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Friday, March 12, 2004 Serving Catalina Island and its l In an effort to reduce the risk 1300 in the mid-1990s, to only ety for use in their ongoing of distemper for Catalina Island about 100 individuals in 1999 efforts to assist the people and pets and foxes, the Institute for and 2000. "The virus that deci- animals of Catalina. Wildlife Studies (IWS), the mated the Catalina fox popula- While walk-ins will be accept- Catalina Island Conservancy and tion may have come from an ed, appointments are preferred the Catalina Island Humane Sect- domestic dog carrying the dis- and can be made by calling the ety are collaborating to sponsor a ease," notes Vickers. Catalina Island Humane Society low-cost vaccination clinic on Sat- In December, 2003, a puppy at 510-1900. urday, March 20. The clinic will brought to the Island from a The Institute for Wildlife welcome dogs and cats belonging mainland shelter came down with Studies was incorporated in 1979. to Catalina Island residents and distemper and had to be eutha- Its mission is to gather informa- will be held in Avalon from 9 a.m. nized. While many Island foxes tion necessary to maintain biodi- to 3 p.m. at a location soon to be have been vaccinated, "risk to the versity and viable populations of available by calling the Censer- recovering fox population from all species, and enhance under- vancy at 510-2595, ext. 101. distemper, and other preventable standing of the animals with "By preventing distemper and canine diseases such as hepatitis, which we share our world. other preventable diseases in parvovirus, rabies and parasites, The Catalina Island Censer- Island pets, we hope to reduce the remains high," Vickers warns, vancy was established in 1972. Its potential for spread of disease to All routine cat and dog vac- mission is to be responsible stew- the fox population," notes Dr. cines, plus medicines for parasite ards of its lands through a balance Winston Vickers, veterinarian for treatment and prevention will be of conservation, education and IWS. The organization was con- offered at the upcoming spring recreation. On an ongoing basis, tracted by the Catalina Island vaccine clinic at a reduced cost, the Conservancy undertakes sci- Conservancy in the late 1990s to underwritten by the three spon- ence-based restoration work and develop and enact a recovery soring organizations. In addition, educational outreach on the Island plan for the Ca i : l and Fox he artworm, intestinal parasite, is on; thf leading edge of con- ~~~ ~ieh ~s decreased the tox population on immunodcficiency virus testing the Island. will be available. "Disease vacci- This month, the Catalina nation and parasite control will Island subspecies of Channel greatly improve the health of Island fox, along with three other Catalina Island's pets, the endan- subspecies, was officially listed gered loxes, as well as the human as "Endangered" by the U.S. Fish population. We ask that everyone and Wildlife Service under the on the lsland support this effort," Federal Endangered Species Act. says Vickers, noting that any pro- After the distemper outbreak, the ceeds above the cost of conduct- Catalina Island Fox population ing the clinic will be donated to plummeted from approximately the Catalina Island Humane Sect- helped to ensure the survival of the Island's numerous rare and endangered animals and plants. Mainland Friends every week since 1914 II Beginning this month, Catali- na Island Medical Center will once again be hosting resident doctors from Downey Regional Medical Center Since 2001, Downey Regional has been sending its third-year residents to CIMC as part of their family practice rotations. Between March and October. nine or 10 residents spend three or four weeks each seeing patients both in the doctors' offices and in the emergency room. While they see patients, they are under the supervision of CIMCs staff doctors. Because Downey Regional Medical Center has a limited number of family practice resi- dents, they only visit for eight months of the year. By having them from March to October, CIMC is able to nssare them a solid patient care experience while the island is busiest. 'q'he goal of a residency is to allow doctors a variety of experi- ences." said CIMC Administrator Bill Greene. The residents' clinic rotations at Avalon have proven to be one of their most popular. "Since we started the program the residents have consistently voted their clinical experience in Aval- At the Avalon Rotary Skeeball Tournament held last on as their favorite rotation," have MTA service. Article 8 applies Record, One Gateway Plaza, Los ] The Student Art Sh w is curr ntly b ing held at the Casin [ Greene said; tO approximately 5 percent of the Angeles, CA 90012, Attention: Art Gallery and features artwork by students grades 7 This isn t the first time rest- County population that resides in Susan Richan (mail stop 99-23- through 12. Above, a personality plate by Martin Acala, is one dents have played a role in pro- the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope 4). For information regarding of many created by the students depicting five aspects of viding medical care on Catalina Valley and Catalina Island.TDA funds orthe public hearing, their personality. The show runs through Sunday, March 28. Photo by Phyllis Rajaniemi Island. In the past, however, sec- TDA funds must be spent forcontact Susan Richan at (213) end and first year residents have public transit purposes when a 922-3017. The Metropolitan Transpor- tation Authority (MTA) will conduet a public hearing on Catalin& lsland on Tuesday, Margl ! ;to receive ideas and for meeting public needs on Santa The hearing will be Avalon at the Catalina Jas R i ourt, 215 Metropole AvemIe, starting at 7 p.m. The Transportation Develop- rnent Act of 1971 requires that one- fourth of the six percent state sales tax revenue collected in Los Angeles County be returned to the County for public transpor-tation purposes. Article 8 of the TDA stipulates that a proportional share of the sales tax revenue be allocated to areas in the County that do not said. "Th~ ~ doctors who are nearly ready to start practicing on their own7 Even thou they have exten- sive training the residents are still under the supervision of staff ~Residents, page 6 on transit service can be "unmet transit ds" are found, sales be used for street Each MTA olds public a areas out,de the A ;rvice area to needs hearing recq input from the Hearing Social Services Transportation Ad tsory the MTA will decide wli d e{ihere are unmet transit needg 0fi Catalina Island. Those un dale to attend the hearing may shbmit written comments to MTA by March 31, 2004. Comments should be sent to the MTA Article 8 Hearing been allowed to see patients. Greene wanted to make sure only doctors who were in their third and final year of residency were seeing patients at CIMC. "These are highly trained individuals by the time they get here," Greene Monday. 40 bowlers and an enthusiastic crowd raised more [ than $2,500 in the club,s annual event, Pare Albers in [ for fronL speculates it sail in the wrist. Proceeds benefit [ various charities supported by the Rotary club. See winners | and more photos on page 7. Photo by Dar Brown