Thursday morning briefing: Call for help, free hot chocolate and a scandal

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

Parade needs help

Clovis MainStreet still needs volunteers to help ensure everything runs smoothly Saturday at the Clovis Christmas Light Parade.

Volunteers are needed for one hour intervals beginning at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Information: Robyne Beaubien @ 575-309-8370

Question of the day

The Clovis Pioneers are looking for host families for a four-month period, with an offer of free season tickets.

What other compensation would you possibly want for hosting a baseball player?

Step up to the plate with your answer by pitching it into the comment section below.

Free hot chocolate

That’s right…a free cup of hot chocolate is included in the free light show each night at the Clovis Taco Box, 21st and Main.

The show continues every evening through New year’s Eve from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the hour and half-hour.

Dazzling holiday lights flickering to the beat of songs by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and others, which you can listen to by tuning radios to 88.5.

Here’s a link to a video preview:

http://www.youtube.com/user/tsstacobox#p/u/3/e5sb_n13NTo

Holiday cooking tip

A low-calorie solution for high-fat frying of corn tortillas is to place them in the oven, directly on the rack. Bake at 350 F, to desired crispness. The tortillas will automatically fold over into taco shell form with just a little positioning help.

Today in history

On this day in 2001, the Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history.

An energy-trading company based in Houston, Texas, Enron was formed in 1985 as the merger of two gas companies.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/enron-files-for-bankruptcy

Weather

Today — Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.

Tonight — Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph after midnight.