Friday morning briefing: Certified, all about trains and the day the music died

Good morning a welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.


Curry County’s Chief Deputy Clerk Beni Dampier has earned her certificate as a New Mexico Certified Public Supervisor.

Dampier says the program is a lengthy series of classes and study to help her be a better public servant as well as improve her leadership and communication skills.

She has worked for the county more than 20 years.

Happy 100th

To help celebrate New Mexico’s centennial, Clovis MainStreet is sponsoring a series of special events at the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum, 221 W. 1st St.

The first presentation — the role of the railroad in advances of time keeping and communications — is 10 a.m. Feb. 11.

Kitchen tip

To soften butter but not melt it, try cutting it into squares and put them into a bowl. Insert bowl in a pan of warm, not hot, water for a few minutes.

It’s a fact

Your brain requires 20 percent of the oxygen and calories your body needs — even though your brain only makes up two percent of your total body weight.

Today in history

On this day in 1959, rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson are killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashes in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff from Mason City on a flight headed for Moorehead, Minn.

Holly and his band, the Crickets, had just scored a No. 1 hit with “That’ll Be the Day.”

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Today — Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. North wind between 10 and 15 mph.

Tonight — Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. North wind around 20 mph.