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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS Fmn.y May 2, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 18 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM B.Ri[[S ............................................ Water level declines 2 acre feet in one week The Thompson Reservoir water level as of Thursday, April 24, was 377 acre feet. The previous measurement, taken April 17, was 379 acre feet. The reservoir water level is posted as soon as it is available online at blog.thecatali- Beverage Server Training Set For May 14 and 15 A certification program for food servers and bartenders will be held on Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15. Call the chamber of Commerce at 310-510-1520. Girls basketball team wins The girls basketball team went to the mainland to play against a Garden Grove team. The team could not find their offensive game during the first half, but they achieved victory during the second half. See story, page 6 Community Clean-Up Day The Community Clean-Up Day will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are asked to walk down to the Wrigley Stage on Front Street, where they will be greeted with cleaning supplies and trash bags. See story, page 6 Catalina Happenings There are many activities and events on Catalina throughout the year. Find out what is coming up this month. See story, page 8 Sheriff's Log A Los Angeles Sheriff's Department drug-sniffing dog found one ounce of marijuana. See story, page 9 A History of Glassbottom Boats on Catalina Island A brief look at the long-lived story of a consistently popular tourist attraction. See story, page 9 Orchestra to Back 'City Lights' at Silent Film Benefit A symphony orchestra perfor- mance will accompany Charlie Chaplin's silent masterpiece "City Lights" during the 27th annual Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit on May 17. See story, page 5 CIMC Provides information on Affordable Care The Catalina Island Medical Center explains what you need to bring when you come in for an appointment. See story, page 7 I :lonln IB Desal plant is source of 25 percent of sum- mertime water BY CHARLES M. KELLY "A man's life is his own. His water belongs to the tribe." --Frank Herbert, "Dune" Lancers Boys Volleyball Team is off to an amazing start The Avalon Boys Volleyball Team: Back row, from left to right, are: Gabrielle Morones, Azariah Dominguez, Jairo Alcala, Harrison Hobbs. Alberto Rodriguez, Saul De La Rosa and Briana Morones. Middle row: left to right: Chris Alcala, Daniel Hemandez, Luis Gonzales and Marcos Chavoya. Front row, from left: Jorge Contreras, Alex Herrera and Oscar Bastida. See the full story on page 11. Photo courtesy of Carlos Martinez Casino Point will be the place to catch the music and fun COURTESY OF THE CATALINA .Catalina Island Museum ISLAND MUSEUM :- ~ ~ --~ Fourth of July is a couple of Casino Point will be the place months away, but the Catalina to celebrate the Fourth of July. The Island Museum has already pre- "Magical Isle" has offered a vari- pared its part of the festivities in ety of entertainment for its visitors Avalon. - since the late 1800s. Keeping with this island tradition, the Catalina Island Museum presents its annual Fourth of July Music Festival pro- moting the diversity of the island's local music scene. In its 3rd year, the festival will showcase the talents of Fighting Chance, Something and the sounds of the Louisiana bayou with the Mudbugs Cajun and Zydeco Band. "This event has quickly become a favorite among island visitors and residents alike," said museum Fourth of July, Page 2 Strict water rationing may begin in July, according to a Southern California Edison representative. When Stage 2 water ration- ing begins, residents and business owners will be required to reduce their water usage by 25 percent, based on the water they used from June 2012 to May 2013. Residents will receive their water allotments in their monthly bills. The California Public Utilities Commission established the restrictions. Hilda Delgado, Southern California Edison's Regional Public Affairs spokeswoman, described the start date of Stage 2 water rationing as a moving target. "We're dealing with natural resources," Delgado said. Edison representatives recently told the Avalon City Council that Stage 2 rationing would probably start in mid-June, but Delgado said that water level projections now indicate that Stage 2 might start in late June or early July. Delgado said that was why Water, Page 6 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Hunt For Turie's Treasure, Part 2 BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," avail- able at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Ghe following is "the sec- ond in a two-part series~ Having lost his treasure map overboard on his fate- ful trip across the channel, Sam- uel Prentiss found himself ship- wrecked on Catalina's West End. All he could remember about the map that had purportedly been given him by the dying Tongva Chief Turie was that it was buried "under a tree" Unable (or unwilling) to return to civilization, Prentiss set about 'search- ing for this legendary treasure while supporting himself chiefly through hunting and fishing, at least during the early years when he had little company and conse- Watson, Page 11 If the hills of Catalina's West End harbor a secret buried treasure, they're not talking. 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