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NM regulators shut down Espanola liquor store

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have shut down an Espanola bar for serving alcohol to minors.

The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department announced Thursday that an agreement was finalized this week in which Fairview Liquor Store and Bar pleaded no contest to two charges of serving alcohol to minors and one charge of selling package liquor after prescribed hours.

The department says Fairview also paid $11,000 in fines.

The department says that in 2009, Fairview served alcohol to a minor who allegedly drove drunk and killed a pedestrian. The following year, Fairview was again accused of selling to a minor.

As part of the agreement, the store is required to sell its liquor license within 45 days or have it permanently revoked by the state.

The store has been closed since last July.