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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 'I‘DG CH'I‘HLIIIH ,_.iiif35f7fffffjjif]ff Important information about Island City Council election Candidates and those helping campaigns, take note. In late March The Islander will publish statements from each of the City Council candidates. These will begin with name, occupation, age and years on Catalina. Each can- didate will then have a maximum of 500 words to explain their posi- tions on issues and why readers deserve their vote. From now until the election, the Islander will only print election letters that deal with issues, not specific candi- dates. Waterrlevel As of Monday, Feb. 15, the Middle Ranch Reservoir water level mea- sured 197 acre feet. Planning director hearing The City Council hearing of Amanda Cook’s appeal of then- City Manager Ben Harvey's deci- sion to fire her last October is tentatively scheduled to continue on March 10. Freight case to Public Utilities Commission The California Public Utilities Commission will hold a hearing Thursday, Feb. 25, to decide which freight companies will be allowed to ship goods to Catalina island. Letter to the Editor John King explains why he resigned as chair of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. ‘ r See story, page 2 Harbor Clean-Up is Saturday The Annual Avalon Harbor Clean- Up has reached its 35th year. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20. As a tribute to the pic- neers of scuba, there will be a vin- tage dive gear exhibit on display next to the stage on Crescent Avenue. See story, page 4 The Catalina Island Women’s Golf Club held their annual Valentine Scramble Golf Tournament last Thursday, Feb. 11. Wearing shades of pink Wand sportingxelentiaeaeartsen shirts andrhats, the golfers enjoyed a morning of perfect golfingweather. .Seen above are them, place team members Ellen Hodge. Alison Osinski, Judy Greer, and Phyllis Lorenzen. ln second place was the team with Pat Hoefs, Val Schafer, Betty Tejeda and Marty Ashleigh. Elena Maria won the closest-to-hole contest, and Betty Tejeda won for the longest drive. After the tourna- ment, the participants had lunch at Maggie's Blue Rose. Courtesy photo FnioAv February 19, VOLUME 102, Issue 8 www.'l'HECArALmAlsunnamcom ISLHIIDGR No water rationing change yet A decision on further rationing might be made in June BY CHARLES M. KELLY A Southern California Edison representative told the City Council this week that the Island remains in Stage Two (25 percent) water rationing. Jeff Lawrence, senior project manager for Edison, said if more strict rationing is required, a deci- sion could come in June. If further rationing is required, it might be less than 50 percent.As for Edison’s new desalination unit, Lawrence said the plant will have all the permits required to operate by mid—March. He said the additional 60,000 gal— lons that the plant can produce will be available in April. The council has asked for an Edison representa- tive at each council meeting. Officials may reclassify Island Fox as threatened Catalina Island Fox status could be called ‘threatened’ STAFF REPORT Federal wildlife officials recently proposed removing three subspecies of foxes native to California’s Channel Islands from the Endangered Species list. If the proposal is approved, the Catalina Island Fox would be reclassified, or “downlisted” as threatened. The public has until April 18 to comment on the proposal. ' According to Julie King, Catalina Island Conservancy direc— tor of Conservation & Wildlife Management, the Conservancy’s work with the Island Fox is not yet done. “While the recovery of the endangered Catalina Island Fox population is one of the great conservation success stories, the Catalina Island Conservancy will be engaged in active management of the foxes on the Island for many years to come. Conservation work is never done, especially on an Island visited by nearly one mil— lion people each year. As a result, the Catalina Island Fox will be downlisted, rather than delisted, because of the need for continued management,” she said. The US. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced a proposal to remove the San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Island Fox subspecies from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife would be a historic success for the mul— tiple partners involved in recovery efforts. ‘ The Wildlife Service is also proposing to downlist, or improve the status of, Island Foxes on Santa Catalina Island from endan- gered to threatened under the ESA. Since the Island Foxes were Fox, Page MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina’s facts, folklore andfibs This Week: Into Dakar BY JIM WATSON through severe growing pains. Film benefit to feature classic comedies The 29th Annual Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit takes place at 1 pm. on Saturday, May 21, in the historic Avalon Casino Theatre. See story, page 5 For both economic and cultural reasons, the countryside just ain’t where it’s at anymore in many countries. It’s a worldwide phenomenon, with people in rural areas increasingly moving from their small towns and villages to the big city lights, where there are (supposedly) jobs and health care and something that resembles an infra— Editor’s Note: This is the sixth 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 Lady Lancers advance to Avalon. second round of playoffs . The Lady Lancers Basketball pro- gram after the win against Holy Martyrs goes into the playoffs ranked No. 2. See story, page 8 Like many large cities around the world—and I’m speaking specifically of the structure. developing world—the Senega— Like most of these urban areas, : lese capital city of Dakar is going Watson, Page You can get anything you want—and a bunch of things that you don't want—at the Marche Sandaga in downtown Dakar. Photo by Jim Watson