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VOLUME 98, ISSUE 11 SERVING CATALINA  ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 BRIEFS Children's Home Society offers aid to families The Children's Home Society, which provides childcare funding to low-income families, will be in Avalon on Wednesday, March 28, to provide information and assist families interested in apply- ing. There will be two presenta- tions at City Hall: One at 1 p.m. in Spanish, another at 5 p.m. in English. For more information, call Sean Brannock at (310) 510- 1987. Avalon Sheriff's offer youth martial arts program The Avalon Sheriff's Station's Youth Activities League Martial Arts Program has open enroll- ment to learn American Kenpo for ages 8 through 17 during March for serious students. Classes are 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, at Tremont Hall. The program offers an athletic activity, learning discipline, and defensive skills. Students may also participate in tournaments. Call Deputy Burt Lyon at (310) 510 -2015 or see the website www Emergency prop program Avalon Sheriff's Station will hold a community Emergency Preparedness Program at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 19, at the Avalon City Council Chambers. It will include information on emer- gency preparedness for individuals and families, local emergency and hazard information and a terrorism update. It will also counttoward the required 24 hours of CERT training. For more information, call Deputy Bur'( Lyon at (310) 510-2015. Landing parking structure repair last minute change Due to the precdicted heavy rainfall expected this weekend, Phase 1 of the repair project sat the Catalina Landing Parking Structure has been postponed until April 7. Phase 2 is expected to be on schedulde next weekend Candidates respond This week the Islander continues its coverage of the five candi- dates in the race for Avalon City Council and the two candidates for Mayor of Avalon. The election will be held on Tuesday, April 10. The candidates,wereasked: What youth programs and activities have the greatest impact on shap- ing children in a positive way? See story, page 4 Radio_Shack in spotlight . Julie Bovay moved to Catalina Island 10 years ago and opened Catalina Discount and Variety on Metropole Avenue. Six years ago, the store became a Radio Shack. See story, page 5 00[SI0000IDD FR|*AV March 16, 2012 Tori Hoers,left, drives the ball around the Tri- City defenders. She scored 12 points and helped the Avalon Lady Lancers bas- ketball team make history by advancing further in the CIF championships than any Avalon Lady Lancers basketball team before it. Photo by Patti Engel Lady Lancers make history GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM GOES FURTHER IN CIF THAN ANY OTHER TEAM BEFORE IT BY DAVID HART The Avalon Lady Lancers basketball team made history on Saturday, March 10 by being the only team to make it to the second round of the CIF State Champion- ship Playoffs. They qualified for the State Playoffs by making the final of the CIF Southern Section Championship. This qualified them as .one of the best 32 teams in DIV 5A in the state of California. To get to the second round they first had to face the San Diego CIF Champions the Eagles of Tri-City Christian on March 7. Avalon bat- tled hard in the first quarter with both teams pressing full court. Despite the rough play both teams played fairly equal ending in Tri-City's favor 11-9. Foul trouble plagued Avalon as Tri-City pulled away at the half. The Lady Lancers could feel the Eagles were getting tired and picked up the pace in the third quarter. Both teams went back and forth as Avalon won the third 16- 15, bringing the game within strik- ing distance 37-31. Avalon played great defense holding Tri-City to only eight points in the fourth quarter, but struggled to connect with its own scoring opportunities. With two minutes, 30 seconds left in the game, Avalon was down by 10 and had to dig deep if it wanted to win. Tori Hoefs made several steals in the press and found the right per- son to score. By the end of regula- tion, Avalon had tied the game. In overtime, the press wore down Tri-City as Avalon pulled away with a four-point lead until the Eagles hit a last shot for three points with no time left leaving the game a Lancer victory 53-52. Ash- lin Mahan had 16 points, Eli Cha- voya had 13, and Hoefs had 12. In the second round Avalon would face the overall number one seed. the Royals of Mission Col- lege Prep from San Luis Obispo. The Lancers came out strong by breaking the Royals' press and scoring on it, causing the Royals to back off. Once it became a half court game, Avalon struggled to find its scoring opportunities. "We ran our offense and got what ever shot we wanted, we just See History page 3 CKV SUPPORTERS FORMING NON-PROFIT CALL GOES OUT FOR VOLUNTEERS TO FILL SEATS ON BOARD OF DIRECTORS BY DENNIS KAISER With red ink looming over its finances and the city of Avalon wanting to divest itself of most of the funding burdens for its operation, Catalina Kid Ventures supporters are hoping that'forming a non-profit corporation will allow them to keep its doors open. Anni Marshall, the formerAvalon Community Services director, .who started the preschool is heading up a taskforce to oversee the non- profit's creation. Ultimately, the city would turn over administration of program to the nonprofit. Marshall said the first thing they need to do is establish a board of directors with five or seven community volunteers. "The board would consist of a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer along with the necessary additional members," Marshall said. "Election of officers would be completed after initial board selection." Marshall is soliciting community members interested in sitting on the board for a term of two years. The city has put Catalina Kids Ventures, Avalon's only preschool for fulltime students, on notice that it must have a plan to become generally self-sufficient by June or it may have to close it down. Non-profit, Page 6 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This week: Update---the wreck of the San Padre BY JIM WATSON You'll recall that several months ago I wrote a column on the Span- ish merchant ship San Pedro and her unfortunate encounter with the rocks on Catalina's West End in the year 1598 that sent her to the bottom fully laden with boundless treasures from the Orient. You'll also recall that the main body of that column dealt with the modem-day attempts by various in- dividuals and entities to salvage the precious cargo from that wreck. One of those supposed enti- ties came in the form of Howard Hughes' massive "research vessel" the Glomar Explorer and you'll surely recall how the appearance of thatship at the site of the wreck-- cOmplete with guards armed with submachine guns---caused, no small amount of concern for a man named Charles Kenworthy who was preparing to salvage the wreck, only to have Hughes' ship show up and spoil things. Kenworthy, who was literally days from beginning his salvage operations, was certain that the Glomar Explorer had arrived on the scene with the sole purpose of cleaning out the old wreck and Howard Hughes' massive "research vesse!" the Glomar Explorer making off with what would have been hundreds of millions of dol- lars in loot. But recently declassified gov- ernment documents and a fasci- nating documentary by Director Michael White called "Azorian: the Raising of the K-129" has re- vealed that the Glomar Explorer was not, in fact, looking for tra- ditional buried treasure. She was merely preparing for a highly clandestine mission to recover a less traditional form of treasure: Watson, Page 9