Wednesday morning briefing: Smoke, summer events and Richard Petty

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

Money for ‘Smoke’

Smoke on the water, Clovis’ annual Fourth of July fireworks display, is in desperate need of donations if it is going to happen this year.

The Clovis/Curry Chamber says it’s received $11,350 thus far — less than half what is needed to make the show reality.

Donations may be sent to: Smoke on the Water, Inc. 105 E. Grand, Clovis, New Mexico 88101 or you can call the chamber at (575) 763-3435 and pay with credit card.

For more information, contact Lauren at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce at (575) 763-3435.

Coming up

Several annual Portales community events are already scheduled for this summer and fall.
According to the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce website, they include:

• 27th annual Heritage Days, June 17-19

• July 4th Celebration, July 4

• High Plains Quilt Festival, Oct. 14-15

• Peanut Valley Festival, Oct. 15-16

• Christmas Jubilee, Dec. 9

For more information, visit or call 575-356-8541 or toll free 800-635-8036.

Quirky quote of the day

“Yes, time flies. And where did it leave you? Old too soon…smart too late.” — Mike Tyson

Today in history

On this day in 1986, driving legend Richard Petty makes the 1,000th start of his National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) career, in the Miller American 400 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

He became the first driver in NASCAR history to log 1,000 career starts.

Here’s the rest of the story:


Today — Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Tonight — Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind between 5 and 10 mph.