Wednesday morning briefing: Rodeo time, Allsup’s origins and Star Wars opens

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

Ride ‘em cowboy

The second annual Curry County Ranch Rodeo starts 1 p.m. Friday at Curry County Events Center and continues through the weekend.

Information: 935-7000.

Library hours

The Dora School Library is scheduled to be open during the summer on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon on:

• June 14

• June 28

• July 12

Kindergarten through 12th-grade students are welcome to check out books, use the computers and participate in a reading activity.

Kindergarten through sixth-grade students are to receive a reading chart to fill out and return later in the summer for prizes.

The reading activity is set to start at 10:30 a.m. during each session.

Fast facts

Lonnie and Barbara Allsup opened their first Allsup’s convenience store in Clovis in the early 1960s.

Today, the chain is more than 300 stores strong.

Quirky quote of the day

“We spend the first 12 months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next 12 telling them to sit down and shut up.” — Phyllis Diller

Today in history

On this day in 1977, Memorial Day weekend opens with an intergalactic bang as the first of George Lucas’ blockbuster Star Wars movies hits American theaters.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/star-wars-opens

Weather

Today — Sunny, with a high near 80. North wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight — Mostly clear, with a low around 49. North wind 10 to 15 mph becoming east.