Thursday morning briefing: They want your blood and the grisly end of a tradition

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

Blood needed

Roll up your sleeve, there’s a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the Commons area at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd.

Information: 769-4154.

Meetings watch

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meets at 10 a.m. today in the Yam Theater, 219 S. Main St. Portales.

Information: 505-275-0022.

Quirky quote of the day

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” — Emma Goldman

Today in history

On this day in 1999, construction begins on a giant bonfire at Texas A&M University, the continuation of a tradition that began 90 years earlier.

Two days later, the bonfire collapsed, killing 12 students and injuring another 27.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/construction-begins-on-deadly-bonfire

Weather

Today — Sunny, with a high near 59. South wind between 10 and 20 mph.

Tonight — Mostly clear, with a low around 33. Southwest wind between 10 and 15 mph.