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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2021
The Center for the Arts in downtown Hobbs invites the public to the opening reception of Ron Haggerton’s Solo Photography Show from 5-7pm at the Center, 122 W. Broadway in downtown Hobbs. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to everyone. Haggerton is from SENM and has been a teacher or administrator with Hobbs Schools for 27 years. (Center is open 1-7pm Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat; 1-5pm Wed; www.lccanm.org)

Vitalant, The NMJC Foundation’s annual fundraiser Golf Tournament will be held Sat, June 12 at Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs. It’s a 2-person scramble with tee times from 9am until 2pm and lunch provided. Cost is $250 per team; each paid/registered golfer will be entered into a drawing for 2 Fly Hobbs tickets. Payouts are $1500 per flight, based on 10 teams per flight, with fun contests, prizes and mulligans available. Proceeds help the Foundation provide scholarships and other help to NMJC students. To register or get info, call 575-492-2780 or 492-2782. (nmjc.edu) 

The Lea County Center for the Arts, 122 W. Broadway in downtown Hobbs, is featuring a one-man show of photography by longtime Hobbs educator Ron Haggerton. Admission is free and open to everyone. The Center is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-7pm and Wednesday 1-5pm (closed Sunday and Monday). Find out more at www.lccanm.org.

The City of Hobbs outdoor pools are open for the summer with Del Norte Pool at Del Norte Park, 4314 N. Grimes, open 12noon-6pm Tues-Sat; Heizer Pool, 215 E. Castle, from 12noon-6pm Wed thru Fri; and Humble Pool on Grimes next to the city’s animal shelter, 12noon-4:45pm Wed thru Fri. Splash pads are open at 5 locations daily from 10:30am until 7:30pm and free for everyone to use. (go to www.hobbsnm.org, click on The Guide for locations, cost and other info)

Vitalant, The NMJC Foundation’s annual fundraiser Golf Tournament will be held Sat, June 12 at Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs. It’s a 2-person scramble with tee times from 9am until 2pm and lunch provided. Cost is $250 per team; each paid/registered golfer will be entered into a drawing for 2 Fly Hobbs tickets. Payouts are $1500 per flight, based on 10 teams per flight, with fun contests, prizes and mulligans available. Proceeds help the Foundation provide scholarships and other help to NMJC students. To register or get info, call 575-492-2780 or 492-2782. (nmjc.edu) This is the only remianing blood drive in June in Lea County.

Hobbs Public Library at 509 N. Shipp has reopened with the hours of Monday 9:30am-8pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 9:30am-6pm, and Thursday-Saturday 9:30am-5pm. It is closed on Sunday. The library is offering a free Take and Make project "Beach in a Bottle" available at the front desk while supplies last. The library also is offering special summer reading program for youth, virtual programs and other fun activities during the summer. Curbside service is still available; you may order books, DVD's, audiobooks and music CDs from 10am-4:30pm M-F. (see Hobbs Public Library on Facebook; hobbsnm.org; 575-397-9328)

The Lea County Center for the Arts is open again at 122 W. Broadway in downtown Hobbs. Normal hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 1-7pm and on Wednesday from 1-5pm. Admission is free and open to everyone. Find out more at lccanm.org or call 397-ARTS.

The Lea County Museum in Lovington is open 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 9am-5pm; 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 on display in the Town Hall building across from the courthouse. (396-4805; Jim Harris)

The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame is open again by reservation or appointment only with the exhibit “Megalodon: Largest Shark That Ever Lived” on display. Go online to www.nmjc.edu/museum to see instructions on how to reserve a date/time to visit the museum. For more information, please call 492-2678.

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.


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)


NM HEALTH HOTLINE IS 1-855-600-3453

One-stop source for coronavirus info is newmexico.gov
See CDC.gov and Johns Hopkins University website and map at coronavirus.jhu.edu


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


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

*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.
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.