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Friday, March 27, 2009 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 9 From page 1 with a bag full of beer bottles, that landed me in the ER that night. The paramedics wanted to make sure that the goose egg on my forehead did not cause bleed- ing on the brain. 'Twas not a fun experience. I would love more than anything to straighten things out with your newspaper so hope- fully some truth can get out. Lt. Cook and I have actu- ally had a conversation about the details of that night since he IS a truth seeker and he is in the process of pursuing the matter further. Felonies were committed, you see, which is why we were upset that nothing was done and merely hoped that the Sheriff's depart- ment would at least consider staff- ing a little more heavily so that these types of things don't happen to the residents of Catalina or any of its' visitors. Maybe Mr. Kaiser should have checked with Lt. Cook per- sonally before printing false infor- mation about him also. Anyhow, the ball is in your court. I check my e-mail daily and if you are interested in getting correct infor- mation to your neighbors, please let me know. If not, well, good luck to you and yours. Stephanie Petrillo Pukka says.,. I picked up a Pukka shell and hold it to my ear. I hear soft rhythmic waves .... back and forth. My whole body is in-sink, relaxed, light as a feather and ready to fly; including strong feelings of enlightenment of my Island life on Catalina. Then it stopped abruptly. What is this? Now I have a vision! I see Avalon, the place where I grew up and spent many pleasur- able moments as I was growing up; the Cubs, hiking and camping, diving for coins and the harbor. But now, my beautiful sanctu- ary is a ghost town? I see empty stores, no one around, and the harbor is empty; even the music is gone and no one there to smile or laugh. What caused this scenario? Raising rents--no work--no tour- ists! Wow! What can be done to prevent this potential economic disaster? The city fathers must ignore the economic downturn on the main- land and just focus on Catalina. Let's take care of our own unique dilemma. Help me! Don't destroy my Catalina Love. Do something right and now. Don't wait! Time is of the essence! This Island paradise must concentrate and deal with it's own problems, It is an entity unto itself. The hierarchy must work together supporting each other in our community to alleviate and delay potential negative economic issues. Businesses must stay open visually to encourage a prosperous environment. Adjusted rentals or prices for a temporary time-line would be a start to improve the economy. Now is the time to help each other financially to create a residual effect. A problem exists when I can't pay the rent and must deal with survival. In the past William Wrigley Jr. supported the businessman, making sure he could survive while providing job support for the working class. In other words, keep the lifeline open at a sustain- able level. Each financial improve- ment translates into success for the majority. Where do the Santa Catalina Island Company, freight ser- vice, Southern California Edison, the city officials, the businesses and the home owners stand on this important issue? Something must be done to lessen the finan- cial burden and rebuild the spirit for all. In my opinion financial adjustments, either direction, will create havoc or lessen the prob- lem. You make the call. For me, time is running out. Please, make an effort to maintain my wonderful image of the magic Island of Catalina. I don't want to see a ghost town of my love. Mareelino Saueedo Surf side A gorgeous Saturday afternoon was topped off by a gospel concert at the Casino Ballroom and the sighting of a pod of Risso's Dolphins off Casino PoinL The pod cruised back and forth in front of the the harbor entrance for nearly an hour. Catalina's Beauty for a and energy consider Enjoy scenic interior and picturesque beaches. Meet new, like-minded friends. Enjoy homemade dinners and a campfire at night. Drift to sleep in a comfortable tent cabin, serenaded by the sounds of nature, underneath a canopy of stars. Six Days-Five Nights, $180 per person April 20-25 June 22-27 " " _ ' 5-10 & 19-24 Want to volunteer, but enjoy the c0 a vacation home or luxury condo? Explorer" Volunteer anytime. Cost: $498 A that While they do not resemble bottlenose dolphins, they do some- like a whale The Risso's dolphin looks more like a small whale than the bottlenose dolphin familiar to the general public. According to an American Cetacean Society fact sheet, Risso's dolphins have faces similar to that of a pilot whale and usually grow to about 10 feet long, although *12.5-foot Risso's dol- phins have been documented. The species is usually seen offshore known about their migration pat- terns. Risso's dolphin pods appar- ently range in size from three to 30 animals, though larger "super- pods" have been recorded. times mate with them--produc- ing hybrids. Risso's dolphin pods sometimes merge, temporarily, with bottlenose pods while they travel through the ocean. One feature that distinguishes Risso's dolphins from other spe- cies is that they have no teeth in their upper jaws and may have a maximum of seven pairs of teeth in their lower jaws. Risso's dolphins apparently don't spend much time playing near boats. Vd-hile they are sel- aura tn0 ru t uia their population is probably high. The 2004 ACS document put their Northern and Central California population at 13,000 to 30,000 animals. FIUDAY & SATUILI)Ay 5-8 PM Whygo over- town when you don't have to? Our ancillary se rvices a re local and appointments ~n usually be made the same day. Whether your provider is in Avalon or on the mainland, take adva ntage of the :onvenience of on-island: CT Scanner Laboratory iX-Ray Physical Therapy And more CONVENIENT PROFESSIONAL :COMPASSIONATE Catalina Island Medical Center 24'Hour Emergency Care Ancillary services Skilled nursing facility (31o) 5to-o7oo Providor apoointmant~ (31o) 51o-oo96 ,/ Catalina Island Center I