Thursday morning briefing: Cinco de Mayo, good eats and rodeo

Good morning, happy Cinco de Mayo and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing.

Good eating

Portales Municipal Schools lunch menus for May are available at the district website http://www.portalesschools.com/

And here’s a link to the Clovis Municipal Schools menu http://www.cms.k12.nm.us/food_service/index.html

Rodeo fun

The Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo kicks off at 1 p.m. today in the Curry County Events Center with Joe’s Boot Shop All Around Double Mugging competition.

The rodeo continues through Sunday and features the annual Duke of the Dutch Oven from noon until 1 p.m. Saturday.

Here’s a link: http://www.allaroundranchrodeo.com/

Quirky quote of the day

“There are only two things a child will share willingly — communicable diseases and his mother’s age.” — Benjamin Spock

Today in history

On this day in 1961, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space.

The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-first-american-in-space

Weather

Today — Sunny, with a high near 73. Breezy, with a north wind 20 to 25 mph becoming east 10 to 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Tonight — Mostly clear, with a low around 45. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south.

Looking forward — Sunny with temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s through the weekend.