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SERVING CATALINA & ITS /AINLANI) FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 99, ISSUE 7 B.R][[S CPR class Tuesday, Feb. 22 The Avalon Fire Department will be doing a CPR/First Aid class at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Avalon Fire Station, To partici- pate, call Capt. Alegria at (310) 510-02030, extension 335, and leave your name, phone number and e-mail. Prospective students may also e-mail Capt. Alegria at mj alegria@c ityofavalon.com. The cost: $40 per person. Cards will be valid for two years. Student immunization need- ed for new school year For the school year 2011-12, all students entering 7th- to 12th- grades are required by law to be immunized against pertussis, also known as whooping cough, by Sept, 7in order to attend a public school. There is a widespread out- break in California, which has led to many infant deaths. See story, page 4 Catalina Island: A Presidential Paradise Several United States presidents, including Ronald Reagan, have either visited Catalina Island or have been "indelibly associated with it. President Richard M. Nixon was the last commander-in- chief to visit the Island. Resident Harvey Cowell, now 98, has vivid memories of that day. See story, page 5 Boys Basketball team heads for CIF Playoff games The Avalon Boys Basketball team gained an automatic berth in the 2011 CIF Southern Section Playoffs on Wednesday, Feb. 9. The Lancers are playing their best brand of basketball at just the right time. See story, page 2 Retired Cub Visits Museum Retired Chicago Cubs short- stop Ernie Banks recently vis- ited Catalina as Catalina Island MuSeum was putting the finishing touches on "The Boys in Blue." See story, page 6. Local historians building list of Island natives Catalina residents Sandy Putnam and Chuck Liddell are attempt- ing to compile a list of everyone who was born on the Island. If you know anyone, living or dead, who was born on Catalina, they want to hear from you. See story, page 8: Mysterious Island Jim Watson tells how in the fall of 1987, a gentleman by the name of Peter Hameline said he had an encounter with Bigfoot--yes, Bigfoot--right here on Catalina. See story, page 2. " California Maritime Academy cadets from Catalina Island: Tommy Gill, George Foote, Chaz Delehant, Nick Radde, Kim Butte, Raymond Ponce, and Troy Oudin. Island's maritime cadets excel Foote, senior and Two Harbors resident, Tommy Gill, senior and Avalon resident, Kevin Hartley, freshman and Cherry Cove resi- dent, Troy Oudin, senior and Two Harbors resident, Raymond Ponce, senior and Avalon resident and Nick Radde, senior and Avalon resident. At the Cal Maritime Academy students can pursue bachelors de- grees in international business and logistics, facilities engineer- ing technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineer- ing technology, marine transporta- tion, and mechanical engineering. Six of the Island's seven graduat- ing seniors this year are marine transportation majors, and, Troy Oudin, is a marine engineering technology major. One of the unique facets of the educational program at Cal Maritime is that all of the licensed cadets must go on two training cruises (aboard the school's boat) as Well as a two-month' commer- "cial cruise, during which they ship out with a private company. These commercial cruise voyages include work on tankers, container ships, roll-on roll-off car carriers, offshore supplyvessels, drill ships, ferries and dredges. When asked what was their mo- tivation to leave the Island and go to the Maritime Academy, most of these Islander students said that BTH, Page 4 BY ELLIE STEVENS Approximately i00 miles northwest of Catalina Island in Vallejo, California, eight of the Is- land's college-aged youth are cur- rently studging at the Cal Maritime Academy. Seven of those eight are cur- rently seniors and all seven of those seven just mastered the final US Coast Guard sanctioned por- tion of their final exams (exams for which they have been prepar- ing for four years). Bravo, Island scholars! These nautically trained Island- ers are (in alphabetical order): Kim Butte, -senior and part-time Ava- lon resident, Chaz Delehant, se- nior and Avalon resident, George ,,,,** February 18, 2011 AMENDED EVENT PERMIT RULES CITY WOULD BE ABLE TO OK EVENTS 13 MONTHS AHEAD IN ADVANCE BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 15, approved on first reading a municipal code amend- ment allowing special event per- mits to be issued 13 months ahead of time. The ordinance amending the section of the city code con- cerning parades and special events will come back to the council for a second reading at a future date. City Attorney Scott Campbeli said he was contacted by the Cata- lina Island Chamber of Commerce shortly before the most recent Cata- lina Triathalon with a request for a permit for next year's event. While he was looking at the city code, Campbell discovered that Avalon law does not allow permits to be issued more than 60 days pri- or to an event. Campbell said that didn't make sense for annual events, so staff prepared an ordinance amendment to allow for a longer lead time. Wayne Griffin, president and CEO of the Chamber, said the 13- month lead 'time was reasonable. Griffin said when you hold an annual event, you want to be able to announce that you have a permit for the following year's event. Griffin asked if the amended code would give preference to lo- cal organizations seeking permits. Campbell said he thought the Permit, Page 8 Catalina's hotels and homes (Excerpt from William Sanford White and Kim Stotts--The Wrigley Family-- A legacy of Leadership in Santa Catalina Island.) Under Philip K. Wrigley's lead- ership, the Island's housing needs for residents and visitors contin- ued to grow. His tenure was a time of expansion and renovation for Catalina's hotels, multi-unit hous- ing and residential neighborhoods. During the 1930s, the Resorts Division of the Santa Catalina Is- land Company oversaw the admin- istration of the hotels and villas of- feting overnight accommodations for visitors. After Pearl Harbor, the Island was so deserted that the Is- land Company began looking for Hamilton Cove is seen during its construction. ways to utilize their properties to assist the war effort; sending pic- torial booklets of propertie s avail- able for training purposes to vari- ous branches of the military. The Hotel-Atwater, Hotel St. Catherine and Island Villas were used by the Maritime Service to house crews training at the-Coun- try C1/lb, the Cubs ballpark and the Casino. The Las Casitas Bun- galows were used as officer hous- ing. Military families rented ev- ery available room in town to be close to their loved ones. The hotel proiaerties suffered a tremendous Homes, Page 9