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 […]

Press release: World War II-era munition safely transported to Melrose Air Force Range

WW II-ERA MUNITION SAFELY TRANSPORTED TO MELROSE AIR FORCE RANGE

Traffic delays expected due to National Guard training

CNJ staff Traffic delays are expected next week on U.S. Highway 60/84 between Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose due to New Mexico National Guard training, according to a news release. Training will take place Sunday through Wednesday at Melrose Air Force Range. The release said delays will be expected between 8 a.m. and 11 […]

Melrose graduates cheer classmate

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melrose School board secretary Taz McAlister hands Jordan Beard her diploma during Saturday’s graduation ceremony at Melrose High School. Beard was in a car accident in August and missed her senior year but the school wanted her with her class at graduation. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The room […]

Cannon hosts annual Boss Lift

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USAF photo: 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine Marine Reservists Joint Terminal Attack Controllers Sgt. Chris Capptta, Sgt. Paul Ramos and Lance Cpl. Justin Owen of Delta Company, 4th Marine Reconnaissance Battalion, show themselves to a surprised crowd after remaining unseen nearby while calling in targets to F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots. JTACs direct combat aircraft engaged in […]

Melrose man pleads guilty to child abuse

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Melrose was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to abusing his 3-month-old daughter. Phillip Holmes is required to serve an additional two years of parole upon completion of his sentence and participate in mandatory counseling, according to a press release from the District Attorney Matt Chandler. Holmes […]

Press release: Melrose man gets 12 years for child abuse

Clovis, NM — Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Phillip Holmes, age 26, of Melrose pled guilty today to charges of 1st Degree Child Abuse and was sentenced today to twelve (12) years in the Department of Corrections. The charges stem from March 5, 2009, when the Melrose Police Department responded to […]

April 30 Cannon Community

Prescribed burns scheduled for Melrose range — The 27th Special Operations Wing began conducting prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 28. These fires reduce the amount of vegetation in the targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such as lightning. Additional burns will occur […]

Melrose students win supercomputing challenge

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — A team from Melrose High School who modeled how wildfires behave captured the top prize in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 20th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. The team’s project, called “Control and Spread of Wildfires II,” built on their earlier research, adding the variable of topography to the computer model. […]

Prescribed burns scheduled for Melrose range

The 27th Special Operations Wing will be conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range beginning Wednesday. These fires reduce the amount of vegetation in the targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such as lightning. Additional burns will occur within a 30-day […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met Wednesday at Melrose City Hall. • Project Manager Scott Verhines said he was happy the authority was included as part of the joint land use study being undertaken by Cannon Air Force Base and neighboring municipalities. He said the Ute Water pipeline project, as proposed, has three […]

Opportunity wasted for unusual

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There are certain things I wish would have been different. I wish I had asked that girl out to dinner instead of making small talk. I wish I was riding in the car when (according to police records) a group of four people planned out a bank robbery in […]

Melrose mayor: Robbery handled well

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From left, Juana Griego, Marcos Maestas, Patrick Quintana and Santos Preciado. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For a village without a police department, Melrose’s mayor said things went considerably well after Monday’s bank robbery. When a robbery at American Heritage Bank was reported just after 9 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy in the area responded […]

Melrose bank robbed, four in custody

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Deputies arrested four armed suspects at 10 a.m. in Quay County near Forrest following a pursuit that originated less than an hour before from American Heritage Bank in Melrose. They were assisted by the New Mexico State Police. CNJ staff Three men and a woman accused of robbing the American […]

Melrose council fills vacant slot

Freedom New Mexico The city of Melrose selected C.C. Pyle Thursday night to fill its vacant village council position. Pyle, a retired Clovis police captain and the father of former Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, was chosen by Mayor Tuck Monk from a field of four applicants. Monk said Pyle’s dedication to the village over the […]

Melrose council seeking applicants

CNJ staff The city of Melrose is seeking applicants for a vacant council seat. The council consists of four members.