Massive fire 90 percent contained (Updated)

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Freedom New Mexico Firefighters from more than 30 departments struggled most of Sunday to contain a massive grass fire that erupted near Melrose and quickly spread through Curry and Roosevelt counties, damaging homes and forcing several evacuations near Clovis and Portales. The fire started about 11:30 a.m. after a tire on a vehicle blew out […]

Prescribed burns to be conducted at Melrose range

Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will conduct a series of prescribed burns at Melrose Air Force Range April 30 through May 3. The burns are intended to clear vegetation in targeted areas and help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by training or by natural causes such […]

April 12 — Elida news

Sports schedule • Thursday: Track at Melrose, varsity; Base-ball at Texico, JV, 4 p.m. doubleheader • Saturday: Track at Ft. Sumner, varsity; Baseball at Lake Arthur, varsity, 11 a.m. doubleheader

Former police chief receives $65,000 settlement

Melrose’s former police chief will be paid $65,000 and given a neutral job reference, per settlement of a discrimination claim she filed against the village and its former mayor. Melrose officials initially declined to release the settlement terms, but Monday complied with a March 23 public information request filed by the CNJ, releasing a copy […]

Honor rolls — April 3

Melrose Elementary First grade April Arenivar Aiden Aikman Brody McAlister Paityn Nicholson Johanna Roybal Katelynn Skinner Matthew Tello

Friday morning briefing: A town by another name and beating the odds

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fast fact Melrose was originally called Brownhorn after two ranchers — Walter “Wild Horse” Brown and Lonny Horn — who maintained adjacent properties

Convicted robber sentenced to prison

Freedom New Mexico One of four men police say was chased down by a daring bank executive is facing 12 years in prison for robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose. Santos Preciado, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence, according to Ninth […]

Prep football scoreboard — Nov. 12

Area Class 2A Quarterfinals Texico 14, Estancia 10 Class 1A Semifinals Fort Sumner 54, Escalante 16 8-man Melrose 44, Gateway Christian 12 New Mexico Class 5A First Round Carlsbad 35, West Mesa 19 Eldorado 28, Cibola 7 Mayfield 27, Rio Rancho 3 Class 4A First Round Farmington 42, Bernalillo 12 Los Lunas 42, Santa Teresa […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 29

Non-district Artesia 51, Portales 0, F 6-man playoffs Lake Arthur 62, Elida 22 F District 2-2A Texico 38, Clayton 6, F Santa Rosa 27, Tucumcari 0 Disrict 2-1A Fort Sumner 51, Jal 15, F 8-man District 3 Tatum 34, Melrose 22 8-man District 1 Logan 42, Menaul 26 Texas District 3-1A Division II Bovina 35, […]

Engagements — Sept. 19

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Boone-Estes [image #2, align=left, size=medium] Jackie Boone, of Austin, Texas, and Casey Estes, of Melrose, are enagaged to be married 5 p.m. Oct. 9, 2010, in Austin. The bride-elect is the daughter of Rich and Jeanne Boone of Austin. The prospective groom is the son of Marvin and Cathy Estes of Melrose. Invitations will be […]

Melrose breaks ground on clinic

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Freedom New Mexico The Village of Melrose broke ground Wednesday on its new health clinic. County Manager Lance Pyle said more than 80 people attended the long anticipated event, including Melrose Elementary students, citizens and people who were involved in organizing the project. Completion of the clinic is planned for January. “It’s a great day […]

Melrose couple wins $50,000 lottery

PNT staff report A Melrose couple who won $50,000 from a scratch lottery ticket Sunday plan to install new floors in their home and share their winnings with their children. Mary Vineyard told lottery officials she was watching TV and scratching off tickets her husband purchased that night. “Real quick, I saw that the same […]

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 […]

Danger under the sun

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Clarence Plank Summer sun may be a pleasure but area cancer experts say safely enjoying the sun means taking proper precautions. There are an estimated two million cases of skin cancer diagnosed yearly in the U.S. Most are considered to be sun-related, according to the American Cancer Society. James Townson, 66, of Melrose is one […]

WWII-era ordnance placed at Melrose Bombing Range

Freedom New Mexico A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists, with an escort from the New Mexico State Police, transported a World War II-era ordnance from Hobbs to Melrose Air Force Range Sunday. Found the week prior in White City, the ordnance was transported to a field just […]

Floyd preschool roundup gives schools chance to interact with each other

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Branding irons and bandannas, marshmallows, glue and clay snakes. All of the above were part of the second annual Preschool Roundup at Floyd Municipal Schools on Monday. Preschool students from Floyd, Dora and Melrose met for a variety of activities and lunch with a Western theme. “I just think […]

Meetings watch: ENMRWA

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 […]

Opportunity wasted for unusual

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

My turn: Melrose robbery not first for small towns

Last week’s daring daylight bank robbery in Melrose was hardly the first for a small town in eastern New Mexico. The end result — multiple suspects captured before they had a chance to enjoy the loot — is also a familiar refrain. The First National Bank of Elida was robbed of $3,277 just after noon […]

Tucumcari men, woman accused of robbing Melrose bank

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Freedom New Mexico Three men and a woman accused of robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose are at the Curry County Detention Center following a Monday morning pursuit with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico State Police. Marcos Maestas, 20, Patrick Quintana, 25, Juana Griego, 19 and Santos Preciado, 18, all […]