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SERVING CATALINA ~ ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY March 10, 2017 VOLUME 103, ISSUE 10 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM Spring forward Don't forget to set docks ahead one hour at 2a.m. Sunday. 8, ..... BR ................. J[ FS ........................................... Pet of the Week Meet Peete. See page 2 Hillside removal to begin Monday Starting Monday, March 13, crews with heavy equipment will begin removing a small section of hillside off St. Catherine's Way near Catherine's Terrace. See story, page 2 Only on Catalina Today, Friday, March 10, represents the third anniversary of Chuck Liddell working for the Catalina Island Chamber Of Commerce by greeting visitors coming to our shores. See story, page 3 On the Water The Fred Hall Show in Long Beach is an annual rite of passage for many , anglers. It marks the opening of the fishing season. See story, page 4 Sunday, March 12, is Island Day at the Museum The Catalina Island Museum invites island residents to visit its history galleries and digital theater free of charge this Sunday, March 12. Locals will need to bring proof of residence. See story, page 5 " Straight Up Builders takes the lead in coed softball Straight Up Builders is now at the top of the local league. Virgie's Snack - Bar won the first game of the night against Coyote Joe's. Score: 12-7. Straight Up Builders won the second game against Bravo's Landscaping 13-3. See story, page 6 Museum to temporarily close The Catalina Island Museum will temporarily modify its operating hours between March 15th and March 19 to accommodate the exhibition of works by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibition will open on March 26 and run through Dec. 11. See story, page 7 Middle Reservoir March 2017 Is over Due to rains Catalina's water crisis is averted BYCHARLES M. KELLY Pictured above is the Middle Ranch Reservoir as it appeared last week. The water at that time measured 524 acre feet. According to ager for Southern California Edison, that's 49 to 50 percent of the reservoir's capacity. Photos by Ron Hite/Southern California Edison Jeff Lawrence, senior.project man- Middle Ranch Reservoir July 2016 You can stop worrying about whether you've exceeded your water allotment. Southern California Edison announced to the City Council this week that, effective immediately, Stage 3 rationing will revert to Stage 1 conservation. Islanders will still have to save water, but Stage 1 restrictions will be similar to those facing mainland water users. In related news, Edison's desali- nation expert is scheduled to give a presentation to the Avalon City Council on March 21. The pre- sentation has been delayed several times since it was first expected in December. Edison eliminated strict ration- ing as a result of recent rains which raised the water level at Middle Ranch Reservoir to 538 acre feet as of Thursday, March 9--about half the reservoir's capacity. (An acre foot is enough water for an acre of flat land to be 1-foot deep in water.) Applause filled the City Council Chambers when Edison representative Jeff Lawrence made the announcement. Lawrence, Edison's senior project manager, said Edison did not expect water restrictions to return to Stage 2 during the 2017 summer visitor season. If Catalina does return to Pictured above is the Middle Ranch Reservoir as it appeared last July when the water level measured only'157 acre feet. Water, Page 5 Mysterious Island Catalina's facts, folklore, and fibs This Week: A MAN, A PLAN, A CANAL: TWO HARBORS! BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina, '" available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. mised, this particular thread fol- lows projects and developments throughout Catalina's history that would have markedly changed the face of the Island, but never came to be. Fron our "Catalina Histor3 That Never Was" Department comes a little-known and nearly unthinkable episode in Island lore. As you may have sur- The failure of most of these ambitious plans was a good thing, I would say, such as the building of a nuclear power plant on the East End near the quarry and the plethora of extreme Watson, Page 10 While not as grand in scope as the Panama Canal (pictured), plans were once afoot to put a canal across Catalina Island's Isthmus area. Photo courtesy