Individual matters more than integers

Freedom New Mexico Air traffic controllers had better keep an eye out for flying pigs, because Pat Buchanan has come out in support of quotas. The conservative commentator and erstwhile presidential candidate recently weighed in on President Obama’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The court currently includes two justices of […]

Military officials monitor swine flu

By Lt. Col. (Dr.) Kim Bradley: 27th Special Operations Medical Group The Center for Disease Control released an alert regarding human cases of swine flu in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. Cases have also been reported in Kansas and New York. Typically a disease of pigs, people do not normally get swine flu; […]

Three little pigs

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Jenna Kirkland, 10, said she has been raising her York show pig for four months. She and her two older brothers exhibited their pigs Saturday at the Farwell Junior Livestock Show. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The spray of skin and hair conditioner foamed over the portly hide of […]

Pesky pigs pose problem

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MCT photo: Rodger Mallsion By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Jimmy Tivis uses his gun to deal with feral pigs. The alfalfa and wheat farmer, who owns 800 acres in Floyd, spots the animals roaming across his land in groups of eight to 10. “I kill them every time I see them,” Tivis said, not […]

The squeal deal: Beauty of swine show in eye of beholder

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Elizabeth Green, 13, shows her pig Tuesday at the Curry County Fair. Green finished 10th in class 15 of Yorkshires. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Upturned snouts and thin, spindly tails. Translucent pink hides. Hair that is course and sparse. Generally, swine are not considered creatures of beauty. Step into […]

Mother was tough shopper

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist My mother was the epitome of rough, tough Nebraska stinginess, but she always made a special trip to Denver just before Christmas to show me the holiday decorations. On these trips she also bought pigs’ feet. Besides being cheap, they provided hours of winter fun for the family as we […]

Holiday haunts boonies

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Let’s take a look at Sasquatch in New Mexico, because October is Halloween Month. And that’s just the tip of the frightberg. Ghostly sounds can be heard, such as owls hooting, bones rattling, trees swaying and slurping water like vampires. To make matters worse, whenever Halloween rears it monstrous head, up […]

Squeal appeal: Pigs race for Oreo cookie

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Four miniature pot belly pigs enter the first turn during the second race during the Hendrick’s Pig Racing Thursday at the Curry County Fair. The winning pig gets an Oreo. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The employment ad, posted in a Kansas newspaper, was clever, and short. “Cabin Fever?,” it […]

Rainy weather not fazing livestock competitors at fair

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Scott Cutright and Larry McClendo of Wright’s Amusement set up the carrousel Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Rain and mud were not halting progress Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Pickups and trailers began arriving Monday morning to unload pigs, lambs and steers that […]

Locals prepare for fair

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Curtis Williams, 17, blows dirt out of the hair of his steer “Secret Weapon” Saturday at his farm in Clovis. Williams will show the 1325 pound steer in this years Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curtis Williams starts every day — even weekends — at 6 a.m. […]

Editorial: Common sense should solve problem of pigs as pets

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” or so the saying goes. The cliché is intended to convey the idea that some things just can’t be done. That apparently is the Texas city of Wink’s position when it comes to “Bacon,” a pot-bellied pig. And, it’s creating yet another controversy in […]