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i: ;! Friday, January 27, 2006 Serving Catalina Island and its Mainland Friends every week since 1914 INSIDE Night llfe The Chi Chi Club, which was started in the 1950s, has new owners. Frequent Island visitors and new residents Jason Kellerher, 33, and Eddy Cinque, 35, have taken over the club after four years experience running their Toucan Tiki Room in Palm Springs. Meet them in this issue and read about their plans for the night spot. See page 3 Artists' Market The event that brings a little culture to the Island, the Artists' Market, is returning to The Landing. The event will feature arts and crafts, fine art, live music and dance for your entertainment. See Calendar page 8 Girls basketball Avalon High School's Lady Lancers basketball team,s last away games were played with competitive gusto last week despite losing to the Buckley Griffins. The next four matches will be played on the Island. See page 5 Painting exhibition Catalina Island Museum's 5th Annual Catalina Island Plein Air Painting Exhibition will be held from Jan. 28 through April 30. See page 6 Boat capsizes Monday's northeaster blew up heavy seas that caused a 70-foot purse seine boat that was carrying about 16 tons of squid to capsize. The incident took place a few miles off of Blue Caverns Point. The com- mercial fishermen aboard the vessel rescued themselves. see page 5 Look for 2005 Babies in our next issue! Salvador Perez was transported via LA County Fire Center after sustaining significant injuries to a Photo Dave Barada Helicopter to Torrance and later transferred to UCLA Medical portion of his hand after an explosion at Seagull Sanitation. I I By Christopher Blehm pending return for reassessment the injuries were not caused by and observation, any piece of equipment on site. In a tragic explosion at Seag- It is unclear what caused the "This was not a failure by Seagull ull Sanitation on Wednesday, explosion. Fire officials at the Sanitation equipment or person- Jan. 25, two employees were hurt local hospital had no comment, nel" he said. He further noted that as they worked the sorting line. as was the case with the local LA all eight men on the line at the Salvador "Chava" Perez lost a County Sheriff's Office. Accord- time of the explosion were wear- significant portion of one hand ing to Lt. Pat Hunter, the incident ing all required safety equipment. and suffered burns on his arm. is under investigation by the For Perezand Bravo, this included He was transported via LA Arson and Explosives Detail. gloves, vests, and safety glasses. County Fire Helicopter to Tor- Bomb squad officers were seen Rafael Rico, Seagull employ: rance and later transferred to disembarking a helicopter at ee, recounted hearing an xplo- UCLA Medical Center. Pebbly Beach shortly after the sion and seeing a "puff of blue Francisco "Poncho" Bravo blast, and their presence at Seag- smoke." He immediately initiat- suffered a concussion and dam- ull was later confirmed, ed safety procedures and shut aged eardrum. He was treated at Duane Stout, manager of the down the line. Jo Ann Long the local hospital and released local Seagull facility, stated that See aloston, Page 3 Bud Smith's life in the sky By Dennis Kaiser Hugh T. "Bud" Smith has never felt trapped on Santa Catalina Island. In fact, for much of his 81 years, Smith has felt free as a bird. The Island native who was born on Catalina grew up to follow his bliss above the clouds irt the sky and in the service of the communi- ty of his fellow Catalina residents. Smith served on the Avalon City Council for 22 consecutive years and 16 of them were as the city's mayor. His dedication and the time he spent on local politics were noted by the community with a speci tl commendation to Smith's wife. Smith's face reveals an impish grin when he points to the certificate on one of the many memory walls in his home. "I was born on the Island. So was my wife," said Smith. "Her name is Marie and her last name used to be Vidulich." The family includes the couple's five children starting with Tom, the eldest and Sheili, Denise, Mike and Char-" maine. In his youth, Smith lea-ned a strong work ethic. "I worked in construction for my dad, who was also named Hugh Smith (that is why Smith gobs by the niclauune Bud)," said Smith from the conffort of a couch in his custom built home. The home's picture windows offer a bird's eye view of Avalon Harbor. The house is on a hillside enclave, perched high above the s a,a 6 Island History Part II both loved it, they were happy to Crescent. (continued from 1/20/06 issue eventually find another place to The first phase of the project of The Catalina Islander) live. This was on Upper Wlaittley included taking down power and Avenue, and nicknamed the telephone polls and placing the By Jullen Fore mn . "Happy House" wire underground. While Otis is credited with The dirt and sand promenade When the Shepards arrived on most of the advertising design of soon gave way to curving brick the Island, they wasted no time Catalina and the design of Cres- and stone wall(ways edged by a and set up a studio in the old "time cent, Dorothy played a major role. sea of grass and planters adorned shop" a little Spanish building Content working in the back- with Catalina tile. White sand, that once was on the corner of ground she designed signage, imported from Newport Beach, Tremont and Sumner. company uniforms, created paint- was added to the beaches and Dorothy Shepard once com- ings, cooked, and raised their two full-grown palm and olive trees, mented that the studio was a little children, barged from the mainland, wobbly, perhaps termite infested. Soon after the Shepard's graced the newly constructed She wallpapered it with a leftover arrival and the success of the El planters. billboard of a giant mermaid hold- Encanto, Mr. Wrigley announced Mushroom-shaped lights, now ing up the Island that Shepard had plans for remodeling the company known as "Shepard Lights", were designed for Catalina. She had owned buildings in an early Cali- installed along the promenade once remarked that it was a mar- ' fornia style and for the complete helping to complete the atmos- velous studio and that while they transformation of Avenida de la See or/s, page 7 Catalina Island brochure designed by Otis Shepard for the Santa Catalina Island Company.