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7:55am — Big Pigs, Hot Dogs and Roosters (Oh My!)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hatch business owners, famous for their outsized ads, in trouble with state again.

Teako and Josie Nunn, the Hatch restaurant owners who got exemptions in August for their giant pig statue and an oversized hot dog, are in trouble again with the state for a giant Fiberglas™ rooster, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

The rooster sits atop a `64 Chevrolet panel truck across Sparky’s Burgers, BBQ and Espresso, owned by the Nunns in downtown Hatch, the Sun-News said.

The state recently sent a notice to the Nunns, saying the rooster and accompanying vehicle violate state law because of the banners that hang off the side saying “soft serve ice cream,” the paper reported.

Teako Nunn told the Sun-News that the state contends it’s off-premises advertising on wheels — a no-no — and the state gave the Nunns until last Friday to comply.

He said he’s still considering options, including possibly removing the wheels from the vehicle, according to the paper.

Bridget Spedalieri, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, which has jurisdiction over advertising on certain state roads, told the Sun-News in an e-mail that if the Nunns don’t fix the violation, the department “would be forced to proceed with action to remove the advertisement and forward this matter to our legal section.”

In August, the state granted exemptions for the Nunns’ giant pig statue and huge hot dog, allowing the figures, which also featured advertising, to remain in place, as long as the Nunns complied with certain rules, the Sun-News said.

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