County receives grant for tire cleanup

CNJ staff Curry County has received a grant to help a Melrose resident remove tires from her property, according to a news release. The environmental clean-up project will be funded by a $14,375 grant from the New Mexico Environment Department. The Melrose resident, whose property is north of Melrose along Curry Road 19 and Curry […]

Year in review: PRMC expands; Melrose breaks ground on clinic

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File photo Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Hoyt Skabelund inspects surgery rooms in a newly opened outpatient surgery center. CNJ staff In 2010, Melrose broke ground on the first health clinic to be located in the Curry County village. Money to build the facility, $500,000, was obtained through a state community development grant. The 1,920 […]

Fort Sumner man shot following chase

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson At the scene of a shooting involving a De Baca County deputy and Michael Fitschen, Monday afternoon, state police vehicles lined the eastbound shoulder of U.S. 60/84 near its intersection with State Road 267. Fitschen was shot after crashing the pickup truck, right. Sharna Johnson A 23-year-old Fort Sumner man […]

Weekly update — Dec. 12

Discrimination hearing delayed A discrimination hearing into the firing of former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling has been delayed again. Originally scheduled for Sept. 14-15, the hearing was rescheduled for Dec. 13-14 and has now been pushed to Feb. 15-16, according to Dreiling’s attorney Dan Lindsey. The hearing is expected to be held in Clovis […]

Convicted robber facing 12 years in prison

Freedom New Mexico One of four men police say was chased down by a daring bank executive is facing 12 years in prison for robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose. Santos Preciado, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence, according to 9th […]

Area residents recognized at Melrose banquet

CNJ staff Seven people were recognized with awards during a Nov. 6 banquet hosted by the Melrose Chamber of Commerce. President James Townson said the banquet was the first held by the chamber in two years and attendees enjoyed dinner entertainment from Ronnie Fouts and Neil Delk, as well as the company of distinguished guests […]

Prep football scoreboard — Nov. 12

Area Class 2A Quarterfinals Texico 14, Estancia 10 Class 1A Semifinals Fort Sumner 54, Escalante 16 8-man Melrose 44, Gateway Christian 12 New Mexico Class 5A First Round Carlsbad 35, West Mesa 19 Eldorado 28, Cibola 7 Mayfield 27, Rio Rancho 3 Class 4A First Round Farmington 42, Bernalillo 12 Los Lunas 42, Santa Teresa […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 29

Non-district Artesia 51, Portales 0, F 6-man playoffs Lake Arthur 62, Elida 22 F District 2-2A Texico 38, Clayton 6, F Santa Rosa 27, Tucumcari 0 Disrict 2-1A Fort Sumner 51, Jal 15, F 8-man District 3 Tatum 34, Melrose 22 8-man District 1 Logan 42, Menaul 26 Texas District 3-1A Division II Bovina 35, […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 8

Area Dora 63, House 20 Lake Arthur 34, Elida 25 Clovis 13, Artesia 7 Fort Sumner 42, Escalante 0 Portales 44, West Las Vegas 6 Mountainair 38, Melrose 36, 2 OT Tucumcari 40, Dexter 0 Logan 76, Reserve 24 Roy 64, San Jon 12 State Belen 28, Los Lunas 7 Dalhart, Texas 55, Clayton 0 […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 1

Elida 47, House-Grady 0 Clovis Christian 61, Vaughn 6 Goddard 21, Clovis 0 Hagerman 26, Texico 14 Fort Sumner 20, Loving 7 Melrose 46, Springer 6 Hondo 52, Dora 6 Logan 52, Floyd 0 Tucumcari 20, Eunice 19 San Jon 84, NMSD 36 Texas Farwell 30, Seagraves 7 Iraan 33, Bovina 7 Bushland 27, Muleshoe […]

Monday morning briefing: A big winner, 4-H and Facebook

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Big winner You might know Lynnae Allen of the Melrose 4-H Club if you attended the Curry County Fair. You couldn’t hardly miss her…she had entries in 85 categories, including baking, sewing, canning, posters and housing interiors. She’s the fair’s 2010 sweepstakes winner. Website […]

Engagements — Sept. 19

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Boone-Estes [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Jackie Boone, of Austin, Texas, and Casey Estes, of Melrose, are enagaged to be married 5 p.m. Oct. 9, 2010, in Austin. The bride-elect is the daughter of Rich and Jeanne Boone of Austin. The prospective groom is the son of Marvin and Cathy Estes of Melrose. Invitations will be […]

Melrose backs justice complex

CNJ staff report The Melrose City Council approved a resolution Thursday supporting a proposed $33 million Curry County criminal justice complex. The council supported both ballot questions voters are being asked to approve in the Nov. 2 general election. County voters are being asked to approve a $16.5 million bond and a one-quarter cent increase […]

Ground broken on Melrose clinic

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Courtesy photo: Emily Crowe Ground was broken Wednesday for a new healthcare clinic in Melrose. Completion of the building is expected by January. CNJ staff The Village of Melrose broke ground Wednesday on its new health clinic. County Manager Lance Pyle said more than 80 people attended the long anticipated event, including Melrose Elementary students, […]

Melrose couple plans to spend lottery winnings on new floors

CNJ staff A Melrose couple who won $50,000 from a scratch lottery ticket Sunday plan to install new floors in their home and share their winnings with their children. Mary Vineyard told lottery officials she was watching TV and scratching off tickets her husband purchased her that night. “Real quick, I saw that the same […]

Melrose clinic groundbreaking set for September

Kevin Wilson When you’re sick, a short drive beats a long one any day of the week. That’s the philosophy behind nearly five years of work, $500,000 in grant money and a five-month construction process that will result in a health clinic for Melrose. The facility, which would be run by a contracted health care […]

Commissioners approve Melrose health clinic bid

CNJ staff Curry County commissioners approved a bid for $350,000 to build a health clinic in Melrose during a Monday special meeting. Nick Griego and Sons Construction of Clovis was awarded the bid. The company agreed to construct the clinic by Jan. 15 so the county can pursue a $500,000 state grant. In order to […]

In tribute: Melrose matriarch kept faith during battle with cancer

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Courtesy photo: Jackie Clark Polly and Panny Bigler, seated, pose with their grandchildren, from left, Felicia Glascock, Scotty Clark and Toni Whitecotton during Christmas in 2001. Freedom New Mexico Verna “Polly” Bigler cleaned relatives’ kitchens when they weren’t home, kept track of daily events on her family’s farm and kept her Christian faith through her […]

Bookmobile making rounds

CNJ staff The Rural Bookmobile East has released its schedule for the months of July, August and September. The Bookmobile will be at the Melrose Senior Citizens Center from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. July 6, Aug. 3 and Sept. 7; Grady Senior Citizens Center from 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m.; Grady School from 9:40 a.m.-11 a.m.; and Grady […]

Agency finds evidence of discrimination in Melrose police chief firing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state’s Human Rights Bureau has found probable cause for sexual discrimination or retaliation in the firing of former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling last year by then-mayor Lance Pyle. A hearing has been set for Sept. 15-16, according to a June 3 letter from the bureau provided to […]