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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since I914 FRIENDS F,,,A* January 13, 2017 VOLUME 103, ISSUE 2 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRI[FS ........................................... Water level ' According to Southern California Edison, as of Thursday. Jan. 5, the water level atthe Middle Ranch Reservoir measured 131 acre feet. That was a 2-acre-foot increase from the preyious measurement. All Things Scuba This week's scuba column comes ashore to profile local dentists. See story, page 2 How many passengers can a boat safely hold The American Boat and Yacht' Council, has revised its "Boat Capacity" standard ~for upper decks on recreational boats. See story, page 2 Only on Catalina To celebrate the nation's bicentennial, Chuck Liddell put messages in 201 bottles 40 years ago and cast them into the sea. Recently, one of the bottles was found in Baja California. -See story, page 3 Lancers end postseason with a victory The Avalon Lancers finally tasted victory against Classical Academy in an overtime win in their final game of the Tri-City Classic. See story, page 4 Sailing Association sends students to Catalina Later this year, 62 middle-schoolers " from Washington STEAM Magnet Academy will board a research vessel and make their way across the ocean Catalina Island for a marine science learning weekend at the Mountain and Sea Adventure Camp on Catalina Island. See story, page 4 Beach Harbor ecosystem improves A recent survey indicates that years of efforts to reduce environmental impacts related to goods movement have resulted in a flourishing ecosystem for fish and marine mammals in the Long Beach Harbor. See story, page 4 Long Beach Port reports fifth-best year Slowed by industry headwinds and challenges that included a major customer declaring bankruptcy, the Port of Long Beach still moved almost 6.8 million containers in 2016, its fifth best year ever. See story, page 6 Future star 1-year-old Emiliano Chavolla shoots his first hoop on the mole court!... Photo by Natalie Chavolla . What a shot! Emiliano turns 2 in April. Citizens and officials take a look at the year head in Avalon BY CHARLES M. KELLY An informal oniine Catalina Islander survey fouhd many resi- dents concerned about housing, water and land use. The Islander also emailed City officials, who expressed concerns about water, housing and infrastructure. The Islander asked residents, "What are the challenges and opportunities facing Avalon in the year ahead?" The survey was taken in late December and early January, before the recent start of rainy weather. The public's perspective According to Angel Campbell, Ruby Danielle Gordon, and Mary Schickling, it all came down to one word: "Housing." According to Donna Terpinitz- Romo, the issue was "affordable housing." According to Judy Rios, the issues were "Affordable housing and the water situation." According to "Only on Catalina" columnist Chuck Liddell, the issues were, "Water, housing, and appropriate use of available land left, in that Order." According to Mike Year Ahead, Page 5 Mysterious Island Catalina's facts, folklore, and fibs This Week: DEATH OF A SCREENWRITER BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina,'" available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. "It is a wise man who l knows when courage ends and stupidity begins." --Jerome Cady, from "The Purple Heart" (1944) I often get taken aside by people on the street asking me where I come up with some of the material for this column, particu- larly the arcane, obscure stuff that nevertheless seems to qualify, at least in my opinion, as "interest- ing." The answer is that'I get a certain number of ideas from locals and a percentage of ideas from my own personal experience. But quite often my ideas originate from good-old fashioned dumb Watson, Page 10 The James Stewart classic "Call Northside 777" was one of Jerome Cady's most successfui screenplays. Artwork courtesy 20th Century Fox Fi!m Corp.