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 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 8, 2020 

Need more thoughtful conservatives

New Mexico’s Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gave a scolding to residents Thursday as she announced the state would extend current COVID-19 restrictions instead of relaxing them more. New...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    July 1, 2020

On lookout for centipede advice

My introduction to the New Mexico version of centipede occurred a few years ago, while I was working in an office in Tucumcari. A sweet young thing who worked in an office nearby appeared in my doorwa...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    July 1, 2020

City to convert positions to part-time

The city of Tucumcari will not cut any positions in fiscal year 2021, from July 1 to June 30, 2021, but will convert 10 positions to part-time jobs and allow two employees to transfer into new...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Bolton's caution isn't cowardice

You hear it often: “Discretion is the better part of valor.” It’s a distortion of a Shakespeare quote. The Bard actually scripted Jack Falstaff to say, “the better part of valor is discretion,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 17, 2020

Hansen: Pandemic a perfect protest storm

Since recent current protests, rioting and sometimes extreme police responses affect just about everyone, they should be viewed more as phenomena of human behavior than of politics. And psychologists...

 

Second Street work should start soon

Construction should start in “a week or two” on the long-awaited Second Street improvement project in downtown Tucumcari after the city commission on Thursday signed a contract with J&H Services o...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 10, 2020

City votes to accept $1.8 million construction bid

The Second Street improvement project in downtown Tucumcari is a contract signing from the start of construction after the city commission voted unanimously Thursday during a special meeting to...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 10, 2020

Police work still difficult, dangerous

Four Minneapolis police officers are justifiably facing murder or aiding and abetting charges in the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died after enduring nearly nine minutes of Offic...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Flynn's case only getting muddier

The case of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn now has the clarity of a mud bath. First, his court case. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Then, Attorney General William Barr, his ultimate prosecutor,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 3, 2020

City commission passes preliminary budget

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday passed a preliminary city budget for fiscal year 2021 that will leave a $489,000 deficit in the city’s general fund, which is covered by reserve allowances...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 27, 2020

Wear the darn mask, Mr. President

Wear the darn mask, Mr. President. You are not above the law, and no, you are not the law, as much as you want to be. It’s not manly to go maskless in public. It’s dumb. You are an obviously...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 20, 2020

City administrators look at ways to save jobs

Tucumcari city administrators found a “silver lining” that could mean as few as two full-time city employees lose jobs next fiscal year and others who would have been dismissed would be made...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 20, 2020

Problem solving should be focus

Going quietly amid the noise of Congressional grandstanding, shouting pundits and a bombastic president, a bipartisan group of 50 members of the U.S. House of Representatives has been preparing the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 20, 2020

Apartments to be placed under ERHA jurisdiction

The Chaparral Apartments in Tucumcari will be placed under the jurisdiction of the federal Eastern Regional Housing Authority based in Roswell, like the rest of Tucumcari’s other public housing...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 13, 2020

Presidential lies shouldn't be a shock

President Donald Trump has lied repeatedly to the American people in order to enhance his chances for re-election. Shocked? Presidential lying shouldn’t even be news any more, but catching...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 6, 2020

Virus a crap shoot, even for healthy

The COVID-19 pandemic is as big as planet Earth, but it’s because of what it does at the individual level that is interesting and a little frightening. Most of what follows is freely translated...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 6, 2020

Commissioners cleared of ethics charges

In the first test of the Tucumcari’s new ethics ordinance, Tucumcari City Commissioners Ralph Moya and Paul Villanueva were cleared Thursday of charges they had improperly aimed criticism a city emp...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 6, 2020

Housing commission delays turning over apartments

Confusion over the status of the Chaparral Apartments on Thursday led the Tucumcari Housing Commission to delay turning over the 24-unit complex to the Eastern Regional Housing Authority, though the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 29, 2020

Resolution receives narrow approval

A resolution asking New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to consider allowing businesses in the state’s rural cities to reopen to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus received narrow approval...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 29, 2020

Revenue likely to impact city jobs, services

Revenue shortages because of the COVID-19 economic freeze and increases in state minimum wage likely would result in loss of jobs, conversion of some full-time city jobs to part-time positions and...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 29, 2020

Unpaid accomplishments have value

With plenty of time to muse in COVID-19 isolation (not that I didn’t have time as a retiree), I am wondering if social distancing away from jobs and social obligations is giving people a new...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 29, 2020

Housing board approves next step

The Tucumcari Housing Authority board on Thursday approved another step in handing over authority for operating it to the Eastern Regional Housing Authority of the U.S. Department of Housing and...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 22, 2020

President's focus should be pandemic

Since President Donald Trump’s election, relations between China and the U.S. have been strained. Trump doesn’t like China much, and, frankly, I don’t either. In recent years, however, the U.S....

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 15, 2020

COVID-19 freeze will change things

Some day soon, we hope, we’ll wake up to learn that the COVID-19 viruses have gone to that place in the cosmos where the nanometer-size undead go when they can’t cause diseases any more....

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 15, 2020

Tucumcari interim city manager signs contract

After only 18 months, Mark Martinez again has officially become Tucumcari’s interim city manager. At Thursday's Tucumcari City Commission meeting, Martinez signed a contract to become Tucumcari’s...

 

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