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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS F.,DAY January 23, 2015 VOLUME 101, ISSUE 4 Www.THECATALINAiSLANDER.COM BRIEFS Water Level Update As of Thursday, Jan 15, the Thompson Reservoir measured 277 acre feet. This was a 2-acre foot increase from the Jan. 8 measurement. A look at the future of water on Catalina With the exception of the occa- sional periods when the Island's desalinization plant is running, Catalina has relied almost exclu- sively on groundwater stored in shallow aquifers and provided by nature. See story, page 2 Customs helicopter fires on alleged smugglers High seas drama erupted near Catalina last Saturday night when a Blackhawk helicopter belonging to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection fired several warning shots across the bow of a panga loaded with alleged smugglers. See story, page 4 Sheriff's Log In 2014, golf cart theft decreased 47 percent from the previous year. See story, page 4 Bald eagle legacy continues The legacy of Catalina Island's bald eagle restoration program continues to ripple down through the years as evidenced by the lat- est bald eagle count held Jan. 10 in a number of Southern California locations. See story, page 5 Hoopsters heading in right direction in league play The Avalon Boys Basketball team has begun league play and the Lancers have gotten off to a good start so far, according to Coach Steve Hall. See story, page 5 Only on Catalina While greeting visitors to Avalon, Chuck Liddell has sometimes been asked if there is salt water on the other side of the Island See story, page 5 New art gallery in bank There is a new art gallery in town, and you can take that to the bank. As a matter of fact, the new Catalina Art Gallery, which opened last Friday for all to see, is located in the lobby of the U.S. Bank on Crescent Avenue. See story, page 6 Catalina Rediscovered In June 1893, the four-page Avalon Crusoe became Avalon's third and only newspaper. See story, page 8 A grant request submitted by the Avalon Rotary Club was approved for $5,000 to assist local residents requiring travel to the mainland for medical surgical treatments/appointments. Seen here are Rita Whitaker (left), past president of Avalon Rotary and Grant Committee Chair, and Dawn Sampson (right) director of Social Services at Catalina Island Medical Center. (Courtesy photo) Funds to help received a matching grant through is matched by Rotary District Rotary District 5320 in the amount 5320, which covers Orange and patients goto main- of $5,000. Southern Los Angeles counties. land for treatment This grant was requested toMembers of the Avalon Rotary assist low-income communityClub have generously donated to members with the cost of boat the Rotary Foundation, making BY RITA ANN WHITAKER transportation for medical or sur- them eligible for grant applica- gical services that are not avail- tion. The Rotary Club of Avalon is able on the Island. In addition, local Rotarians pleased to announce that it has The Rotary Club of Avalon Leslie Baer-Dinkel, John Friel, provides $2,500 and that amount Rotary, Page 6 water usage results for Edison presents water project results at council meeting BY JESUS A. RUIZ So far the City of Avalon and its residents have responded well to the second phase of water ration- ing, if you look to the statistics. Jeff Lawrence, Southern California Edison project manager for water rationing on the Island, presented the water usage results for the final two months of 2014 at Avalon's City Council meeting on Jan 20. In comparison to November and December of 2013, water usage was down considerably last year. In 2014, November saw about a 14 percent decrease in water usage. December was even lower as the results showed a 35 percent decrease in water usage. So what does this mean for the water rationing project in Avalon? Well, according to Lawrence, if the current water usage results are sustained then phase three of the water rationing project could be pushed back as far as October of this year. Lawrence noted that the rainfall on Jan. 10 and 11 holds a factor in the current positive results of water rationing and if those aren't sus- tained phase three rationing could happen as soon as July. It looks as though Avalon will Water, Page 6 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: A SPECIAL PLACE BY JIM WATSON EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Cata- lina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Ava- lon. Readers may recall that in one of the columns I sub- mitted during my recent trip to China I discussed a peculiar mystery sur- rounding my cell phone battery. Specifically, ever since I've had this particu- lar lemon of a "smart" phone, the battery drains within hours whenever I am on Catalina, even when the phone is in airplane mode or even when the phone is off. It's just something I have gotten used to. The mystery arose in China when I realized that this same phone and battery would go days without having to be recharged, regardless of what mode the phone was in or whether or not it was turned off. Well, the update to this mystery is that with- in a few hours of returning to Catalina, the cell phone battery that only needed to be recharged once a week in China had drained from three- Does Catalina Island possess mysterious physical properties? Quantum physicist Dr. Townsend Brown seemed to think so. Watson, Page 9 (Photo courtesy Human Resonance)