LDS Church’s northern Utah ranch is proving to be a model for Western livestock grazing

Livestock grazing has taken a heavy toll on Western rangelands since the arrival of domestic cattle and sheep that were bred for much damper climates.

These animals, which have contributed greatly to the West’s pioneer heritage, have damaged fragile alpine and desert ecosystems, fouled stream corridors and rearranged native plant communities, environmentalist say.

While they contend public lands grazing is not sustainable in its time-worn form, Utah’s notably dry and cold Monte Cristo Mountains harbor a massive private ranch that some observers believe could illuminate a path forward.

Deseret Land and Livestock Ranch, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and covering more than 200,000 acres in Rich County along the Wyoming border, has developed an innovative system of rotational grazing that state officials hope could be adopted elsewhere. The experiment has proved not just profitable in an industry with famously low margins but also easy on

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Putting a ‘STOP’ to gift card scams in northern Arizona | Arizona News

YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Officials in northern Arizona want to make sure residents in the area don’t fall victim to gift card scams. 

In partnership with the Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley and Tribal Police, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) personnel have begun distributing warning signs to businesses in the area that sell gift cards.

YCSO says many residents, especially senior citizens, have recently become targets of scammers.

Here’s how the ploy works: a phone scammer calls people and creates “fake circumstances” by convincing victims they owe money for things like fines, utility bills, taxes, or even helping out a loved one in need. The victim then is told to buy a gift card (often iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon) to cover those costs.

Then, scammers quickly use those gift cards to obtain cash while the scam is in progress. If you buy a gift card and someone

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