Hollywood animal trainer plans move to Oregon
Los Angeles police were on hand, but the march remained peaceful. By 11 a.m., Hollywood Boulevard at Western Avenue was packed with people holding banners, blowing air horns and listening to speakers take turns telling their stories from a stage set up on the bed of a truck. Giant speakers helped preachers, musicians and political organizers rally the protesters standing in the street. “Si se puede!” they shouted. “Si se puede! (Yes, we can.)” There were hot dog carts, American flags and plenty of handmade signs. Many of the signs called on Congress to pass legislation that would open a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally. The march around Hollywood began around noon. Garavito and other activists acknowledged that some are losing faith in Congress as the government remains shut down. But they insisted that the time to tackle immigration is now. “We have hope,” said Garavito, a member of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which helped organize the march.
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McMillan and his wife, Victoria, in August bought a 41-acre parcel of farmland and are now renovating the century-old farmhouse on the property the first phase of his planned operation. “It’s going to be a year or so from now,” McMillan said in an interview from his current operation in Canyon Country, Calif. “Right now we’re just trying to get our house built.” McMillan has been an animal trainer for more than 30 years, according to his website. His credits include television shows such as “CSI: NY” and “Monk” and films such as “Into the Wild,” as well as an array of talk shows and television commercials. McMillan said his “Hollywood Animals” and “Walking with Lions” operations already do filming in Oregon, primarily in the Portland area, and he wants to expand that work in Oregon and Northern California. The couple settled on the Phoenix property as a base for filming here because they prefer the climate and the community, he said, but that they plan to keep his Southern California operation as well. Eventually, he plans to add pens and other facilities on the property before shipping seven lions, three giraffes, three zebras, two camels, two ostriches and six antelope north, according to his county planning application. “It’s a nice, big, beautiful piece of property with lots of space,” he said. “And we’ve always liked Oregon.” Before purchasing the land, which is zoned exclusively for farm use, McMillan asked the Jackson County Planning Department whether these exotic animals would fall under the land-use definition of “farm use.” The lions fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and would need a permit from that agency to be housed on the property, said Bruce Pokarney , spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture. The ostriches and camels already are exempt from wildlife laws because they are considered domesticated animals, said Rick Boatner , who handles exotic species issues for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The giraffes, zebras and the antelopes kudus, blackbucks and impalas are listed by the ODFW as “non-controlled animals” that can be kept, bred or sold here under limited restrictions, Boatner said. There are not even fencing requirements such as those for keeping bears or cougars, Boatner said.
On Friday, Jimmie Johnson lost control of his car off of Turn 4 and spun down pit road. He escaped without damage, though the same couldn’t be said of Kyle Busch, who was involved in an incident Saturday. Just minutes into the first of two practices, his No. 18 Toyota slid up the track and made hard contact with the Turn 1 wall. As a result, Busch will start the Hollywood Casino 400 in a backup car at the rear of the field. Also dropping to the back in a backup machine is Busch’s older brother, Kurt Busch, who moments after Kyle’s accident in practice was involved in his own crash. All the mayhem has created the impression that Sunday won’t be about speed and who has the fastest car, but who can survive 400 miles with their car one piece. Goodyear’s new tire is the great unknown For just the second time this season Goodyear is using its new “zone tread” tire concept , which is constructed to be both durable and allow some drop-off in performance. Two-thirds of the tire has a softer compound that will increase grip, while the remaining inside third is harder and not susceptible to excessive wear. One of the reasons behind the development of this tire was to increase the amount of passing on intermediate-sized tracks. Thus far, the results are decidedly mixed. When this tire was used last month at Atlanta it received favorable reviews and the race itself featured plenty of passing. But Atlanta is an older multi-groove track and unlike Kansas, which has a fresh surface that is slick, lacks grip and has generally allowed drivers opportunities to pass. “I really give Goodyear a lot of credit for bringing this tire here and trying to give us something to lean on these smooth race tracks like this where they have to build a very durable tire,” Gordon said Friday. “We build a lot of shoulder heat in the tire because of the high speeds.