‘Mom and pop’ shops selling necessary goods served with cease and desist orders by Gov. MLG

On Monday, farming and ranching store Bar G Western Wear in Portales announced via Facebook that they had been served with a cease and desist order by State Police for keeping their doors open. The store sells essential items needed by farmers and ranchers to keep their businesses running.

Bar G Western Wear’s post reads, “Soooo folks… we’ve just been served with a CEASE and DESIST order! Apparently there were several complaints against us. (Snitches/Busybodies…..who would have thought). The NM State Police were very professional and nice. We will pursue this further. Thanks for the overwhelming support!”

State Rep. Gregg Schmedes (R-Tijeras) responded to the news with outrage, writing, “Apparently Governor Grisham doesn’t believe farmers & ranchers are essential. Where are they supposed to go to get supplies and work clothes? MLG, you’re wrong. These are the good guys, and they are ESSENTIAL. #TooFar”

The Republican Party of New Mexico has pushed back on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s orders that allow large corporations like Walmart to keep their doors open during COVID-19, while small “mom and pop” shops are hurting, many being sent cease and desist orders if they remain open to provide essential goods and services to their communities.

“Somewhere the Main Street owners of mom and pop stores in New Mexico need to be spoken for,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce. 

Lujan Grisham’s office shrugged off the concerns by writing, “Any half-thought-out proposal about picking winners and losers and allowing partial closures … will lead to more illnesses and more death.”


106 thoughts on “‘Mom and pop’ shops selling necessary goods served with cease and desist orders by Gov. MLG”

  1. Jacqueline Martin

    WOW, Michele Wuhan Grisham needs to be taught a lesson. She is just POWER-MAD!! That is outrageous. She is obviously trying to be named running mate by Biden. Open the state back up, asap! We are safer on our own than under this dictator.

    1. She is horrible with her Decision making. She does not have best interest in the state of New Mexico. All she can think about is herself and mail in voting. I am sure you can read between the lines. She needs to be voted out For sure.

      1. Our best option right now is to take back the Legislature in Nov. Unless she can be removed we have her for 2 more years and I’m afraid there will be nothing left. I’ve heard nothing about anyone to run against her. We’re fighting for our lives here. Maybe the answer is filing more lawsuits against her. The last ones didn’t get anywhere.

          1. Open up the country and get small businesses back to where they should be. Buy local Mom & Pop make Walmart – Lowe’s – Home Depot – make all the big box stores suffer! MAIL IN VOTING IS DEMOCRATS WAY OF FRAUD., really what control none you think Russian influence is bad wait until mail in voting!!

          2. When has the left ever made sense? Really?
            Minimum wage, child labor laws, work safety laws, overtime pay, women’s voting rights, CDC, FDA, EPA, shall I continue, because it is a long list.

        1. The state police answer to a politician the county Sheriff answers to the people because they are the highest level elected law enforcement official. Your Sheriff has jurisdiction the state police do not. Do not be intimidated and do not give in. Governors do not make laws!

      2. Open up the country and get small businesses back to where they should be. Buy local Mom & Pop make Walmart – Lowe’s – Home Depot – make all the big box stores suffer! MAIL IN VOTING IS DEMOCRATS WAY OF FRAUD., really what control none you think Russian influence is bad wait until mail in voting!!

    2. Tractor Supply is open🤔. Oh wait a minute they have money. LoL. One of two things they either support her campaign or big box stores have deep pockets and fancy lawyers.

        1. Without clothing and essential necessities the farmers and ranchers can’t take care of their crops or stocks. Most of big chains…Target, Walmart and a few others clothing and footwear do not hold up to that type of rugged wear and tear.

          1. So I guess farmers and ranchers own only one shirt and one pair of pants so if they get ripped it is ESSENTIAL that they get them right now, huh?

        2. Both businesses are essential to our farmers and ranchers. What I can’t believed that someone snitched on these people. shame on whom ever it was Karma will get you. god bless!

      1. Big big stores sell Chinese goods, mom and pop stores don’t, if the big box stores aren’t open the Wuhan virus generators won’t make any money. Yes governors are selling out to Chinese interests.

    3. What is she so afraid of?? I say the heck with her illegal orders, do what you must to survive!! They are trying to recall michigan govenor, perhaps it’s time for mlg to go NOW!!

