‘Swing Vote’ due Aug. 1

The movie “Swing Vote,” starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper and Kelsey Grammer, is scheduled for release Aug. 1.

Costner stars as Bud Johnson, a lovable loser from Texico, who is coasting through a life that has passed him by, according to the Internet Movie Database.

No, the movie was not filmed in Texico. Filmmakers just like the name of the town for the setting.

Anyway, it seems Bud Johnson somehow ends up with a final vote that will decide the presidential election.

“Suddenly,” according to IMDB, “Bud Johnson, the nobody, becomes the voice for everybody. … Politicians invade the small town of Texico, New Mexico, and its unwitting inhabitants, waging war for Bud’s vote.”

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In case you missed his weather forecast for eastern New Mexico today, here’s what KVII-TV meteorologist Steve Kersh has to say:

“More of the same liquid sunshine expected in the form of isolated showers and thunderstorms today!”

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Did you know Tucumcari boasted seven hotels in 1909-1910, according to its city directory?

Today, the city has 36 hotels and motels.

That’s the kind of information we’ll be reporting on Aug. 2 when we publish a Tucumcari centennial edition.

The city was incorporated in 1908, although it was first established in 1901-02 by the Rock Island Railroad.