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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIOAY February 10, 2017 VOLUME 103, ISSUE 6 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRIEFS Lady Lancers honor seniors LADY LANCERS HONOR SENIORS This Friday, Feb. 9, the Lady Lancers Basketball Program will be honoring their three seniors before the Webb Game at 6 pm. Taryn Minuto, Selina Morones and Yasmine Daza have given so much during their four years at Avalon. They have help lead Avalon to back to back League Championships and back to back CIF Semifinals. Come honor them this Friday and support them as they lead this year's group back to the playoffs. Ceremony begins at 5:50 p.m. followed by the Webb game. Medical Center looks to 'grow' quality of service In March 2016, Jason Paret, CEO contracted with Press Ganey, an industry leader in measuring and evaluating hospital performance, to know "what we do well and what needs to change." See story, page 2 Only on Catalina In 1977, the S. S. Catalina was put up for auction. Avalon Mayor George Scott and Chuck Liddell flew to San Diego to see the legendary vessel,. not to bid on it. See story, page 3 - Co-ed softball Catalina Co-Ed Softball returned this week to the newly renovated diamond on Joe Machado Field. See story, page 4 Avalon Harbor Report Avalon received 2 inches more rain in January this year than we received in all of 2014 and 2015 combined. There were 14 days of weather warnings: See story, page 5 All things scuba The scuba columnist suggests you think about adding fish to your diet. See story, page 5 When your golf course is Catalina Island Catalina's golf course was built by the Banning Brothers in 1892 and is the oldest operating course west of the Rocky Mountains. See story, page 6 Seventh-graders from Haskell Middle School in Cerritos recently spent a day on the Island Courtesy photo Course Catalina educates as part of the C0nservancy's science-based "Course Catalina." future scientists Conservancy brings why it's sometimes called "cow- istrator of the Boone Family boy cologne." The seventh-grade Foundation and has continued to lessons to life for students from Haskell Middle support Course Catalina. mainland students School in Cerritos spent a:"I love coming here with day exploring the wonders of them and seeing them experi- FOR THE ISLANDER Catalina thanks to the Catalina ence all that Catalina has to Island Conservancy's "Course offer - from the boat trip to hik- The youngsters eagerly hiked Catalina." Over the past 19 years, ing through the wildlands," he nearly three miles roundtrip to this science-based program has said. "It's wonderful to see how Catalina's Ben Weston Beach, brought classroom lessons to life Catalina and its beauty can have frequently stopping on the trail by giving hundreds of pre-teens such a profound effect on them." to ask about plants and bugs and an opportunity to spend a day how they fit into the Island's experiencing the Island. Inspiring a passion ecosystem. Dr. George Boone, an ortho-for science They dug through the sand dontist who became a real The student's teacher, at the beach in search of tiny estate developer and a leading Elizabeth Ortega, said that "see- insects they'd never seen before, Southern California philanthro- ing all of this firsthand- nothing and they seriously sniffed a twig pist, launched the program. His can come close to that in helping of coastal sage to understand son, Nick Boone, is the admin- Students, Page 8 I Most customers will immediately go back to 25% water use BYX3HARLES M. KELLY The audience applauded Tuesday night when a Southern California Edison representative told the City Council that Avalon water ration- ing would be "adjusted" down to 25 percent. Most Avalon residents, more than 90 percent, according to an Edison statement, will see their water limits reduced. The change officially went into effect Tuesday. Some Islanders will still have to save 50 percent of their base- line water use: residents of the West End, the Isthmus, White's Landing, Tonyon, the Airport-in- the-Sky, Little Harbor, Blackjack and Empire Landing. While some people regarded the announcement as good news, some Avalon officials remain concerned about long term water storage. The change in water ration- ing was the result of recent rains that have raised the water level at Middle Ranch Reservoir to 283 acre feet. The reservoir can holdup to 1,100 acre feet of water. Technically, Catalina will remain in Stage 3 rationing. When the Public Utilities Commission authorized Edison to go to Stage 3 last fall, the electricity compa- ny was given flexibility with the water rationing rates. According to Edison, changing back to Stage 2 rationing would be a longer pro- Water, Page 5 Mysterious Island Catalina's facts, folklore, and fibs This Week: THE ELUSIVE LUXURY SUBMARINE BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Over the years that I've~ , hved on Catalina, I ve heard a number of tales from local boaters and fish- ermen of mysterious lights that appear from time to time in the ocean depths. One well-known local angler once told me of an evening fishing expedition off the East End that resulted in one of these encoun- ters. He and his buddies were sit- ting in their skiff when they noticed, deep below them, an array of bright lights traversing the gloom. To this gentleman, there was no other explanation than that they had witnessed a visitor world. Now, far be it for me to up a perfectly good extraterrestrial accounting for Watson, Page 10 For $185,000 a night, you can stay aboard the "Lovers Deep," one of many luxury submarines plying the briny deep around the world. Photo courtesy Oliver's Travels -"7