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 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 21, 2021

Removing cost devalues college

Beyond basic skills and exposure to the required amount of shared knowledge in history and citizenship, education should be something worked for and prized. Making it free, I think, reduces its...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 14, 2021

Cannabis could work in Tucumcari's favor

Tucumcari could be poised to prosper from newly legalized marijuana, at least one city commissioner and City Manager Mark Martinez agree. Two factors work in Tucumcari’s favor, District 1...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 14, 2021

Hope wiser heads lead GOP again

Ex-president Donald Trump’s influence over the disturbing 70-plus million people who voted for him is still powerful. It is disturbing because the party Trump hijacked, the Republicans, now...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 7, 2021

City continues contract

The city of Tucumcari will continue its contract with Monarch Properties of Albuquerque for the management of the Chaparral Apartments for another...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 7, 2021

Some reservations about marijuana

Yay. That’s about as much enthusiasm as I can drum up for New Mexico’s legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults. If the Legislature had rejected the proposal so important to Gov....

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    March 31, 2021

Organizers present plan for Five Mile Park

Organizers of efforts to revitalize Tucumcari’s Five Mile Park introduced a plan that has been more than three years in the making Thursday to the City Commission in a public work session before...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 31, 2021

Qualified immunity should stay

It is a valid question whether the civil rights bill the New Mexico Legislature passed in the usual flurry of legislation before its March 20 close protects individual rights or serves as a full-emplo...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 24, 2021

Flat wage increase won't work

I was opposed to attaching a national $15 minimum wage to the COVID-19 bill that President Joe Biden signed into law on March 11. I am still opposed to a national $15 minimum wage. I am in favor of...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    March 17, 2021

Police chief: Most review recommendations implemented

Tucumcari police have implemented most of the recommendations from a 2017 review of the city police department’s policies and procedures, Police Chief David Lathrom told the city commission...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 17, 2021

Appreciating my sense of smell more

I still haven’t recovered much of my sense of smell since having COVID-19, but I find I can live with limits on the sniffer, even if I can’t fully enjoy corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    March 14, 2021

Cannabis could work in Tucumcari's favor

Tucumcari could be poised to prosper from newly legalized marijuana, at least one city commissioner and City Manager Mark Martinez agree. Two factors work in Tucumcari’s favor, District 1...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    March 3, 2021

Commissioners consider zoning law changes

Tucumcari city commissioners considering changes to the city's zoning laws and their enforcement wrestled with issues that included poor landowners,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    March 3, 2021

Hoping Tres Amigas will revive

I was fortunate to watch Texas’ power supply difficulties from afar. Tucumcari was far enough. I didn’t have to go to Cancun. In Tucumcari, the closest we got to Texas’ Texas-size electricity...

 

Well, here's my COVID-19 story

OK, Ron Warnick, here it is. I am finally going to confess to the world that I have had COVID-19. I told Warnick, the Quay County Sun’s full-time journalist, about it, but very few others. Warnick,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    February 17, 2021

City gives preliminary approval to donation

The Tucumcari City Commission is one meeting away from approving a donation of three baseball and softball diamonds to the Tucumcari Municipal Schools district after preliminarily approving the...

 

Partisanship overwhelming reason

I've been watching bits and pieces of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, and it is plain to me that partisanship is overwhelming reason and any semblance of jurisprudence. The trial wi...

 

Education system needs review

There is widespread despair over the impact of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, likely because kids do learn better in close quarters. Not all educators agree that isolation is a...

 

GameStop bubble bound to collapse

The reason-defying rise of video game retailer GameStop’s stock price seems to combine the psychology of the “housing bubble” of the 2000s and the populism that gave us four years with Donald Tr...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    February 3, 2021

Commissioners discuss funding sewer line repair

Tucumcari City commissioners seemed to agree Thursday to pursue funding from capital outlay funds through the New Mexico Legislature to continue repairing and replacing sewer lines and facilities...

 

Independent opinions make return

I almost got a lump in my throat (not really) to see things return to normal 24 hours after President Joseph Biden took the oath of office. With COVID-19 preventing the parties and parades that...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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