Minimum pricing prompts better customer service

By Freedom Newspapers It might not sit well with Wal-Mart, Costco and some Internet retailers. But the Supreme Court’s decision last week to reverse a 1911 precedent and allow what is called minimum retail pricing or vertical pricing — or at least not to conclude automatically that such schemes violate antitrust laws — was a […]

Area clothing merchants see march of Halloween purchases

1129353048-web-halloween4-10_15_05.jpg

Amanda Bohannan, left, and Stephanie Johnson, both of Clovis, look for Halloween costumes Friday at Joy’s Costume in Clovis. The girls were looking at the possibility of being Wilma and Betty from the Flintstones. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two decades ago, it was E.T. Last year, it was Spiderman. This […]

Meth ordinance up for vote

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An attempt to crack down on methamphetamine production has begun with the passing of an ordinance limiting the sale of pseudophedrine-based cold and sinus products in Portales and Roosevelt County. Commissioners in Curry County and Clovis will vote on the ordinance proposed by 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

Anti-meth bill advances in Senate

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Sales of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine would be restricted under a bill that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday after lawmakers forged a compromise protecting state prerogatives. The legislation would require stores to sell Sudafed, Nyquil and other medicines containing pseudoephedrine only from behind the pharmacy counter. […]

Meth program gets state attention

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While prosecuting a methamphetamine manufacturer in 2002, District Attorney Matthew Chandler heard the words that inspired him to attack the drug head-on. After the Albuquerque man was convicted for manufacturing methamphetamine in a Clovis hotel, the judge asked him why he’d set up shop in Clovis. His response, according […]

New food tax law causes confusion for some retailers

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer To some, the new tax law that exempts certain food items is simply confusing. For others, the Jan. 1 legislation — prepared food and hot food still carry sales tax while staple items and cold food are exempt — has been a nightmare. “The biggest problem is the retailers’ […]

Alcohol sales ban proposed for DWI offenders

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers New Mexicans convicted of drunken driving could not buy beer, wine, whiskey or other liquor for five years under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker. The measure would require bars, restaurants and other retailers to ask for identification from anyone buying alcohol — regardless of the person’s age. New Mexicans […]

Business feature: Holiday hiring season here

1100585311-11-16-holiday_employment-2.jpg

Dilliard’s employees Amina Fuseini (left) and Lina Jano sort Christmas items Monday night at work. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer With Thanksgiving just a little more than a week away, local businesses and national retailers are beefing up their staffs in preparation for the extra work loads in the coming […]