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 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...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    November 25, 2020 

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...

 

Remember Trump's role in virus

Last week, we began learning about what President Donald Trump knew about the coronavirus and when he knew it as Watergate journalist Bob Woodward previewed a new Trump book called “Rage.” On...

 

Facts unclear in latest Trump controversy

President Donald Trump recently tweeted, “The United States of America will NOT be cutting funding to @starsandstripes magazine under my watch. It will continue to be a wonderful source of...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    September 2, 2020

Liquor license sought

A house on a residential block of Tucumcari may become the site of a liquor license, according to the property owner, Ralph Moya, and a notification on the doorway of the abandoned residence. Moya,...

 

No side has room for complacency

Political conventions have never presented the most honest version of American politics. If the economy is good, the party in power has always taken credit. If not, it’s always been because of the...

 

Hope Republicans rethink strategy

In their convention last week, the Democratic Party strongly signaled a return to American politics as usual. At least one party has gone back to the “big tent” concept, which tries to unite...

 

Learn to separate fact from fiction

Warning: The following is not true. I make my point at the end: Call me R, not Q as in QAnon, just R. Welcome to my anonymous “dark web” site. The evidence for this story has been buried in a plac...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 19, 2020

City delays action on hiring new city manager

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday delayed action on hiring a new city manager and whether the city will be a part of unknown current or pending litigation. The commissioners voted unanimously...

 

'Slacker' good label for anti-maskers

I was surprised to learn recently through a New York Times story that protective face masks were required during the great flu epidemic of 1918. I also learned that a very small contingent refused to...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 12, 2020

House students to begin with remote learning

Students in House Municipal Schools will begin the school year Monday with remote learning only except for students in kindergarten through third grade whose parents opt to have their children start...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Opinion    August 5, 2020

Stick to common sense on virus

It comes up again and again. Hydroxychloroquine (which I will refer to as HCQ to save space and keystrokes) as a potential treatment or cure for COVID-19. President Donald Trump, who has yet to admit...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    August 5, 2020

City manager candidates interviewed

Two candidates for the job of Tucumcari city manager were interviewed Thursday by the city commission and interim city manager Mark Martinez, according to Martinez. Martinez said the commission set...

 

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