        1. The issue Sara is treason. Not a clothing store. Jackie is right.
          You have allowed your public school indoctrination to mislead you into giving Grisham the power and authority of God, instead of her staying in her place as a public servant bound by the chains of the constitution, to serve the people, not her own communist agenda which is in violation of our founding documents. Our Republic was given to us by God, and our God given rights are guaranteed by our founding documents, which Grisham has egregiously violated since her days in congress.

          The people are responsible for their own well being, and must act accordingly, not demand economic devastation and government tyranny, which is far more of a threat than any bogus virus.

          1. You are 100% correct. You are a GREAT AMERICAN and a wonderful testimony for all hard working CITIZEN New Mexicans.

        2. Well facebook has no dominion here. So i feel free to speAk among my peers. Ok scenario( God forbid). If small businesses die out because of this pandemic then they’ll be unemployed and probably starving and looking to take a job from the job market and how many small businesses are there in the US add that to the millions of people unemployed already that would be probably a depression thank God for the people who man the food banks and supply food for people and thank God for the people who give food to the food banks for the people but how long will that last where there’s food enough for everybody to survive . And what about the small businesses that supply feed for cows and sheep and horses and goats and pigs soon rabbits how can I continue if you’re giving orders by the governor. And what about these small businesses that supply feed for cows and sheep and horses and goats and pigs and rabbits how can anybody continue to supply food for the food banks if the farmers can’t get food for the animals and the animals can’t be sold to the processing plants because there’s shut down so the price of food goes higher and how can we afford those prices If everyone’s unemployed no there’s several trails I can go down so lets go down another. let’s go down one ; this country’s in a bad way the state of Virginia has just had or was it Kentucky anyway they just had armed protesters what’s the word stormed or take the state house or the governors courthouse I don’t know what to call that but I doubt that there was a shot fired thank God the police stood down . It was a peaceful yet strong and forceful resistance to the governors new laws restricting gun sales gun ownership ammo purchase and other things concerning The second amendment and I supposed left peacefully just a show of force. People are fed up down there with the governor usurping the constitution of the Second Amendment. OK so what comes next peoples businesses in livelihoods are threatened to the point of permanent closure unemployed people added to the millions already on unemployment and that leads to depression several issues here are in the forefront and mr. SOVERIGN AG. Has spelled it out for you. If your governor is not serving the people and is choking the life out of small businesses because of this coronavirus scare which is a overblown pandemic news is coming out that Dr. Fauci has broken the law by supplying taxpayer money to the Chinese to experiment with the coronavirus in the face of a moratorium of the US saying to stop experimenting with the coronavirus At a North Carolina university I don’t know what the name of that charge would be misappropriations of federal funds or breaking the moratorium by sending it out to the Chinese using taxpayer dollars from a national health organization something like that this is a conspiracy of treason or madness with many people involved I could go on down another trail but I could write a book about this there’s not enough room for it here but I just got to stop and I don’t know what it’s gonna take but God does hopefully the president will step in step up to the plate with wisdom from God that God Gives him Amen

        3. It’s not just a “clothing store”, it’s people’s livelihood. If you are all for the mega rich pushing out the common folk, then maybe you’re the one who needs Jesus.

      1. All the democrat governors are doing the same thing it is to harm the small businesses and people of this country. see the way they are acting now just amagine what it would be if they were to win.

    4. Wuhan huh? Nice.
      We get it. Residents reporting the business must be part of her roaming task force to close rural businesses to choke them out.
      Such evil and power mad. Soon we must end this to get haircuts.

    5. I agree open the state’s up there is the same amount of danger as there is if states closed .this is all about money .This is tyranny. We are not under arrest and we are being house arrested . read the constitution and the Bill of rights they have no rights to do this .we are adults and can make our own decisions .The dam flu caused way more deaths than this and no body was locked down .They are going to cause a revolution .They have no rights to keep us locked up
      I hope I f any one were to commit suicide over this crap I hope the government gets sued or the state governors .I

    6. The woman is crazy, mean as hell. Don’t need people like her in control. She’s trying to destroy NM to as the other Democrats.

