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Deputy Wilkinson and K-9 Tina BY THERESA CUMMINGS Deputy Steve Wilkinson was assigned to find a dog to sniff out drugs in Avalon. With 31 years in law enforcement and 23 years ex- perience as a senior dog handler for the Los Angeles Sheriff's De- partment, he knew exactly where to find one and obtained a Belgian Malinois named Tina who has re- portedly proven her worth. "I contacted an excellent train- er I know in North Carolina and had him locate a suitable dog," Wilkinson said. "Once he lo- cated Tina, he put her through a few months training and she was ready." Wilkinson and Tina have been working on Catalina for two years now. Dogs have been used in police work for centuries. The first for- mal training of dogs for police work began in the late 1800s in Europe. The practice made its way into the United States in the early 1900s. The reason they are used is directly related to their sense of smell, which is their most refined sense. In fact, a blood- hound can identify scales of skin shed by humans three days previ- ously. Because of this keen sense, they can smell drugs hidden in body cavities, can sniff out bombs, find missing persons, locate bodies drowned or buried in snow or rub- ble and can even smell melanoma cancer. A former Island resident had a diabetes K-9 that could alert him when his blood sugar was off. It is the bony ridge inside of the dog's nose that contains the smell detecting ceils, and the amount of those cells depends on the size of the nose. As such, dogs with larger and wider noses have more of these cells available and are se- lected for police training. Those breeds with smaller noses such as Pugs or Pekingese are not trained for such work. Larger breeds can - have as marly as 300 million scent receptors in their noses and are incredibly accurate when used for law enforcement purposes. The advantage is obvious. Human noses only have a paltry 5 million such receptors. "A K-9 selected and trained for police work costs $10, 000," Wilkinson said. "We didn't pay for Tina. She was paid for by lo- cals." Wilkinson said that Tina is trained to locate a wide variety of drugs. "Everything from cocaine, to marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, and crystal meth are easily picked up by her." Tina works at the various sites used to bring things onto the Island. This includes barges, boats, airport freight and luggage, to name a few. "When she smells drugs, she will simply sit and look up at me with those big eyes," Wilkinson said. "She has never been wrong." AN EVENING IN PARADISE: AVALON PROM 2012 The Avalon High School Class of 2013 has been working hard all year long to prepare for what they hope is one of the best proms in years. This year's Prom Walk be- gins at 5:30 p.m. at the beginning of the Pleasure Pier and lasts for about an hour. The students prom- enade down the red carpet that leads to the end of the pier where they receive their prom gift and then have their picture taken. This year's event will take place from 7-11:30 p.m. at the Landing. The students will dine on the beau- tiful E1 Encanto Patio with musi- cal accompaniment provided by 0000ISUIIID00 Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Executi#e Publisher Vince Bodiford Editor Dennis Kaiser Advertising Pat Jamieson Office M,nager Jennifer Leonhardi Accounting Judy Murray 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 ] (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510o2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428. 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This publication s printed almost efltlrely on recycled paper. Contents CoPyright 2012 and Title Registered. Catalina Islander. Inc..All Rights Reserved.  PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PU BLISHERS ASSOCIATION IanJones and his brothei: Patrick. Then everyone will head upstairs to dance the night away to tunes provided by Derek Smith, a pro- fessional DJ contracted from the mainland. CHOICES will be host- ing the after-prom party which will be held at 3 Palms Arcade. According to a statement issued by the Class of 2013, the junior class is grateful to all those in the community who have generously donated to their various fundrais- ing activities this year. Singled out for thanks were Russ Armstrong, Steve Bray and the Casino Dock Cafe for providing the students with their restaurant for the Pan- cake Breakfast. SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCENTER SERVING THE CHURC]'L REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATALINA AVE I: Ill 1 7:Vitf:l i; 1:1 ;i I, [ll kl ;, their a 7-1 league record and prov- MEETING FOR PLAY PRESCHOOL PARENTS Preschool Learning for Avalon Youth, Catalina's co-op preschool, will have its annual mandat. 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 dur- ing the 2012-13 school year must attend the meeting. This is a, par- ent/adult meeting only. PLAY is open to children who are between the ages of two and a half and five years of age. Depending on their age, preschoolers attend school ei- ther two or three days a week. The school day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. Parents or their representatives must commit to donate several hours a year to help the school. Those hours include time spent at the Annual PLAY Preschool Auction Fundraiser, two clean-up days and about half a dozen days spent at the school providing snacks and assisting the school's teachers. For more infor- mation, call (310) 510-2324. file your fieUtious business rlaillqle statements. here We do the work for you. Filing & Publishing for $86 Publishing only $45 $7 per name extra Catalina Islander 510.0500 classifi eds@localnew 2 Friday, May 18, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER