Friday morning briefing: Fifth Friday, blessing the beasts and a reason for neckties

Good morning. The Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing is the best way to start your day:


Fifth Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. today features special sales at stores open late, food and entertainment in downtown Portales.

Information: 356-8541.

Hot cars

There’s a car show 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Sands Shopping Center in Portales.

Bless the beasts

Do your dog a favor by taking them to the Animal Pet Blessing 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clovis.

Or maybe your cat, or rat, or whatever is your favorite pet.

Information: 763-4816.

Quirky quote of the day

“I wear a necklace, cause I wanna know when I’m upside down.” — Mitch Hedberg

Today in history

On this day in 1955, movie star James Dean dies at age 24 in a car crash on a California highway.

Here’s the rest of the story:


Today — A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Tonight — Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.