The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame invites the public to another Second Saturday Take and Make from 10am until 1pm. Just drive up to the museum on the NMJC campus and be handed a craft packet that is shark themed in honor of the current exhibit “Megaladon: Largest Shark That Has Ever Lived”. It’s free and available first-come, first-served until supplies run out. The museum also offers a virtual viewing of the movie “Shark Tale” available all day long Saturday April 10 with a link and a passcode found on the museum’s Facebook page or website. For more information, please call 492-2781; museum is getting ready to reopen soon by appointment only, details on the way.
Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, will hold its next community blood drive in Lea County on Saturday, April 10 from 11am until 3pm at Cowboy Junction Church Fellowship Hall just east of the Lovington Highway on Catchings Drive north of Alabama St. in Hobbs. Walk-ins are accepted only if all donation slots are not filled. Set up an appointment to give blood during the drive times by calling Stephanie at 575-840-8178. All donors must wear a facemask or cloth-based face covering if they wish to donate blood. To save time, donors may register ahead of time online at www.vitalant.org.
Hobbs Hispano Chamber of Commerce invites the public to its 14 th annual Fiesta de Salud health fair from 8am until 12noon at 113 N. Shipp St. in Hobbs. It will be held outdoors and will cover topics including health and wellness, health education and healthy living. For more information, please call 393-1030.
Caleb’s Closet, a non-profit organization that helps Lea County’s foster children, will hold a free clothing giveaway from 10am until 12noon at 1526 N. Jefferson St. in Hobbs. All clothing and items are free of charge and intended to help children of all ages who are in foster care in Lea County. For more information, please call 575-708-0833.
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (Weekly)
Hobbs Public Library at 509 N. Shipp has reopened with the hours of Mon-Wed 10am-6pm and Thurs/Fri 10am-5pm. It is closed Sat/Sun. Curbside service still is available; you may order books, DVD’s, audiobooks and music CD’s from 10am-4:30pm M-F. Please call 575-397-9328 with questions and/or requests. (see Hobbs Public Library on Facebook; hobbsnm.org)
The Skate Park at Hobbs Teen Center, 602 W. Alto is now open to everyone in the community from 12noon until 4pm Monday through Friday. Maximum capacity currently is 10 because of the governor’s health orders for the state. COVID-safe practices are recommended for people who use the facility. Also, usage is NOT limited to Teen Center members; however, the Teen Center will remain closed until further notice. Access to the Skate Park is through the gate on the outside of the center. For more information, please contact the Parks and Rec office at 397-9291.
The New Mexico Dept. of Health office at 302 N. 5 th St. in Lovington will offer free flu shots each Friday until further notice from 11am to 2pm. Pre-registration IS NOT REQUIRED. Adults do NOT have to have health insurance but should show insurance cards if they do. The drive-through clinic is available for no charge for children and uninsured adults, while supplies last. For more information, please call 396-2853.
The New Mexico Dept. of Health’s Hobbs Public Health Office, 1923 N. Dal Paso, will host drive-through free flu shot clinics in the north parking lot every Friday from 11am until 2pm while supplies last. Health officials advise that everyone from six months of age and older should get a flu shot each flu season. Remember, masks are required for those who want to get the free flu shot, and shot will NOT be given to anyone with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing or to someone who’s recently tested positive for COVID-19. Only four (4) people per car will be accepted (one person per vehicle window). Pre-registration is NOT required. For more info, call the health office at 575-397-2463 option 4.
New Mexico State Police will continue to conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and registration-insurance-driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties and issuing citations through November. This is an effort to reduce alcohol-related deaths and help change society’s attitude about driving while impaired by alcohol or other substances. Buckle up, don’t speed, and don’t drink-and-drive…instead, help save lives. For more information, please call 575-885-3138 or visit www.sp.nm.gov.
Hobbs Boys and Girls Club is open and provides programs Monday through Friday, with services designed for your kids when they are not in school. Breakfast, lunch and one daily afternoon snack will be provided, along with the usual supervised games, activities and studies at the club, corner of Broadway and Fowler in downtown Hobbs. It is on a first-come, first-served basis each week to the first 100 kids that sign up. Yes, there are openings now. Cost per child is the annual $25 membership fee plus:
*$40 weekly fee for one child;
*$30 weekly fee for two children;
*$20 weekly fee for three or more children.
