Wednesday morning briefing: Nice plate, bug study and a popular pope

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

Plate platitudes

New Mexico’s centennial license plate is getting rave reviews for its design.

Gov. Susana Martinez has received a plaque from the Automobile License Plate CollectorsAssociation for New Mexico having the best license plate in the nation for 2010.

It’s the turquoise plate featuring a Zia sun symbol.

Video game of the week

Each week Jenna Zamie, our own gamester of renown, combs the web for recommendations.

Game: Gatling Gears

Genre: Shoot ’em up

System: 360, PS3

What is it? A shooter that reminds you how much of a blast destruction can be.

ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+

Web site: Compiled from

Bug study

Dora Consolidated Schools summer school session for kindergarten through sixth-grade students focuses on bugs.

Butterflies, dragonflies, ants, beetles and spiders are among the creatures students will learn about May 31 through June 3.

Students will start a bug journal, create art projects, do scientific experiments such hatching butterflies and take a field trip to observe studied species outdoors.

They also are to construct a butterfly and nature observation habitat on the playground.

Permission forms are available at and due in the school office Thursday.

Information: 477-2216

Today in history

On this day in 1920, Karol Jozef Wojtyla is born in the Polish town of Wadowice, 35 miles southwest of Krakow.

Wojtyla went on to become Pope John Paul II, history’s most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th century.

Here’s the rest of the story:


Today — Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to between 20 and 25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Tonight — Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Breezy, with a west wind between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.