Animal wordplay

Since my (pig’s) ear was chewed off when I mistakenly referred to a sow as “he” last week, I will clear up some animal terminology. Not only does it show I admit mistakes, but it also means I can share the great wisdom of animal references, those most people know as well as little-known terms [...]

The fair’s many pictures

By Ryn Gargulinski: FNNM Columnist A county fair means one thing. Crouching down into an immobile ball for several hours beside the pig pens. No, I was not hiding from the cops. Nor was I attempting to steal a corncob from an unsuspecting sow. I was armed with camera to get the ultimate photo of [...]

Residents turn out by the hundreds to attend the Quay County Fair.

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By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun With hundreds attending the Quay County Fair since Tuesday’s kickoff, folks have been riding high on the hog — some of them literally. Tucumcari’s Jared Jennings, 17, who has been raising and showing pigs since he was 9, said showcasing his specimens was by far his favorite aspect of [...]

Phrases don’t have to change with time

Baxter Black “These are javalina,” pointed out the zoo tour guide. “Tayassu tajacu, the collared peccary.” “Pig family,” I commented, in an effort to dazzle the sixth-graders on the tour. “No,” stated the guide. “A common mistake made by the ill-informed unknowledgeable ranger groupies who cover up their ignorance of the species with self-important and [...]