Christian fellowship strengthens our spirits

On an airline flight recently, I was seated by a young Army soldier going home from Afghanistan. We began talking, and the soldier told me of a recent event in a remote village in Afghanistan. There is a small and impoverished village in Afghanistan that has no means of getting clean water. Every morning, the […]

Settlement reached in Melrose discrimination case

CNJ staff The Village of Melrose Tuesday confirmed a settlement has been reached in a discrimination charge filed by its former police chief. Village Clerk Cathy Christesson provided a statement confirming settlement, however said she has received no further information regarding the settlement or its terms. Officials with the state Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed […]

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Settlement talks ongoing in discrimination case An attorney for the village of Melrose and its former mayor said settlement talks are ongoing in a discrimination claim filed by the village’s former police chief. Friday, Albuquerque attorney Greg Biehler said there is an agreement “in principle” between parties but there are still things to be worked […]

Village of Grady supports jail bond

The Village of Grady adopted a resolution Monday supporting a first phase for a proposed Curry County Criminal Justice Complex. The issue will be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. The phase, at an estimated $33 million cost, would be provided through $16.5 million in general obligation bonds and $16.5 million to come from […]

Ground broken on Melrose clinic

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Courtesy photo: Emily Crowe Ground was broken Wednesday for a new healthcare clinic in Melrose. Completion of the building is expected by January. CNJ staff 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, […]

Grady mayor asks county for direct road to Cannon Air Force Base

Kevin Wilson Grady residents are hoping a straight shot from Cannon Air Force Base is just the shot an economically- and population-depressed village needs. An upgrade of about eight miles of Curry Road Q is a project Mayor Wesley Shafer and others have proposed. The road improvements would allow motorists to bypass Clovis en route […]

About 1,800 bikers so far attend Eagle View Rally

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nicole Pitcock, left, and Raymond Pepin participate in a motorcycle game called “Don’t Get Me Wet” Saturday during the four-day long Eagle View Rally. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A motorcycle village popped up northeast of Clovis at the Eagle View Rally, and it’s open through Memorial Day. Organizer […]

Melrose mayor: Robbery handled well

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From left, Juana Griego, Marcos Maestas, Patrick Quintana and Santos Preciado. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For a village without a police department, Melrose’s mayor said things went considerably well after Monday’s bank robbery. When a robbery at American Heritage Bank was reported just after 9 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy in the area responded […]

Melrose council fills vacant slot

Freedom New Mexico The city of Melrose selected C.C. Pyle Thursday night to fill its vacant village council position. Pyle, a retired Clovis police captain and the father of former Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, was chosen by Mayor Tuck Monk from a field of four applicants. Monk said Pyle’s dedication to the village over the […]

Melrose hoping for change, growth

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Village of Melrose is trying to plan ahead and entice growth. With a changed mission at Cannon Air Force Base, a new medical center underway and local energy projects on the horizon, the community of about 700 is looking to prepare for change. And villagers want growth, Mayor […]

Grady municipal election filings

Village of Grady 2010 municipal election candidates

Judge rules against former Melrose police chief

Freedom New Mexico District Judge Drew Tatum has granted a request by the Village of Melrose for summary judgment in a complaint filed by former Police Chief Michael Trammell against the village and Mayor Lance Pyle. In effect, Trammell’s complaint of wrongful termination was tossed out by Tatum, at least in respect to Melrose. The […]

Judge to decide on termination suit

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico District Judge Drew Tatum said Wednesday he would rule within two weeks on a summary judgement sought by the Village of Melrose against former police chief Michael Trammell. The judgement, if granted, would throw out a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Trammell in July, 2008. Trammell resigned in October, […]

Melrose police chief dismissed

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The village of Melrose has dismissed Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling. City officials cited job performance as the reason. She said it’s retaliation because she refused to date Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle. “The Village Council was not pleased with her performance and, as a probationary employee, has released her from […]

Former Melrose chief files suit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Melrose Police Chief Mike Trammell has filed a district court lawsuit against the village, its mayor and state police for damages he claims are related to the loss of his position. According to a 14-page complaint filed Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court, Trammell alleges he was […]

Strays problem in small towns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said stray animals are becoming a major problem. Though the village has created a part-time position for an animal control officer, Pyle said there have been no viable prospects for the job. “We’re a small community and the residents are going to have to help […]

Melrose police chief leaving

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The village of Melrose’s lone law enforcement officer has submitted his resignation. Police Chief Lee Ferguson, who submitted his resignation April 7, said he has accepted a deputy position with the Parmer County Sheriff’s Department. Ferguson said his final day as chief will be April 25. “I just feel […]

Mayor: Melrose police chief changed mind

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer After publicly announcing his intention to run for De Baca County sheriff, Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson was not among the four candidates who filed for the position Tuesday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Wednesday that Ferguson is still the village’s police chief. He said Ferguson approached him during […]

Voter turnout mild in smaller municipalities

CNJ staff Most small municipalities in the region had uncontested elections Tuesday with mild voter turnout by comparison to Clovis numbers. In Melrose, Hulin P. Cargile, Tuck N. Monk and Darrel L. Bostwick took council seats in heated races that included two write-in candidates. In Portales, incumbents Gary Watkins and Michael Miller took the two […]

Job-seeking Melrose police chief has decision to make

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson has a decision to make — give up his candidacy for De Baca County sheriff, take a leave of absence without pay, or resign, according to village policy. And he’s decided he won’t give up his run for sheriff. “I’m still running for sheriff, […]