Press release: Lease to expand Melrose bombing range signed

Press release: Lease to expand Melrose bombing range signed (SANTA FE, New Mexico) – A lease signing ceremony took place today in Santa Fe, New Mexico resulting in the lease of a large parcel of state trust land – about 11,000 acres in Roosevelt County – to the U.S. Air Force. Officials present for the […]

Melrose residents holding benefit for restaurant, tire shop

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Kevin Wilson It’s first and foremost a business, but longtime owner Dale Bigler would also say that the Melrose Tire Service was just as much a labor of community service. “I get a lot of phone calls, people wanting to know if I’m going to build it back,” said Bigler, whose tire shop, restaurant and […]

Thursday morning briefing: Scholarships, a relay and a Ford on ice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. King scholarships The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship breakfast is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Clovis High School Cafeteria. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and under. Tickets are at the Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce and […]

Names of Monday crash victims released

Officials on Tuesday morning released the names of four people killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash four miles east of Melrose. The four who died on the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller: • John Kline, 53, of Mansfield, Texas, the driver of a four-door Toyota sedan. • Aminta Kline, 61, of […]

Prep football scoreboard — Nov. 19

Area Class 5A Quarterfinals Manzano 20, Clovis 12 Class 1A Championship Mesilla Valley 41, Fort Sumner 6 8-man Championship Gateway Christian 40, Melrose 32

Prep football scoreboard — Nov. 11

Area Clovis 20, Sandia 14, final Fort Sumner 19, Jal 6, final Melrose 26, Tatum 18, OT, final Texas Farwell 21, Smyer 15, final Bovina 35, Seagraves 0, final

Melrose’s Barnard reprises QB role

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Eric Butler Even though he was from a small high school, given that he was big and athletic, it wasn’t a major shock to see Melrose’s Clint Barnard see action at linebacker at New Mexico Highlands during his redshirt freshman season this fall with the Cowboys. But when a slew of injuries at the quarterback […]

Thursday morning briefing: A free concert, big Melrose bash and a Soviet space dog

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Free concert Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is hosting a special concert by Irish pianist Peter Mack at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. Admission is free. Mack is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 28

Area Clovis 42, Hobbs 7 Texico 23, Clayton 0 Fort Sumner 24, Jal 8 Melrose 48, Tatum 18 Texas Bovina 40, Sudan 7 Muleshoe 54, Amarillo River Road 7 New Mexico Albuquerque Academy 54, Santa Fe Indian 0 Artesia 48, EP Cathedral, Texas 3 Atrisco Heritage 32, Del Norte 14 Aztec 50, Kirtland Central 0 […]

‘Dale’s Restaurant’ in Melrose damaged by fire

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Kevin Wilson The giant white block letters on the red facade couldn’t be more direct. “Restaurant,” the building says to travelers on the east end of the village of Melrose. But Melrose Tire, affectionately called, “Dale’s Restaurant” by the village of 650, is out of commission after a Sunday night fire that leaves residents at […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 21

Area Clovis 23, Carlsbad 15 Lovington 37, Portales 7 Texico 28, Tucumcari 7 Fort Sumner 46, Cloudcroft 18 6-man Clovis Christian 43, Roy 37 Dora 51, Elida 0 8-man Melrose 36, Gateway Christian 34 Tatum 59, Floyd 6 Texas Farwell 41, Nazareth 6 Muleshoe 49, Littlefield 42 New Mexico Alamogordo 35, Onate 34 Animas 54, […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 7

Area football Class 5A Clovis 33, Artesia 25 8-man Melrose 28, Mountainair 22 6-man Lake Arthur 50, Elida 0 Texas Class 1A Farwell 27, Bovina 13 Class 2A Muleshoe 41, Slaton 12 New Mexico Carrizozo 26, Magdalena 12 Cleveland 42, Valley 0 Crownpoint 48, Wingate 0 Dalhart, Texas 31, Clayton 0 Dulce 28, Ramah 0 […]

Military officials planning Melrose range expansion

Kevin Wilson Representatives from the State Land Office and the state military base planning commission held a pair of informational meetings Thursday on what they hope will expand the Melrose Air Force Range by nearly one-sixth of its current size. The state, working with the Department of Defense, has set aside $5 million towards the […]

Prep football scoreboard — Sept. 23

Area Class 5A Rio Rancho 27, Clovis 14 Class 3A Roswell Goddard 56, Portales 15 Class 2A Texico 33, Gruver 13 8-man Melrose 62, Reserve 6 6-man Clovis Christian 80, Hondo 28 San Jon 44, Elida 14 Foothill 60, Floyd 6 Texas Class 1A New Deal 14, Farwell 0 Sundown 42, Bovina 14 Class 2A […]

Curry County celebrates Melrose health clinic opening with ribbon cutting

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Freedom New Mexico Curry County held a ribbon cutting Friday for its new health clinic in Melrose. La Casa is managing the clinic, which opened July 18 under a three-year contract with the county. There are four employees, three full-time and one part-time, on staff giving services including general medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. More […]

Grassfire on Curry and Quay county line under control

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Liliana Castillo and Sharna Johnson Officials estimate a fire Saturday on the Curry and Quay county line burned 20,000 to 25,000 acres. Karen Burns with the Clovis Fire Department said the number is a rough estimate and officials will get a better figure in daylight. Five structures were burned but there were no injuries, she […]

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 […]

Grass fire consumes 5,000 acres

Sharna Johnson A grass fire east of Melrose Tuesday burned about 5,000 acres before firefighters were able to gain control of it. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said after about three hours, fire crews were able to stop the fire that started about 11 a.m. east of Melrose along U.S. 60/84. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk […]

Our people: Coming full circle

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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 said the village of Melrose is like a family. “Melrose is a unique small town. Melrose is […]

Residents urged to stay alert during emergencies

In the event of a large fire, as with weather emergencies, residents are advised to listen to weather radios, check media sources for alerts and updates and to pay attention to their surroundings. With the massive fire in south Clovis and Melrose Sunday, Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos said he was in touch […]