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SERVING CATALINA ~ ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS F.IDAT May 4, 2018 VOLUME 104 ISSUE 18 Www.TH ECATALI NAISLANDERoCOM i i i[FS City Council meeting rescheduled The regular meeting of the Ava- lon City Council originally sched- uled for May I has been officially rescheduled for Tuesday, May 8, city officials said on Wednesday. Some council members were traveling and the meeting was rescheduled to facilitate a quo- rum, officials said. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Cyclone resumes Avalon to Two Harbors boat service Starting today, May 4, Catalina visitors and residents will be able to board the Cyclone in either Avalon or Two Harbors and be on the other end of the island in 40 minutes. See story, page 8 Cinco de Mayo celebration returns to Wrigley Stage After a nine-year hiatus, the Cinco de Mayo celebration will return to Catalina Island at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, on the Wrigley Stage. Local youth basketball program ends season On April 29, the city of Avalon Youth Basketball program fin- ished their last games at Avalon High School gymnasium. See story, page 6 Softball news In the first game of last week's co-ed softball double-header, Vir- gie's Snack Bar defeated Bravo's Landscaping, with the restaurant team scoring 14 more points than the landscaping team. In the second game, Straight Up Builders narrowly beat Coyote Joe's by just 2 points. See story, page 7 Sheriff's Log A new homeowner found a gun left by the previous owners. See story, page 8 Scuba Diving Rockfish definitely cry out diver- sity. They come in various colors and can be found hovering motionless in the water column, solitary and in large schools. See story, page 9 Rugby Festival set for May 5 The 25th annual Catalina Island Rugby Festival will be held Sat- urday, May 5, at Joe Machado Field. See story, page 14 m Pictured above are the participants in this year's International Visitor Leadership Program. The Catalina Island Conservancy hosted the group of international guests early last month. Courtesy photo Conservancy chosen by State Dept. program and environmental work of the This trip ran from April 2 to Conservancy on Catalina Island. April 20 starting in Washington The International Visitor DC and focused on environment Leadership Program is the U.S. protection and biodiversity con- Department of State's premier servation at locations all over the professional exchange program, country, including Catalina Island FORTHE ISLANDER /~ Through short-term visits to the onApril 6. ,+ United States, current and emerg- Conservancy President and Ca!alina Island expanded its ing foreign leaders in a variety of CEO Tony Budrovich and Avalon worldview last month when a fields experience the U.S. firsthand MayoP~nni Marshall welcomed group of 20 professionals- from - and cultivate lasting relationships the group to the Avalon+ City countries all over the globe visited with their American counterparts. Council chambers where-" they to learn about environment protec- The State Department selects each enjoyed the Conservaney's natural- tion and biodiversity conservation, participant through a n~itina- ist training by education staff. The The visitors, participants of tion process with the staff at UIS. visit continued with a stop at the the U,S. Department of State's embassies around the world. Nature Center at Avalon Canyon International Visitor Leadership+ The majority of IVLP exchang- and then all made their way up to Program and hosted by the Catalina es are generally three weeks in ='the Airport in the Sky for lunch Island Conservancy, enjoyed a full length and focus on a particular and discussions on best practices day on April 6 of hands-on learn- theme. ing regarding the conservation I~ematienal, Page 12 Management is willing to sit at table to address concerns BY DAVID N. YOUNG First ina two-part series. During the most recent elec- tion, perhaps one of the most passionate issues was the Island Company and, more specifically, their management of and partici- pation in major issues related to administration of island affairs. Santa Catalina Island Company CEO Randy Herrel has been associated with the island for more than a decade now, and other than taking heated excep- tion to a political flyer critical of the Island Company, he largely stayed out of the political fray. Not lost on the Island Com- pany, however, are the feelings that have evolved in recent years by some on the island who feel promises made by the Island Company have been ignored. In an interview conducted before the political flyer was con- ceived, Herrel was clear about where he thinks the problems are centered. According to Herrel, the rela- tionship between the general pop- Hen'el, Page 5 National Travel and Tourism Week on Catalina is May 6-12 This year's theme This year's theme invites the dents can help celebrate thethe hashtag #TravelsWelcome. celebration of Travel Then and week: Send your front-line team is Travel Then and Now. On Sunday. May 6,-take a members to the Catalina Island Travel Now Catalina's rich heritage asmoment to appreciate the fact Visitor Center for a cupcake and a travel destination makes it a that tourism supports our local coffee where we will let them prime subject for this conversa- infrastructure, provides jobs and know how much we appreciate FOR THE ISLANDER tion, he said. keeps our taxes lower by $4,997 their work in enhancing the visi- "With over 1 million visi-per household, tOT experience. One of the most impor- tors per .year, spending $166.7 -OnMonday, May7, honoran Be sure they bring a busi- tam weeks on the calendar for million and supporting 1,254island colleague or staff member ness card to enter to win gift Catalina Island is the week dedi- jobs, visitors to Avalon are our who has gone above and beyondcertificates for use "in member cated to the promotion of travel life's blood," Luttjohann said in in service to a visitor, businesses too. and tourism, given the islands a statement. Gather your team to congrat- On Wednesday, May 9, dependence on sustainable tour- While the spending of visitors ulate them and appreciate theparticipate in Wandering Wed- ism. has always provided a lifeline efforts they have made in better- nesday. Walk around Avalon, According to Jim Luttjohann, for Catalina, today's travel and ing the visitor experience, doing your best to see things CEO of the Catalina Island tourism industry is a "far cry On Tuesday, May 8, par- through the visitors' eyes. Chamber of Commerce and from the early days of camps and ticipate in Travel Rally Day by Take note of the ways our Visitor's Bureau, Catalina will steam ships." posting on social media factscommunity could better corn- celebrate National Travel and According to the Chamber, and figures about your tourism municate or enhance the visitor Tourism Week from May 6-12. here are some of the ways resi- serving place or business using Travel, Page 12 -i