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 […]