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May 26, 1988 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Rancher Charley Neely 36, and his wife, Janet, 27, trudged through the bone-dry dusty ranchland in the early morning hours and late afternoon setting fire to acres of prickly pear cactus, burning thousands of spiny thorns off each plant. Each carries an over-the-shoulder tank weighing 50 pounds, filled with 3 1/2 gallons of butane. Connected to the tank is a small hose linked to a four-foot-long tube capped with coil inside a metal bonnet.
March 26, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 6, Athletics 2 AT THE PLATE: The Angels have won eight straight games and closed Cactus League play with a 17-10 record. Utility infield candidate Grant Green lined a two-run home run to left-center field in the seventh inning and is hitting .360 (18 for 50) with 11 runs batted in. Brennan Boesch hit a solo home run in the seventh, and Matt Long (.426) hit two sacrifice flies and a double. ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson looked sharp in his final tuneup, giving up one unearned run and four hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking two. His earned-run average is 2.20 in 28 2/3 innings.
June 23, 1985
I'm another who has noticed the clutter in so many home interiors shown in your magazine, but now I've really had it. Imagine, a cactus plant in a room! Added to that, a piece of desert wood to stumble over. Take those out, and the rest of it is lovely. Seeing a nice fat magazine is the thing that pleases many of us who have become hooked on Home magazine. Lily M. Gurnee Granada Hills
March 21, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
ANGELS 7, ROYALS 3 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout had two hits, raising his Cactus League batting average to .409. Raul Ibanez went hitless in three at-bats, lowering his average to .194. Kole Calhoun and Chris Iannetta each hit home runs. ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson needed 99 pitches to work 52/3 innings, giving up three runs - one earned - and striking out nine. The Angels used the back end of their bullpen in regular-season fashion, with Kevin Jepsen pitching a scoreless seventh, Joe Smith a scoreless eighth, and closer Ernesto Frieri a scoreless ninth.
August 8, 2013 | By Barbara Thornburg
When author Kurt Kamm is not writing firefighting mysteries, you can find him on his terrace pacing among his pots of plants: 112 cactuses and succulents, at last count. “I often come out when I have a thorny issue in a plot I'm trying to work out,” he said with a grin. When Kamm moved into the two-story, 1960s home on the hillside bluff overlooking the Malibu Colony, the 100-foot-long terrace had not a single plant. Because he had a severe brown thumb and had never cared for a garden in his life, he began buying cactuses and succulents: “the biggest, cheapest, least troublesome thing I could plant,” he said.
November 4, 2011 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The cactus pear is the Rodney Dangerfield of the fruit world, beloved by immigrants from parts of Latin America and the Mediterranean basin but largely ignored by most consumers in the United States. That may be changing, however, as the leading domestic cactus pear producer, Salinas-based D'Arrigo Bros., has introduced four new, greatly improved varieties — orange, red, purple and green — that are firmer, sweeter and juicier than the traditional variety it has marketed for the last 80 years.
May 25, 2004
Re "Wild Man" (May 18): It's been far too long since I've pored through "Desert Solitaire." It's good to be reminded that we should stand up for something that's right, something we believe in. Andrew Haystead Ventura In Edward Abbey's writings, I found a compadre in ideals and attitudes -- a brother-in-arms against environmental terrorism by government, industry and greed. J. B. Litvak Costa Mesa
August 9, 2013 | By Barbara Thornburg
John Trager, curator of the desert collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, offers these five tips for growing cactus and succulents in containers:  1. Plant in a well-drained mix of 80% pumice and 20% compost. 2. Fertilize during the growing season, spring and summer. 3. Handle cactus carefully. Wear latex surgical gloves, which provide the dexterity you need without damaging the plant. If you have to handle larger specimens, use a piece of old carpeting or an old pair of pants.
August 23, 1985 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, Times Staff Writer
Tova Borgnine was making cactus-based skin-care products for her family and friends until a small mention of her products--in a newspaper interview with her husband, actor Ernest Borgnine--resulted in $56,000 worth of orders for the products. She decided to go into business, selling by mail order only. She launched the Tova collection eight years ago and says her business grossed about $9 million last year.
June 29, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
A study has found that an extract of prickly pear cactus can prevent a severe hangover. The 55 adults in the study who received the extract of Opuntia ficus indica instead of a placebo before getting drunk reported milder hangovers, according to the research conducted at Tulane University in New Orleans and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study was funded in part by a firm that markets a product with the same extract.
