Melrose awarded wastewater funds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The village of Melrose was recently awarded $400,000 to ensure safe drinking water for its residents. According to Mayor Lance Pyle, Melrose received the funds through a Community Development Block Grant to improve the village’s wastewater treatment facility. Communities applying for a CDBG must meet one of three criteria: […]

Nominating conventions get under way today

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Lance Pyle received an earful of calls this week from political candidates soliciting his support, and his mailbox has been overflowing with candidate mail in recent days, he said. Pyle is one 17 Democratic and 10 Republican delegates from Curry County who are attending the state’s political party nominating […]

Melrose mayor has always shown passion for politics

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Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, right, holds his 2-month-old niece Renise Hollaway as she wears a I love the mayor T-shirt as they have their pictures taken by Pyle’s sister Saphronia Hollaway, left, after the swearing in ceremony. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Across from a small, square post office, Lance […]

County narrows jail administrator search

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County officials have narrowed their search for a new Adult Detention Center administrator to seven. Lance Pyle, assistant county manager, said 30 to 40 applications were mailed or faxed to individuals across the United States who were interested in the position. Curry County officials received 10 completed applications. […]

County officials tour juvenile detention center

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Commissioners and elected officials toured the Juvenile Detention Center as part of Tuesday’s regular Curry County Commission meeting. The group was introduced to Jerry Peckinpaugh, who is employed as a teacher at the facility. Peckinpaugh presided over three sullen teenage boys wearing black and white striped scrub-like uniforms with […]

Flu season approaching

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The month of October brings pleasant changes in the form of shorter days and cooler weather. The beginning of fall, however, is also the onset of flu season. Chris Minnick of the New Mexico Department of Health said flu shot shortages were not expected to be a worry this […]

County detention center administrator resigns

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Curry County Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said he resigned Friday because he felt county officials lacked confidence in his management skills. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office administered an unannounced search of the jail at 7 a.m. Friday at the request of Curry County Manager Dick Smith and County Commissioner […]

Melrose city pool scheduled to open

CNJ Staff The pool at Melrose’s city park is scheduled to open today — just in time for the end of the community’s first day of school. State environmental officials on Tuesday night approved the pool’s opening after nearly two years and more than $100,000 in repairs, City Council member Lance Pyle said. Pyle said […]

Melrose turning 100

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Some residents are concerned for the future of a town once called “the Broom-corn capital of New Mexico.” (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — Melrose is the birthplace of the late William Hanna, an animator of Flintstones fame, and Col. Travis Hoover, one of the famous Doolittle Raiders who led […]

Melrose seeks to open pool by August

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Lee Rittenhouse of Edgewood-based PoolPro LLC works on a fence at the Geo P. Baxter Memorial swimming pool Tuesday morning in Melrose. The city was granted more than $100,000 by state the last two years for repairs. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Sweltering children in Melrose, longing to dip into […]

Tax hike going into effect Friday

CNJ staff Today is the last day to purchase goods and services in the county before a gross receipts tax hike goes into effect Friday. The tax increase — passed by the County Commission on Jan. 4 — was challenged by local residents in March when they petitioned to put the tax issue to a […]

New Melrose police chief hopes to continue work of mentor

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer With the Melrose police chief leaving his post at the end of the month, only one man remains in the community’s police department: Patrolman Mike Trammell. The four-year veteran of the department will take over from his mentor, Clarence Pyle, at the first of the year. “Just like any […]

County proposing tax hike

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is poised to increase gross receipts taxes for next fiscal year. The Commission on Tuesday passed a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance that would raise gross receipts tax by .125 percent. The increase falls under a “negative referendum,” meaning the Commission does not […]

Melrose police chief retiring at end of month

By David Irvin A long-time area law enforcement official has announced his retirement as Melrose’s police chief, effective Dec. 31. Clarence “Gomer” Pyle, 61, who has been with the Melrose department for five years, dedicated 28 years of community service to the area. During his career, he worked with Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey and […]

County manager leaving early

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Geneva Cooper has decided to make Monday her last day as Curry County manager, which will leave the county without a manager for just over a month. Dick Smith won’t start in the county manager’s position until Jan. 3. Ironically, it’s because Smith is not available to begin in December […]

No more ‘Cooper County’

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Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper talks with Lance Pyle, executive assistant and indigent specialist, Friday in the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Top-level officials like Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper are becoming a statistical rarity. She got married when she was a junior at Portales High School. […]

Melrose City Council searches for member to fill vacant position

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Melrose City Council members will decide at 6 p.m. Thursday whether to fill a vacant position with a local business owner or a man who serves in Curry County administration. Mike Jacobs, 41, owner of a well and electrical business in Melrose, and Lance Pyle, 23, executive assistant […]

Neumann, Regina “Gina”

Regina “Gina” Hedwig Neumann, 75, of Clovis died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Jan. 20, 1928, in Clovis to Kalil and Hedwig Scholz Saykally. She married Calvin Neumann on April 30, 1955, in Clovis. She was a retired business person. She owned Clovis Hobby House, […]

Democrats elect new officers

Democrats elect new officers The Curry County Democratic Party has elected new officers for the upcoming year. The officers are: Sandra Martin, chair; Darrel Bostwick, vice-chair; Lance A. Pyle, secretary and treasurer; Ray Hester and Cleo McFall, central committee members. The officers will serve for one year, Pyle said.

Melrose loses power in brief outage

By Darrell Todd Maurina The city of Melrose lost electric power for about an hour Wednesday night, knocking out the lights at most homes and businesses in the city of 800. Police Administrator C.C. Pyle said a few buildings retained power due to generators, but most went dark. “It went off at 7:45 and came […]