Monday morning briefing: Smoke goal, basketball camp and one big fish

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

Smoke donations

The annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display for July 4 in Clovis is till $13,650 short of becoming a reality.

Donations can be made at the Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce.

Info: 763-3435 or email

Camp days

The Portales Rams Girls Basketball Camp is set for today through Wednesday at the Portales High School gym.

The camp is open for girls entering first through eighth grade, and the cost is $35.

Information: Traci Sievers at 749-2701.

Registration forms and information:

Quirky quote of the day

“ Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.” — Johnny Carson

Today in history

On this day in 1975, “Jaws,” a film directed by Steven Spielberg that made countless viewers afraid to go into the water, opens in theaters.

The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s “Star Wars.”

Here’s the rest of the story:


Today — Sunny, with a high near 91. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to between 20 and 25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Tonight — Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Breezy, with a north wind between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.