Friday morning briefing: Roadblocks, updates and an old guy returns to space

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

Question of the day

What’s the best holiday pie?

Please feel free to join this delicious debate in the comment section below.

Fair warning

Hunters and other outdoor travelers may encounter state Department of Game and Fish roadblocks throughout the state this fall.

The roadblocks aim to gather harvest data and catch violators.

Conservation officers will be checking for compliance with hunting and fishing laws, and with registration requirements and safety provisions of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act.

Department officers may be assisted by other law enforcement agencies, according to the release.

Campaign update

United Way of Eastern New Mexico says donors in Curry and Roosevelt counties have pledged $204,955 thus far in the annual campaign.

More than 20 volunteers and staff are making visits and presentations to businesses, clubs and groups in both counties.

More info: 575-769-2103

Today in history

On this day in 1998, nearly four decades after he became the first American to orbit earth,

Sen. John Hershel Glenn, Jr., is launched into space again as a payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery.

At 77 years of age, Glenn was the oldest human ever to travel in space.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-glenn-returns-to-space

Weather

Today — A little warmer. Highs in the 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight — Flip on the furnace…lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s. West winds 10 to 20 mph.