Monday morning briefing: Highway plans, jazz and the queen of mean

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

Highway talk

The highway reconstruction project cutting through the center of Portales is the subject of Roosevelt County Chamber quarterly luncheon.

It’s noon Tuesday at Mark’s Latte Lounge, 1126 W. First St.

Tickets: $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

To RSVP contact the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce at 356-8541 or

Bright lights

Christmas at the Zoo starts Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. at the Hillcrest Park Zoo.

You can catch it each night at the same time through Saturday.

Music, music, music

Cathryn McGill and Catalyst are the next cultural arts offering 7 p.m. today at the Clovis Civic Center.

The band’s publicity says they are creating musical conversations that audiences love — jazz, blues, rhythm and blues or gospel.

Admission: $22 for general admission and $17 for students, military and seniors.

Information: 769-4956.

Quirky quote of the day

“I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.” — Gilbert K. Chesterton

Today in history

On this day in 1989, Leona Helmsley — nicknamed the “Queen of Mean” — receives a four-year prison sentence, 750 hours of community service, and a $7.1 million tax fraud fine in New York.

For many, Helmsley became the object of loathing and disgust when she quipped that “only the little people pay taxes.”

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Today — A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. West wind between 10 and 15 mph.

Tonight — A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. West wind around 5 mph.