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 By Steve Hansen    News    May 30, 2018

Census estimates show population drops

Curry and Roosevelt counties experienced slight decreases in population between 2016 and 2017, according to U.S. Census estimates released last week. Clovis’ and Portales’ populations also...

 

Names we should know belong to heroes, victims

There were 17 victims and six heroes, three of whom were also victims, in last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida. Theirs are the names we should know, so I’m...

 

Lottery tickets better bet than bitcoins

Holiday season financial news has been dominated by the Republicans’ tax plan and rush to bitcoins. Both leave me scratching my head. The Atlantic Monthly and Fox News agree the tax plan will mean...

 

Real Americans don't use that kind of language

The federal Centers for Disease Control denied it over the weekend, but for a while, the country thought there were seven words that the CDC was prohibited from using in reports to Congress. There...

 

Limited access best for landscape

President Donald Trump recently reduced the size of a couple of national monuments in Utah. This has the environmental community up in arms. The environmentalists apparently think that opening this la...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    November 23, 2017

Time to end this 'work and spend'

Wal-Mart recently bought Lord & Taylor. That has renewed predictions of the end for America’s middle class. Wal-Mart caters to the growing ranks of the underpaid poor, while Lord & Taylor offers...

 

Liberal, conservative differences many

A website called Quora allows users to ask questions and have them answered by their peers. Usually the questions are undergraduate queries like, “If Darth Vader were your father, how would you get...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    October 11, 2017

Former Tucumcari fire chief facing eight felony counts

TUCUMCARI — Former Tucumcari Fire Chief Shane Warner, 41, is facing eight felony counts, including allegations of sexual penetration in commission of a felony, Quay County magistrate court records...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    August 6, 2017

Conservative movement reaping what it sowed

I don’t know what it is with these U.S. senators from Arizona. They keep turning out to be mavericks. First, Sen. John McCain, a Republican, cast one of the deciding votes that wrecked the GOP’s...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    July 16, 2017

True silence found in eastern NM

I have recently visited parts of New Mexico that have evaded me in the nine years I have lived here. For the most part, I have concluded most of New Mexico is gloriously diverse in climate and...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    July 9, 2017

Look forward to make U.S. better

It will never be 1962 again, but there are some highly placed people who want it to return or have never left that year. Our president, Donald Trump, wants to return manufacturing jobs to the U.S.,...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    May 10, 2017

Quay scientist works to repel mosquitoes

TUCUMCARI - Because mosquitoes have built-in chemical analysis labs and a local scientist has been working in fuel cell technology, Quay County can now play a role in helping South Pacific islanders...

 
 By Steve Hansen    Voices    April 20, 2017

Trump's tax returns would tell us nothing new

On Easter Sunday, the world was holding its breath as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea and the Syrian conflict stood to blow up. Congress may be again be careening toward a government...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 19, 2017

Randy Crowder takes questions at lunch town hall

CLOVIS — Fuel taxes, tax reform and a state take-back of school system cash surpluses drew questions for State Rep. Randy Crowder, R-Clovis, at a combination town hall and lunch Tuesday. The “Chow...

 
 By Steve Hansen    News    April 18, 2017

Tucumcari commission tables borehole resolution

TUCUMCARI — The Tucumcari city commissioners tabled a resolution Thursday that would oppose a proposed three-mile-deep borehole project at Nara Visa. Bidding contractors and the U.S. Department of...

 

Boreholes probably aren't for nuke dump

NARA VISA — Based on opposition from Nara Visa residents, the Quay County Commission has withdrawn support for a proposed borehole to be drilled through three miles of granite near Nara Visa. The...

 

Trump's inaugural speech had polish of pro writer

President Trump’s inaugural address has been received alternately with adulation and shock and dismay from the predictable sources. The question remains, however, who wrote it? Having done limited...

 

Hoping caution prevails over vengeance with ACA

I have two words of advice for the Republican Congress as it gets ready to perform major surgery on Obamacare: Go slow. Obamacare itself was passed so quickly that even its Democrat sponsors...

 

Officials full of excuses for failings

F or the second consecutive year, Wall Street 24/7, a respected online business news publication, has ranked New Mexico as the worst-run state in the union. WS24/7 faults the state’s high rate of...

 

Politicians are servants, not saints

I find it a little odd that a nation that flocks to stories about heroes who break the rules becomes shocked and outraged when inconsequential misdeeds by candidates for public office and...

 

Journalists still have some thinking to do

Donald Trump's unexpected victory in the presidential race has caused news media to begin some introspection. It is wrong and dangerous, however, to assume the media's re-thinking is based, as the...

 

Bird's Nest Causes Power Outage

A total of 3,256 customers, basically the entire city of Tucumcari, lost power from 7:06 a.m. to about 8:30 Saturday morning. Xcel Energy spokesperson Wes Reeves said the outage occurred because pieces of a bird's nest made contact with circuit... Full story

 

Bill tracker 2013

The New Mexico state Legislature started Jan. 15. As of Friday, 25 bills have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing is Feb. 14. Legislation introduced by Curry and Roosevelt...

 

Local representatives concerned with keeping programs

The fiscal cliff that had threatened the nation with possible recession became a speed bump at the last minute on New Year's Day, but the law that averted the cliff consisted mostly of date changes. Many of the same issues still confront Washington...

 

Education, economic development and financial reforms top legislator concerns

Curry and Roosevelt County state lawmakers seem united on what issues need the most attention in the upcoming New Mexico Legislature, which begins Jan. 15. Education, economic development and...

 

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