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 By Steve Hansen    News    December 11, 2019 

Neon sign ordinance rejected

An ordinance designed to encourage preservation of Tucumcari’s neon-lit Route 66 history was rejected before it could receive further consideration Thursday as Tucumcari City Commissioners voted to...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    December 11, 2019 

Outside help needed for streets

At the workshop before the Thursday meeting of the Tucumcari City Commission, Ralph Lopez, a project manager in the city’s Community Development Department, announced it costs $138,835 per city...

 

'Woke' may be past its prime

Are you “woke?” I keep hearing this word on late-night television, daytime talk shows and especially in commentary about left-of-center candidates for president on the pundit pages that carry the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 27, 2019

Housing authority decision delayed

The Tucumcari Housing Authority board Thursday delayed a decision on whether to turn over the management of the city's public housing to federal...

 

No shortage of Thanksgiving advice

If you’re going to visit family for Thanksgiving in Denver or Dallas, about six hours away each, don’t leave on Wednesday. (I apologize if you’re reading this for the first time on Black...

 

Impeachment can be confusing

Impeachment was on just about everybody’s mind last week as the House of Representatives’ hearings on the subject went live. But the idea of impeachment is likely misunderstood. Some understand...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 13, 2019

Water project gets final approval

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday gave final approval to arrangements to fund a $5.5 million project that will divert treated water from the city’s wastewater treatment facility to a nearby...

 

Balloting passes its first test

I don’t know what to conclude from looking at voter turnout statistics from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office for the Nov. 5 local elections. Quay County generated a turnout of 21...

 

Freedom doesn't have to be pretty

Facebook and Twitter are social media platforms that set the world-wide gold standard for their particular brands of dialogue-inducing software. Their inventors set them up as neutral media for...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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