Tuesday morning briefing: School days, rocket science and the last gold rush

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

School days

Just a reminder: Portales Municipal Schools start today.

The first day of school in Clovis is Monday.

Eastern New Mexico University classes begin Aug. 24.

The countdown

The Civil Air Patrol is launching model rockets at their Aug. 25 meeting.

The launch is open to the public, and is set to begin around 7 p.m., or soon after the 6 p.m. start of the meeting, at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office on U.S. 70.

Website of the day

The city of Portales has relocation information geared toward Cannon Air Force Base personnel at:

http://76.163.44.131/website/index.php?idpage=53

Quirky quote of the day

“All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.” — Ambrose Bierce

Today in history

While salmon fishing near the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory on this day in 1896, George Carmack reportedly spots nuggets of gold in a creek bed.

His lucky discovery sparks the last great gold rush in the American West.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/gold-discovered-in-the-yukon

Weather

Today — A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

Tonight — A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.