May 13, 2013 |
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]
April 29, 2013 |
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.
March 13, 2012 |
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.
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March 5, 2011 |
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.
September 3, 2010 |
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.
February 22, 2010 |
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.