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SERVING ,CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 20 / FmOAY May 18, 2012 BRIEFS Spring Concert 2012 The Sring Concert 2012 wil be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 22 n the Avalon School auditorium. Admission is $5 at the door and supports the school music pro- gram. For more information, call Avalon School at (310) 510-0790. Seabass Championship Now Accepting Entries It's time to get your entries n for the 2012 WON/Yamaha Catalina IslandWhite Seabass Championship slated Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20 at Two Harbors. See story, page 4 Meeting Set for PLAY Preschool Parents PLAY, Catalina's co-op preschool, will have-its annual mandatory meeting for all new and returning students at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, at the Bird Park school. Parents who plan to enroll their child during the 2012-13 school year must attend the meeting. See story, page 2 Girls softball loses league The Avalon High School girls soft- ball team lost to'Liberty Christian by a score of 4-3 in the softball league championship game Friday, May 11, at Joe Machado Field.Their first playoff game is against Viewpoint on May 17 in Calabassas. If Avalon wins, K could play the next ClF on their home field. Fifth Flying Fish Festival set for June 2 weekend n celebration of the annual return of Catalina Island's famous flying fish, the fifth Annual Flying Fish Festival will be held May 31-June 2. See story, page 5 Bravo's landscaping and Lobster Trap win in softball Bravo's Landscaping took on The Sand Trap and won with a score of 21-10. In the second game of the night Straight Up Builders lost to The Lobster Trap with a gcore of 20 - 7. See story, page 8 Sheriff's Deputy Wilkinson and K-9 Partner Tina Deputy Steve Wilkinson was assigned to find a dog to sniff out drugs in Avalon. With 23 years experience as a senior dog han- dler for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, he found a Belgian Malinois named Tina. See story, page 2 Avalon recycling increases Cheryl Allison. division man- ager for Seagull Sanitation, says Seagull has seen a marked increase in the amount of recycla- bles that are being diverted from the Pebbly Beach Landfill. See story, page 5 Gran Fondo Riders take off in the inaugural Catalina Island Gran Fondo, presented by The US Cup and Team Big Bear on Saturday May 12. The non-competi- tive bicycle ride drew more than 500 partici- pants. For more photo' of the event, see page 6 Photo by Scotty Lopez New record for Chamber Day MONEY BENEFITS HYPERBAR- IC CHAMBER THAT TREATS THE BENDS BY DENNIS KAISER Ken Kurtis, chairman of the recent Chamber Day/Night and Chamber Challenge, said he was pleased with-the proceeds from this years fuhclraising event, in fact they set a new record. A total of $134,783 was raised this year to help support the Is- land's USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. "Simply incredible, especially when you realize that there were years when the entire event didn't do this imuch,!' Kurtis said of the Chamber Challenge: "Obviously, we owe/a huge debt of gratitude to those who gave to the Compressor Challenge. That alone accounts for $27,000. We got started with $5,000 in seed money from an Ocean Institute donor (who had already made a sizeable donation) ." That was fol- lowed by another donor through the Maddie James Foundation who came up with an $11,000 matching grant if we could come up with the oth- er $11,000. In all, the Chamber Challenge netted $73,930 by Tuesday, May 8. The Chamber Challenge and the Chamber Day/Night benefit the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. It is the largest single-day scuba chariy event in the United States. Catalina's Hyperbaric Chamber is the only one in Southern Cali- fornia dedicated solely to the treat- ment of .diving accidents 24 hours a day, all year round. In honor of 2012 being a Leap Year, it was open on Feb. 29 at no additional charge. Having the Chamber available provides divers with a vital safety net when sometfiing goes wrong | and they suffer a case of the benOs or decompression sickness. It's  condifior! ng from dis- solved gases c6miiig out of solu- tion into bubbles inside the body. Chamber, page 9 COUNCIL AMENDS PERFORMANCE RULES UPDATED ORDINANCE BANS AMPLIFICATION AND ENDS SHOWS AT 9 P.M. BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon City Council unanimously passed an ordinance amending the section of the city codethatregulates streetperformers Tuesday, May 15. The item was part of the consent calendar, so there was no discussion. The new rules now ban performances after 9 p.m. and forbid amplification of sound. "Previously, some amplification was allowed and performances were to stop at 10 p.m.," wrote City Attorney Scott Campbell in this staff report to the council. According to Campbell, the changes in the city's law will balance the First Amendment rights of street performers with the right of residents to "quiet enjoyment of their property." The amendments to the city code specify the locations of performance areas in Avalon, mostly along Crescent Avenue, where street performances will be allowed. However, some performance areas have ben eliminated. The intersections of Crescent Avenue at Catalina and Sumner have been removed *because of congestion, . the report said. The areas west of Crescent Avenue on Catalina and Sumner have also been removed because of Council, Page 9 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina,s facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Big Nab BY JIM WATSON Several months ago the Cata- lina Islander ran an obituary for Avalon's legendary Donald "Don- nie" Dunlop, who is perhaps best known locally for his service with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Departrhent's Avalon Station from 1975 to 1991. During those years, Dunlop earned himself a placein Catalina history not only as a well- respected deputy, but as one of the town's more colorful and likeable characters. But Donald Dunlop made this week's Mysterious Island column not becaus of his past service to Avalon and the Island he loved, but because of his heroic role in the apprehension of arguably the most notorious criminal in American history: Charles Manson. The infamous Manson fam- ily cut a swath through American criminal lore during the late 1960s because of its cultish, disposition coupled with several grisly mur- ders that were orchestrated by Manson, most notably the Tate-La Bianca murders in the summer of '69. Watson, Page 9 L Avalon's legendary Donald "Donnie" Dunlop apprehended Charles Manson. Courtesy photo.