Mayor: Melrose police chief changed mind

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer After publicly announcing his intention to run for De Baca County sheriff, Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson was not among the four candidates who filed for the position Tuesday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Wednesday that Ferguson is still the village’s police chief. He said Ferguson approached him during […]

Job-seeking Melrose police chief has decision to make

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson has a decision to make — give up his candidacy for De Baca County sheriff, take a leave of absence without pay, or resign, according to village policy. And he’s decided he won’t give up his run for sheriff. “I’m still running for sheriff, […]

Water heater sparks Melrose trailer fire

CNJ staff A trailer home at 417 Eighth St. in Melrose caught fire about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and sustained significant damage, according to officials. Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson said no one was injured in the fire, which he said started in the water heater element. Melrose police and fire departments were on the scene […]

Melrose officer involved in auto accident

By Marlena Harftz: CNJ staff writer The only police officer in the village of Melrose was involved in a car accident while on duty Thursday night, according to a spokesperson with the state police. No serious injuries were sustained in the collision, according to officials. Melrose Police Marshal Lee Ferguson failed to yield at an […]

Oregon county sparks tale of two Currys

By Peter Rice: Pilot Staff Writer A time zone, two mountain ranges and several degrees of latitude appear to have isolated a linguistic oddity here in Curry County — Oregon, that is. A brief telephone survey this week revealed that the stalwart saying, “There’s no hurry in Curry,” hasn’t made it to conversation mills in […]

Ferguson, James

James Ferguson, 62, of Midland, Texas, died Monday, April 3, 2006, in the Hospice Inpatient Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital. Born Feb. 7, 1944, in Bay City, Mich., to John and Gladys Ferguson, he married Sharon McAlister on Aug. 15, 1964, in Portales. He worked for El Paso Natural Gas for 37 years in various […]

Military retirees join efforts to fight closure

Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ Staff Writer Whether they still go there once a week or rarely at all, retired military from the area agree — Cannon Air Force Base has been an important part of their lives. Many also agree that Cannon has assets enough to keep it open, but its position on the Base Realignment […]

Ferguson, Ray

Ray Ferguson Services: Have been held. Ray Ferguson, 70, of Portales, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at his home in Portales. He was born on Jan. 3, 1935, in Portales, to Louella and Ernest L. Ferguson. He worked for a time with his dad in the family well-service business. Later he began driving trucks and […]

Clovis mayor backs smoking ban

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford has thrown his support toward proposed legislation that would ban smoking in businesses and restaurants statewide, an issue that will pit health advocates against proponents of a live-and-let-live society. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Al Park, D-Albuquerque, is scheduled to be introduced Monday during a […]

Ferguson, Gladys

Gladys Ferguson Services: Have been held. Gladys Ferguson, 80, of Portales, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at Odessa Medical Center in Odessa, Texas. She was born on Jan. 3, 1924, in Lorain, Ohio, to Arelia and Charles Zimmerman. She grew up in Lorain. She married John Ferguson on March 26, 1941, in Bay City, Ill. […]