State employees receive half-day off

Staff and Wire Reports

SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is giving state workers a half day of leave Friday to remember Pope John Paul II.
The governor declared Friday at day of remembrance for the life of the pope.
In issuing the executive order Wednesday granting leave to state employees, he said he hopes people will take the time to remember the pope’s legacy in whatever way they deem appropriate.
John Paul, pope for 26 years, died Saturday at age 84. He is being buried at the Vatican on Friday.
“His message, ’Be not afraid,’ inspired millions across the globe to stand up for their rights,” said the governor, who also said the pope worked for reconciliation between religions.
Richardson has ordered flags to half-staff until sunset Friday.
The following county offices will also be closed in remembrance today: Roosevelt County Clerk’s office at 1 p.m., Roosevelt County Assessor’s office at 1 p.m. and the Roosevelt County District Attorney’s office at noon.