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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FRIDAY May 5, 2017 VOLUME 103, iSSUE 18 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BeI[FS ................................... Water level update As of April 27, the water level in the Middle Ranch Reservoir measured 646 acre feet. Catalina remains under Stage 1 water conservation rules. Only on Catalina By the fifth day of the 2007 fire, almost 5,000 acres of land had been burned. Chuck Liddell recalls one of the most frightening, yet one of the proudest, moments in local history. See story, page 3 On the Water Capt. John King had a claim on a new boat for the Afishinados fleet, but there were obstacles to overcome. See story, page 4 A Celebration of Life Javier Pedroza Garcla's Celebration of Life will be held this Saturday, May 6, at the Avalon Community C.hurch at 2 p.m. See page 5 Chamber Challenge gets a $5K donation Dr. Jeff Sipsey was the Iongtime head hyperbaric doctor for our Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. He died not too long after he retired. His sister Cindy, along with a donor who chooses to remain anonymous, have teamed up to honor Jeff's memory a generous donation of $5,100. See story, Page 6 Take the Islander on Vacation The Karstens Family was in Las Vegas for Spring Break with their Islander newspaper. See story, page 7 Cico de Mayo weekend is packed full of events Friday kicks off Cinco De Mayo with Folkloric Dancers on Front Street at 6 p.m. See story, page 8 Gymnast, Broadway star Cathy Rigby to visit Museum The CatalinaIsland Museum is honored to welcome Tony Award nominee and American gymnast Cathy Rigby to its 30th Annual Silent Film Benefit on May 20th. This year's Benefit features the 1924 classic "Peter Pan." Michael Mortilla and The Accompanists will perform an original .score written specifically for this performance on the stage of the Avalon Casino Theatre. See story, page 9 I Sisters Donnylynn Perez and Devony Madriz with Father William Ruther of St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church in Avalon. Congratulations to Devony for receiving the Sac~'ament of Holy Baptism and First Holy Communion and to Donnylynn for receiving her First Holy Communion on Saturday. Judge might order pit bulls that attacked visitor be destroyed BY CHARLES M. KELLY City officials will ask a judge today to have two American bull terriers destroyed following a recent attack ona Huntington Beach man and his Jack Russell terrier in Avalon, according to City Attorney Scott Campbell. The dogs are on the mainland now while everyone involved is awaiting a judge's decision. The owner of the two dogs has report- edly agreed to allow the dogs to be euthanized. City Manager David Jinkens said he would attend the hearing. In related news, the Avalon City Council this Week approved new animal control laws that include restricting ownership of potential- ly dangerous dogs and allow local officials to 'seize and destroy them. Until this week, the Avalon Municipal Code did not give the city authority to destroy an animal that injures another person. The law also includes a breed- specific mandatory spay or neuter program for pit bulls. Some Avalon residents, includ- ing a former City Council member, spoke in defense of "pit bulls" arguing that the responsibility for dangerous dogs lay with human beings. The new ordinance will also Pit Bells, Page 5 Mysterious Island Catalina's facts, folklore, and fibs This Week: MAY DAY BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island." Catalina, "available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Each 0fus has, within our vault of memories, a select few days in our lives that we will never forget. For me and for many an Islander, one of the artifacts in that vault will ' p always be May 10, 2007. This week marks the 10th anniver- sary (has itreally been that long?) since that fateful and terrifying day when we nearly lost the town of Avalon to what would become officially known as the "Island Fire." The day. started out nor- mally enough and initially there was nothing to indi- cate trouble was afoot. it was a pleasant May day, not too hot, not too Watson, Page 14 A CAL-FIRE spotter plane patrols high above the Photo courtesy of Ron Serabia burning hills of Catalina in this photo from May 10, 2007.