Friday morning briefing: Relay kicks off, Cannon chips in and an iconic deadly crash

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

Relay for Life

The annual Relay for Life fundraiser kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Ned Houk Park.

Participants walk through the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.

There’s food, live bands and a Lady Gaga themed pageant at midnight.

Summer school set

Elida Municipal Schools summer school is set for May 24-27.

Students will take a field trip to White Sands National Monument and the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 26.

Registration forms are available:

Housebuilders needed

Members of the LRS Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base are volunteering Saturday at theHabitat for Humanity work site in Portales.

But the agency says it can always use more help.

The house is under construction at 301 E. First Street.

This work will involve taking down walls and general deconstruction.

Work begins at 8:30 a.m. and lunch is provide.

Information: 359-1344

Quirky quote of the day

“ The only way to make your PC go faster is to throw it out a window.” — Robert Paul

Today in history

On this day in 1937, the German airship Hindenburg, the largest dirigible ever built, explodes as it arrives in Lakehurst, N.J.

Thirty-six people died in the fiery accident that has since become iconic, in part because of the live radio broadcast of the disaster.

Here’s the rest of the story:


Today — Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to between 15 and 20 mph.

Tonight — Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. West wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Looking forward — Sunny with temperatures in the low 90s through the weekend.