Last month officials at San Francisco International Airport hired a herd of part-time employees to toil on the west side of the property and engage in an unusual â¿¿ but environmentally friendly â¿¿ form of fire prevention.
Anyone looking down from a plane departing the airport may have wondered, What's with the goats?
For two weeks in June, Mr. Fuzzy, Cookie, Mable, Alice and nearly 400 other goats chomped on the brush in a remote corner of the airport. The area needs to be cleared each spring to protect nearby homes from potential fires. But machines or humans can't be used because two endangered species â¿¿ the San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog â¿¿ live there.
It's not exactly the type of job you advertise in the local classifieds. So, for the past five years officials have turned to Goats R Us, a small brush-removal company run by Terri Oyarzun, her husband Egon and their son Zephyr. The airport paid $14,900 for the service this year.___ Oil price climbs after strong US jobs report NEW YORK (AP) â¿¿ The price of oil marched higher Friday with a positive report on U.S. hiring and ongoing concerns about the crisis in Egypt. Benchmark crude for August delivery rose $1.98, or 2 percent, to finish at $103.22 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That's the highest closing price since May 2, 2012. Following the ouster of Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday, his supporters began a series of protests and attacks Friday. The military opened fire as hundreds of protesters marched on a headquarters of the Republican Guard. ___ NZ judge orders compensation for 29 mining deaths WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) â¿¿ A bankrupt New Zealand coal company was ordered Friday to pay the families of 29 miners killed in a 2010 methane explosion, though they may receive just a fraction of the compensation.