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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FRIDAY April 25, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 17 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRi[FS. ............ ; ..................... Reservoir water level decreases by 6 acre feet As of Thursday, April 17, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 379 acre feet. On April 10, the water level measured 385 acre feet. When the level reaches 300 acre feet, Avalon will have to go into Stage 2 water ration- ing, which will require everyone to reduce water usage 25 percent. Conductor Kaufman to direct at Silent Film Benefit Grammy Award-winning conduc- tor Richard Kaufman will work his magic at the Catalina Island Museum's Silent Film Benefit. See story, page 7 What's Happening There are many activities and events on Catalina through the year. Find out what is coming up. See story, page 2 Flying Fish Return The magical creatures known as flying fish are starting to school around Catalina. Capt. John King talks about them. See story, page 4 Fourth of July plans This summer, the city of Avalon will pay tribute to military veter- ans and honor their contributions to the USA. See story, page 4 Lions lend hands The Avalon Lions Club has been busy lately maintaining the equip- ment at the park at Haypress. See story, page 6 The Running Man It's time to hear the second half of Todd Ha[lenbeck's tale of the joys of running along HorsePoop Trail. See story, page 6 Responsible serving Catalina CHOICES and the Chamber of Commerce come together to present education on alcohol beverage serving for local businesses. See story, page 8 Find bargains at the Humane Society's Yard Sale It's time once again for the Catalina Island Humane Society's big yard sale fundraiser. It will take place this Saturday at 385 E. Whittley Ave. See story, page 6 Community Yard Sale The City of Avalon will hold its free Community Yard Sale from 9 a.m; to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, in People's Park. Registration required. Call (310) 510-0220, ext. 230. Kids At Play perform their first show of 21st season The cast of Kids at Play, seen above, in a recent production of "As Seen on TV, The Animal Planet Edition," an original script written by sean Brannock, founder and director of the Avalon pro- gram with performances over three days in the Avalon Schools Auditorium. The Avalon acting and theater group is now in its 21st year. Photo by Justus Ramming New City Council discusses its priorities Water, the budget and housing are among concerns BY CHARLES M. KELLY Balancing the budget, expand- ing drinking water resources and cleaning Avalon Bay were among the goals council members said they would like to achieve in two years at the special Wednesday, April 23, City Council meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to hold a workshop to discuss and prioritize the goals of the council. City Manager Ben Harvey moderated the discussion. He said the new council mem- bers would be working together for at least the next two years. He asked council members to imagine that it was 2016 and to write down the goals that they wanted to achieve. Mayor Anni Marshall appar- ently wanted to improve Avalon's water supply. She said she didn't want people bringing towels, sheets and bottled water from the mainlan& She said she wanted "to figure this whole water mess out" Harvey suggested the council direct staff to aggressively pursue more water resources. Newly-elected Council Member Joe Sampson said Avalon could dredge the existing aquifers so they work more efficiently and hold more water. Sampson said this was something you do when there is little rain. He said the expense was in dis- posing of the dredged soil, which is considered hazardous waste. Sampson also said drilling new aquifers below existing aquifers scared him because there was a possibility of losing the existing . water supply. Avalon Bay Drinking water wasn't the only issue on the council members' minds. Council' Member Cinde Cassidy said she would like to meet the Cease and Desist Order. Prorities, Page 3 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina s facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Hunt For Turie's Treasure, Part 1 BY JIM WATSON  He was, quite possibly, the only , soul on Catalina Island at that par- Editor s note: Jim Watson is ticular moment. the author of 'Mysterious Island: The Island Tongva had by this Catalina," available at time vanished for the most Amazon, Kindle and in part from their ancestral Imm stores in Avalon. homeland, "recruited" for , jobs in mainland missions On a Spring day in 1829, and ranchos, and most of a New England-native the white miners and goat named Samuel Prentiss, herders were still a few carpenter by trade, found years away from establish- himself sitting alone on a wind- ing their enterprises on Catalina. swept beach on Catalina Island's In the preceding six months, It was West End. brig called the Danube, similar to the one in this painting by Fitz Henry Lane, that brou ht Samuel Prentiss to California, thereby spawning one of Catalina's most enduring lost IIVatlln, Page 5 treasure tales. (Artwork courtesy Oceanbridge)