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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIOAY January 9, 2015 VOLUME 101, ISSUE 2 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM 8 ) BRI[[FS Water Level Update As of Wednesday, Dec. 30, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 277 acre feet. This was a 2 acre foot decrease from the Thursday, Dec. 18, the water level of 279 acre feet. Information about the water level following the late December storm was not available. Time Capsule One hundred years ago, nearly 50 albacore were caught in the first week of January. The largest was 27 pounds. Yellowtail were also in abundance. Seventy-five years ago, the word "Avalonist" ' was used to describe citizens of Avalon. See story, page 3 Mysterious Island Years before becoming a legend- ary Island pilot, a high school student acquired an unusual job-- working for AI "Scarface" Capone. See story, page 4 Stress is a normal reaction Some Island residents will experi- ence symptoms of stress as a result of the December storm. The Catalina Island Medical Center's director of Social Services offers advice on how to take care of yourself after experiencing trauma. See story, page 5 Preseason prepares Avalon Lancers for league play The Avalon Boys Varsity Basketball Team has been preparing for their upcoming league schedule by play- ing against tough competition in the preseason. Avalon has played 15 games in the past month and has been able to observe what many successful programs do to be successful. See story, page 6 Conservancy Times on Catalina's water supply . The Catalina Island Conservancy starts a series of articles with common questions and answers about the Island's water supply. See story, page 7 Sheriff's Log The commander of the Avalon Sheriff's Station says there have been no golf cart thefts reported since Dec. 3. See story, page 11 Catalina Rediscovered A look back at local life in the year 1893, See story, page 13 Harbor Patrol Officer Tim Mitchell joined Harbor Dept. in May BY BRIAN BRAY In response to last week's trag- ic nor'easter storm, the Avalon Harbor Department released the following press release, written by Avalon Harbor Master Brian Bray. The Catalina Islander reprints the bulk of the press release here: "On December 30, 2014, the City of Avalon lost Harbor Patrol Officer Tim Mitchell, a hero and beloved member of the city family, who gave the ultimate sacrifice as he valiantly served the community defending life and property. "Tim was on duty as a Harbor Patrol assistant, working from a patrol boat, trying to protect resi- dents, visitors and boats that were being battered by the fierce winds and waves that quickly and merci- lessly descended upon Avalon last i night. Harbor Department, Page 2 Tim Mitchell I r Storm claims two lives and destroys multiple boats BY JIM WATSON EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to last week's early holiday deadline, the Catalina Islander was unable to provide extensive coverage of last week's nor'easter storm. The longtime bane of Avalon town--the wicked nor'easter storm--once again reared its ugly head in historic fashion on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. The resulting destruction claimed numerous vessels, marine facilities and the lives of two local men. The storm winds reached speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, and while such winds are not uncommon in Avalon, the devas- tation was caused by the easterly Storm, Page 2 Aftermath of a storm-The last storm of 2014 claimed two lives, caused signifi- cant property damage throughout Avalon and will go down in local history as one of the Island's major disasters. Seen clockwise from the top: Two of many boats run run aground and destroyed, but the Dec. 30-31 storm. Avalon emergency workers at work after the storm. (Photos by Denise Morris) An aerial view of damaged boats new Blue Water Avalon. (Photo courtesy Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce webcam) After the storm, debris in Avalon Bay hints at the power of the storm. Waves crash into the land and soar as high as a the Tuna Club (foreground). (Photos by Denise Morris) For more images from the storm, see page 9 Bruce Ryder