Friday morning briefing: Freezing fog warnings and getting the lead out

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Be careful if you’re driving early today — there may be freezing fog (see weather).

Fair warning

On Sunday, officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI Saturation Patrol within the City of Clovis.

Officers will be specifically targeting drunk and drug-impaired drivers.

Christmas critters

This year, Christmas at the Zoo is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Clovis Zoo at Hillcrest Park.

Music, music, music

Lots of music happening in Portales today.

The Los Abuelitos Senior Center musicians jam is 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at Los Abuelitos de La Casa Senior Center.

Information: 356-5056

And there’s a Holiday concert at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. at ENMU University Theatre Center.

Quirky quote of the day

“Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.” — P.J. O’Rourke

Today in history

On this day in 1921, a young engineer at General Motors named Thomas Midgeley Jr. discovers that when he adds a compound called tetraethyl lead (TEL) to gasoline, he eliminates the unpleasant noises (known as “knock” or “pinging”) that internal-combustion engines make when they run.

Midgeley could scarcely have imagined the consequences of his discovery: For more than five decades, oil companies would saturate the gasoline they sold with lead — a deadly poison.

Here’s the rest of the story:


Today — Areas of freezing fog before 8 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Tonight — Areas of freezing fog after 11p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.