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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2001
Re "Amid Drought, a Range War Erupts in Utah Over Grazing Restrictions," Dec. 26: Livestock grazing on federal lands, particularly arid lands, has always been and always will be a lose-lose situation for the wildlife resources of this country and for the government, which subsidizes this absurd practice. Back when the West was young, many users and managers of the land were ignorant about grazing on lands that could not support this type of abuse. The majority of the well-informed in this country, backed by sound economic sense and hard science, now realize that these degraded, arid lands are more valuable to the American people if they can be given the chance to recover their historic biodiversity and water-storage capacity.
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OPINION
April 23, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is being portrayed by some as a man of principle, an iconoclast who should be admired for his willingness to stand up to the federal government. But in fact he's a petty scofflaw who seems to think that he has the right to pick and choose which rules must be obeyed. Bundy is the cattleman who grazes his herd on federal land operated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, but unlike more than 15,000 other ranchers, he refuses to pay the associated grazing fees.
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SCIENCE
May 13, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Ranchers often argue that cattle grazing is the best way to combat cheatgrass, an aggressive invader that has taken over vast areas of the Great Basin, destroying the native sagebrush ecosystem and fueling huge wildfires. But a study published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology arrives at the opposite conclusion. Reseachers who studied 75 Great Basin sites invaded by cheatgrass found that greater grazing intensity promoted the alien's spread. “Our findings raise serious concerns regarding proposals to use cattle grazing to control [cheatgrass]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A boy and a woman were apparently grazed by a bullet Wednesday evening as they rode a Dash bus through South Los Angeles, police said. The bullet appeared to have been fired from the street as the bus drove along Avalon Boulevard near 42nd Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Officer Sara Faden said the boy was about 10 and the woman was in her 30s. Two rescue ambulances were requested.  The incident was reported around 6:40 p.m. No other details were immediately available.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2009
OPINION
July 5, 2002
Re "Chain Reaction of Thirst in California Desert Dry Spell," June 23: As our native desert wildlife suffers in a severe drought, the Bush administration allows damaging livestock grazing to continue on 5 million acres of the California Desert Conservation Area and Mojave National Preserve. A handful of cattlemen already subsidized to graze their herds on our public lands are being allowed to hammer habitat to dust, and then when all the scant forage is gone, Interior Secretary Gale Norton's field managers permit them to keep grazing livestock on our stressed deserts by supplementing their feed.
OPINION
February 15, 2003
Re "High Noon at the Blair Ranch," Feb. 9: All credit to the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility for bringing the litigation to stop grazing on this land. It is time for this ranch, and others like it, to go. The ranchers pay $6,000 a year to control 210,000 acres. That is ridiculous. The damage and degradation caused by the cattle are hundreds of times that, never mind the destruction of habitat for the endangered species.
NEWS
December 2, 2001 | JOHN BALZAR
It began with a high bid of $30. That was eight years ago. Eventually it may spell the end of one the most storied epochs in American history and usher in another that's more in tune with the times. That's because this small cash offer forced a very expensive question: What are Western range lands worth--those 270-million acres of public property now leased by ranchers to produce 3% of the nation's beef and lamb? The answer, as demonstrated by that first bid and others that followed, seems to be that these public lands are worth more than ranchers can pay, or at least are willing to pay. Which is good news for conservationists and taxpayers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1995
Several recent letters to the editor addressed the controversy over cattle ranching on Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands National Park. These letters contained a remarkable amount of misleading information about the situation on the island. The letters stated that cattle ranching is not degrading island resources. This is simply not true. The Regional Water Quality Control Board, range scientists from the University of California and other universities, as well as volunteer and staff scientists from the California Native Plant Society and other organizations have all documented severe cattle-related degradation.
TRAVEL
October 27, 1985
All of the patrons at Al Johnson's Swedish restaurant in Sister, Bay, Wis., will be surprised to learn that they have been served Swiss meals with lingonberries and goats grazing on the roof. Frank Riley (Oct. 6), like Homer, sometimes nods. GEORGE JOHNSON Santa Barbara
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
A cellphone charger in a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy's pocket saved her from serious injury during a struggle in Inglewood early Tuesday when a parolee opened fire and the bullet glanced off the device. Authorities called it "miraculous. " The suspect, described as a 49-year-old parolee, was shot and killed but not before he fired again, grazing the deputy's partner in the hand, officials said. Both deputies were treated at area hospitals and released later in the day. Sheriff Lee Baca said the deputy probably would have been seriously injured had the cellphone charger not deflected the bullet, sending it down her pant leg. It grazed her leg and went out her pants.