For more information, call the club at 575-397-4556 or 575-393-7905.
The New Mexico Dept of Veterans Services has posted two videos on its website with info about veteran suicide awareness and prevention, including immediate and long-term resources available for veterans at risk for suicide. The videos can be found at www.nmdvs.org. The NMDVS also is asking veterans to take a short online survey to determine how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the state’s veteran population. No personal or confidential questions are asked. The survey can be found at the top of the DVS website homepage, www.nmdvs.org. Questions may be easily answered by selecting a provided answer, then clicking the submit button at the end of the survey.
The New Mexico Activities Association Foundation will be handing out an additional $20,000 in scholarships this school year (for a total of more than $40,000) to high school students in New Mexico. The NMAA Foundation also will distribute more than $25,000 in grants to various athletic programs that need financial assistance. The deadline to apply for scholarships is April 1. To find out more, go to www.nmact.org, use Twitter @_NMAA or #WeWillPlayAgainNM.
The New Mexico Forestry Division’s spring seedling sale is under way with about 30,000 trees and shrubs available for sale on the website www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD. The deadline to order is April 16. For more information, please call 575-476-3200.
Free COVID-19 testing is available at the public health office in Hobbs from 7-10:30am weekdays ONLY for those who register ahead of time online at https://cvtestreg.nmhealth.org. The testing is done at the Lea County Health Office in Hobbs, 1923 N. Dal Paso Suite B (use north entrance on Michigan Street) and REMAINin your vehicle. For more information, please call 575-397-2463.
Free COVID-19 vaccinations are being given in Lea County according to state health dept. guidelines and procedures. Those who want to get vaccines MUST REGISTER FIRST either online at www.vaccinenm.org, www.cvvaccine.nmhealth.org or by calling your doctor. Find our more about the vaccine, who is eligible, how to register and other details online at www.cv.nmhealth.org or call toll-free 1-855-600-3453. Also, free testing for COVID-19 continues in a variety of places and times in Lea County. Go online for a schedule of testing options in a variety of places and times in Lea County. Go online for a schedule of testing options at www.cvtestreg.nmhealth.org. Get more info about vaccines and/or testing through Nor-Lea Hospital in Lovington, Lea Regional Medical Center in Hobbs, NMJC, public health offices in Hobbs and Lovington, and at any local doctor's office or medical/health clinic.
The Lea County Center for the Arts is closed again at 122 W. Broadway in downtown Hobbs. Normal hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 1-7 p.m. and on Wednesday from 1-5 p.m. When reopened, admission will remain free and open to everyone. Find out more information at lccanm.org or call 397-ARTS.
The Lea County Museum in Lovington is closed again with buildings at 103 N. Love, 114 E. Central and others that are also near the courthouse. Normal hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; admission is free to all buildings and exhibits and to most programs. The current exhibit is "Stephanie in 3D" featuring ceramic art by Stephanie Holland of Hobbs is scheduled to resume when the museum reopens. For more information, contact Jim Harris at 396-4805.
Lovington Mainstreet and Lovington Chamber of Commerce are handing out FREE packs of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to families from 8 a.m. - noon Monday through Thursday at the Troy Harris Center, 201 S. Main (a block south of the courthouse) in Lovington. Each packet contains items like facemasks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and more for a family of 4. For more information, please call 575-396-5311 or 396-1418.
The Lea Theatre remains closed as per the governor’s order. There WILL NOT be a movie this weekend—check the theater’s Facebook page for updates and keep listening to us for more information. The City of Lovington invites the public to the historic Lea Theatre across from the courthouse to see new, hit films at 7pm. Movies are usually shown on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at 7pm. Sunday showings often have Spanish subtitles or are dubbed in Spanish. Regular movie admission is $8 for adults, $7 for kids 12-and-younger and $7 for senior citizens age 65 and older. Tuesday tickets are $4 each. When applicable, add $1 each for 3D show or take your own 3D glasses. (Concessions open; Lea Theatre on FB; Lovington City, 396-2884) Lea Theatre continues to provide pop-up Drive-In Movies each month (with different show dates and movies featured), so keep watching/listening for more info!
Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame often has a free movie series on Sundays featuring movies starting at 2pm at the theater inside the museum on the NMJC campus. There IS NO series currently but another one should begin once theaters and museums are able to reopen. The series features admission that’s free and open to everyone. Free popcorn and soft drinks are available on movie days, too. (The museum’s regular hours are 10am until 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for sr. citizens and student. Admission is free for 5-and-younger, museum members, NMJC faculty and staff, veterans, active military and first responders.) For more information, please contact 492-2678.
