The Federal government is making free COVID-19 antigen tests available again to all U.S. residents. Each household can now order a total of four at-home COVID-19 tests that will be mailed directly to them for free.  At-home antigen tests take 15 minutes to complete, offering users a convenient way to check whether they are infected with COVID-19.  If you are experiencing symptoms, serial testing with an at-home test separated by 48 hours is 90% accurate. The New Mexico Department of Health recommends taking advantage of the program while the tests are available this winter. According to a news release, “residents are encouraged to use an at-home COVID-19 test if they are experiencing symptoms or before gathering with family this winter. Testing is one of the best defenses against spreading COVID-19 and at-home testing provides a safe, convenient way to protect others from the virus.” Ordering the free tests can be done online by visiting

In Deming news, the Luna County Road Department Convenience Stations located at Sunshine Road and Cooke’s Peak on 80 Hatch Highway NW, will be closed on Friday December 23rd through Saturday December 24th for the Christmas holiday. Both stations will re-open on Tuesday December 27th from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Local Girl Scout Troop 54370 conducted a food drive and made 20 holiday Christmas baskets for local families in need. Through leadership and service membership in girl scouting provides experience in good character, conduct, and an understanding of the needs of others in the community. Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 54370 for helping to make this holiday season and meaningful and bright.

This evening in the WNMU Fine Arts Theater will be hosting the Mariachi Christmas Spectacular at 7:00 P.M. The performances will be featuring music and dance from traditional to contemporary. Tickets are available at the door, $15 for adults and those 17 and under are free. For more information go to