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Last Friday, the Friona Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture held a ribbon cutting event at Friona's newest business, Desert Nomad Boutique. The new venture is owned by Klair Stowers & Brittany Weddige and is located at 603 Main Street in Friona (next to Creative Chaos). Klair & Brittany started the business online back in February. Store hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. They are closed on Sunday. You can shop online at desertnomadbotique.com and like them on Facebook and Instagram.

(l-r) Kirsten Mikolay, Owners (holding scissors) Klair Stowers and Brittany Weddige, Konner Weddige, Bobby Tyler, Crystal Moroney, Lee Davila, Heather Grimsley, Chris Alexander, Adriana Stowers, Cindy Moreno, Sheri Alger, and Karl Weddige.


Prairie Acres to allow visitors again

Interim Administrator Casey Tiffany announced this week that Prairie Acres will be opening up again for visitation. In the Prairie Times newsletter she stated, "We feel it's very important to do this carefully and with some caution."

Some of the guidelines are: (1) if you are experiencing ANY symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, low grade fever, or even feel a bit more fatigued, then please do not visit; (2) you must have a COVID-19 test within the last 14 days showing that you are negative and a copy of the test must be presented at each visit; (3) you must provide your own mask which can be a cloth, surgical, KN95, or N95 mask; (4) you must be listed as one of the two essential visitors designated by your loved one; (5) visitation hours will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and must be scheduled in advance. Call Elizabeth Romero to schedule your appointment; and (6) visits will be held in 1 hour increments.

The Process

Once you arrive, your temperature will be taken and you will answer some questions regarding symptoms. Next, you will be given training on your mask, personal protective equipment, and hand hygiene. After you wash your hands, you will wait in the conference room until your loved one is brought to you. All of the precautions are mandated by regulators and are deemed necessary to protect the safety of the residents.

Jacob Rando sent in this photo of a tranquil sunset at Ute Lake just outside of Logan, New Mexico.

J.D. Heiskell & Company makes donation

Abel Zepeda, foreman of the J.D. Heiskell & Co. facility in Friona, presented a check for $1,500 to the Friona Vocational Agricultural Association to help support local young people involved in FFA, 4-H and FCCLA activities. Board members (l-r) Greg O'Brian (president), Richie Herring, and Mark Osborn accepted the check on behalf of the Friona VoAg Association.

Junior High Student Council

The purpose of the Student Council at Friona Junior High is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership skills by organizing and carrying out school activities, service projects, and planning events that contribute to school spirit and the community. They are the voice of the student body. The newly elected Friona Junior High Student Council Members are: Back Row (l-r) Mrs. Clark, Vanessa Penaran, Ashley Maldonado, Aylin Mendez, and Kitzy Welch. Front Row (l-r) Abby Marquez, Kayla Vielman, Aaron Rosales, and Jameson Daniels.


Town Talk

The Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic had an excellent turnout and was deemed a success. It was estimated that approximately 80 flu shots were administered. The turnout was better than last year's walk-in clinic.


There will be a Friona Junior High accountability meeting at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 14 at the Friona Junior High Band Hall.


The Prairie Acres "Resident of the Month" for October is Ruth Miller. The "Employee of the Month" is Veronica Reyes. She works at Friona Heritage Estates and has been there since November 2018. Veronica also celebrated her birthday on October 5th. Cindy Hooley, housing manager at Heritage Estates, also celebrated a birthday on October 1st. Call the Friona Star at 250-2211 if you wish to add your name to the birthday list.


Prairie Acres & Friona Heritage Estates will be handing out candy on the lawn beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Halloween day. More details later.


Plans are also being discussed for a modified "Trunk or Treat" event for Halloween. Stay tuned.


Columbus Day is the U.S. federal holiday that commemorates the date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. Columbus' voyages across the Atlantic Ocean initiated the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.


While the first voyage in 1492 was immensely significant, Columbus did not actually reach the American mainland until his third voyage in 1498. Instead, while trying to find a sea route to India, he made landfall on an island in the Bahamas that he named San Salvador.


It is now generally accepted that Columbus was not the earliest European explorer to reach the Americas and that Viking sailors had ventured as far as Newfoundland around 1000 AD. (Leif Erikson Day on October 9)


Columbus Day was first officially proclaimed by President Benjamin Harrison in 1892, to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the Bahamas. Franklin Roosevelt established the first federal observance of Columbus Day in 1937. Since 1971, the holiday has been celebrated on the second Monday in October.



Zoom Tutorial Available

There will be a socially distanced Zoom tutorial at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20th in the Friona Methodist Church sanctuary. The tutorial, which is available to anyone interested, will be conducted by Skip Hodges. Please bring your cell phone, iPad, or laptop computer. If you plan to Zoom on a desktop computer, you may attend anyway and learn the steps involved in this process. There will be several experienced "Zoomers" to assist you.

Parmer County Retired Teachers and School Personnel Zoom!

All members of PCRTSP are invited to attend the District 16 TRTA convention virtually through a Zoom meeting on Thursday, October 22nd. Changes in health care plans will be one of the main topics. The Zoom link will be sent out October 19th.

On November 10th at 2:00 p.m., members are encouraged to attend a local meeting with county school superintendents via Zoom. The administrators will discuss facility improvements and Covid procedures. Your invitation to this meeting will come from Sharon White through e-mail. Please send your e-mail address to Connie Slagle at dennisslagle@hotmail.com if she does not have it already.

On January 12, 2021, there will be a local meeting with Rhonda Wilkins and hospital personnel regarding current Covid information, which may include ways to boost the immune system, vaccines, and local statistics. This meeting will be conducted by Zoom, also.

If you are interested in these meetings, there is a tutorial available to help you learn how to Zoom. See information elsewhere on this page.

COVID-19 Resources:

Health Protocols for Voters and Elections (English)

County Disaster Declaration (English)

March 16 FISD Letter (English) (Spanish)

March 31 FISD Letter (English) (Spanish)

Letter from City Manager (English) (Spanish)

Friona Community Helpline (English)

2-1-1 Texas Social Services Hotline (English)

Share The Facts about COVID-19 (English) (Spanish)

What You Need To Know (English) (Spanish)

What To Do If You Are Sick (English) (Spanish)

County Clerk PSA (English)

Chamber of Commerce Letter to Businesses (English)

FISD Emergency Resolution (English)

Covid Risk Chart (English)