WEATHER: (November 16, 2021) TUESDAY – High yesterday was 81° at 4:00; this morning’s low was 43° at 7:00. KPANcast: Warm and windy. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Deaf Smith County from 12:00-6:00.
LOCAL: The Amarillo Department of Public Health reported 223 new COVID-19 cases yesterday along with 176 recoveries. The Trauma Service Area A COVID-19 hospitalization rate is at 10.45% for the Panhandle area…… Four new members were elected to the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors with terms beginning on January 1st. Rafael Estrada, Lane Formby, Raymond Guzman and Kirby Ramirez were each elected to three year terms. Outgoing members are Josh Lucio, Jeff Barnhart, Kris Bridwell and Zack Smith……Funeral services for Diana Madrigal, age 55, are tomorrow at 2:00 at the First Baptist Church. Diana was a lifelong Hereford resident and fantastic cook. A viewing is scheduled from 10:00-12:00 tomorrow at Mendez and Mullins Family Funeral Home. Mrs. Madrigal died on Wednesday in Hereford……Funeral services for Alice Koenig, age 93, are this morning at 10:00 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church……The 31st Annual Festival of Trees continues through Friday at the Hereford Senior Center. The festivities include daily performances from local elementary schools, the Holiday Bake Sale and Santa Claus. Doors open at 9:00 each morning……Democrat Beto O’Rourke announced his gubernatorial candidacy yesterday. Governor Greg Abbott is up for re-election for a third term in the 2022 cycle……KPAN salutes Clint Ruckman as the Good Neighbor of the Day……Protect your truck with a Rhino Liner from Whiteface Customs – 360-4432.
KPAN PUN: What kind of trees do fingers grow on? A palm tree.