    7. How much of a idiot can you be! Do I agree Mom and Pop places should be served NO. Do I believe people have the right to spread this Hell No. open up a history book and look up the Black Plague, Red Plague, Cholera, Polio, Tuberculosis, Measles and evening some flu’s . People who don’t have a brain just think me.

  2. Its going to be difficult in a Democrat controlled state. They don’t want the economy to recover until after the election. Politics. The Republicans want to get the economy going, to save small business and prevent a depression. New Mexico is totally controlled by Democrats. We will be lucky if we open up anytime before November. The little dictator will not relinquish her dominant control very easily!

    1. Mike, This is a constitutional republic. Grisham has no jurisdiction or authority to do what she is doing. The following can be used to remind all of our public servants they work for us. By May 1st everyone better get out there and live their lives and exercise their God given rights guaranteed by our founding documents.

      As it says in Hosea 4:6 King James Version (KJV). 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children….

      People should be using this time to educate themselves about what it means to live in a Republic, and read our founding documents, and the federalist papers, then take legal and lawful action to remove all usurpers and traitors such as Grisham or things will only get worse. Haven’t the people allowed enough abuse of their lives? If this is not the line in the sand, then I do not know what it will take to wake people up and get them motivated.

      “The rights of the individual are not derived from governmental agencies, either municipal, state, or federal, or even from the Constitution. They exist inherently in every man, by endowment of the Creator, and are merely reaffirmed in the Constitution, and restricted only to the extent that they have been voluntarily surrendered by the citizenship to the agencies of government. The people’s rights are not derived from the government, but the government’s authority comes from the people. The Constitution but states again these rights already existing, and when legislative encroachment by the nation, state, or municipality invade these original and permanent rights, it is the duty of the courts to so declare, and to afford the necessary relief.” City of Dallas, et al. v. Mitchell, 245 S. W. 944, 945-46 (1922).

      “The laws of nature are the laws of God, whose authority can be superseded by no power on earth. A legislature must not obstruct our obedience to him from whose punishments they cannot protect us. All human constitutions which contradict his cannot protect us. All human constitutions which contradict his (God’s) laws, we are in conscience bound to disobey.” 1772, Robin v. Hardaway, 1 Jefferson 109.

      ”. “An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing, valid law; indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the land, it is superseded thereby. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.” 16 Am. Jur 2d, 177, late Am Jur 2d, 256.

      The people of the State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created. Bagley-Keene Act 1967.

    2. We don’t want to restart thing prematurely to prevent a second wave. Look up the 1918 pandemic after social restrictions were loosened. Please do it. How many waves? How many lives lost?

      1. The flu comes back year after year and even with the vaccine many lives are lost .so let’s compare that instead of you fear mongers telling us to check what happened in 1918.

      2. I think the Second Wave ™ is just fear mongering. Of course the flu and other viruses will come back around. But we put a man on the moon and have developed a lot better technologies to deal with it since 1918, and staying hidden because of what “might happen” is a loser mentality.

        1. Fear is the weapon that those who would enslave us use to keep us under control. Check out history. It happens over and over again. More people die in car accidents every day. Are we banning cars now? Nope. Why is this different? Because now they can take away our income, without which we are powerless. To defy orders, I have to be able to afford that. Can’t. My income is gone

      3. Ryan you can stay in your house as long as you would like no one is telling you to go out so don’t you tell others what they can do. Sounds like you may like not working and drawing a check. That will end and if this country doesn’t open soon you may get hungry setting on your sofa!

  3. People are more safe in the small town mom and pop stores than any of us are that just park in a big store parking lot. Let Main Street America stay open. They are the ones that keep this country going

        1. Wasting your breath, but you are correct. We have to put the pedal to the metal and not get bottle-necked with gaping at those sitting idly by the roadside with their middle finger in the air. KEEP ON TRUCKING.

  4. Debra Fay Thomason

    Maybe the store can give their stuff away to their customers with an understanding that they can return a gift of money in a month or so. Trump will get the businesses going soon. I think BEFORE May 1, 2020

  5. MLG has absolutely no concerns regarding citizens of N. M..
    She has a personal agenda closely aligned with the radical left . In my opinion she is the least qualified governor N.M. has ever experienced.
    It is time for our legislators to take action to reign her in.SHE is a DISGRACE to N.M.!