Hobbs Community Playhouse has 2021 season set; see communityplayersofhobbs.com
Lea County Center for the Arts, 122 W. Broadway is closed (reg hours are Tue/Thurs/Fri/Sat from 1-7pm; Wed 1-5pm; admission is free)
Southwest Symphony’s 2020-21 season has been cancelled
Eagle 9/Allen Theaters closed until further notice
Hobbs Public Library is open (Mon-Wed 10a-6p; Thur-Fri 10a-5p; curbside service also with programs for adults/youth in the virtual environment. 397-9328 or Facebook)
TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (The museum is closed until further notice.)
Upon reopening, the Western Heritage Museum will invite the public to special and regular exhibits at the museum on the NMJC campus. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am until 5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for sr. citizens and students, free for 5-and-younger, museum members, NMJC faculty and staff, veterans, active military and first responders. For more information, please call 492-2678.
See Weekend Events for details on the FREE “Take and Make” programs on the 2nd Saturday of each month held OUTSIDE the museum when they resume.
NOR-LEA HOSPITAL CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE IS 575-396-9090 — If you have symptoms of fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and/or loss of taste or smell call for screening and to schedule testing; also ask medical questions and about local resources. Nor-Lea offers free, drive-through testing Mon-Wed from 8-10am at the fairgrounds in Lovington. (No appointment or pre-registration is needed.)
THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT. IN HOBBS at 1923 N. Dal Paso, Suite B offers free COVID-19 testing weekdays from 7-10:30am but you must be registered online first: cvtestreg.nmhealth.org. Use the north entrance (Michigan St.) and stay inside your vehicle. (575-397-2463)
LEA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER TESTING HOTLINE IS 575-392-1973.
NM HEALTH HOTLINE IS 1-855-600-3453
STATE DEPT OF HEALTH WEBSITE IS cv.nmhealth.org
One-stop source for coronavirus info is newmexico.gov
See CDC.gov and Johns Hopkins University website and map at coronavirus.jhu.edu
NM HOTLINE FOR ALL NON-MEDICAL QUESTIONS IS 1-833-551-0518
NM SENIOR FOOD LINE IS 1-800-432-2080
LOCAL NON-EMERGENCY HELP LINE IS 2-1-1 (for referrals including
food/clothing/shelter, special and other needs through local help agencies)
Senior citizens (and anyone else) living outside city limits who are self-quarantined and need help of ANY kind should call 575-396-3611, ask for Deputy Martinez.
LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH: Guidance Center of Lea County, 575-393-3168
LEA COUNTY DOMESTIC ABUSE/PREVENTION: Option, Inc., 575-397-1576
SPECIAL STORE HOURS FOR SR. CITIZENS AND AT-RISK POPULATIONS:
Albertson’s Market – Mondays/Thursdays only, open 7-9am
Dollar General stores – Opening at 7am (one hour early) every day
Big Lots – Reserving first hour of business every day, 9-10am
Walmart – Tuesdays only, open one hour early at 6am
HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS:
*Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
*Keep at least 6 feet away from other people;
*Don’t gather in groups of more than ten (10) people;
*Cover your cough or sneeze with an elbow or tissue (throw tissue in trash);
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
*Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and
*STAY HOME and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
*WEAR a mask or cloth face covering when out in public places.
LEA COUNTY SCHOOL MEALS INFORMATION: The lunch/breakfast pickup
schedule goes back to the way it was done in the spring. Kids pick up meals at whatever school they attend or whichever is closest to where they live, except for Highland Middle School students who pick up their meals at Coronado Elementary. Students must show their school ID or provide name, home campus and grade to receive ONE lunch/breakfast. Pickup is from 11:30am until 12:30pm.) Find out more at hobbsschools.net or the HMS Facebook page. In keeping with the governor’s orders and state health guidelines, there will be free lunches (with breakfast for next day) handed out every weekday while school is in session in Hobbs. Meals are provided for all children from birth to age 18 and are prepared by Nutrition Services of the Hobbs Municipal Schools.
