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SERVING CATALINA 4: ITs MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since i914 VOLUME 97, ISSUE 19 BRIEFS Silent Film Benefit Hollywoocl's silent film era returns for its annual visit to Avalon when the Catalina Island Museum kicks off its Silent Film Benefit at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. See story, page 2 Step back in time with The Avalon Ball Step back in time and experience the Casino Ballroom as it was in the 1930s. Dean Mora & The Avalon Ball Orchestra will play lis- torically accurate music from the 1930s. Come dressed in your best vintage or formal evening wear. For more information contact the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles (310)659-3329 or artdecola@sbc- or Islander columnist publishes first novel Local author and Islander col- umnist Christopher Blehm has published his first novel, "Mercy of the Elements," set on Catalina. See story, page 4 Avalon Lancer boys golf team wins league title The Avalon High School Boys' Golf Team captured the San Joaquin Valley League Championship in its first year of existence, and quali- fied to play in the CIF Southern Section Regionals, held at Tijera Creek Country Club on Monday, May 9. See story, Page 5 Ham Radio licensing exams offered June 18 On June 18, the Catalina Amateur Repeater Assoc. is sponsoring and conducting two ham radio testing sessions on the Island. A morning session will be held in Avalon, and an afternoon session out at Two Harbors. See story, page 8 Pedicab Catalin Joe Sampson has started "Pedicab Catalina" to create a new, eco-friendly, ope n air tour business for Avalon. See story, page 9 Harbor Activity Report During April the cruise ship counts were very high, the Paradise recorded the largest pas- senger counts in recent history with 2,670 passengers on April 5 and 2,674 on April 26---many of those being young people on spring break. See Story, page 8 RIP: Michael Trainor Michael Trainor passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 18, 2011. Though he was originally from Waterloo, Iowa, Michael moved to Southern California with his family at a very young age. See story, page 8 El Dfa de las Madres (Mexican Mother's Day) was celebrated on May 10 throughout Avalon. The Ubrary sewed up some delicious huaraches and a traditional folkloda dance was held at Wdgley Stage. Dancers seen here from left to right are: Jesus Chavoya, Chelsea Zeller and Alexis Rornero (not shown - Lourdes Thoricht). First Film Fest hits high notes BY DENNIS KAISER Film buffs attending the inau- gural Santa Catalina Film Festival last weekend described it as a deli- cious movable feast for the eyes, ears and mind. There were five venues Of film screenings and related events in- cluding an opening night, red car- pet gala at the Casino building. A total of 62 independent films were screened from Friday through Sun- day at various locations throughotit Avalon, allowing plenty for every- one to do and see. There were also opportunities tO rub elbows with ators, screen - writers, and film industry insiders and to learn more about the indus- try and art form. "I ieamed more during the 90 minute finance panel which I at- tended at City Hall, than in all the years I've spent researching-how to get a project produced in Hol- lywood," said Scott Dennis of the Conservancy. As one of four panels presented during the Festival, the one on fi- nance included studio heads, Fi- nancial CEO's and other industry individuals. Amid all of the festivities and film screenings, one could encoun- ter a very pleased Ron Truppa, the film festival's founder who worked for more than a year on this project that seemed to come to life before his eyes. Truppa said he was relieved at the initial success of the festival and delighted at many compli- ments from festival guests. He said he was thankful to the many people he enlisted in the project, includ- ing family members and friends who put their heart and sweat into an event they believed was long overdue for Catalina. "The team is so excited," Trup- MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs this week- Return of the cryptids? BY JIM WATSON Cryptid. Noun. "An animal whose evidence or survival is dis- puted or unsubstantiated, such as the yeti," according to the Oxford Dictionary of the English Lan- guage. The woods are full of animals that may not exist and in past col- umns we've explored two notable cryptids reportedly seen on the Is- land over the years, including the Catalina "black panther" and even our friend, Bigfoot. But our Island is graced with yet another mysterious, elusive beast known as the Blackbuck an- telope, or to Caesar, the antilope cervicapra. OK, so the Blackbuck of Catali- na don't really qualifY as cryptids, but they are darn close to it. There is no doubt that they exist and they are seen, albeit on rare occasions, from the patio of the DC-3 Gifts & Grill at the airport. Carlos de la Rosa, chief of Con- servation and Education for the Catalina Island Conservancy, trac- es the introduction of the Black- buck to a fledgling plan to turn Catalina into a big game hunting Rim, Pag 6 preserve back in the 1970s. This plan, according to news- paper accounts at the time, was to involve the construction and ,,..,, May 13, 2011 AVALON TO SEEK FUEL DOCK BIDS FUTURE OF PROJECT MAY HINGE ON COST BY CHARLES M. KELLY In May of 2009, the California Coastal Commission approved a 1 million dollar grant to the city of Avalon for the upgrade to the fuel dock in Avalon Harbor. The city has completed construction plans for the proposed pier that would be located near the Casino, however the fuel dock may never be built. The city will soon request bids for the reconstruction. If the bids prove to be too costly, the project could be altered or cancelled alto- gether. Whether or not the dock will ac- tually be built is another matter. "It's going to be very expen- sive," said Avalon City Manager Steve Hoefs. He said the project could turn out costing more than the city had budgeted to build the fuel dock. Apparently the terrain on the ocean bottom near the Casino is much rockier than the soft sand found at most points around Cata- lina Island.' Hoefs said driving more piles may not be an option for rebuilding the dock. He also stated that the city would be putting out requests for bids and see how much the construction work would cost. Hoers said that the city is also looking at other options, including "downsizing" the project. Hoers Fuel Dock, Page 4 A small herd of Blackbuck ante- lope have been roaming the hills of Catalina since ::the 1970s. Among ., the fastest animals on earth, the Blackbuck were originally brought to Catalina as part of a plan to turn Catalina's interior into a big game hunting preserve. Photo courtesy of Pranau Yaddanapudi operation of a hunting lodge near the airport and was expected to Mystery, Page 9