Thursday morning briefing: Need you, wind and rain and the history of April Fool

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing.

You’re needed

The Curry County Wellness Council is in dire need of volunteers to help out with the April 10 Stay Teen Parent-Youth Summit at Clovis Community College.

The summit features author and lecturer Dallas Jessup of “Just Yell Fire” fame.

To volunteer, call 575-763-6016 or click on the link:

http://www.currycountywellness.org

Web site of the day

http://76.163.44.131/website/index.php?idpage=44

Visit the Portales Public Library’s Web site.

Question of the day

What did you give up for Lent, if anything?

Please share your thoughts with others in the comment section below.

Lights out

The City of Portales Web site has a link for reporting streetlight outages.

Citizens can visit http://www1.xcelenergy.com/ODL/OUTAGEREPORT/ to report a non-working streetlight or view the status of an outage report.

Those who prefer to report the problem by phone can call 1-800-895-4999.

This day in history

On this day in 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other.

Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/4/1

Weather

Today — Darn wind…areas of blowing dust in the afternoon. Highs in the 70s. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph increasing to 25 to 35 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 50 mph.

Tonight — Rain, too… isolated rain showers. Colder. Lows in the mid 30s to lower 40s. West winds 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 45 mph.