March 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 3, Rockies 3 AT THE PLATE: Adrian Gonzalez capped a solid spring by driving in two runs. Gonzalez finished the Cactus League with a .303 average. Carl Crawford broke out of his spring-long slump by collecting two hits and scoring a run. Utilityman Justin Turner, who was added to the major league roster earlier in the day, got a hit in his only at-bat. He finished the spring with a .355 average. ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu looked as if he was ready to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia.
March 16, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
And off they go, into the blue skies to see just how much sleep they can actually manage during a 17-hour flight. Maybe Clayton Kershaw should have squeezed his ping-pong table on board. The Dodgers wrapped up their condensed spring training in Phoenix on Sunday with a 3-3 tie against the Rockies at Camelback Ranch. If you care about such things, that tied their spring record with five ties. They headed to their charter mostly with the guys they expected to take to Australia, though not with all spring questions answered.
March 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is set to make his Cactus League debut Monday, giving him two weeks to get ready for opening day. Hamilton strained his left calf three weeks ago. He is expected to be the Angels' designated hitter Monday - and the cleanup hitter and left fielder in the March 31 opener against the Seattle Mariners. Neither Hamilton nor Manager Mike Scioscia expressed doubt about whether Hamilton would be prepared for the opener. Hamilton got 60 at-bats last spring, in 21 games.
March 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- In their final Cactus League game, the Dodgers will field a lineup that figures to be their usual lineup for the regular season. It probably won't be the lineup the Dodgers use next week in Australia, as Carl Crawford is expected to remain in Arizona for the birth of his third child. In Crawford's absence, Scott Van Slyke is expected to start in left field. Dee Gordon appears to have won the job at second base. And Yasiel Puig's .135 average in the exhibition season looks like it hasn't dissuaded Manager Don Mattingly from using the 23-year-old Cuban outfielder as his leadoff hitter.
March 10, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - The Dodgers' bullpen, expected to be a strength, has struggled in Cactus League play. Brian Wilson and Brandon League - former All-Star closers - gave up four runs and got just three outs Monday as the Dodgers surrendered a lead in the eighth inning or later for the third time in six games. For Wilson, the runs were the first he has given up this spring. But League has given up four hits, four walks and five runs in 22/3 innings and the club's top seven relievers have a combined earned-run average of 4.07.
March 1, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Milwaukee Brewers 6, Dodgers 5 AT THE PLATE: Yasiel Puig drove in his second run of the spring with a sacrifice fly in the second inning. Dee Gordon stole two bases and scored a run. Top outfield prospect Joc Pederson doubled in a run in the ninth inning. Non-roster player Clint Robinson was three for three with a run scored, raising his spring average to .667. ON THE MOUND: With rain predicted for Saturday, Dan Haren feared the game would be canceled and alter his throwing program.
June 18, 1989
A faulty hot-air balloon landing Saturday morning resulted in a man falling into a cactus patch, about an acre of brush being burned and power being cut off to 2,000 homes in west Simi Valley for nearly 40 minutes, authorities said. Pilot Ian Kite was attempting to land the balloon after a sightseeing tour when a gust of wind lifted the balloon, said Sgt. Will Howe of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Kevin Cox, a ground crew member holding a line, was pulled into the air when the balloon suddenly rose.
February 28, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Angels' Cactus League opener has a bit of an opening day feel about it. Jered Weaver, the ace, is the starting pitcher. The Angels are fielding their everyday lineup, minus the injured Josh Hamilton. The starting rotation appears set, at least for now. After Weaver starts Friday, C.J. Wilson is set to start on Saturday, followed by Hector Santiago on Sunday, Garrett Richards on Monday and Tyler Skaggs on Tuesday. Joe Blanton, the sixth starter for now, will probably start on one of the three days the Angels have split-squad games and pitch in the middle innings on other days.
February 28, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 5, Chicago White Sox 0 AT THE PLATE: Top prospect Joc Pederson hit a two-run, opposite-field home run. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to left-center in the second inning, his second double in as many days. Reserve outfield candidate Mike Baxter doubled in a run in the eighth inning. Nonroster player Clint Robinson was two for two with a home run and scored two runs. ON THE MOUND: Setup man Brian Wilson, closer Kenley Jansen, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell, Jamey Wright and Matt Magill each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
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