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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS F.|DAV February 21, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 8 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRI[FS Candidates' Question Up until our March 21 edition, The Catalina Islander will offer each candidate an opportunity to answer, one question per week. It will be posted in the Friday edi- tion of the paper and the answers will be due via email to editor@ thecatalinaislander.com by 5 p.m. the following Wednesday. Next week's question is: "Do you per- ceive a problem of illegal drugs in Avalon and is enough being done to control them?" See this week's answers starting on page 6 The Babies Of 2013 It's time for the Islander's announcements of the babies born in 2013. It is seeking photos of the babies with one or both parents, full names of the par- ents and the baby and the baby's date of birth. Send to: editor@ thecatalinaislander.com. There will also be a group photograph of the parents and the babies, with the time and location to be announced. Record high visitor counts January of this year saw the high- est visitor counts for that month of all time. Warm weather, low snow fall in the mountains and other factors were cited by the Chamber of Commerce. Baseball clinic open to all Catalina Island youth Local parents/guardians can already sign their children up for a one-day baseball clinic. The Avalon Sheriff's Youth Activities League will host the Hit & Run Baseball Clinic on Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Avalon High's baseball field. Register at all school offices and the Sheriff's Station. CIMC offers free 'ObamaCare' counseling Catalina Island Medical Center's Sandy Gutierrez is a certi- fied enrollment counselor with Covered California, the state component for what is commonly called "Obamacare." Gutierrez offers Weekday and evening appointments are available. Please call (310) 510-0700. March 23 is the deadline for insurance registration. Artist of the Month Who will be the Catalina Islander Artist of the Month? It could be you. Artists who would like to be spotlighted in the paper may send an inquiry to editor Dennis Kaiser at Dennis@thecatalinaislander. com. 10 Left to right back row: Martin Leyva, Jose Chavoya, Sergio Vallejo, Anthony Hernandez, Alberto Rodriguez, Saul De La Rosa, Willy Herrera, Daniel Hernandez, Jason Cisneros, and Juan De La Cruz. Left to right Middle Row" Ernesl~o Perez, Isaias Rios, Luis Amezcua, Cristian Martinez, Luis Gonzales, Daniel Alvarez, Jorge Contreras, Mauricio Rodriguez, Jesus Martinez, and Joe Franco. Left to right Front Row: Jason Campos, Alex Herrera, Cesar Ventura, Angel Hernandez. Photo courtesy of Carlos Martinez soccer swee 0 for the first 25 minutes nothing winning streak to 18 games. The game winning streak the Lancers BY CARLOS MARTINEZ was falling for the lancers until San Joaquin League champion have only allowed 7 goals and senior captain Alberto Rodriguez Avalon Lancers rounded out their currently have had 11 shootouts The Avalon Lancers boys var-scored a goal in the top right near-perfect regular-season slate this season. sity soccer team swept the ranked corner after that the lancers never with a 5-1 victory at home over They are well on their way to #8 Southland's Christian Eagles turned back and with the help of Southland's Christian. make a very deep C.I.E run. Stay two games with scores of 5 to 1 Cristian Martinez, Daniel Peralta, The Lancers are headed to tuned for there home games dur- and 5 to 1. Anthony Hernandez and Luis playoffs as the #1 ranked team ing the playoffs because they will On the first day the Eagles Herrera the lancers won 5 to 1. in Division VII! Saul De La Rosa need everyone's support. came out on fire with a lot of There next matchup the lanc- and Jose Chavoya each had two This team puts it all out on the energy and speed and scored the ers came out with power and in the victory and Alex Herrera field - their dedication and their first goal of the game leading 1 to determined to improve there contributed 1 goal! In this 18 boucoups of passion. Heroin comes to Avalon: Drug may have caused death BY CHARLES M. KELLY An Avalon woman died this past weekend, possibly as a result of a drug overdose. A council member said heroin activity had increased recently at points the Tuesday, Feb. 18, Avalon City Council meeting. "On February 16, 2014 at 8:10 a.m deputies, Fire Department personnel, and paramedics responded to the 100 block of Metropole Avenue regarding a possible drug overdose," wrote Capt. Doug Fetteroll in an email about last Sunday's death. Fetteroll commands the Avalon Sheriff's - Station. to possible "Paramedics found Jacqueline Reed, FW(female white)/31, a resident of Avalon, in full arrest. They transported her to the local hospital where she was pronounced dead. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide detectives responded to the scene and will handle the investigation. Preliminary infor- mation indicates that drug use was a factor, but the actual cause of death will be determined by the Coroner's Office," Fetteroll wrote. "This was a tragic case as it involved a young lady who was part of the Island community and loved by everyone who shared in her life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time," Fetteroll wrote. Council Member Ralph Morrow Heroin, Page 11 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Battle Of Los Angeles BY JIM WATSON EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Watson is the author of "'Mysterious Island: Cata- lina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores all over Avalon. This week marks the an- niversary of one of the most bizarre events ever to take place in the history of Southern California; an event that, of course, a slight Catalina twist. This infamous episode oc- curred in the wee early morning hours of February 25, 1942. And yet "The Bat- tle of Los Angeles," as it would come to be called, has remained one of the most baffling events in our history. This is in part because it turned out that this "battle" was evidently entirely one-sided and because-- to this day--no one is entirely sure just exactly what happened. Watson, Page 4 Avalon Library's Centennial is celebrated Friends of the Avalon Library members, Secretary Judy Grear and member Sue Muller serve up some cookies at the celebration event for the Avalon Library's lOOth anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 15. The library provided refreshments, music, and door priz- es-new kids' books and a Kindle. Presentations, including the awarding of door prizes. Courtesy photo .p