State News at a Glance: New Mexico man sues neighbor over dog

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By Associated Press

A northern New Mexico man is suing his neighbors, contending their dog caused $2,000 in damages by tearing off part of the rear bumper of a Volvo parked in his yard.
An attorney for Richard Lienau of Pecos filed the lawsuit earlier this month in state District Court on behalf of Lienau and the owner of the Volvo, seeking damages and an injunction against Steve and Jerica Griego, the dog’s owners. Lienau describes the dog as weighing about 75 pounds, although he wasn’t certain of the breed.
He also contends it damaged another vehicle in the area, menaced neighbors and killed one neighbor’s dog. Christina Griego, Steve’s wife and Jerica’s mother, said she thinks Lienau is mistaken.
She said the family’s two dogs are small and not aggressive.

4,800 gallons of milk spills on NM highway

Crews are cleaning up hundreds of gallons of milk from a Valencia County highway.
Authorities believe the driver’s speed may have caused the accident which flipped the tanker on its side about 5 p.m. Monday. That emptied 4,800 gallons of milk onto Highway 346 south of Belen.
KOB-TV says the unidentified driver of the truck escaped injury.

Salsa contest heats up

New Mexico Magazine wants to know who can bring the heat.
Publisher Ethel Hess says it’s time for the magazine’s second annual salsa contest. The contest is open to commercial manufacturers only, and entry is limited to ready-to-eat salsas that are either made in New Mexico or made with New Mexico ingredients and available for purchase online or in retail outlets.
The winner will be featured in the June issue of New Mexico Magazine.
Last year’s champion was Nice ‘n’ Hot Salsa of Alamogordo, a recipe developed by proprietor Art Weingaertner. Deadline for entry is Feb. 1.