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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY February 12, 2016 VOLUME 102, ISSUE 7 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRiF.F5 President's Day Avalon City Hall will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of President's Day. Trash collec- tion will take place as scheduled. Important information about Island City Council election From now until the April 12 elec- tion, the Islander will only print election letters that deal with issues, not specific candidates. See page 4 Lancers at Staples Center The Avalon Boys Varsity Basketball team had the experi- ence of a lifetime recently when they traveled to Los Angeles to play at the world famous Staples Center. See story, page 2 Only on Catalina Chuck Liddell describes his efforts to earn a commercial driv- ing license, an effort that required passing many tests. See story, page 3. Opinion: Someone who goes above and beyond Cal Parsons has qualified for the Olympic-distance race at the 2016 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships on Aug. 13th in Omaha, Nebraska, after finishing in the top 10- percent in his age group at the Catalina Island Triathlon held last November. See story, page 4 Kennedy-Catiglione wedding Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kennedy recently announced the wed- ding of their daugher Courtney Kennedy to Andy Castiglione. See story, page 5 Tourism Commission official coming to Catalina Brian Tucker, of the California Travel and Tourism Commission, will visit Catalina Island, Feb. 17 -19, to attend a special Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Mixer on Feb. 18. See story, page 5 nues Former planning director wants to be reinstated BY CHARLES M. KELLY The 2015-16 Lady Lancer Soccer Club of Avalon High School. Congratulations on an excellent season with great memories for our seniors. Coach Andrew Hobbs says, "Loads of talent in the bunch ... many of these girls began their training as early as July of last summer] Courtesy photo Island plants for research Conservancy's 'Herbarium, holds 3,000 specimens BY AMY CATALANO The Catalina Island Conservancy's herbarium is one of the Island's best kept secrets. Located just outside the gates of the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, the herbarium is a small building that houses a treasure the early 1900s and compare them trove ofabout3,000preservedplant to today's plants to see how the specimens from Catalina Island and plants may have changed over time. the other Channel Islands. Collections made today will pro- Most are trees, shrubs and wild- vide future researchers with this flowers, and many rare plants, same opportunity. Herbariums found only on the Island or oth- can also provide pollen for vari- erwise important to researchers, ous studies. In 2013, Conservancy These preserved specimens give staff collected pollen samples from researchers a glimpse into the past 465 specimens in the herbarium and an opportunity to see how and sent the pollen to a researcher plants have evolved. " who was reconstructing prehistor- Researchers can study preserved specimens of plants collected in Research, Page 7 The hearing to determine if former Planning Director Amanda Cook will be reinstated is expected to continue today, at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall. The hearing is expected to last the entire day. Last Friday's special meeting of the City Council lasted more than seven hours. Cook is appealing then-City Manager Ben Harvey's decision to fire her in October 2015. Cook worked for Avalon for 21 years. , Attorneys representing the city manager's office and Cook agree that in April, Cook asked the Catalina Island Museum to submit a revised site plan for the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building project. The questions in dispute are: whether the revised site plan was necessary whether Cook altered the Museum's plan or simply added a spreadsheet to the application whether Museum representa- tives knew about the changes to numbers whether Cook's actions are cause for discipline and if so, whether firing Cook was the appropriate punishment. Also at iSsue is whether Harvey wanted to remove Cook before the Museum construction project began. Cook is seeking compensa- tion as well as back pay and rein- statement. MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Pead Of The Sahel BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a series of columns detailing the author's travels to Africa. Jim Watson is the author of "'Mysterious Island: Catalina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. I get a strange sat- isfaction out of know- ing that there are still a number of major world airports out there where you de-plane the old fashioned way: down a rick- ety step ladder that's wheeled up to your aircraft. No climate-con- trolled terminal awaits you. You are instead immediately thrust into your new environs: sights, sounds, smells and all. Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport in Da- kar, Senegal, is one of those places. But I also knew that along with the quaintness of old-fashioned deplaning would come the "quaint- ness" of old-fashioned immigra- Watson, Page 9 The African city of Dakar basks in the mid-Atlantic sun. More than a 90 percent of them Muslim, live here. Photo by Jim Watson million people, roughly