pot legalization has rocky road ahead

There seems to be an element of the blind leading the blind in how state and local governments will regulate legalized recreational marijuana when the state starts issuing licenses to cannabis-based...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Facing reality of virus saves lives

Last week Ron DeSantis, the fantasy-oriented governor of Florida, said Dr. Anthony Fauci should not be believed or heeded because he was not elected. Huh? It is still true, I think, that the last...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 14, 2021

Nuisance ordinance showdown postponed

A showdown over parts of Tucumcari’s nuisance ordinance was at least postponed Thursday as the Tucumcari City Commission tabled a public hearing and final vote on eliminating language involving...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 14, 2021

Tax board hears remodel proposal

The Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce building would double as a visitor center in a proposal the chamber’s director sketched out generally Tuesday to the city’s Lodgers Tax Advisory Board. Scott...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 14, 2021

Hope people see opportunity here

I spent the best part of last week in Clovis, where I am taking on temporary editing duties for Clovis Media, the company that owns the Quay County Sun. I live in Tucumcari and the contrast between...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 14, 2021

Lake levels rising across central eastern NM

CLOVIS — Lakes in central eastern New Mexico have been looking less thirsty as the region has enjoyed a reawakening of the monsoon season. The level rise at Conchas Lake, about 30 miles northwest of...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 7, 2021

Officials to add new language to zoning

Language will be added to Tucumcari zoning laws to accommodate growing, processing and retail sales of marijuana products for recreation, the Tucumcari City Commission decided in a special meeting on...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Reasonable climate measures can't hurt

It’s Friday and it has been raining in Tucumcari for three days straight. While I would have welcomed the thrill and sense of risk that comes with a thunderstorm, the rain we’ve been getting for...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 30, 2021

City officials hire new attorney

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday hired a new city attorney to replace Randy Knudson, who had served as the city’s general counsel for at least 15 years. The commission's choice and...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 30, 2021

Racial inequality something to deal with in present

I get it. I see the long way we have to go before we achieve race-blindness. We are making progress, and while I can’t stand the term “woke” (with its implication that you belong to this very...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 23, 2021

Tucumcari faces $556,000 deficit

The city of Tucumcari faces a deficit of $556,205 for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2022, without some serious budget cuts, City Manager Mark Martinez warned city commissioners...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 23, 2021

Break from masks worth the risk

I don’t want to discuss the Biden-Putin talks of last week or critical race theory. I know only enough about Biden-Putin to venture that their chess game will continue, that it won’t be friendly...

 

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