Portales has issues with Ute authority language

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico MELROSE — The Ute Water Project trickled closer to reality Thursday with local entities reaching agreement on several key issues. But representatives of communities planning to be part of the $432 million project want at least one more study session to iron out their differences on proposed state legislation […]

May 17, 1969

Eighteen-year-old Patrick Chavez, who had recently moved to Portales from Melrose, was hit and killed by a spray plane

Melrose FFA students top state competition

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer For the first time in 30 years, Melrose FFA has topped 74 FFA chapters from around New Mexico with their agriculture-related evaluation skills. Twenty-three Melrose students won the 2009 New Mexico FFA Production Sweepstakes at the state Career Development Competition April 1-3 in Las Cruces. Dora FFA came in […]

Melrose police chief dismissed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The village of Melrose has dismissed Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling. City officials cited job performance as the reason. She said it’s retaliation because she refused to date Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle. “The Village Council was not pleased with her performance and, as a probationary employee, has released her from […]

April 19, 2009 Elida school news

Baseball: April 20 – Melrose, varsity and junior varsity at Elida — 3 and 5 p.m. April 24

Clovis, Melrose to receive grants

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer On the day many people sent money to the government, Melrose and Clovis saw government funds come to them. Wednesday, Curry County was awarded a $500,000 grant to build a Melrose health clinic, and a grant of the same amount went to the City of Clovis to repave Pile […]

Melrose man accused of abusing 3-month-old baby

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 25-year-old Melrose man is in jail, accused of abusing his baby daughter after a medical examination last week revealed the infant had numerous broken bones. Phillip Holmes is charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, a first-degree felony. He is being held at the Curry County […]

Vietnam-era tanks continue to meet military need

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Staff Sgt. Geraldo Valdez, foreground, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, and Airman Basic Jake Jordan, 27 SOLRS, unchain an M-42 Duster tank at the Melrose Air Force Range on Feb. 18. By Airman 1st Class James Bell: 27th SOW Public Affairs Two M-42 Duster tanks moved from […]

Officials: Grass fire should serve as warning sign

Freedom New Mexico Fire and weather officials say a big grass fire in Melrose should raise a red flag for everyone across eastern New Mexico. Strong winds Tuesday carried flames from a burning trash pit over dry grass, igniting a grass fire that ate its way across about 300 acres of grassland northwest of Melrose, […]

Grass fire burns 300 acres of pastureland in Melrose

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire about five miles northwest of Melrose consumed about 300 acres of pastureland Tuesday evening, according to fire officials. The fire started about 7 p.m. between Curry roads 14 and 15 about a mile and a half west of New Mexico 268, according to Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs. Firefighters […]

Feb. 15, 2009 Engagements

Britain-Riley Ricky and Sherrie Britain of Roswell announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kayla JoAnn Britain, of Clovis, to Cage Win Riley, of Clovis, son of Russell and Elainea Riley of Melrose. The couple will exchange vows March 28, 2009, at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis. A reception will follow at St. […]

Supreme Court overturns vehicular homicide conviction

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Melrose man convicted in 2004 of homicide by vehicle. A two-year prison sentence for Harry Downey, 75, of Melrose, has been vacated and a pretrial conference is scheduled 8:15 a.m. Jan. 26. Downey was convicted in February 2004 for the […]

Dec. 21, 2008 Honors

Young The Conquistador Council of Boys Scouts of America presented the Silver Beaver Award, the highest of volunteer leader recognition, to Doyle Young of Melrose. For more than 20 years, Young has been a volunteer leader, serving as scoutmaster of Troop 45 in Roswell, and as cubmaster, varsity team coach, Webelos Den Leader, and on […]

Events Calendar 12-14

Sunday Melrose Community Christmas Cantata — noon. First Methodist Church of Melrose. Christmas music followed by a meal. Monday Melrose Elementary Christmas Program — 7 p.m. Commons area of Melrose Elementary School. Attendees are asked to bring canned food for the Community Pantry. Tuesday School Board Candidate Filing — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Roosevelt […]

Nov. 30, 1967

The Floyd school building was to be fully heated by natural gas for the first time by evening, tapping into the new $1.25 million inter-community gas system. Melrose and Ft. Sumner were soon to follow.

Airmen clear Melrose Range

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Staff Sgt. David Hewitt, 27th SOCES Explosive Ordnance Flight, hands C-4 explosive to Airman 1st Class Nathan Baloga, also with EOD on Nov. 6. The airmen were planting demolition charges at Melrose Air Force Range as part of its annual range clearance. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: […]

Dora School News Nov. 16

Basketball The junior high white teams will play Monday and Tuesday at the Melrose tournament. Five-day school week School will be in session for Dora students in kindergarten through 12th grade all five days this week. Preschool will not be in attendance on Friday. Spirit Week planned The Dora Student Council and sponsor Karen Cone […]

Prep football scoreboard

Area Clovis 52, Carlsbad 7 Lovington 17, Portales 14Texico 48, Tucumcari 7Fort Sumner 54, Hagerman 7Melrose 82, Logan 6Farwell 45, Smyer 14Bovina 49, Claude 16 Muleshoe 37, Childress 7 Valley Christian 48, Dora 26San Jon 58, Elida 8 State Alamogordo 29, Onate 12Artesia 46, Moriarty 6Capital 50, Taos 14Carrizozo 40, Mescalero Apache 14Cobre 14, Hatch […]

Water group proposes ‘authority’ status

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico MELROSE — The recent federal bailout delayed the flow of federal authorization for the Ute Water Project, but supporters are optimistic their chances haven’t dried up. Project Manager Scott Verhines said at Thursday’s meeting that an omnibus bill including the pipeline project and 155 other items is a top […]

Two shot to death in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man and a Lubbock woman were shot to death late Thursday night and police continued their hunt for a suspect into Friday. The shootings occurred as the victims traveled near Charlotte Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in west Clovis, police said. The slayings occurred around 11 p.m. Gary […]