Wednesday morning briefing: Meet the author, Rock n’ roll cleanup and the Red Scare

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

Meet the author

Portales’ award-winning writer of paranormal romances, Darynda Jones, is scheduled to speak at the Friends of the Portales Public Library meeting at noon Sept. 1 at the library.

The meeting is a brown bag lunch and open to the public.

While Jones’ books are for adults, her library presentation will be appropriate for all ages.

She will read a passage from one of her books, talk about how she came up with ideas and discuss the writing and publishing process.

Cleaning up

Thursday is Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum Clean Up Day.

It’s from 2-5 p.m. at the museum.

Information: Ernie Kos, 763-3435.

Kitchen tip

Reduce the burning sensation after cutting green chilies by keeping the fingers in a bowl of cold milk added with some sugar.Today in history

On this day in 1954, Congress passes the Communist Control Act in response to the growing anti-Communist hysteria in the United States.

Though full of ominous language, many found the purpose of the act unclear.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/congress-passes-communist-control-act

Weather

Today — Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 96. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

Tonight — Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. South wind between 5 and 10 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.