Thursday morning briefing: Local talent and college Bowlmania

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing.

Video of the day

Lots of local talent. It’s our Talent Watch.

Bowlmania

Five bowl games are on the schedule with two standing out.

The Sun Bowl matches up Oklahoma and Stanford at noon on CBS.

In primetime, Virgina Tech plays Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl at 6 p.m. on ESPN

Web site of the day

Living the dream.

Blogger says “I’m a twice-retired guy (USAF and IT industry) who lives in a motor home, currently semi-permanently docked in Portales, NM.”

http://exileinportales.blogspot.com

Question of the day

If you could make a New Years resolution for somebody else, what would it be and who would it be for?

Share your ideas in the comment section below.

History today

On this day in 1999, the U.S. in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties, officially handed over control of the Panama Canal, putting the strategic waterway into Panamanian hands for the first time.

Crowds of Panamanians celebrated the transfer of the 50-mile canal, which links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and officially opened when the SS Arcon sailed through on August 15, 1914. Since then, over 922,000 ships have used the canal.

The rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=VideoArticle&id=52296

Weather

Today — Groan…scattered snow showers in the morning… then isolated snow showers in the afternoon. Snow accumulation around 1 inch. Highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

Tonight — Is it ever going to warm up? Lows in the lower to mid 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph after midnight.