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Page 4 Tie OATAUNA ISUNDER Friday, January 27, 2006 II III I Here it is mid-January and the days continue to have the look and the feel of summer, at least until the sun sets. It cools considerably, usually requiring at least a sweat- shirt or a light sweater or jacket. Of course, compared to many parts of the country, where snow, rain, and sleet prevail, the need to don a light . outer garment for warmth is a long way removed from the need for long-johns, down jackets and wool gloves. Along with the warm sunshine during the entire week, offshore winds also made for crystal clear air and visibilities nearly unlimited. The entire main- land coast was clearly visible from any vantage point on the Island, and from the summits, one could see for miles and miles. Not only did the hills and mountains on the mainland stand out for all to see from the Airport Summit, but so did nearly all of the Channel Islands. About three-dozen boats moored in West End coves over the weekend, only a fraction of the Doug Oudln Staff Writer typical turnout on any summer weekend, but not too bad for Jan- uaxy. While here, they relished the quiet and serene ambiance that prevails on the Island. during these postcard-perfect winter days. Most of those visiting boaters also seemed to get a real kick out of the pontoon boat service that is cur- rently being used to get people ashore while the pier is under con- struction. Late Sunday evening and most of the day on Monday a moder- ate northeaster ~ developed, with winds building to about 25 knots and swells of 1-3' pounding local The crew from beaches. Fortunately, there were no boats moored or anchored in any of the "front side" coves. All those that had moored on Friday distinctive white head that distin- and Saturday either departed for guishes mature birds, was seen home, or relocated to the protected feeding on the decaying carcass of waters of Cat Harbor before the a sea lion. It had washed ashore winds arrived, not far from the Isthmus Pier One of Catalina's resident Bald about a week ago. Perched upon Eagles made itself right at home in the rotting corpse, along with Isthmus Cove during the past few about a dozen ravens, the large days. The young eagle, apparently eagle stoically pecked away at the full-grown but not yet sporting the putrid flesh of the sea lion for sev- eral consecutive mornings. High tide eventually washed the carcass back out to sea. Connelty Pacific Construction Photo Muc a Company started the demolition and reconstruction phase of the pier renovation project. Although the eagle's orange wing tag was clearly evident, its identifying tag number was not discernable. It appears to be the same young eagle that has been seen on a regular basis above Fourth of July Cove and in Catali- na Harbor in recent days. Serious work began on the Isth- mus Pier this past weeL where the crew from Colmelly Pacific Con- struction Company started the demolition and reconstruction Dr. Jim FAMILY DENTISTRY Serving Catalina Island with a smile! 4301 ATLANTIC AVE LONG BEACH (562) 426-9308 Islanders- 15% discount with this adl phase of the pier renovation proj- ect. Throughout the Isthmus, the sounds of pounding and. heavy machinery reverberated steadily during daylight hours. Particularly noticeable was the thumping of the pile-driver setting new pilings into place. By Friday afternoon a total of nine new pilings were set, and approximately 25-30 feet of the old pier decking was removed. The pile-driver did create a reso- nant throbbing sound throughout the Isthmus, a minor annoyance for some people, but it was not too unlike the heavy bass that emanates from some of the per- sonal entertainment centers belonging to younger generation residents. For a few of those "young- sters:' the rhythmic thumping was probably even somewhat soothing and melodious. ,+ ee Select these three engrossing books about Catalina Island. S ,* Rich history, incredible pictures! Over 350 rare & significant photo. 39.9s Authorized by Wrigley family Rare, behind-the-scenes look at Wrigley family's life on the Magic Island 172 pages filled with many rare family photos! Hard cover books $59.75 Soft cover books $37.75 Catalina Islaml.--a War Zone! More than 190 captivating photos never before published. $25. AVAItABI E Off ?]'E! t,S[ ~dqD A1: Catalina Museum Sugarloaf Books The Steamer Trunk Two Harbors General Stores Buoys & Gulls F. Pyke Bookseller Cadob's Mexicen Shop The Hen House oe: Phone 877.963.7550 Fax 626.963.9818 Visit www.whiteUmibKleditions.com +