Tuesday morning briefing: Meetings watch, voting begins and the first Corvette

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

Meetings watch

• The Clovis Municipal Schools board meets 5:30 p.m. today at the administration building.

• The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building.

The board plans to close out the 2010-2011 fiscal year budget.

Absentee voting

Today is the first day absentee ballots are available at the Clovis City Clerk’s office for the special city election Aug. 2.

Fast fact

Richard Nixon campaigned at Clovis High School in 1956, when he was running for re-election as vice president.

The Eisenhower-Nixon ticket won easily.

Quirky quote of the day

“The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you’ll grow out of it.” — Doris Day

Today in history

On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Mich., assemble the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/workers-assemble-first-corvette-in-flint-michigan

Weather

Today — Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Tonight — Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.