Thursday morning briefing: Alumni call, rattlesnakes and Buddy Holly’s

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing.

Calling all alumni

Eastern New Mexico University’s Portales Alumni Chapter is expanding to Clovis and surrounding areas and there is a meeting 6 p.m. today at Leal’s Restaurant on Prince Street for anyone interested.

Ordering a meal is optional.

Information: Tammi Gardner at 562-2125 or

Snake tips

Oasis State Park is offering rattlesnake safety tips 7 p.m. Saturday at the park’s group shelter.

Information: 356-5331.

Fast fact

Buddy Holly, who recorded most of his hit records in Clovis, was born Charles Hardin Holley on Sept. 7, 1936, in Lubbock.

His last name was misspelled on a record contract and Holly kept the spelling until his death.

But his Lubbock tombstone reads, “Buddy Holley.”

Quirky quote

“Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.” — George Bernard Shaw

Today in history

On this day in 1943, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt set a date for the cross-Channel landing that would become D-Day—May 1, 1944.

That date would prove a bit premature, as bad weather became a factor.

Here’s the rest of the story:


Today — Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Windy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to between 25 and 30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

Tonight — Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph decreasing to between 10 and 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.