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 By Steve Hansen    News    January 20, 2021 

City approves liquor license

Despite some protests from neighboring homeowners, the Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday approved a club liquor license for the Tucumcari Zia...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    January 20, 2021 

Why this outrage only now? Fear

We’ve had the attempted insurrection of Jan. 6. Washington now hosts more U.S. troops than global hot spots to defend against threats related to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. And now,...

 

Organized democracy prevailed Jan. 6

I had a column written about President Donald Trump’s second impeachable phone call, this time to Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger. Then Jan. 6 happened. That’s when organized...

 

2020 instructive if not productive

This week, we gleefully put behind us a year of closings, cancellations and isolation, and enter a year that gives us hope that at least some social life will return as we chip away at the COVID-19...

 

Some of my resolutions for 2021

For what it’s worth, here are my public affairs resolutions for 2021: I will take the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as I can get it. I will continue to wear masks as much as possible in public, wash...

 

2021 worth looking forward to

Merry Christmas. The year is almost over. President Trump will soon be free to watch right-wing TV and overload Twitter without the burden of responsibility. The best thing he will leave us with, howe...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    December 23, 2020

City takes action on wastewater projects

Two wastewater projects received action Thursday from the Tucumcari City Commission, along with agreements for monitoring the city’s old and current landfills. The commission also approved a change...

 

Trump lawyers should know better

I used to think lawyers had to have above-average intelligence and more than their share of common sense. Now, I see an army of attorneys spouting mindless conspiracy theories and ignoring mountains...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    December 9, 2020

City approves TV agreement

The Tucumcari City commission on Thursday approved an agreement with organizers of the proposed "Bands of Enchantment" television series through...

 

Biden's top priority reaching out

One of President-elect Joe Biden’s top priorities should be determining what ignited the mania for President Donald Trump and keeps it aflame, then finding ways to address the unmet needs of the74...

 

Plenty of reasons for gratitude

I am writing this on Thanksgiving, when I shouldn’t be working on a column. But here I am, working on a column while I anticipate the annual feast. It’s going to be about being thankful....

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 25, 2020

Commission votes to spend money on promotional items featuring logo

To promote the city's new logo, the Tucumcari City Commission voted to spend $5,000 in lodgers tax funds to help produce promotional items sporting...

 

Democracy put in danger in 2020

The last time our election results were as fraught as they are today was in 1877, when a candidate who lost the popular vote in 1876 won the election quite literally by an act of Congress. Of the four...

 

Nobody sure on shutdown question

In theory, there is a point where the economic impact of shutting down for the coronavirus is greater than the impact of the virus in terms of lives lost and reduction in quality of life. Where that...

 

Networks practice science, statistics

Watching the election returns trickle in as vote counts drag on is like waiting for a root canal to be over even with two people and four hands working as fast as care allows on a tooth the size of...

 

No predictions, just two brief columns

With the image dancing in my head of a triumphant Harry Truman holding up the newspaper headline “Dewey Defeats Truman” after he defeated Dewey, I refrain from predictions. So I am writing two...

 
 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...

 

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