Hobbs school buses will continue to deliver meals each weekday to 10 different stops
in the school district’s outlying areas as follows:
*11:30am--4704 Alabama (Alabama and World Drive)
*11:30am—801 W. Alabama (Alabama and Knowles Road)
*11:30am—Kountry Corner Store (Kansas and Knowles Road)
*11:30am—Zia Crossing (Millen Drive and Zia Crossing, west of the casino)
*11:30am—Monument Post Office in Monument (west of Hobbs)
*11:30am—5711 S. Gasper in Nadine (south of Hobbs)
*11:30am---Stateline, Old Hester Self Service Station
*12noon—7807 N. World at J & J Rentals (Kansas and World Drive
*12noon—Lea County Roadside (Dal Paso and Kansas)
*12noon—Southeast corner of Bensing Road and Bender Blvd.
The WHI HOBBS backpack program has started up again with weekly drop-offs of
snack bags free for students signed up for the program. WHI Hobbs is a non-profit
organization that delivers bags of food weekly to school district students who are food
insecure over the weekend. Donations and volunteers are welcomed. Find out more at
WHI Hobbs Facebook; 575-441-2732
The Meals on Wheels program in Hobbs is still operating. If you or a senior citizen you know needs meal assistance, call 575-397-9301 (which is the Hobbs Senior Center number but the center at 200 E. Park building is closed to the public TFN). But drive-through meals will be handed out from 12-12:30pm Mon-Fri outside the Senior Center.
Isaiah’s Kitchen (Hobbs soup kitchen for the homeless and others in need) has changed
its schedule during the coronavirus pandemic but is still providing free meals at 304 W. Harden (a block north of Marland and east of Turner) Monday through Friday 11am-1pm. In compliance with the State’s COVID-19 orders, the kitchen is closed for dining inside but is handing out to-go bags or boxes of free food to those in need. (The kitchen’s exec director says Isaiah’s is temporarily NOT serving breakfast meals but is handing out emergency boxes while supplies allow.) Volunteers are NOT needed but DONATIONS of food or money ARE needed and appreciated--drop off donations 10am-1pm Mon-Fri at the kitchen. (Renee Madron, director; 575-393-4125; info verified again on 12/23/20)
United Way 2-1-1, Salvation Army of Lea County and Cissy’s Food Ministry are still partnering to disperse meal boxes to senior citizens and to people who are shut-in or disabled in the community. Please text 575-263-7321 to request delivery and provide the following information:
*Person’s name and age (clarify age and/or disability, if any)
*Address (must be where the person is residing)
*Food allergies or other dietary restrictions
*Relation to the person receiving food (if you are requesting on behalf of someone else).
Hobbs Express, the city’s public transportation system, has restarted its fixed-route bus service. Additionally, Hobbs Express WILL CONTINUE to provide demand-response service for essential travel, allowing only FOUR passengers per bus. To schedule a ride or for more info, call 575-397-9290. On-demand rides will depend on scheduling availability. (Rides are available on days and hours of normal service; hobbsnm.org.)
City of Hobbs Animal Adoption Center and Lea County Humane Society, 702 N. Grimes has reopened Monday-Thursday noon-6pm and Friday/Saturday 10am-2pm BUT because of state health restrictions, ONLY 5 TO 7 PEOPLE are allowed in the lobby at a time. The front door is locked but staff will open it on request until capacity is reached; extra visitors can remain outside until space opens inside. Stop by or call 397-9323 to look at pets for adoption or to identify missing pets. Spay/neuter services also have restarted. Transports to Colorado and Arizona are happening again with volunteers to drive animals needed and people to provide foster homes for animals also desperately needed.
Guidance Center of Lea County wants the community to know how mental health services are occurring during the current health crisis. Guidance Center is operating 8am-5pm Monday through Friday at 920 W. Broadway in Hobbs. It offers tele-health/telephonic services with many of its mental health providers. The Center wants to help individuals regardless of whether they are current clients—no one in need will be turned away. For more info, call 575-393-3168.
NM Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued a scam alert warning restaurants and other businesses not to become fraud victims during the pandemic. Individuals are impersonating a variety of different “state officials” and trying to collect false “fines” and other payments from local businesses, as well as personal information from residents to use for fraud, theft and other crimes. The A.G. reminds everyone that authorized inspectors always will present credentials when visiting a restaurant or other business; any concerns or fines will be presented through official means, such as in writing. Any business approached by scammers or by others who seem suspicious should report the incident online at www.nmag.gov or call 1-844-255-9210.
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