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Vaccines now available

Moderna vaccines are in stock at Parmer Medical Center and are now available to members of the community in an order mandated by the CDC. PMC administrator Gayla Quillin said, "We just received our second batch of 100 vaccines this week. We started the vaccination process last week with front-line hospital staff and Parmer County first responders. Next in line will be those 75 years old and older, then 65 and older, and then other groups." Go to the PMC facebook page to stay up to date on when more vaccines will become available.

The process is somewhat challenging since you have to thaw out a vial that contains 10 doses. You then have to use all 10 doses at one time because you cannot re-freeze the vial and you sure don"t want to throw any vaccine away. This creates the need to plan for 10 people to get vaccinated in one "sitting" or group.

Because you have to give the vaccines in groups of 10, you must coordinate the timing and stick to a schedule. There are now two phone lines dedicated for people who are interested in getting on a list to be vaccinated.

To request a place on a list for a vaccine, please call: 806-240-1562 or 806-240-1761 (Para Espanol llame a este numero de telefono). English speakers can call either number.

When you call, you will need to provide your name, date of birth, and a phone number so you can be notified when you are scheduled. If the line is busy, leave a voicemail message and someone will call you back to confirm your information and answer any questions you might have. The goal is to get everyone vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Please remember, everyone will have to receive a second vaccine exactly 28 days after the first dose in order to gain the full effectiveness of the vaccine.

The staff at Parmer Medical Center thanks you for your patience and support throughout this pandemic.

Prairie Acres Assistant Administrator Jeff Procter received his vaccine on Christmas Eve.

PMC nurse Glendora Jordan received her vaccine last week.

Commissioners award cleaning contract

The Parmer County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10 a.m. in the County Courtroom of the Parmer County Courthouse in Farwell, Texas. The meeting began with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and Texas Flag.

There were no public comments. Minutes from the December 14th meeting were read and approved. Commissioners approved the payment of the accounts payables as presented by County Treasurer Sharon May. The Treasurer"s Report was also approved.

After a lengthy discussion, Fany"s Cleaning Service, LLC of Farwell was awarded a one-year contract for cleaning the Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center. The other two applicants; Adrian & Teresa Ancira, and Alexa Ortiz, submitted lower bids but Fany"s was the only one of three bidders that utilizes a cleaning crew.

The payment for Parmer County"s tower lease on property owned by the Howard Fleming estate was discussed. The tower space is leased for the operation of the PANCOM system used by the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission to connect its 26 county service area. It was noted that PRPC is paying the lease so action was taken.

In other business, Commissioners approved a bond for County Deputy Clerk Breann Saenz, approved an employee to use vacation hours for maternity leave, and approved continuing education (CE) hours for Parmer County Clerk Susie Spring.

Commissioners denied a "Historic Property" tax exemption for the home of Mac and Bonnie Heald in Farwell even though the home has a historical plaque on it. There was some doubt that the home is officially recognized as a historic property.

A burn ban was reinstated for 90 days. It is set to expire in March 2021.

The next scheduled Commissioners Court meeting is Monday, January 11th.

All meetings are open to the public. The Commissioner"s Court reserves the right to go into Executive Session at any time. The agenda may be found on the Parmer County website. Information in this article is only a summary. Any questions concerning specific actions should be directed to the Commissioners Court.

Town Talk

Friona Farmers Co-Op Gin wrapped up the 2020 cotton harvest on Sunday. Gin manager Jeff Watkins said they processed a total of 19,448 bales this year which included a much appreciated contingent of round bales from the Spearman area.


Christmas Day featured an early morning car chase through Parmer County. Sheriff Randy Geries made first contact with the elusive driver just east of Friona. The speed demon travelled through Friona on three tires at 80+ mph. Local law enforcement officials (LEOs for you crime buffs) finally ended the chase just east of Bovina. The car ended up like chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Even though there was a census taken this year, there was no sign of a manger and only a jail cell for a crib. The three wise men had no comment.


Our local postal workers also had to go into work on Christmas Day. Due to the sheer volume of mail this year because of the pandemic, packages had to be processed on Christmas Day.


The Prairie Acres "Resident of Month" for January is Lonnie Woodruff. The January "Employee of the Month" is Yvette Garcia. Yvette works in the activity department and has worked at Prairie Acres since June of 2006. Congratulations to both!


Parmer County Retired Teachers and School Personnel will have a Zoom meeting with hospital officials at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12th. If you are interested, but not a member of PCRTSP, please send your email address to Connie Slagle at dennisslagle@hotmail.com. You can download Zoom at https://zoom.us/


National Days

January 7:
Bobblehead Day

January 8:
Argyle Day

January 9:
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

January 10:
Sunday Supper Day

January 11:
Milk Day

January 12:
Pharmacist Day

January 13:
Sticker Day



County livestock show is next week

The 84th Annual Parmer County Junior Livestock Show is set to begin on Tuesday, January 12th and and will run through Thursday, January 14th. Board President Greg O"Brian said there are 343 entries which include 32 steers, 60 goats, 75 lambs, 15 rabbits, and 161 barrows. He invites everyone to come out to the Friona Community Center and support our local and county 4-H and FFA students. Greg said he would also like to thank all of the volunteers, sponsors, and buyers who make the show such a success and keep it growing.

Judges for the 2021 Show will be; Larime Priest (steers), Leo Sellers (goats and lambs), Emily Turpen (rabbits), and Eddie Smallwood (barrows). There will be a concession stand open during all of the events.

The Premium Sale will start at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16th and will sell 140 Head or 40% of each species. Exhibitors will walk through the ring without their animals. Two percent of the selling price of the animals will be retained by the Stock Show Board for repair and improvement of the stock show facilities. Premium on animals will be by the head. Sale order will be Lambs, Steers, Goats, Barrows, and Rabbits. Grand and Reserve Grand of each species will sell in the same order.

Stock Show Schedule

Tuesday, January 12

10:00 a.m.

Steers weighed/classified

10:30 a.m.

Steer Show

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Goats & Lambs weighed/classified

Wednesday, January 13

8:00 a.m.

Goat Show

Lamb Show

2:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Barrows weighed/classified

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Rabbit check in

7:00 p.m.

Rabbit Show

Thursday, January 14

8:00 a.m.

Barrow Show

Saturday, January 16

1:00 p.m.

Premium Sale

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)