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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since VOLUME 94, ISSUE 14 1914 ,April 7, 2006 NEWS BRIEFS Fire at Seagull At 6:22 p.m Wednesday, April 5, Avalon Dispatch received calls of heavy black smoke coming from the Material Recycling Facility, also known as Seagull Sanita- tion. Both Avalon city and Los Angeles county fire units responded to the scene. They found a fire outside the build- ing on the upper terrace in one of the vegetation grinders. Fire spread from the grinder into the mulch which. A lot of water and foam were required to fully extinguish the blaze. Fire units cleared the scene at approximately 9:30 p.m. Congratulations, Avalonl Congratulations to Avalon Schools for passing Wednes- day's state review with 100 percent compliance. Lead reviewer said, "You have a vibrant sanctuary of learning." Candidates Forum The nine candidates for Avalon City Council answer the final question in the Catalina Islander's Candi- dates' Forum series. The candidates address the vari- ety of complex issues facing the Hispanic population of Avalon such as jobs, and the potential for discrimination. CANDIDATES, 2 Protest permitted The Avalon City Council on Tuesday approved an appli- cation for a parade permit to allow protests against the HR4437 immigration bill. The issue was debated on 'grounds of the applicants' First Amendment rights. The decision was made during the Council's last meeting before the elections. COUNCIL, 3 Klondyke Klash The 30th Annual Klondyke Klash drew 156 participants this year, with some players coming from as far away as Alaska; Maine and Idaho. The golf tournament, held March 18 and 19, included six teams and an awards banquet that was held at the Sand- trap, where Roberto Tejeda and crew provided a sumptu- ous steak dinner. KLONDYKE, Donna Loomis, Bag Lady (family friend Warren Benis!y) and Blind Billy Moron (Bill Loomis) at his going away party at El Encanto square in The Landing last Friday. The event overflowed with guests in silly hats. By Dennis Kaiser I Few children's parties are filled with as much juvenile frivol- ity and silly fun as last Saturday's place Square: The Landing fete for Bill Loomis. Restaurant catered the event and According to Sean Brannock,put out what Brannock said, was a /STAND HISTORY 1 it was the perfect way to celebrate sumptuous spread of food and Loomis, an Avalon city staff mem- refreshments. ber beloved by co-workers, friends Many of those in attendance and family for his easy going were attired in silly hats. nature and occasionally wacky "The idea of the hat was to sense of humor, symbolize the many hats tha Bill LOomis is leaving his job at has juggled at city hall," said Avalon City Hall after nine years Brannock, the city's recreation of dedicated service. He and his supervisor. wife Donna are returning to "What the party was about Maine, where they lived before was to honor the good job Bill has moving to Catalina. done in a job that can be difficult "About 70 guests paid $25 and stressful," Brannock said. each to cover the cost of the cele- "He's done it very successfully, bration in the E1 Encanto Market- while maintaining his sense of humor and friendly attitude toward the public,' By C. Marie Mackle there were differing opintons as to how to develop the Isthmus. The Isthmus Yacht Club was According to an article by Ernest built in 1864 and remodeled in Windle, editor of the Catalina 1930. Islander, "One alleged drawback It is one of the oldest buildings was the prevailing westerly winds left standing on the Island since that each afternoon swept into the the Civil War. It was originally gap from Catalina Harbor. built to house Union soldiers. At One plan thought favorable at one time the Isthmus was known the time was to blast a large portion as Union Harbor. The Isthmus has off Torquamada's Mountain into long been an eccentric and eclectic the sea thereby leveling off that combination of swashbucklers, section of the island which could pirates, cattlemen and well honed be used for building purposes. society members. This would also redirect the "It was at the opening of the wind and stop it from sweeping 1909 season that Judge J.B. Ban- across the narrow strip of land and ning built his home at the Isth- out past Bird Island,' Fortunately mus" In the process of developing this was thought to be too costly. It the Isthmus as a pleasure resort, Isthmus, Page 9 See Leemis, Page 7 I Salvador "Chava" Perez' hand was seriously injured in the Jan. 25 incident nnls Kaiser Casey C. Holt, 20, is facing criminal charges as the suspect responsible for the Jan. 25 explo- sion at the Seagull Sanitation plant and causing great bodily injury. Two men were hurt in the blast that occurred when a destructive device detonated when (me of them handled it Salvador Perez while they were working a sorting belt on the line. Salvador "Chava" Perez lost part of one hand and suffered bums on his arm. His co-worker, Francisco "Poncho" Bravo suf- fered a concussion and damaged eardrum. The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office filed the charges against Holt who is currently in custody in San Diego On Wednesday, San Diego authorities apprehended Holt, an Avalon resident, on suspicion of Grand Theft Auto. He was previ- ously wanted on warrants for fail- ure to appear in Avalon court on narcotics related charges. Holt will be transferred to Los Angeles County at an undeter- mined date for an arraignment, See Seagull, Page 7 The old government barracks at the Isthmus.