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: -! "T . - " i I _ i "] ; -..1 - _ !  I] J_IIJJL]J]lJJJl, ; VOLUME 97, ISSUE 20 everyweek - since1914   . BRIEFS Remove your weeds Everyone responsible for property in the city of Avalon must remove all weeas, rubbish and vegeta- tive fuels that could cause a fire. Under city law, all weed abate- ment must be completed before June 1. Misdemeanor citations shall be issued to anyone who fails to comply with the notice. Art sale set for Saturday The Catalina Island Conservancy presents Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale to be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 11. See story, page 4. Straight Up Builders is unde- feated in Coed Softball Lobster Trap defeated Pebbly Beach Building Supply and Straight Up Builders defeated the Catalina Cookie Co. Straight Up Builders is undefeated so far this season. See story, page 8. Descanso Beach Club to host concerts The Xceptional Music Company will be producing two concerts at Descanso Beach Club. The first will take place on Sunday, May 29 and wil feature the Sirens, its top 40 band and the hottest act in Southern CalifOrnia. See story, page 9. " Flying fish return to-island Just as many beachgoers await the arrival of the grunion, Island lovers know that summer is just around the corner when the flying fish find the waters su'rrounding Catalina :to their liking. See story, page 6. Airport director retires Nearly 33 years since becoming director of the Island's Airport- in-the-Sky in October of 1978, Paul Moritz is retiring. His last day is June 1 and the Catalina Island Conservancy will be hold- ing a retirement celebration in his honor on Friday, June 3. See story, page 2. Tuna Club lu,Salected The TUna Club Foundation and Wrigley Marine Science Center have chosen Islanders Monica Perez and Alberto Vega as the first two Tuna Club Fellowship interns..Each wil spend.four weeks living and working at the world-famous Wrigley Marine Science Center facility in Two Harbors this summer. See story, page 2. WASTE-TO-ENERGY PROPOSAL REJECTED BY CHARLES M KELLY From left to right: Angel Hemandez, Diego Rios. Adilene Soto, Cristobal Hemandez, and Kelbin Rios celebrated their First Communion with family and friends at The Landing Restaurant on Monday, May 9, 2011. Sheriffs. seize 1,500 lbs of pot MEXICAN M,N ARRESTED WITH 31 BALES OF CONTRA- BAND AT LITTLE HARBOR BY DENNIS KAISER Catalina's Little Harbor, usually a quiet haven for nearby campers, became the scene of a dramatic drug bust on Tuesday in which a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department SWAT team dropped onto the beach and seized 1,500 pounds of marijuana and arrested a man who was identified as a Mexi- can national. Deputy Robbie Erickson and a ranger for the Conservancy were on patrol in the area on Tuesday, when they noticed the man seemed to be act- ing suspi- cious as he walled near what ' turned out ! to be 31 bales Of pot wrapped in plastic on the small beach. After watching the man, they called for back-up assistance from Avalon's Sheriff's Station. "A short time later, Sheriff's De- partment Air Rescue 5 responded and dropped L.A. County Sheriff's SEB (SWAT) mem- bers at the location to assist in the investiga- tion while (Sheriff's) personnel responded from Avalon," Deputy Burt Lyon said. According tO Lyon, the contraband, about $750,000 worth Of pot, and the suspect were flown to the mainland where the Bust, Page 7 The Avalon City Council re- jected a proposed waste-to-energy project at the agency's Tuesday, May 17 meeting. Instead, the coun- cil directed staff to explore other options, according to City Clerk Denise Radde Last year, Global Waste Energy Conservation Company proposed designing, building and installing a waste-to-energy facility on Catali- na Island, according to the staffre- port by City Attorney Scott Camp- bell. At that time, the city agreed to have Global Waste Energy conduct a feasibility study over six months. More recently, MSOLTEC En- ergy Research, LLC approached Avalon with a similar proposal; according to the Campbell report. Energy Research asked for a mem- orandum of understanding for an- other six-month feasibility study. Energy Research agreed to pay its own COSTS. Staff asked for council guid- ance. "Consequences of not fol- lowing the recommended action: The status quo would continue to exist in the city;' Campbell wrote. For now, nothing has changed. In other business; The council approved a settle- ment of two rehabilitation loans that were in default when the bor- rower died. The property passed to the borrower's daughter in March 2010. However, the daughter had already passed away. The city agreed to settle the debt, and post- pone foreclose, in exchange for repayment of the two loans and $6,000 in attorney's fees. Some seek ,to change Lancer's name THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS PULLED FROM THE JAN. 15, 1970, AND FEB. 5, 1970 ISSUES OF THE CATALINA ISLANDER BY SUE STICKLER JAN. 15,1970 Controversy is raging on cam- pus and off over recent sugges- tions by interested student leaders to change the name of the Lancers. They want a unique title that will clearly designate our Island team from teams on the mainland. The claim is that there are too many "Lancer" teams overtown. School newspapers seem never to include "Avalon," "Catalina" or even "Is- land" in their sports stories, desig- nating our team as only the Lanc- ers. Just what the magic name would be hasn't been decided on, but those in favor of a name change are sure that a really good one could be found. Many students, on the other hand, argue against such a change. They feel that it would cost too much. All flags, rings, travel bags and even the cheers and songs would have to be changed. There is the possibility that the Alumni, who associate themselves closely with the Lancer name, would be- come upset and the school would lose some of their support. The general consensus of opin- ion is that more information on the subject should be sought from both the alumni and the students of Avalon Hight School. The Edi- tor of the Sugar Loaf is asking for opinions and would appreciate hearing from all interested per- This illustration shows how the "Lancers" could be changed to the "Islanders" by add- ing an "Is" in front and changing the "c" to a "d" sons. Letters may be addressed to the Sugar Loaf, in care of Avalon High School, Avalon, California. Lancers, Page 8 L I IlllIIIi mieIIiiiRil iIIiiiii IIIIIIIIIIIIHI!