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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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.

Melrose Schools principal promoted to superintendent

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Melrose Schools have promoted high school Principal Jamie Widner to replace retiring Superintendent Ron Windom. Widner said Windom submitted his formal retirement at the January meeting of the school board. On Feb. 21, the board held a special meeting to hire him as the next superintendent. “The board asked […]

Children paint to imagination’s tune in ENMU, Melrose schools joint project

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melrose Elementary School fifth graders Jaydan Beard, from left to right, Victoria Adame, and Zoe Rodriguez paint Friday during a session at the school. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Paint intertwines with the sound of a wind symphony in a collaboration between Eastern New Mexico University and Melrose Municipal […]

Melrose elects new mayor

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Melrose elected a new mayor Tuesday and raised gross receipts taxes. Tuck Monk with 97 votes was elected mayor by a 19-vote margin over his opponent Donald Harrell. Monk succeeds Lance Pyle, who elected not to seek re-election. “I don’t see any changes when I take office,” Monk said. […]

Melrose municipal candidate profiles

The following are candidates in the March 2 Melrose municipal election. The candidates were recently answered a series of brief questions by Freedom New Mexico about why they are running and what they hope to accomplish if elected. Municipal judge candidate Charlie B. Garrett couldn’t be reached for comment. The telephone number he provided was […]

Melrose council objects to man reclaiming items from dumpsters

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Courtesy photo: Ted Stretmoyer Melrose village council members say they want to prohibit people from being able to go through trash in the village’s dumpsters for safety and security reasons. Melrose resident Ted Stretmoyer said for a year he has salvaged useful items from village trash dumpsters and donated them to charities. By Sharna Johnson: […]

Melrose hoping for change, growth

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Village of Melrose is trying to plan ahead and entice growth. With a changed mission at Cannon Air Force Base, a new medical center underway and local energy projects on the horizon, the community of about 700 is looking to prepare for change. And villagers want growth, Mayor […]

Water service in Melrose to be shut off

Freedom New Mexico Water will be shut off at 9:30 p.m. Thursday within the Melrose’s city limits to fix a water leak, according to Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle. Pyle says he is unsure of how long the leak will take to fix.

Melrose schools receive grant

Melrose Municipal Schools have received a $7,600 grant from the R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation in Ruidoso. The money is for upgrading computers. Since 2001, this foundation has provided more than $1.5 million to schools across southeastern New Mexico.