Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 20, 1998 · Page 1
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Ukiah Daily ournal 'Primary Colors' opens • Page A-3 Today In Brief A-2 Lottery A-8 Classifieds ., .B-5 Obituaries .. .A-8 Comics B-2 On Market .Inside Crossword . . .B-3 On the Road .B-4 Daily Digest . .A-8 Sports A-6 Features B-3 TV listings .. .B-3 Forum A-4 Weather A-8 Jumble B-5 ©1998, Donrey Media Group 28 pages, Volume 139 Number 294 50 cents tax included Fri., Mdrch 20-Sat, March 21,1998 MENDOCINO COUNTY'S LARGtSt NtWSMPER Quakes felt in Willits and RV By DAN McKEE The Daily Journal A series of small earthquakes rattled the area Thursday evening and this morning, the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park said today. The largest quake occurred at 11:16 p.m. and shook homes in Redwood Valley and Willits, USGS Seismologist Steve Walter said. The quake registered 2.8 on the Richter Scale. No damage was reported. Goldie Curnutt, whose three- story house sits on a hill above Bel Arbres Road said she felt a single, large jolt. "My whole bedroom moved," Curnutt told the Daily Journal. "The chandelier in my living room swayed for a full five minutes after the shock." She added several neighbors also felt the quake. The Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire Department received several calls from anxious residents. Assistant Fire Chief Pete Brown said the jolt "shook the c~p out of my house." The shock "almost shook me out of bed," one Willits resident reported. Walter said the 11:16 p.m. quake was the third in a series of small temblors centered "a little east of the Mayacama Fault" 10 miles east of Ukiah. The first quake occurred at 7:35 p.m. and measured 2.4 on the Richter Scale. A 2.1 quake followed one minute later. A small 1.5 quake shook the same area at 1:31 this morning, Walter said. The last quake was so small it probably couldn't be felt, he added. Airport Boulevard speed limit proposed By DAN McKEE The Daily Journal Cars traveling along Airport Park Boulevard will be going a little slower in the future, if the city has its way. An ordinance establishing a 30 mph speed limit along the street from Talmage Road to Airport Road was introduced at Wednesday's meeting of the City Council. There is currently no speed limit for vehicles traveling Airport Park Boulevard because the area does not meet state Business District requirements. That technically means drivers can race along 65 mph over the divided portion of the street and at 55 mph on the undivided portion. That, City Engineer Rick Kennedy said in a report to the council, is "neither reasonable nor safe along any portion of the road." . Not that drivers are actually traveling that fast, Kennedy pointed out. A city engineering and traffic study found the majority of drivers were doing about 35 mph going south and 32 mph driving north. ; The new ordinance would create a 30 mph speed limit along the street. More than 5,300 vehicles a day use Airport Park Boulevard, the study said. Street striping along the road already is fading and only partially visible to drivers, the study noted, and the road surface between Talmage Road and Commerce Drive has "significant surface deflections." See SPEED, Page A-8 leaching llamas a few Kit Nelson, a co-host of the llama training seminar, looks forward to easier training and communication with her llama. new tricks Julia Orpheus/The Daily Journal This hungry llama enjoys a snack before his training in the behaviorist methods that will shape the future of how he learns. Llama trainers teach by 'Click & Reward' By GLENDA ANDERSON The Daily Journal lamas aren't tough to teach, you just have to know how, F according to trainers Jim and Amy Logan. "They'd rather go play than do what you want them to do," said Amy. The trick then, is to make learning fun and rewarding. The Logans were in town Saturday giving a seminar on "Click & Reward," a training system based on B.F. Skinner's operant conditioning, which also is the basis of marine mammal training. With a chorus of llamas humming, grunting and calling - which sounds like a cross between a sheep's baa and a peacock's cry - in the background, the Logans explained how "clicker training" works. It's based on the training methods of marine mammal specialist Karen Pryor, who, in turn, based her methods on behaviorist B.F. Skinner's teachings. Using a small clicking device, the Logans "mark" the behavior they want to reinforce. In his training video, Jim Logan suggests beginning clicker training with a target. When the llama touches the target with its nose, Logan clicks the clicker, then rewards the llama with a treat. He said he uses a clicker because it is a distinct sound and llamas will remember exactly what they were doing when they heard the sound. Then they associate the click with getting a treat. "The clicker is a bridge that tells the llama, yes, that's a good boy," said Amy Logan. The clicker has an advantage over verbal markers, like "good boy," in that it's consistent and can easily be transferred to a new person, she said. Once the llama figures out the clicker means it will be rewarded, which doesn't take long, new lessons can be introduced. One of the most practical and sought after "tricks" is getting Hamas to allow themselves to be haltered, Amy said. "Catching (Hamas) is probably the most common problem," she said. Using the clicker, a llama can be taught to come running and put its nose right into a halter, Jim said. To accomplish that feat, a llama is clicked and rewarded first for just touching the halter with its nose. Gradually, it is rewarded only for doing more, until the point it puts its See LLAMAS, Page A-8 w minutes of training, Jim Logan 9 a llama, using the operant con- techniques taught In his semi- After harnes dltlonin nar. Sheriff's deputy suspected of assault Sheriff's department opens internal investigation By GLENDA ANDERSON The Daily Journal A Mendocino County sheriff's deputy is being investigated in connection with an alleged assault on a girlfriend. Deputy Bob Franzen has been on leave since the alleged assault was reported in late January. But he already had been on leave for several months at the time of the alleged assault because of a work-related injury, according to sheriff's spokesman Capt. Kevin Broin, confirming reports from sources of the investigation into Franzen's alleged assault. He said Franzen would likely have been put on leave during the investigation had he not already been off work. Sheriff's Lt. Gene DeGeyter said the initial incident report was sent to the District Attorney's Office but was rejected. However, the Sheriff's Office is continuing an investigation. "It is now being investigated by internal affairs," he said. District Attorney Susan Massini could not be reached this morning to comment on why the case was rejected. However, prosecutors say cases genera.l\y are rejected when tnefe is' insufficient evidence to convince a jury beyond a "reasonable doubt." Details of the alleged assault were not available and Franzen was never arrested, Broin said. As a result, there is no public report on the alleged incident. Broin would not release details of the alleged assault, but said there apparently was enough evidence of an assault for deputies to take a report; He did say the alleged victim was not hospitalized because of the assault. Attempts to contact Franzen were unsuccessful. Caltrans settles NWP lawsuit By JENNIFER POOLE The Daily Journal Caltrans has finally agreed to settle a $90,000 lawsuit brought against the state transportation agency by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad. "We were scheduled to be in court today for a status conference," said NWP attorney Chris Neary Friday morning, "but the Caltrans attorney was very agreeable to getting this resolved on the fast track, and we were able to achieve a settlement yesterday." NWP sued Caltrans nearly five years ago over a dispute about a piece of property the railroad owned underneath the Cloverdale bypass. "We're assured the paperwork and the funds can be on deposit well before Sept. 30, 1998," Neary said. That date is the next due date for the NWP to make a $335,000 payment on a $12 million no- interest loan from the Federal Highway Right-of-Way Revolving Fund, known as the "Q Fund." The railroad owes $530,000 in back payments on the Q Fund loan. The California Transportation See LAWSUIT, Page A-8

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