Monday morning briefing: Hispanic heritage month and the first Make a Wish dinner

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

Blue ribbon recognition

The New Mexico Public Education Department will be honoring Ranchvale Elementary School for its designation as a Blue Ribbon School 1 p.m. today at the school.

Guests of honor include the secretary of education, Cannon Air Force Base personnel and city officials.

Hispanic heritage

Eastern New Mexico University’s Hispanic Heritage Month is under way. Hispanic Affairs has events planned almost daily.

These include speakers, a presentation on the legend of The Wailing Woman and arts and crafts.

Information: Check the ENMU online calendar at www.enmu.edu or call Hispanic Affairs at 562-2451.

Make a Wish dinner

The first Make a Wish dinner and auction fundraiser is 6 p.m. Friday at the Clovis Civic Center.

Proceeds are used to help fund wishes of children suffering debilitating illness.

For Information Call 575-309-9442 or 575-309-9838.

Wildlife meetings set

New Mexico’s Habitat Stamp Program is scheduling meetings across the state to gather public views of a change to landscape-scale projects for the program.

The southeast area meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Roswell Bureau of Land Management office, 2909 W. Second St.

The program works to improve wildlife habitat on public lands.

Money for the projects comes from a $5 validation paid by all hunters, anglers and trappers who use Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service lands in the state.

Today in history

On this day in 1973, in a highly publicized “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, top women’s player Billie Jean King, 29, beats Bobby Riggs, 55, a former No. 1 ranked men’s player.

Riggs (1918-1995), a self-proclaimed male chauvinist, had boasted that women were inferior, that they couldn’t handle the pressure of the game and that even at his age he could beat any female player.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/king-triumphs-in-battle-of-sexes

Weather

Today — Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower to mid 80s. South winds 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight — Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.