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 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...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 16, 2021

Officials discuss cannabis issues

Water issues, building and zoning codes and distance from churches and schools were among complications involved with establishing a legalized recreational cannabis industry in Tucumcari that were...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 16, 2021

Still need guidance of scientists

Scientists start with the unknown. Then they apply the known to the unknown, thoroughly. Then, armed with that knowledge, they propose hypotheses, which form the basis of experiments to gain new...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 9, 2021

NRA just isn't what it used to be

I got some mail last week from the National Rifle Association. They wanted money. I would have been inclined to donate years ago, when I remembered the NRA as the sponsor of my gun safety classes...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    June 2, 2021

Construction raising concerns

Owners of property next to the troubled Second Street construction project in downtown Tucumcari told the city commission Thursday their properties...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    June 2, 2021

Democracy may not make it to 250

It occurred to me recently that in five years, our country will be 250 years old. Our successful experiment in representative democracy without rule by birthright seems to have weathered wars with...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 26, 2021

Events need separate investigations

Yes, a special commission should be to set up to probe what happened before and during the Jan. 6 attempt by rioters supporting former President Donald Trump to usurp the proper functioning of the...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 19, 2021

Commission cuts allowance for salary in half

On a 3-2 vote, the Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday cut the city's allowance for the salary of Patrick Vanderpool, executive director of the...

 

GDP should be the main focus

Between headlines about back-and-forth name-calling and arguments over which party is engaging in “cancel culture” or “conspiracy mongering,” there has been little attention paid to...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 12, 2021

Sen. Scott's view deserves respect

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, declared on April 29 that “America is not a racist country.” Scott is a conservative, so it would normally not register as much as a raised eyebrow, but he...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Taking a few cues from Hemingway

I need to write a column and nothing is grabbing me. So, I have now completed Ernest Hemingway’s first advice on writing when you’re not sure about what to write. “Write one true sentence,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 28, 2021

City to set up cannabis task force

The Tucumcari City Commission likely will set up a task force to get ahead of the state’s developing legalized recreational cannabis regulatory structure as it prepares to capitalize on the recent...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    April 28, 2021

Officials make smart choice on weed

Tucumcari city commissioners are acting wisely by preparing to keep up with, and as much as possible, ahead of developments as New Mexico sets up its framework for a new recreational marijuana...

 

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