Official says fire burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres

CNJ staff Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said Saturday’s fire near McAlister, nicknamed the Windy Fire, burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres. Initial estimates put that number around 25,000 acres. Jacobs said two fires started around the same time Saturday, both beginning near highways. Jacobs said a cause for the fires is unknown. He said […]

Grassfire on Curry and Quay county line under control

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Officials believe five buildings were destroyed in a Saturday fire that burned 15 miles long and two to three miles wide at its widest point. A shed located near the intersections of Curry Road AB and Quay Road 34 was destroyed but a residence east of it was spared. Liliana […]

Our people: Woman of letters

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Melrose resident Jamie Dickerman served as the president’s ambassador at Eastern New Mexico University during her senior year. She graduated May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Dickerman works as a grant writer and special events coordinator for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and plans to […]

Melrose man dies in crash

CNJ staff A 54-year-old Melrose man died early Thursday morning from injuries received in a head-on collision. Jose Perez’s 1989 Toyota Camry was traveling west on U.S. 60/84 about five miles east of Melrose when it veered into oncoming traffic, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Earlene Williams, 52, told police she applied the […]

Fire burns 5,000 acres near Melrose

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A grassfire burned about 5,000 acres Tuesday afternoon near Melrose. The fire was contained after about three hours. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk said the fire is believed to have started off the side of the highway by either sparks from a vehicle or a discarded cigarette. Sharna Johnson A grass […]

5-year-old cancer patient made honorary Melrose Buffalo

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Melrose High football players Toby Kulka, left, Josh Broom, center, and Lance Wagner hold their hands out to 5-year-old Jack Sullivan. Monday, the Melrose High football team presented Sullivan with a signed football to help keep his spirits up as he begins a new round of cancer treatments. Sharna Johnson […]

Our people: Coming full circle

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Melrose schools superintendent Jamie Widner comes from a family of 11 children. Melrose native Jamie Widner has been in education as a teacher and administrator for 26 years, all in New Mexico. Coming from a family of 11 children, all who graduated from Melrose High School, he is family-oriented. Widner […]

Melrose student selected as County Manager for day

CNJ staff A Melrose high school senior will be following the Curry County Manager to work today. Richard R. Rush was selected to shadow Lance Pyle as part of the County Manager for the Day program the second year it has been done. The program is part of National County Government Month. Rush lives on […]

Melrose schools tagged for audit

The Associated Press Vowing to change what she described as a “systemic issue,” Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera said Wednesday that a preliminary review showed serious flaws in special education data reported by school districts statewide. Nine of the 34 districts targeted this month for review by the Public Education Department will be subjected to an […]

Families, officials assess damage from fire

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Courtesy photo: Missy Terry Britni Sherwood’s horses run from Sunday’s blaze in south Curry County. While all of Sherwood’s animals survived the fire, she said they are still going to have to sell their cattle because they no longer have anywhere to graze them. Sharna Johnson For about $20,000, five miles of fence line can […]