Tuesday morning briefing: A windy festival and the end of polio

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

Wind festival

Don’t forget the first Downtown Wind Festival in Clovis this week.
It’s from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring a Pedal ARTitude Rally, which is a kinetic sculpture event.

Basically take a bike and decorate it, wear a costume, carry a sock puppet
and drive a fun obstacle course for a chance to win a totally tacky
trophy.

BeBop the Clown will be there making balloon sculptures and teaching kids how to make.

Fast fact

One of the nation’s largest whiskey distilling plants ever located by law enforcement during Prohibition was found in Curry County in 1931.

The main still had a capacity of 1,250 gallons and officials found 10,000 gallons of mash in adjoining barns about seven miles southeast of Melrose.

Quirky quote

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” — Issac Asimov

Today in history

On this day in 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Va.

Children in the U.S., Canada and Finland participated in the trials.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/polio-vaccine-trials-begin

Weather

Today — Mostly sunny. Windy. Highs in the 70s.

Tonight — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers. Very windy. Colder. Lows in the mid 30s to lower 40s.