  6. Small businesses need to be allowed to be open! What about a restriction like no more guests than like 10 people allowed in the store at a time? There has been a restriction in grocery store, small businesses will not die if nothing is done!

  7. What about those of us that have animals and need our feed. I have chickens and goats. Walmart feed doesn’t do well for egg production. My husband is an essential. He needs gloves, boots, and jeans. Again, our State Government over stepping and doing nothing but trying to destroy our state and our people. I support you and hope you take it to the very top and fight to stay open. Love and prayers to all small businesses.

  8. Our president said yesterday this is harsh but it won’t last much longer but that if it did ALL governors would comply that in times of War he has the power to over ride . In a conference call with the goveners they all didn’t seem to think there was going to be such a need for him to have to use his power but he does have it! Praise God !

  9. Our govoner does t believe in the middle class she wants to eliminate us and she is showing her true color been a democrat all .my life, I am Shamed of them now, they are not for the American people

  10. She even shuts down shops that essential! Joanna’s supplied us with the items we needed to make mask which we have made over 4000 so far. Talked to over Mayor and he said the govenor shut it down. So now mask are not essential either.
    How are ranchers going to get the feed, vaccines, medicines ect they need for livestock. So she wants to starve the livestock to death.
    I did not vote for this governor!

  11. I posted the following on my Facebook page today following the closure of yet another small business in Portales, I don’t usually do this sort of thing but I am outraged that we in rural NM are being treated this way, I understand the “stay at home” orders, we’ve been home since the beginning of this without fail, but I believe the small businesses can sanitize their buildings as well as, if not better than, the large stores. My husband is on oxygen 24 hours a day and the delivery guy doesn’t slip the tanks under the door, they come in and we welcome them: I’m just going to go ahead and get on my soapbox for a second because this is so outrageous….in addition to this situation, what is fair about Walmart and the convenience stores being able to continue alcohol sales but liquor stores are forced to close…I’m not even a drinker, this just seems like a power play and a very poor decision. Come on Governor Grisham, get a grip and help these small businesses stay in operation, allow them to open even with restrictions of a limit of people in the store. I believe that rural New Mexico is totally ready to start a small phase-in of reopening small businesses, the problems of the Rio Grande Corridor are not the problems of the rest of New Mexico. You are the Governor of the entire state, please consider your actions. Perhaps with conditions, allow the small businesses to reopen. If the big box stores can stay open these folks should be able to stay open as well. You are killing the economy of this beautiful state…..

    1. Carolyn Carmichael

      What about Walmart selling tv and cloths and other thing not just groceries and how about Lowe’s selling plants like crazy one sat there were about 100 people at paso Lowe’s buying flowers plants and more that is not essentials

  12. Jimmie B. Dockter

    I’m so tired of these wet- brained idiots forgetting that they were elected by the people, for the people. Not for themselves and the power hungry, constitution-ignoring, feeble minded, drunken shrews they seek to impress. It is way past time for this foolishness to end and for the citizens of our state and all the rest to take a stand and forcefully remind these gunzels whose country this is.

    1. Yes!
      These cease and desist orders are unconstitutional and therefore null, void and without effect. Nowhere in our founding documents is any public servants given the authority or jurisdiction to undermine the supreme law of the land. in doing so, they perjure their oath and commit treason, insurrection and sedition against the people. This invokes sections 3 and 4 of the 14h amendment, which is self executing, and any who violate this must immediately step down and forfeit all pensions, salaries and benefits. She can and should be sued in her personal capacity, since she is acting outside her limited delegated authority.
      Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.

      Her communist agenda is obvious and we must vote her and her minions out, as well as take legal and lawful action against them and remove them from office. She continues to give reasons to do so. Their agenda is to destroy America, and All that is Good. They hate the people, and our freedom.

  13. Can anyone advise exactly what this store sells? Without that information, it’s very hard for me to judge whether the cease and desist is appropriate. Thank you.

    1. Ruth, it doesn’t matter what they sell. They have tricked you and created a false narrative. The governor has no jurisdiction or authority to close anyone down. This is the problem with our country, the people do not know the Supreme Law of the Land, and our founding documents. Too many have no understanding of how a Republic functions and give too much power to those who are merely the people’s servants.
      Why do you give Grisham God like powers of control over you and others? Have people forgotten they are responsible for themselves, and must make their own decisions, and no one should have to be shut down for “the greater good” which is a lie, and a tenet of the ten planks of communism.

