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 […]