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VOLUME 98, SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 SSUE 6 ,.,OAr February 5, 2010 BRI[[S Tuna Club gives to CIMC The Tuna Club Foundation recently presented the Catalina Island Medical Center with a check for$4017.33 as a spe- cial contribution to the CIMC's administrative upgrade effort. CEO Bryan mallard accepted the check from Foundation president Mike Rivkin. Walk,A-Thon Pasta Night Students who signed up for Spring Break trip to Costa Rica are seeking pledges and dona- tions for their Walk-A-Thon Event this Sunday, Feb. 7, from 8-10 a.m. The students will raise funds with a "Pasta Night" at Coney Island on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for Children (10 years and under). Contact Bill or Cathy Moran for names of stu- dents selling (310) 510-2558.. Pancake Breakfast A Pancake Breakfast will be held in support'of four home-grown missionary girls on Saturday, Feb. 6. The breakfast will be held from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Cornerstone TeenCenter in the basement of the Community Church (236 Metropole Ave.). The missionaries to be honored are Charlie Armstrong Beche, Aubree Hunt, Sabrina Johnson and Katie Palmer. In April, Beche will beheading off for a two-month mission trip toHaiti; Hunt will go to Bangladesh, and Palmer to will go to Azerbaijan. Johnson will foJIow in May with her two-week trip to Cambodia. Tickets prices are: $7 for adults; $5 for youth (12-17); $3 for kids (3-11) and $20 for families (up to seyen people). Boys Baskeball The Avalon Boy's Basketball team is going through a learning process as they struggle with this year's San Joaquin League play. The Lancers are young and inexperienced, while the league is made up of veteran players. In their first league game against E__astside Christian, Avalon lost 65-41. See story, page 5. Between Two Harbors After a period of wet, stormy weather during the middle part of January, this past week turned around dramatically. Fair and mild days, punctuated by a beau- tiful "Wolf Moon" weekend brou- ght about a welcome change all over the Island. Bright sunshine sparked a significant burst of growth for the Island's plant life, while the brilliant "Wolf Moon" illuminated the skies with clarity and visibility. See story, page 4. New babies of 2009 and their mothers gathered for a photo opportunity by the Islander and a complementary lunch hosted by The Landing Restaurant Tuesday, Feb. 2. Top row (left to right): Cristina Chavoya, Patty Ventura, Rosalba Lopez, Lupita Alverez, Denise Karstens. Bottom row (left to right): Ofelia Gonzalez, Sandra Gonzalez, Jennifer Leonhardi, Lucia Sandaval, Irene Salorzano, Jeannine Pedersen. See all photos on page 6 & 7. Sherriffs station seeks info on truck crash Deck: Driver of stolen vehicle fled from Hermit Gulch crash scene On Monday, Feb. 1, at approximately 5:38 a.m., the Avalon Sheriff's Station received a call reporting a traffic colli- sion involving a pickup truck at Hermit Gulch Campground. The truck had skidded off the roadway and into a planted area, hitting a fresh water main. Water spewed from the broken-off valve at a rate of approximately 100 gallons per minute for about an hour and a half. Deputies determined that the pick up had been stolen, unbe- knownst to the owner. The sus- pect driver fled the scene. Prior to this traffic colli- sion there were at least five vandalisms to vehicles involv- ing broken windows near Dump Road. The vandalisms occurred the same night as the crash. A separate vehicle/golf cart had been stolen and pushed over a cliff in an area where several of the vehicle van- dalisms had occurred. Deputies believe all. of these crimes were committed by the same group (two or more) of young males. Tom Campaneli's stolen truck sheared off a water valve at Hermit Gulch Campground, dumping about 900 galleons of fresh water. "This level if aggressive van- dalism and mayhem should not be tolerated in this small commu- nity. The parents of these children should be held accountable," said sheriffs, Page 2 Express closes Long Beach for dredging Catalina Express is temporar- ily moving all of its scheduled Long Beach to Avalon and Two Harbors boat service from the Downtown Long Beach Catalina Landing to its port at Berth 95 in San Pedro. The move, necessary to accommodate dredging in the Catalina Landing basin is effective Tuesday, March 9, 2010 through Thursday , April 15. The California .' ; Coastal Commission recently approved the project. Dredging operations are required to maintain a 15-foot clear- ance for vessel access to the port. The city of Long Beach, in coop- eration with the Abbey Company, . is performing the dredging project. Wbrk is eXpbeted t Uelt4 i01[itlt 9 and end approximately April 15, after which Catalina Express will resume normal operations at the Long Beach Landing. Catalina Express will operate the Long Beach schedule of service from San Pedro. For schedule infor- mation, visit www:catalinaexpress. com, or call (800) 429-4601. " " " Parking Accommodations/ Shuttle Service Tuesday, March 9-Thursday, April 15, 2010 To assist passengers who uti- lize long term parking at the Long Beach Catalina Landing terminal, Catalina Express has arranged for a free shuttle between the Long Beach Catalina Landing and the San Pedro terminal. Express, Page 7 Harbor tragedy Excerpts from the Catalina Islander January 15, 1970 Two men lost their lives Saturday afternoon when their 19- foot boat was hit by nearly five tons of high-speed aircraft. The plane, a Grumman Goose belonging to Catalina Airlines, was making a landing and the col- lision occurred near the entrance to Avalon Bay The plane had made an approach down Avalon Canyon and had, reportedly, made its first contact with the water before striking the boat. Killed were Robert Hill, 38, of Corona Del Mar and Clarence Nurmi, 45, of Newport Beach. Their bodies were taken to the local morgue from their damaged boat by Sheriff's deputies. Following the impact Pilot J/ckson Hughes continued air- borne and returned his craft safely to Long Beach Airport. The plane did not sustain heavy damage. This tragic accident was the first . one in which lives were lost in the 16-year history of the airline. This is an exceptional safe- ty record for an air service that has made over 100,000 take-offs and landings from waters that are sometimes rough and often crowd- ed with boats. Airline and Federal officials are investigating the crash to determine its cause. On MOnday, movie camera equipped planes were making A Grumman Goose skims the waterat Avalon Bay near where a tragic crash took place in 1970 that killed two men when the aircraft hit their boat. approaches to simulate the prob- lems that might have occurred and been factors in the crash and eye witnesses were being interviewed. The tragedy has focused com- munity and airline attention on the possible dangers of aircraft opera- tions in a sm. all craft harbor. Editor's note: This crash was one of many accidents and mishaps that plagued the Catalina seaplanes in the 1960s and 1970s. Aging equipment and the frantic pace of seaplane schedules, coupled with a trend in increased litigation dur- ing the time period, helped bring about the end of the seaplane era on the Island. Future articles in the Islander will examine these "ups and downs" in this part of Catalina's history.