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FROM THE AVALON HARBOR DEPARTMENT: Unusual for January, the harbor measured only .02 inches of rain and recorded several days of very warm temperatures. On the 14th the high temperature reached 80 degrees. The forecast for Martin Luther King holiday called for calm wind and sea conditions to the delight of the almost 150 boats arriving to visit over the 3 day weekend. The first Saturday of the month was a busy one for emergency responders. At 11:50 a.m. the Coast Guard received a distress call from a 55' vessel approxi- mately 10 miles east of Avalon, reporting that they were tak- ing on water. Vessel Assist and Baywatch Avalon responded to the scene and during the transport of the 4 occupants by Baywatch to Avalon a call of an airplane down approximately 5 miles North of Avalon was received. Our Rescue boat responded to the scene as well as Baywatch Isthmus and Baywatch Avalon. Fortunately a passing boat retrieved the 2 passengers from the airplane reporting no injuries. The airplane passengers were put aboard Baywatch Avalon along with the 4 boat passengers and all 6 were brought to Avalon for assessment. On the 27th Avalon welcomed the Carnival "Imagination", a sis- ter ship of the "Inspiration" that will call on Avalon every week. The "Imagination", a Fantasy class ship, was built in 1995 and has previously operated out of Miami, cruising the Caribbean. She left the east coast on January 10th, transited the Panama Canal and arrived in Long Beach on January 26 after stopping at six 'ports of call in the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Mexico. Twenty-eight island residents were aboard. The "Sapphire Princess" called on Avalon twice also, including Avalon in their "West Coast Getaway" cruises. January 2014 stats: People aboard boats 1976 Rain .02 Vessels Moored 494 Moorings Sold/transferred 1 Vessels Anchored 41 Citations Issued 1 Lost/Stolen Reports 0 Discharges 0 Accident Reports 0 Cruise Ship Passengers: 17,229 Average Temp - High 66 Inspiration - 4 weeks 12,341 Average Temp - Low 56 Imagination- 1 week 2,227 Average Sea Temp 60 Sapphire Princess - 2 weeks 5,516 The Harbor Department is respon- sible for assigning moorings, pro- viding security and enforcement of state and local laws, maintaining a fleet of boats, floats and struc- tures on the waterfront, adminis- tering waterside business permits and scheduling dock times for commercial passenger vessels. The Harbor Patrol has a fulltime staff comprised of the Harbor Master, Assistant Harbor Master, Administrative Assistant, 11 Harbor Patrol Officers and 4 Maintenance Personnel. During the summer months an additional 8 Harbor Patrol Assistants and 5 Sanitation Workers are added to the staff to serve the boating pub- lic and citizens of Avalon. CIMC offers free enrollment stand the system. "I want to help Catalina Island Medical Center counseling for affordable people, especially those with no ahoracuenta con ayuda para care act coverage access to the Internet or who pri- aquellos quenecesitan inscribirse marily speak Spanish," Gutierrez o cambiar su cobertura de ase- Catalina island Medical Center shared, guranza. CIMCcuenta con Sandy now has help for those needing to Weekday and evening appoint-, Gutierrez que es una consejera sign up or change their insurance ments are available. Please call certificada en la inscripci6n de coverage under thenew affordable (310) 510-0700. March 23, 2014 "California cubierto" el compo- care act. CIMC's Sandy Gutierrez is the deadline for insurance reg- nente del estado comunmente is a certified enrollment coun- istration, conocido como "Obamacare." La etor with "Covered California"-'. CIMC cares about assisting rita Gutirrrez, puede, ayudar, alos the state component for what is patients with accessing affordable pacientes a comprender el sistema. commonly called +"Obamacare". healthcare plans. : ,"Quiero ayudar a ta genre, espe- Gutierrez can help patients under- Spanish translation cialmente los que no." Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@thecatalinaislander.com Editor Dennis Kaiser editor@thecatalinaislander.com Advertising Jon Remy advertising@thecatalinaislander.com Office Assistant Kristy Throndson office@thecatalinaislander.com Accounting Judy Murray judy@localnewspapers.org Graphic Designer Christy Smith 635 CRESCENT AVENUE SUITE A AVALON CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 DEADUNES Calendar: Noon Monday [ News: 5 p.m. Monday I Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday I Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday I Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to manager@eleews.us One Year Subscription: Catalina $39 Mainland $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $80/year A Publication of CommunityMedla Corporation. CATALINA ISLANOER (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, RR. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marflle Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704 The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be repro- duced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher, This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 4D 2014 and TiRe Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc All Rights Reserved. www.ivcatalina.com ~ PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION BUOYS [][][][] & i GULLS,',: , / BACKBY POPU Catalina's popular landmark ornaments are now back in stock and available at Buoys & Gulls. 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The grey sea spread to the So thank the Express, south, Flat on the horizon- As far Thirty years of the best, as the eye could see. Thirty more, the children will But the captain was steady,be captains. Not a swell or an eddy, So when I think of that grey, Would deter his boat from On that Thanksgiving Day, course. I'll know that the keel will stay The passengers chattered, true- The rain hardly mattered, So don't hesitate, don't be late, All were happy to enter the The Express is waiting for cove. you. Now it is night, - Gaff Dearden 2 i Friday, February 21, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER