Thursday morning briefing: Groundbreaking, for the birds and Wild Bill

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

Renovating

Clovis’ first steps to renovating the Youth Recreation Building in Hillcrest Park kick off today with a groundbreaking at 10 a.m.

It’s open to the public and at Seventh and Sycamore. Information: 769-7828.

Meetings watch

Clovis City Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. today atthe Clovis-Carver Library North Annex.

It’s open to the public. Information: 769-7828.

For the birds

There’s a bird presentation 7 p.m. Saturday at the Oasis State Park Visitor Center.

Wildlife biologist Holly Marchman is to teach about bird flight and identification. Bring bird books, binoculars and walking shoes .

The $5 per vehicle park entrance fee applies. Information or directions: Call 356-5331 or visit www.nmparks.com.

Kitchen tips

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

Quirky quote of the day

“Opinions are like feet. Everybody’s got a couple, and they usually stink.” — Jim Slattery

Today in history

On this day in 1865, in what may be the first true western showdown, Wild Bill Hickok shoots Dave Tutt dead in the market square of Springfield, Mo.

Having adhered to the code of the West, Hickok was acquitted of manslaughter charges.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/wild-bill-hickok-fights-first-western-showdown

Weather

Today — Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 100. South wind between 5 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

Tonight — Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind between 5 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.