SCIENCE
June 6, 2013 | By Amina Khan
The comet Lovejoy plunged into the sun's blazing corona in 2011 and somehow made it out "alive. " That's a feat that no man-made spacecraft could have achieved. Now, in a paper published in Science, astronomers show how they tracked the hurtling ice ball's path as it grazed the sun to learn more about the solar magnetic field. Lovejoy, known more officially as C/2011 W3, came within a mere 87,000 miles of the sun's surface as it flew by on Dec. 15 and 16, 2011. NASA's Solar Probe Plus , planned for launch in 2018, will come within about 3.7 million miles of the sun's surface - more than 40 times as distant as Lovejoy's encounter.
SCIENCE
May 13, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Ranchers often argue that cattle grazing is the best way to combat cheatgrass, an aggressive invader that has taken over vast areas of the Great Basin, destroying the native sagebrush ecosystem and fueling huge wildfires. But a study published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology arrives at the opposite conclusion. Reseachers who studied 75 Great Basin sites invaded by cheatgrass found that greater grazing intensity promoted the alien's spread. “Our findings raise serious concerns regarding proposals to use cattle grazing to control [cheatgrass]
WORLD
April 29, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
World leaders are used to taking swipes - but perhaps not quite so literally. Botswana's president, Ian Khama, had to have two stitches after a captive cheetah clawed his face, leaving him with “minor injuries,” a government spokesman told reporters in the southern African country Monday. The spokesman, Jeff Ramsay, assured the Sunday Standard that the president was not attacked, but merely suffered “a freak accident.” Questions arose when Khama showed up in public recently with bruises and a bandage on his face, according to news reports.  Ramsay told the Sunday Standard that the episode was so minor, officials initially saw no need to make a public statement.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Restaurant patrons are increasingly going out to pasture, “grazing” their way through smaller servings instead of sitting down to longer and more expensive meals in a shift that has eateries rushing to adjust. Nearly half of diners now say they're snacking twice a day, compared with the quarter who said the same in 2010, according to research group Technomic . More than 6 in 10 customers said that the snacks they bought were impulse purchases. Snack brands at Stockton, Calif.-based Diamond Foods Inc. are doing well, the company said Tuesday , with Kettle chips and Pop Secret popcorn both seeing sales increases in the 12-week period ending Feb. 18. Sales from the Emerald nuts brand were up 29% compared with the same period a year earlier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The sound of hundreds of goat hooves echoed through a small valley overlooking the ocean Saturday in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, surprising passerby who watched as the animals munched their way through yard after yard of invasive weeds. FOR THE RECORD: Goat grazing: An article in the March 6 Section A about the use of goats to clear invasive weeds in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve referred to boar goats. The correct term is Boer goats. ? The 230 goats are the first step in a project to restore natural flora and fauna to a 12-acre portion of the 1,400-acre preserve that was burned in a fire in 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1989
In response to "Partners in Survival--Tortoise, Waste Site," Part I, March 7: In the above mentioned article, BLM associate manager Hugh Riecken states that the Bureau of Land Management is doing everything it can "to protect as much of the habitat as (it) can." The public should be aware that every acre of "desert tortoise critical habitat" in the East Mojave National Scenic Area is being grazed! The bottom line is that native plant communities are the basis for all terrestrial native animal populations, so it is folly trying to preserve an animal species and not preserve its habitat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1988
I read Rich Roberts' article about buffalo hunting (Oct. 12) with disgust. Anyone who can do elementary mathematics can easily see the deceit behind the (Arizona) Department of Fish and Game's logic (or excuse) for the hunt. According to the DFG, buffalo grazing threatens to "deprive all species (of wildlife) of natural food." If the DFG is really so concerned with native species of wildlife, they'd better change the status of beef cattle to "big game" species, like the buffalo, because there's a lot more cattle per acre grazing away out there than buffalo.
NATIONAL
September 3, 2010 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
A weakened Hurricane Earl brushed North Carolina's fragile Outer Banks with stiff winds and high waves Thursday night, striking a glancing blow before spinning offshore up the Eastern Seaboard. If the storm stays on its projected path, it could bring storm surges and spot flooding from Virginia north to Cape Cod on Friday and Saturday. But forecasters said Earl would continue to weaken and stay out to sea before skirting the Massachusetts coast Saturday as a Category 1 storm with sustained winds below 95 mph. Forecasters predicted that the storm would graze the Virginia coast Friday morning, then blow past beaches in Delaware and New Jersey and on Long Island while remaining out to sea. Earl was not expected to make landfall along the East Coast before breaking up farther north over the Labor Day weekend.
SPORTS
February 22, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
When word trickled out of Nicaragua in November that Vicente Padilla was shot, his agent said the bullet only "grazed" his leg. Some graze that was. Pointing to a spot high on his right thigh, Padilla said, "It went in here." Touching the back of his leg, he continued, "And it went out the other side." Padilla said the wound healed in about two weeks. Padilla laughed several times as he recounted the incident, in which the pitcher was accidentally shot by a friend who was trying to fix his gun for him at a shooting range.
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