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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 99, ISSUE 9 BRi[FS ................................... Inaugural International Film Festival The inaugural Avalon International Film Festival will be held March 25-27 at the Catalina Casino Theatre and Ballroom. The festivfil will feature a variety of short film programs and feature films: For more information, visit www.ava- Lancers end winning run The Avalon Boys Varsity Basketball Team's last game of the year ended its dreams of suc - cess in the 2011 CIF Southern Section Playoffs. On Wednesday, Feb. 23 the Lancers lost to the top ranked team, the Wolfpack from Valley Torah. See'story, page 2 Fresh water on Catalina World wide, 1 billion people live without access to safe drinking water. Here, surrounded by salt- water, Catalina Islanders have regular access to fresh water. Yet some West End residents really don't know where their water comes from. See story, page 4 Oscar helps ClMC Foundation raise money About 75 people attended An Evemng With Oscar on Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Catalina Island Yacht Club. The event raised money for the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. See story, page 6 30th harbor cleanup comes up high and dry Despite dire weather warnings of a severe downpour and possibly even snow, Saturday, Feb. 26 dawned with blue sky and sun- shine for the 30th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup. "Out of the 345 who registered, we estimated that about 225 divers actually participated," said Jill Boivin, dive coordinator. See story, page 7 See who made the Avalon Schools Honor Roll for the first semester Avalons School have named their high school and middle school honorees from 3.0 to 3.9 GPA with 4.0 students who made all A grades. See lists on page 9. Mysterious Island's history of UFOs On a lovely spring day in April of 1966, a Mr. Leland Hansen was performing some aerial photogra- phy work for the U.S.Navy near White's Landing when he spot- ted what appeared to be a shiny, cylindrical object speeding along the ridge near Blackjack Peak. See story, page 5 D Recipients of the Arrow of Light Award (left to right): Daniel Nelson, Matthew Agresta, Jen Lavelle (Webelos leader), Paul Perea, Jr. Avalon Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts celebrated the 101st year of-scouting at their 2011 Blue and Gold Dinner on Monday, Feb. 28 at Tremont Hall. Photo by Lod Wallerman- Nelson Tractor-trailer rolls off road BY DENNIS KAISER no serious injuries, said Hector to assist mariners in distress and Work crews from Herca Tele- com Services, Inc. were scheduled to begin pulling a tractor-trailer up and off of the hillside today after it rolled off from it on Tuesday. The incident occurred about midday on the road from the top of Mt. Ofizaba, and the Island's highest peak. Two men were rid- ing in the truck when it went off the side of the dirt road, It tumbled and landed on its side amid some brush and trees, Which apparently kept the vehicle from sliding and rolling further down the mountain. The two men were able to kick out the back window and escape. "We are glad that there were Castellon, president and CEO of Herca, which is headquartered in Perris. He described what led up to and occurred during the accident. "We were moving equipment out flom Orizaba down to the barge area," Castellon said. The truck was part of an ongo- ing convoy of trucks that have used the road over the last five weeks or so. They were bringing equip- ment and other items up and down the mountain for the U.S. Coast Guard's Rescue 21 Project tower they were helping construct: Rescue 21 is the United States Coast Guard's advanced command, control and communications sys- tem. Created to improve the ability save lives and property at sea, the system is currently being installed in stages across the United States. According ,to the Coast Guard, it is the maritime version of the telephone 9-1-1 emergency num- ber. With its advanced direction- finding capabilities and increased range, it facilitates better com- mtmication and interoperability among first responders in emer- gency situations and provides in- creased communications coverage out to a minimum of 20 nautical miles offthe coastal zone. Castellon said he could not re- veal the men's name's, but said one of the victims was his father. Rail, Page 2 ,.,.,, March 4, 2011 'BIG' DEVELOPMENT PROJECT CITY STAFF WOULD PROPOSE A JOINT PROJECT WITH THE ISLAND COMPANY. TIME FOR REDEVELOPMENT MAY BE RUNNING OUT BY CHARLES M. KELLY The chair of the Avalon Com- munity Improvement Agency di- rected staff to look at carrying out a development project with Santa Catalina Island Company on Tues- day, March 1. 'The ACIA, the-city's redevel- opment agency, is made up of the same individuals who serve on the Avalon City Council. Avalon Chief Administrative Officer Charlie Wagner told the agency that staff had explored low and moderate income housing pro- grams. He asked the agency for permis- sion to explore the possibility of doing "a big project" with the Is- land Company. City Attorney Scott Campbell said the chair could give staff di- rection to go ahead. "Please do," said Councilman Tim Winslow, who is head of the ACIA. "We need to come up with a good plan," said Mayor Bob Ken- nedy, expressing concern that Ava- lon might not have a redevelopment agency for much longer. Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan calls for the suspension ofredevel- Council, Page 8 Catalina Island Pottery & Tile EXCERPT FROM CAROLE COATES' "CATALINA ISLANDS POTTERY & TILE: ISLAND TREASURES" Earliest Influences : The Malibu connection Trying to unearth the.true story of Catalina Island pottery and tile is lake going on an archeological dig. Shards of information sur- face, you brush them offand try to fit them into the puzzle but there are still many missing and confus- ing pieces. Unlike some firms that had only one or two ceramists who also functioned as plant supervi- sors for the like of the company. Catalina employed many cera- mists, supervisors and consultants in overlapping time frames and in different areas of production. During the peak years for the tile factory and pottery plant they had separate "supervisors," at other slower times one person super- vised both operations. Many prominent ceramists and workmen in this industry leap- frogged from company to com- pany and some were "loaned" for periods of time to relieve fi- nancial stress. As industry col- leagues many of these men were acquainted and shared information regarding jobs, trends, and techni- cal information. It was similar to "networking" today. It paid to help others, they might be in a position to hire or recommend you. The influences the major Cali- fomia pottery and tile works had on each other, Catalina, Bauer, Pa- cific, Metlox, Gladding McBean, and the Malibu Tile Works are obvious to the educated eye, and certainly there are many subtle re- lationships as well between some of the smaller companies such as Caliente, Padre, Tudor, Poxon, and Cemar. But what might not be as obvious is the strong, until this date unproven, connection between Catalina and Malibu pot- teries. Both Catalina and Malibu made History, Page 3 Indian Head tile plaque. 4" x 6" on red clay, hand painted at the EIEncanto, molded signa- ture, "Catalina Island" on front.