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I:ITI:IHI) I:I !, VOLUME 98. iSSUE 10 FntOA, March 9, 2012 BRI[[S Girls Scouts 100th birthday Local Girl Scouts will celebrate the organization's lOOth birth- day from 11:30 a.m; to 2p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at City Park. There will be games, a "cool" experiment, food and birthday cake and guests may enjoy a lunch of soda, chips and a ham- burger or hot dog for $5. Girl Scout cookies will also be sold. CKV's St. Pat's Dinner Catalina Kid Ventures: fourth annual Saint Patrick's Day Fundraising Dinner is from 5:30 tO 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14 at the Cottage Restaurant. Dinner will be served at 5:30 and at 7 p.m. For information, call (310) 510-0220 ext. 231. See story, page 2 Film Society screens 'My Week with Marilyn' The Catalina Film Society will screen the Oscar-nominated film "My Week with Marilyn" at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 10, in the Hotel Metropole Conference Room. See story, page 2 Boris serve at park Members of the Avalon Lions Club tended to the swing set at Haypress Park rec'ently, giving it some much needed repairs and a new coat of paint. Another item that needed to be repaired was a hole created by a buffalo. See story, page 5 Oldman and the Sea Columnist Allan Oldman reflects on that tempting siren that can make life extremely difficult for the liveaboard sailor: procrastina- tion. See story, page.7 Gardener's homegrown food Avalon resident Scott Sturges shares how people can feed themselves with homegrown food. Sturges will be a columnist for the Islander. See story, page 8 Avalon candidates speak This week the Islander continues its coverage of the five candidates in the race for Avalon City Council and the two candidates for mayor of Avalon. The election will be held on Tuesday, April 10. This week, the Islander asked: What role do you believe the city should have in bringing entertainment, concerts, arts and attractions to the Island? S(e story, page 4 Avalon High School's 2012 Lady Lancers basketball team Back row, from left: Assistant Coach Kathleen Machado; Ashlin Mahan, Rocky_ Sillas, Valeda Medina, Sandra Gallegos, Joanna C.havoya, Nancy Valverde and Teagan Machada ad coach David Hart. Front row from left: Tori Hoefs, Elizabeth Chavoya, Laura Amezcua, and Alexis Romero. See stoP/on page 3. Two Harbors gets new LANE GARRETT BRINGS YEARS OF ON THE WAq'ER EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS A BACKGROUND IN MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT BY DENNIS KAISER If Lane Garrett doesn't have salt water in his veins, he said the ocean and everything about it has always been in his heart. For nearly the last decade, how- ever, Garrett and his wife Beth have been living in the freshwater realm at Crowley Lake, a reser- voir. on the upper Owens River in southern Mono County, California. That will soon change as Garrett is preparing to take his place as the new harbor master at Catalina's Two Harbors."We are very excited to be .getting back to the ocean and look forward to rec- reating on it" Garrett said. "We love stand- up paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing and boating. I'm bringing a little skiff "with me that we'll be using" Garrett first vis- ited Catalina when he was 17 and came with friends as they were graduating high school. Lane Garrett, Two Harbors "It was a weekend thing, but I came back several times after that on boats" he said. "I think Catalina's a great place. I've spent a lot of time in Baja and Catalina kind of reminds me of that type of atmosphere" Garrett brings years of experi- ence upon the ocean with him to the job as harbor master. As a young man he followed his dreams master and went to Alaska to pursue a career in commercial fish- ing. He worked for a fishery going after salmon, herring and halibut. He spent time on a tender boat, giv- ing aid to other vessels with problems rang- ing from broken down boats that needed a tow to getting nets out of a boat's propeller. By age 22 he became the youngest fishing boat captain in his company's fleet. "We did dozens of rescues," he said. "It really prepares you for anything" he said of the tough work and often-grueling condi- tions of commercial fishing. Garrett also spent a few years Master, Page. 5 COUNCIL BENDS ENVIRON STRATEGIES CONTRACT 5 YEARS BY MICHAEL CAMP Having reached the end of its initial one-year contract with the city of Avalon, Environ Strategies gave a summaryreport to the Ava- lon City Council on Tuesday about the status of work, the completion of objectives, and its goals for the future of managing the water utility in Avalon. There was a brief discussion regarding the term of a contract bxtension, during which Environ requested a five-year contract re- newal. Charles Wegner, the city's chief administrative officer, ex- pressed his concerns about signing a long-term contract after having a poor relationship with the previous contractor, and suggested a five- year term instead. "As a business owner I understand how a longer term contract allows a business to firmly plant their feet and plan for longer termed goals," Council- member Sue Rikalo said. Local businessman Scott Nel- son said he was concerned about Environ's minimal use of local res- ident employees. He said that if a business was going to be operating locally it should be using employ- ees from the-local workforce rather than bringing over new employees from the mainland. Ryan Bonner, vice president of Environ Strategies, said due to the short term of the initial one-year contract that was granted, they could not justify spending the time and money needed to recruit and Council, Page 9 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Wreck of the Valiant BY JIM WATSON In past columns I've covered a number of shipwrecks around the Island ranging from 400-year-old Spanish galleons to the burning and sinking of the Ning Po in Cat Harbor. Some of these wrecks went down with a fortune in gold, gems, ivory and assorted artifacts and precious metals and have never been found. Most of these shipwrecks have occurred in remote parts of the Island, and as noted above it's a complete mystery as to where exactly they are. When a ship is floundering in a storm or being chased by pirates, as was the case with the Spanish merchant vessel San Sebastian in 1754, shipboard chroniclers are not keen on taking the time to report their position, assuming they even know them- selves where they are. But closer to home is the wreck of a ship that reportedly went down with a small fortune in gems. This shipwreck was relatively recent and, like the Ning Po, we know just exactly where it is. Problem is, its "treasure"--which was re- ported to be $67,000 in precious The Valient slips beneath the water off of Catalina. It's now a popular dive destination. gems--has never been found. As is often the case with these kinds of stories, no one is sure there ever was a treasure. The Valiant was a palatial 147- foot long mega yacht owned by a wealthy San Francisco auto deal- ership owner named Charles S. Howard. In later years, he padded his considerable fortune by dab- bling in thoroughbred horse racing and was at one time the owner of the legendary Seabiscuit. On the evening of Saturday, Watson, Page 9