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, […]