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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2003 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
The West is littered with cow towns that came and went, but none to rival the one planned by William Buck Johns and Henry Orlosky. Amid the tumbleweeds and dust devils of Harper Dry Lake, a scorched, wind-blasted depression in the high desert just north of Barstow, the two men -- visionaries maybe, or perhaps just energy developers on the make -- see a cow utopia.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2003 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
It is an oft-repeated pattern across Southern California: farmland yields to the bulldozer's blade. But in contrast to other parts of the state, where pitched battles have been fought to save farms from urban sprawl, the rapid transformation of the dairy lands near Chino is being welcomed by environmental regulators as a significant step toward cleaner air. Normally, replacing farms with suburbs would bring on more pollution from increased traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2003 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
It is an oft-repeated pattern across Southern California: Farmland yields to the bulldozer's blade. But in contrast to other parts of the state, where pitched battles have been fought to save farms from urban sprawl, the rapid transformation of dairy land near Chino is being welcomed by environmental regulators as a significant step toward cleaner air. Normally, replacing farms with suburbs would bring on more pollution from increased traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2002 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Five large dairies in the Chino area have entered legal agreements to modernize operations and reduce pollution, particularly from giant waste "lagoons," to stave off litigation by environmentalists. The agreements approved Monday by a federal judge in Los Angeles and announced Tuesday are designed to curb contamination that spreads through the air and water, both on the surface and underground.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2002 | Mira Tweti, Special to The Times
It's a beautiful end-of-summer day on George te Velde's sprawling dairy farm in Escalon in California's Central Valley. Fresh from milking, a small herd of Te Velde's cows is making its way back to the stalls. One large Holstein heads for a water bed and happily lies down. She adjusts, moving more on her side, tucking her feet under to get situated just right. Ah, she seems to say, that's perfect, as she floats comfortably and begins chewing her cud.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A dairy goat company has filed suit against a fireworks firm, a church and the city of Manteca for sponsoring a fireworks display that led to a goat stampede, leaving 10 animals dead and others injured. Bettencourt & Son Dairy sued Fred May and Fireworks by Boom Boom and the Calvary Community Church, where the fireworks show was held.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2002 | Melinda Fulmer
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a complaint Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that the California Milk Advisory Board engaged in deceptive advertising with its "Happy Cow" commercials. The complaint says the idyllic commercials, which take place in grassy pastures and end with the tag line "Great cheese comes from happy cows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2001
In the latest volley against massive dairies, an environmental group plans to sue the local smog control agency and three major dairies to force compliance with federal air regulations. The Assn. of Irritated Residents said two dairies being built in Kern County and one under construction in Madera County violate the Clean Air Act because manure will contribute to the valley's chronically polluted air.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Got milk? Suiza Foods has lots of it--nearly a third of the U.S. market. In a giant milk merger pairing the two biggest U.S. dairy processors, Suiza said Thursday it is buying Dean Foods Co. for about $1.5 billion in cash and stock, taking its rival's name and moving Dean's headquarters from the Chicago suburbs to Suiza's base in Dallas.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2000 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court has ruled that Philip Morris Cos.' Kraft Foods and several other cheese makers must face allegations that they illegally conspired to drive down milk prices paid to California farmers. An antitrust suit filed by milk producers in 1998 had been dismissed when a judge ruled in part that the case didn't meet antitrust standards because it didn't show harm to consumers in the form of higher prices. The 9th U.S.
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