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Year in Review From page 7 tival is getting larger and more impressive each year," said Ann Muscat, president and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy, which is the beneficiary'of the non-profit festival. "It is through the dedication and support of the community of Avalon, partners like the Catalina Film Festivaliincluding founder Ron Truppa and co-founder Tim KennedyIthat together we are able to create such an outstanding event," Muscat said. Film luminaries gracing the red carpet included Sharon Stone. October 27th JazzTrax Festival starts JazzTrax returned to Catalina, starting on Thursday, Oct. 4, and kicked off with the first unplugged sessions under the stars at Descanso Beach and flowing through Sunday with shows in the Casino Ballroom. A group including Catalina Island Marine Instiute instructors hold up an 18-foot-long oarfish that washed up dead on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Toyon Bay and was discovered by CIMI instructor Jasmine Santana who was snorkeling when she encountered the rare, exotic fish. Photo cour- tesy of CIMI, The annual music festival runs over three weekends, during which Avalon turns into "smooth jazz central" with an atmosphere unique to the island. The event, now in its 27thyear, (?alalina Islander's Recreational %ummarv -kx ahm's Sex cn l)ax FOl-CCast Fer I ahost 3,800 sq. It bedmonCl-Ih ula't Bores roolrm Cal lot  and dela00 was voted the Best Jazz Festival in America for 2010 and 2011. Since 1987 it has brought visi- tors to the island at a time when the tourist economy would nor- mally slow down to a trickle, thus giving the town an economic boost. JazzTrax was a big help to Avalon's economy during the recession and this-year contin- ued its three-weekend tradition. However, according to its founder Art Good, in 2014 JazzTrax will be consolidated into a two-week- end event. 24th Buccaneer Days at resort The Santa Catalina Island Company hosted the 24th annual Buccaneer Days from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6 at Two Harbors. Guests of the event put on their best pirate costumes and set sail for a weekend of great food, cold drinks, live music, a treasure hunt, costume contest and other fun. Falcon program comes to end The Avalon Pest Bird Abatement program by On the Wing Falconry came to an end Oct 15: The question of how to afford further gull and pigeon control remained in the air, though the hawks were grounded. The entire program now hinged on finding adequate long-term housing for the birds and their handler. A footprint of 1,500 square feet was sought for the "weathering" and "mews" enclosure. Their handler, Master Falconer Rocky Post, needed a small house adjacent to the birds so he could monitor and care for them. Water quality improves Avalon Bay's water quality improved in 2013, according to both city tests and an environmen- tal group. "Based on the city's most recent internal water quality testing all of the Avalon Harbor Beaches earned excellent water quality grades," said Jordon Monroe, a city of Avalon employee. The End of Summer report from Heal the Bay said: "Though the water quality is far from excel- lent, all five monitoring locations improved from F grades to the following: one A, one B, two C's and one D grade." Oarfish found at Toyon Bay An 18-foot long, dead oar- fish washed ashore in Avalon on Sunday, Oct. 13, causing a stir among the island's scien- tific and naturalist communities and brought national attention to Catalina. It appeared to be the largest and oldest to be found after it swam uncharacteristically near the shore and died. Oarfish are rarely seen, as they prefer to be in water from 650 to 3,000 feet deep. The one that was Year in Rev/ew, Page 9 Friday Saturday Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny 72154 69/53 Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Sunny Sunny Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Sunny 66/53 66/51 67/49 65/48 68/50 Precip Chance: 0% Precip Ch: 0% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 0% Recreational Forecasl Peak Fishin Times Thi, \\;X eek rl':a n fling Index 10-21314151AU 81110111,1 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High, I I+: Extreme Exposure Last Xeek's Almanac Date High Low NoaJs er 12/23 69 58 64/49 0.00" 12/24 73 60 64/49 0.00" 12/25 75 63 64/49 0.00" 12/26 74 60 64/49 0.00" 12/27 78 64 64/49 0.00" 12/28 70 54 64/49 0.00" 12/29 69 60 64/49 0.00" "% eathcr l riia lb What is the Bermuda High? " epntuaali I aa^o dn slos aanssad q!q jo eoae aqnq v. 'aotutuns qoe 3 .'t-a"a",'ll v Sun/Moon Chart This Week A eather Hit,'3 Jan. 3. 1777 - An overnight freeze enabled George Washington and his troops to flank the British at Trento n , cross their lines at Princeton and seek security in the hills of northern New Jersey. Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 72 , humidity of 28%. The D_ record high temperature for today is 86 set in Fri 1969. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with an Sat overnight low of 54 . The record low for tonight Sun is 30 set in 1952. Saturday, skies will be mostly Mon sunny with a high temperature of 69 , humidity of Tue 59%. Skies will be partly cloudy Saturday night Wed with an overnight low of 53 . Expect sunny skies Thu Sunday with a high temperature of 66 . Skies will remain sunny Monday with a high temperature of 66 . Tuesday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high temperature of 67 . 12:59-2:59 12:29-2:29 1:59-3:59 1:29-3:29 2:57-4:57 2:27-4:27 3:52-5:52 3:22-5:22 4:43-6:43 4:13-6:13 5:33-7:33 5:03-7:03 6:21-8:21 5:51p-7:51 Avalon Catalina Harbor Pax tligh Low ltigh Low Day. Itigla Low  lw Fri 10:01am 3:55am lh31pm 5:04pm " Fri 10:06am 4:03am ll:36pm 5:12pm Sat 10:51am 4:52am None 5:50prn Sat 10:56am 5:00am None 5:58pm Sun 12:22am 5:57am ll:47am 6:37pm Sun 12:27am 6:05am lh52am 6:45pm Mort l:17am 7:14am 12:52pm 7:28pm Mort l:22am 7:22am 12:57pm 7:36pm Tue 2:16am 8:46am 2:t6pm 8:24pm Tue 2:21 am 8:54am 2:21pm 8:32pm Wed 3:18am 10:21arn 4:01pro 9:28pm Wed 3:23am 10:29am 4:06pro 9:36pm Thu 4:18am lh39am 5:40pm 10:33pm Thu 4:23am ll:47am 5:45pm 10:41pm Da   Mnrise A First "J Fri 6:57 a.m. 4:58 p.m. 8:36 a.m. 8:04 p.m. 1/7  Sat 6:57 a.m. 4:59 p.m. 9:18 a.m. 9:11 p.m. Sun 6:57 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 9:58 a.m. 10:16 p.m. Mon 6:57 a.m. 5:01 p.m. 10:35 a.m. 11:19p.m. Fall f/" , , Tue 6:57a.m. 5:02p.m. ll:12a.m. NextDay 1/15 \\;/','_C) Wed 6:57a.m. 5:03p.m. ll:49a.m. 12:19a.m. Thu 6:57 a.m. 5:03 p.m. 12:27 p.m. 1:18 a.m. C Last 1124 New 1/30 80Q000000O-'F'F400 Catalinainfo.com Departs Balboa Pavilion 9am / Return from Avalon departs 4:30pm 8 i'Fdtlay," JanuarY"372o:14 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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