State News at a Glance 01-30-11

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By Associated Press

Goats used as landscapers in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces has come up with what it thinks is a cheap and environmentally friendly way of clearing weeds and other vegetation – by using a herd of goats. The city has hired 60 four-legged workers to eat all of the tall and growing vegetation in and around a 6 ½ acre storm water drainage pond that is not easily accessible but needs tending.
Las Cruces Public Works Director Mike Johnson tells the Sun-News that using goats instead of equipment is not only eco-friendly but cheap – only costing the city $250 a day. Agriculture officials at New Mexico State University said the goats can eat between 2 to 3 percent of their weight a day and it shouldn’t take the goats long to clear the area.

State park reopens facilities

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