Friday morning briefing: Big weekend, mount up and maybe some weekend rain

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

Big weekend

In case you’re looking for something to do this weekend, here’s a smattering to choose from:

• Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping 9 a.m. today through Sunday, indoors at the Curry County Events Center.

• Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta. Dinner’s at 5:30 p.m. today and a variety show starts at 6:30 p.m. Resumes from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday with most activities at the church.

• Cannon Air Force Base seventh annual Kite Karnival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Doc Stewart Park. Free and open to the public.

• And after the Kite Karnival head on down to Clovis’ first Downtown Wind Festival from 4-7 p.m. Saturday…like it says, downtown.

Ride for Life

A trail ride to benefit the American Cancer Society is set for Saturday and Sunday at the

Lazy LB Ranch, 4865 Quay Road L, San Jon.

The $40 registration covers trail rides and food for both days.

Late registrations are being accepted.

Information: Amber at (575) 791-1793.

Quirky quote of the day

“I quit flying years ago. I don’t want to die with tourists.” — Billy Bob Thornton

Fast fact

On Oct. 31, 1906, Railroad officials bought their first land for the Clovis townsite.

Homesteader Clayton Reed and his sister, Nellie Reed, each sold a 160-acre quarter-section for $2,500 apiece. Reed originally paid only $18 for his land.

Today in history

On this day in 2004, the National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., to thousands of visitors, providing overdue recognition for the 16 million U.S. men and women who served in the war.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/world-war-ii-monument-opens-in-washington-dc

Weather

Today — Sunny, with a high near 90. Windy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to between 25 and 30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

Tonight — Clear, with a low around 49. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to between 15 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

Looking forward — A 20 percent chance of showers Saturday night…10 percent chance Sunday.