      This is like saying we should never sell peanuts or grow them ever again, because some people are allergic. That is ridiculous, as it is ridiculous to tell people they have to sacrifice their lives for a mythological virus, and a small portion of the population who should take their own precautions, not demand others starve for them.

      Doesn’t anyone know how to read anymore and do their own research? The public school system and welfare has destroyed our Republic and filled the people’s heads full of lies and entitlements.

  14. I liv ed in Ruidoso and I wonder how the small mom and pop business are going to make it. Our Gonenor /dictator only cares about those who line her coffers,and northern New Mexico ie Albq. or Santa Flush, her salary needs to be stopped till the state is open for business, shes6 not hurting and she doesn’t care if other are.

  15. The midget dictator has her eyes on the Vice-Presidency. She is a democratic globalist. She has no care for New Mexicans but her own agenda. She wants the new worl order. She wants the same things as Obama, Killary, Soros, Pelosi, etc. She needs to be gone! Vote her out!

  16. When this is over, the Big chain stores will still be in business and Mom and Pop stores will be extinct. Why can’t small businesses offer curbside business?!? Perhaps some thought should have gone into all of the restrictions. I am sorry Bar G .

  17. The President will soon order the economy back up. If your Governess does not comply, she will quickly find out who the Big Dog is.

  18. Christopher Faulkner

    Recall election. Cant vote her out. NM Police are busy citing for resturant violations and not locating my missing daughter.

  19. Bar G is a western wear clothing store. They sell clothes, hats, boots, and jewelry. Definitely not what I would call essential. This is a lot of grandstanding for something you guys obviously don’t know anything about.

  20. They are essential in the fact that they are owned by individuals who have been in business for over 30 years and they only have income if there doors are open and selling inventory that they have paid for. Nobody else paid for their inventory, utilities, taxes, loans etc…. How many small businesses have to be sacrificed before we say enough is enough! There is a way to reopen businesses and still keep people safe!

  21. All small businesses are essential. They are the backbone of the economy. Doesn’t matter what they sell. They say closing them is saving lives, but what about the lives of those who can no longer feed their families? Do they not matter? There has to be a balance so that we can save lives AND our economy. BOTH are important, because without our economy, our ability to live becomes more difficult. It’s hard to comprehend why this is so hard for some to understand! Something needs to be done ASAP.

  22. Ok Sara, Michelle and anybody else against Bar G. Have you ever tried working around livestock of any kind in your slippers and pj’s? For farmers and ranchers western clothing is essential. Just try going to work as a construction worker or other outdoor essential workers in shorts and tennis shoes. And if you happen to be taller than 5’ 10”. You can’t buy your jeans at Walmart or tractor supply. Think outside the box for awhile, not everything is cut & dried.

  23. Randy V Aderhold

    You stupid Power Hunger Little Woman , who in the do think you are with mom &pop are the ones who put you in that position , again they got Exactly what they VOTED FOR , REPEAT YOU VOTED HER IN OFFICE NOT QUIT YOUR CRYING AND DEAL WITH , HOPEFULLY YOU WILL REMEMBER TO VOTE HER OUT , BECAUSE SHE IS NOT YOUR FRIEND , SHE IS A COMMECRATE .

  24. Imagine thinking a clothing store being ordered to close or alter it’s practice temporarily being the tipping point of TaKING OuR FrEEDOOMS!

  25. This arbitrary discrimination against small businesses is unconstitutional, It violates the 14th Amendment equal protection clause; violates 5th Amendment – requiring just compensation for depriving ppl of private property. Demand a jury trial!

  26. After this fake lock down is over we need to have the Congress put restrictions on these power mad governors so they don’t pull this scam again. The numbers are not there to cause a shut down 90 percent hype

  27. It is Simple… Has anyone studdied how Lennon and Trotski started things using the food as a weapon in Russia way back in 1918? You are looking at it!

  28. It is Simple… Has anyone studied how Lennon and Trotsky started things using the food as a weapon in Russia way back in 1918? You are looking at it!

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