Prescribed burns for Melrose Range

By 27th SOW Public Affairs To reduce the risk of wildfires during the windy spring season here in eastern New Mexico, the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron will conduct a series of controlled burns at Melrose Air Force Range within the next 30 to 45 days, weather-permitting. These fires clear the amount of vegetation […]

Business digest — Jan. 24

Fundraiser nets nearly $5,000 A fundraiser dinner, dance and silent auction for the Melrose Tire Shop held Jan. 15 in Melrose netted $4,895. The money will help defray rebuilding costs for the tire shop, which was damaged in an October fire. The owner, Dale Bigler, did not have insurance for the property and will likely […]

Press release: Lease to expand Melrose bombing range signed

(SANTA FE, New Mexico) – A lease signing ceremony took place today in Santa Fe, New Mexico resulting in the lease of a large parcel of state trust land – about 11,000 acres in Roosevelt County – to the U.S. Air Force. Officials present for the signing ceremony included: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, State […]

Thursday morning briefing: Scholarships, a relay and a Ford on ice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. King scholarships The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship breakfast is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Clovis High School Cafeteria. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and under. Tickets are at the Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce and […]

Melrose residents holding benefit for restaurant, tire shop

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File photo Melrose Tire Service, known in the village as Dale’s Tire Shop, was damaged in an October fire. Residents are holding a dinner, dance and charity auction to help defray rebuilding costs for the shop, which opened in 1991. Kevin Wilson It’s first and foremost a business, but longtime owner Dale Bigler would also […]

Crash victims’ names released (updated)

Kevin Wilson Officials on Tuesday morning released the names of four people killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash four miles east of Melrose. The four who died on the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller: • John Kline, 53, of Mansfield, Texas, the driver of a four-door Toyota sedan. • Aminta Kline, […]

Melrose’s Barnard reprises QB role

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New Mexico Highlands University: Courtesy photo Former Melrose High standout Clint Barnard, pressed into quarterback duty at New Mexico Highlands this season, is shown carrying the ball for a gain during the Cowboys’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game against Chadron State on Oct. 15. Barnard, who helped Melrose to two 8-man state titles, began the […]

Thursday morning briefing: A free concert, big Melrose bash and a Soviet space dog

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Free concert Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is hosting a special concert by Irish pianist Peter Mack at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. Admission is free. Mack is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 28

Area Clovis 42, Hobbs 7 Texico 23, Clayton 0 Fort Sumner 24, Jal 8 Melrose 48, Tatum 18 Texas Bovina 40, Sudan 7 Muleshoe 54, Amarillo River Road 7 New Mexico Albuquerque Academy 54, Santa Fe Indian 0 Artesia 48, EP Cathedral, Texas 3 Atrisco Heritage 32, Del Norte 14 Aztec 50, Kirtland Central 0 […]

‘Dale’s Restaurant’ in Melrose damaged by fire

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The interior of Melrose Tire, known to village residents as “Dale’s Restaurant,” burned Sunday night in a fire. The fire has left residents without a daily restaurant, a place to fix flats or get diesel fuel. Kevin Wilson The giant white block letters on the red facade couldn’t be more […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 21

Area Clovis 23, Carlsbad 15 Lovington 37, Portales 7 Texico 28, Tucumcari 7 Fort Sumner 46, Cloudcroft 18 6-man Clovis Christian 43, Roy 37 Dora 51, Elida 0 8-man Melrose 36, Gateway Christian 34 Tatum 59, Floyd 6 Texas Farwell 41, Nazareth 6 Muleshoe 49, Littlefield 42 New Mexico Alamogordo 35, Onate 34 Animas 54, […]

Base planning office hosting meeting

CNJ staff The state of New Mexico and the Office of Military Base Planning and Support will host a meeting 5 p.m. Thursday at the Melrose High School Commons Room. The public meeting is intended to provide general information about a proposed expansion to the Melrose Air Force Range.

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 14

Area Class 3A Roswell High 51, Portales 20 Class 2A Texico 21, Santa Rosa 20 Class 1A Fort Sumner 46, Hagerman 6 8-man Melrose 56 Floyd 6 6-man Hondo 61, Elida 6 Texas Class 1A Farwell 18, Sudan 0 Springlake-Earth 42, Bovina 20 Class 2A Muleshoe 62, Friona 21 New Mexico Atrisco Heritage 35, Rio […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 7

Area football Class 5A Clovis 33, Artesia 25 8-man Melrose 28, Mountainair 22 6-man Lake Arthur 50, Elida 0 Texas Class 1A Farwell 27, Bovina 13 Class 2A Muleshoe 41, Slaton 12 New Mexico Carrizozo 26, Magdalena 12 Cleveland 42, Valley 0 Crownpoint 48, Wingate 0 Dalhart, Texas 31, Clayton 0 Dulce 28, Ramah 0 […]

Officials hope to expand Melrose range

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File photo The state, working with the Department of Defense, has set aside $5 million towards the expansion of the approximate 66,000-acre Melrose Air Force Range in northwestern Roosevelt County. Kevin Wilson Representatives from the State Land Office and the state military base planning commission held a pair of informational meetings Thursday on what they […]

Air Force range meetings scheduled

CNJ staff The State of New Mexico Office of Military Planning and Support will host two meetings Thursday regarding the proposed expansion of Melrose Air Force Range. The purpose of the meetings is to provide general information to community members. Representative from the Air Force and the New Mexico State Land Office will be present. […]

Our towns: Melrose is small town with a lot of pride

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James Townson: Courtesy photo Melrose is a community of 679 residents. Melrose Chamber of Commerce President James Townson said the Melrose community is one with heart and its residents are very proud of its military members, veterans and school district. Alisa Boswell The town of Melrose originally began as a switch station for the railroad […]

Old-Timer Days draws young, old alike

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson John Gorley of Melrose tosses candy from his tractor seat during the Melrose Old Timers Day parade Saturday morning. Kevin Wilson The Melrose Old-Timer Days mean the same thing for most participants, whether they left the eastern New Mexico village, stayed there or figured out something in between. The event, […]

Ticket feature: Old Timer Days begin today in Melrose

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File photo One of the many floats in past parades at the annual Melrose Old Timers Days celebration. Activities start today with judging for the Most Attractive Yard and the annual parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Freedom New Mexico A parade, a car show and reunions are all in the works for the Melrose […]

Curry County celebrates Melrose health clinic opening with ribbon cutting

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Courtesy photo More than 80 people attended a Friday ribbon cutting for the Melrose health clinic, in operation since July 18. Freedom New Mexico Curry County held a ribbon cutting Friday for its new health clinic in Melrose. La Casa is managing the clinic, which opened July 18 under a three-year contract with the county. […]