Colorado board right to nix pot proposals

Congratulations to the Colorado Board of Health, which did the right thing by rejecting proposed regulations that would have put medical marijuana dealers out of business and deprived thousands of Coloradans the drug they need. One major component of the regulations would have limited medical marijuana dispensaries to five clients. The proposals alone have held […]

Local car dealers sign up for federal trade-in program

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico New car dealers in Clovis and Portales spent a little time on Friday trying to register their businesses to be part of the federal government-sponsored Car Allowance Rebate System, formerly Cash for Clunkers, program. How much customers or the dealerships themselves will benefit from the $1 billion nationwide program, […]

GM plans to drop 1,100 dealerships

Staff and wire reports General Motors on Friday told about 1,100 of its dealers — one in five — they would be dropped by late next year, adding to the economic pain radiating from the beleaguered Detroit automakers to cities and towns across the country. Clovis GM dealership owner Bryce Bender said he did not […]

Brewer Jeep hopes to remain open as Brewer Mitsubishi

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Brewer Jeep is one of four New Mexico Chrysler dealers on the closure list released by Chrysler LLC on Thursday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Don Brewer isn’t planning to just roll over and stop selling Jeeps. Clovis’ Brewer Jeep is one of 789 Chrysler dealerships nationwide targeted […]

Current drug policy in need of re-evaluation

Freedom Newspapers Border security seems to be in the news often these days. The focus usually is on the people coming into this country from Mexico and Central America. Little media attention is paid to drug-smuggling operations, so little attention is paid by the American people to a failed border policy that has been going […]

Gas prices fuel change

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Vehicles fill the busy intersection Monday afternoon at Prince and 21st streets. Record high gas prices are changing the way some people look at purchasing vehicles. (CNJ staff photo: John Eisel) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Local auto dealers are feeling the effect of record-high gas prices. But the news is not all bad. […]

Courts refreshing in gun law decisions

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Judges are often accused of “activism” — a desire to extend their reach from interpreting the law and resolving cases to making policy on matters that are none of their darn business. So they deserve credit when they resist invitations to override democracy. That’s what the Illinois Supreme Court did […]

New lemon law protects buyers

By Jack King Clovis used-car dealer Benny Pacheco said there used to be a saying among some used-car dealers: “If a customer buys a car and it breaks in half, the customer owns both halves.” A lemon law, passed by the New Mexico Legislature in 2003 nullifies that piece of grim humor, eliminating the possibility […]

Dealers react to new lemon law

By Jack King Area used-car dealers had varying reactions to the state’s new lemon law, which went into effect on Jan. 1. “We’re going to have to be very careful about disclosures, telling where (the vehicle) came from and what we did to it. We’re also going to have to be careful about trade-in’s, because […]