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.J: +; ...... II+I.~LJiLL + If+. !~II~ jl "~I I~+L~'I,,JIIIILI .... I+ I,----m ....: ..... Emt+mnu+ +'~'" ~IJLI-~..IIJ_ + SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS ever~ week - since 1914 VOLUME 97, iSSUE 13 ,.,.A. March 27, 2009 BRIEFS ........................................... Earth Day program The Catalina Island Conservancy is looking for indi- viduals, organizations and busi- nesses that would like to share their eco-friendly message with the Avalon community and Island visitors. During the Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 18 at the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden, help spread the message of a "greener world" with your products, services and exper- tise with sustainable choices. Please call (310) 51 0954. Social Security Social Security Administration staff will be at the Courthouse at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 8. They will explain Social Security benefits for retirees, how to get new cards, etc. Unusual dolphins The Risso's dolphin looks more like a small whale than the ovtu nv gplpIllll [gmiligI it/ the general PUblic. A pod was recently seen hear Catalina, See page 9. Dealing with fire dangers If you lived in mountain lion or bear country you would prob- ably want to know a little bit about them just in case you ever met one on the road. In this, the first in a series of arti- cles on fire safety, LA County Fire Department Capt. Steve F. Escoto explains on the dangers of being uphill of a fire on a mid-slope road. See story, page 4 Catalina Time Capsule In March 1999, the animal hospital was forced to find new facilities due to lack of proper permits and complaints from the previous year, as well as having a facility smaller than the required 400 square feet. South California Edison and other volunteer groups put up lights at Machado Baseball Field. SEE STORY, PAGE 3 West End Clinic to open Accessing health care just got a lot easier for residents and visitors of the West End. Beginning, April 4, Catalina Island Medical Center will oper- ate a monthly medical clinic at Two Harbors. To make an appointment, call the Catalina Island Medical Group at (310) 510-0096. Make sure to men- tion that the appointment is for the West End Clinic. See story, page 4 Kids at Play presents "As Seen on TM," an onginal script written and directed by Scan Brannock of the Avalon Recreation Department. It will be performed this weekend Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the school Auditorium. ~ckets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. in the BY DENNIS KAISER love affair with life on Catalina Island began with his first forays into the ocean. He grew up in Seattle, Wash. In 1974, Council graduated from high school and dove into scuba diving, literally. His first exposure to diving could probably have chilled a polar bear. It was in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Since then, Council has been a diver and aquanaut, submarine pilot and has taught others many of the skills that have allowed him to commune with nature under the sea in waters around the world, unique lifestyle, jumping from one With his background as a sub- island to the next. mariner and as a scientific/com- He would get temporary mercial diver, Council has been research or commercial underwa- involved in a wide variety of expe- ter gigs, either scuba diving or~ ditlons_ He has delivered groups with snbma~qxaes, inplaces like of politicians and oceanographers the Caymans, Key Largo and to the bases of oilrig platforms off other exotic archipelagos. He was the coast of California. bound to bump into Catalina along He has witnessed the diversi- the way. ty of marine organisms associated "I first came here to Catalina with artificial reef structures and in May of 1994," Council said. discovered ancient shipwrecks It was part of a project in sunken in the Aegean sea for which he had to a transport sub the National Geographic Society from New Orleans to Catalina. and the Institute of Nautical "It was being test-marketed," Archaeology with world renowned Council said. archaeologist Dr. George F. Bass. The project ran until October. Council's work and passion After his first experience with for diving has led him around the Catalina, Council found himself world. He found himself living a See Council, Page 2 ar As a result of input from Island constituents, officials may re-designate the Lovers Cove State Marine Conservation Area as a State Marine Reserve (no tak- ing of fish for either recreational or commercial purposes). There is also a proposal t9 create a new Avalon Dive Park State Marine Reserve (which also prohibit fish- ing of any kind). These proposals are reflected in two or more of the Marine Protected Area Arrays recently developed by the Marine Life Protection Act South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group. Copies of these and other Draft Marine Protected Area Arrays developed by MPLA work groups and Draft MPA Proposals generated externally to the Work roup process are available for public review and comment online at http://www. dfg.ca.gov/mlpaJscrsg-dprops.asp. A total of 9 draft MPA Arrays have been proposed, 6 from the South Coast Regional Stakeholder 0r0up and3 from special interest groups outside of the Stakeholder Group process. All nine proposals are currently being evaluated by the Master Plan Science Advisory Team, the California Department of Fish & Game, California See MLPA, Page 2 BY JEANNINE L. PEDERSEN, Curator. Catalina Island Museum Avalon Canyon has been the" spot for golf on Catalina Island since 1892. Catalina's first Country Club and golf' course were built just after the Banning brothers purchased the Island. Initially a three-hole golf course built, but it grew to nine-holes by 1894. The Country Club building was used as a clubhouse for golf- ers and had an adjacent tennis court. The original nine-hole golf course had oil and sand greens due to the lack of water resources on the Island, but that didn't stop golfers from playing this beautiful course in Avalon Canyon. After William Wrigley Jr. pur- chased the Island, he envisioned a state-of-the-art 18-h01e course that would lure the best players of the day to the Island for tournaments. By 1927 the former oil-sand greens were switched to grass greens and by 1929 he expanded the course to 18 holes. Wrigley also built a beautiful new clubhouse for the golf course that also included the locker rooms for the Chicago Cubs used during their annual spring training. The beautiful new course and clubhouse attracted many golfers from around the world. The course began to offer tournaments that brought in some of the best professional players of the day. The Bobby Jones Golf Tournament was played at the island course for over twenty years and the Catalina Open Golf Tournament attracted many top professionals and hopeful ama- teurs. The Catalina Women's Invitational was another popular tournament for many years. 01d ]qme golfers approach the green o~ Catalina's golf course circa 1929. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum. The golf course was returned tournaments such as the Catalina to nine holes during World War Island Junior Golf Tournament II, but it remains a unique Island which started in 1968. experience to play a round of nine The Junior Golf Tournament among the hills in Avalon Canyon. has featured many talented golfers The course continues to host golf- over the years including a young ers from around the world and Tiger Woods and Phil Michelson.