Thursday morning briefing: Mrs. Clovis, biker bash and stringing the maypole

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

Mrs. Clovis

The search is on for the next Mrs. Clovis.

Once selected, the winner will advance to represent her community in the 2012 Mrs. New Mexico Pageant Feb. 4 in Albuquerque.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married at the time of competition and a New Mexico resident. No performing talent is required.

Information: 970.674.0944 or www.mrsnewmexicoamerica.com

Maypole

The annual Portales High School Maypole ceremony is 8 p.m. today at the Portales High School gymnasium.

Open to the public, but no videos taping or photographs are allowed.

Get your motor running

The Eagle View Motorcycle Rally kicks off Friday and continues through Sunday on property just north of Clovis.

Live bands and plenty of games geared toward bikers.

Here’s a link with a map and other details: http://eagleviewrally.com

Quirky quote of the day

“In general, my children refused to eat anything that hadn’t danced on TV.” — Erma Bombeck

Today in history

The first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops on this day in 1897.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/dracula-goes-on-sale-in-london

Weather

Today — Sunny, with a high near 87. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south between 15 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Tonight — Mostly clear, with a low around 53. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph becoming west. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.