Monday morning briefing: A free concert and three presidents

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing.

Free concert

Eastern New Mexico University's Department of Music will host the Clovis/Portales Community Orchestra Spring Concert 7 p.m. Tuesday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building.

It's free and open to the public.

Blood drive

There's a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Plains Regional Medical Center.

Every donor will be registered for a Kindle Fire.

Information: 800-333-6920 or

It's a fact

Three Presidents have died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

Kitchen tip

To ripen fruits, wrap them in newspaper and put in a warm place for 2-3 days. The ethylene gas they emit will make them ripe.

Today in history

On this day in 2005, John Paul II, history's most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th century, dies at his home in the Vatican.

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Today — A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Breezy, with a north wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to between 20 and 25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Tonight — A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Windy, with a north wind between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

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