Wednesday morning briefing: A reunion, World Cup soccer and the first roller coaster


Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico's Wednesday briefing.

Upward Bound Reunion

A July 10 reunion is scheduled for all current and former Eastern new Mexico University Upward Bound students and staff.

A barbecue by Sodexho is on the menu, and games including a dunk tank and an inflatable jumping horse and obstacle course are planned.

Three chances to dunk an Upward Bound employee for $1 and proceeds go to the scholarship account.

Participants must RSVP by July 2 by calling 562-2452 or 1-888-291-5505 or via ENMU's Upward Bound Facebook e-mail.

Did you know?

• Oasis State Park is home to more than 80 species of birds throughout the year. These include the great blue heron, ring-neck pheasant, quail and western sandpiper.

• The park's 3-acre pond is stocked with channel catfish in the summer and rainbow trout in the winter.

• The park covers 193 acres.

Question of the day

Is there a team other than the U.S. you enjoy watching during World Cup soccer?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Today in history

On this day in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York.

Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.

Here’s the rest of the story:


Today — Hold on...windy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the 90s. South winds 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph.

Tonight — Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the 60s. South winds 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 40 mph.


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