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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 94, ISSUE 23 "* OAr June9, 2006 N[WS BRm[[S "Puzzling picture The colorful scene pictured on the cover by former Avalonian Barbara Ezell, was used to make jigsaw puzzles. The first shipment of them arrived on the Island this week and has been distributed among the following stores: The Steamer Trunk, Leo's Drug- store, Sugar Loaf Books, Catali- na Confetti, The Souvenir Shop and Foxy Trend, The price is about $12, depending on the store. Girl's Summer Basketball Camp Sign ups for 5th - 9th grade Girl's Summer Basketbal Camp will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Avalon High School Gym, or any time at the city's recreation department office or'on the first day of camp. The fee is $50. The camp will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m Wednesdays from June 21 through July 26. For more info call Coach Hart at (310) 433-8387 or Jennifer at 510-0928. Cabaret benefit for Tremont Hall Dance Against the Machine will perform an evening of the arts, cabaret style at 7 p.m. on Fri- day, June 16. The goal is to raise funds for Tremont Hall to be restored to its full potential as a'cultural arts center. Local performers will pre ent an eclectic extravaganza. Tickets will besold prior tothe event and are limited to the capacity of the site. For information and tickets, please call Nicolette David (310) 740-13"47 or Jen Heeter (310) 850-5306. Avalon Taste-Around The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau's 2nd Annual Avalon Taste-Around will be held from 6 to 9 p.m on Wednesday, June 14. More than 10 participating establishments will be Offering dishes, appetiz, ers and driflk "tastes'-- for $1 or - less. SEE STORY ON CAGES BEAUTIFYINGAVAi.ON: Flip and Mary Savitt, left, with artists Michele Castro and Jason Greene who recently painted the palm tree/tiki-themed mural of Flips Saltwater Bar & Grill. They put a new face on the downtown eatery and music night spot where Flip can often be found playing drums and his wife has done comedy routines. Greene, who has painted two of the eagles in the Eagles Over Paradise program, said he was inspired by the Robert Plant song "29 Palms" but that it was purely coincidental that there are 29 palms featured in the mural. Castro, Greene's wife, isknown for her lively karaoke covers of some of Plant's songs with the classic rock band Led Zeppelin. First, left, second and third place winner are seen holding their catch the halibut tournament. From Left to right: Olivia Hernandez, Mike Mellinger, David Romo (1st Place), Logan Gardener (2nd Place), Bobby Lee (3rd Place) Andreas TeJbda (Biggest Seabass), Steve Bray. The "Just For The Kids Just whoreceived $300 cash, a rod and For The Halibut" tournament put reel from High Tide Traders, a hat, on by Steve Bray and Mike and five" pounds of shrimp from Mellinger raised more than Armstrong's Seafood. $10,000 for various children's pro- Third place was a 9.5-pound grams that are run on Catalina halibut caught by Bobby Lee who Island. received $200 cash, a rod and reel A total of 15 halibut were from Big Fish tackle, a thirdplace caught, hat and five pounds of shrimp The following are the contest from Armstrong's Seafood results: The fourth, fifth and sixth place First place was an 18-poundhal- winners each received a fishing ibut caught by David Romo who rod and reel. Every kid under 18 won $50, a rod and reel from Big years old who entered the contest Fish a ekle, a hat from ArtCaps also received one also, compli- and Design and the Golden Halibut ments of Big Fish Tackle. Chain from Off White Gallery. Everybody at the Awards Ban- Second placewasa 12.5-ponnd quet was supplied with Simple halibut can#at by Logan Gardener Green Products. By Christopher Blehm New Councilmen Michael Ponce and Scott Nelson were offi- cially appointed to the medical board Tuesday night, only to learn of the imminent retirement of the hospital's CEO Bill Greene. The Avalon City Council serves as the de facto Catalina Island Medical Center Board of Trustees. Greene gave a year's notice, which will help the Council find a replacement. Richard Swan of W ltt/Kieffer, an agency dedicated to high-level medical administration placement, gave a presentation on the search and selection process. He targeted housing as one of the most signif- icant obstacles to obtain and retain skillful administrators and physi- cians. The search for replacement physicians also continues, with a three-doctor rotation being pro- posed by Greene to prevent burnout and the constant rumble of "housing" again pervading all. Meanwhile, the Council reviewed the Vehicle Task Force's final report and recommendations. Ideas presented include the "shared vehicle" program, limit- ing and/or outlawing boom boxes and loud stereos in golf carts, a pay back program designed to "buy out" and eventually eliminate two-stroke carts on the Island and resi regularly scheduled bus service between Avalon and Two Harbors, with established bus stops at inter- vals in between. Mayor Bob Kennedy noted that existing ordinances already address noise and pollution, "the issue is enforcement." Councilman Dan O'Connor agreed. "A properly maintained two- stroke is quieter than a poorly maintained four-stroke," O'Con- nor said. "It's the amount of noise and pollution, not the type of engine?' Kennedy also replied that logic to the boom box/stereo argu- ment. "It doesn't matter if you're blasting Beethoven's Fifth, a vio- lation is a violation" City Manager Tom Sullivan expressed financial concern. "Avalon already has one of the highest subsidies in the state," Sullivan said. "Our community of 3500 receives $500,000 in subsi- dies for things like taxi tickets and cross channel carriers (commuter books)." Members of the task force expressed hope that residents would be willing to share vehicles or use public transportation, while many, including Councilman Scott Nelson, were less convinced. Nelson asked, "Who is going to spend two million dollars for a Hamilton Cove condo knowing -II