Thursday morning briefing: Antelope in Clovis and kudos for kids

Good Morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing.

Fast facts

As late as 1909, antelope near Clovis were numerous enough to cause farmers to complain of crop destruction and protest violently against a $50 fine for killing one.

Washington window

A staff member for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is scheduled to hold “Udall Serving You” office hours 2-3 p.m. Tuesday at Portales City Hall.

You can expect help with federal agency-related issues, such as veterans’ benefits, Social Security, immigration applications, problems with housing vouchers and delayed passports.

Question of the day

What is the wallpaper on your cell phone?

Dial in on this one in the comment section below.

High grades

The Arts Academy at Bella Vista is getting high grades for student achievement on the 2010 New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA).

On the Science portion of the Grade 3 NMSBA, the Arts Academy’s students averaged the greatest one-year gains in the state.

Today in history

On this day in 1966, Ralph Nader, a young lawyer and the author of the groundbreaking book “Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile,” testifies before Congress for the first time about unsafe practices in the auto industry.

It was later determined that starting in early February 1966, GM sent investigators to spy on Nader and look into his personal life in an effort to discredit him.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/auto-safety-crusader-ralph-nader-testifies-before-congress

Weather

Today — Mostly sunny. Highs in the 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight — Mostly clear. Lows 5 to 15.