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SERVING CATALINA & ITS .AINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FmiDAY June 19, 2015 VOLUME 101, ISSUE 25 Www,THECATALI NAISLANDER,COM D BRI[F$ Packy and his influence Read about Packy's drive to clean up substance abuse among the Island's youth, and learn about the man behind the smile from personal accounts and a in-depth look at his life. See stories on page 2 and 11. On the .Water Capt. John King says fisherfolk can get a bit crazy when a bite develops, so much so that they havecoined a few phrases to describe the condition. See story, page 4 Island Co. tests electric bus The Santa Catalina Island CQmpany is testing a new, full- size electric tour bus. See story, page 5 Ufe on the Rural Side Columnist Jessica Scofleld refects on the passing of a main- land man who came to the Island almost every Sunday to minister. See story, page 6 All things football Contributor Judy Hibbs highlights a Catalina Island Medical Center employee who has accepted the head coaching position at Avalon HIgh School. See story, page 6 'Three days, 11 hours and 26 Miles from home' Islander LaPry Cox is the co-found- er of the Kick Tommy band. See story, page 7 Descanso Fresh opens A new ice cream shop/cafe, Descanso Fresh, opened its doors this week in Avalon. See story, page 7 Only on Catalina Columnist Chuck Liddell says that many of the things residents say the Island needs are things that the Island used to have See story, page 9 Sheriff's Log The past week's crimes included a reported residential burglary and the theft of a bicycle from Metropole Avenue See story, page 13 Paxson 'Packy' H. Offield, local icon Wrigley descendant was an Island icon, lived from 1951-2015 STAFF REPORT The community of Avalon was saddened to learn this week that Paxson Offield passed away on Sunday, June 14, due to complica- tions from leukemia. He recently chose to return to his home in Michigan, and passed away there, with his wife and fam- ily by his side. Mr. Offield attended the Latin School of Chicago and the Catalina Island School for Boys, located in Toyon Bay. He graduated from the University of Denver in 1975 with a degree in Economics and then taught here at the Catalina Island School. In 1976, his family asked him to join the Santa Catalina Island Company, formed in 1894 and guided by the Wrigley and Offield families since 1919. Beginning Paxton Offield died this week after struggling with leukemia. Courtesy photo as property manager, Mr. Offield gained experience in several departments, and served ,it vari- ous times as the company's chair- man of the board, president and CEO. He was a member of its Board of Directors from 1980 until his death. Mr. Offield .was also chair- man of the Benefactor Members of the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy, formed in 1972 by Philip K. Wrigley and Dorothy W. Offield, and was the Conservancy's first chairman of the board. A dedicated conservation- ist, Mr. Offietd was a director and chairman of The Billfish Foundation, a non-profit organi- zation dedicated to the conserva- tion and enhancement of billfish populations worldwide through scientific research, education and advocacy. He was a Board member and former chairman of The Peregrine Fund, a worldwide organization dedicated to preserving birds of prey. In 2006, Mr. Offield received from the president of Panama the Commendador Award for work through the Peregrine Fund on the reintroduction of the Harpy Eagle, the national bird of Panama. Mr. Offield was also chair- man of the Catalina Sea Bass Fund, dedicated to the restoration of sea bass and other fisheries in Southern California waters. He" was active with the Conservation and Research for Endangered Species component of the San Diego Zoological Society. He was awarded the 2006 Conservation Medal from the Society for his work with the Peregrine Fund and satellite tag- ging of marlin. He also spearheaded a DNA sampling study with Rutgers University and The Billfish Foundation. Mr. Offield was very involved in developing satellite tags for. tag- ging billfish in Pacific waters for over 20 years, to track migration and other data on billfish. He was the chain of the Offield Center for Biltfish Studies and funded an archiyal tagging program for white sea bs in coop- eration with the Pfleger Institute for Environmental Research. He was a founding member of the Marine ConservatiOn Science Institute. :, Mr,, Offield was also a direc- tor of USC's Wrigley Institute for Environmental Sdies and endowed the Paxson-H: Offield Professor of Popula Ecology Edison: stage three rationing in September Water usage is down, but stage three is still coming BY JESUS A. RUlZ A recent update on water con- servation efforts in Avalon shows a continuing trend of decline in water usage for the month of May. The update compared water usage from this time last year and found that during stage two ration- ing, which began August 2014, usage dropped almost 30 percent. That equals about 8 acre feet of water saved in May alone. Ron Garcia, region manager of public affairs for Edison, deliv- ered the results at this week's City Council meeting. Garcia said he commends the Island for their efforts in sav- ing water and because of those efforts the next phase of rationing hasn't come as quick as some have feared. However, at the meeting Garcia did reveal that Edison offi- cials have begun honing in on a possible date for the start of stage three: Sept. 21. Now this date isn't set in stone, but Garcia said if water usage continues as it has, September will most likely be the time when Island residents will have to reduce "their water usage by 50 percent. The next stage of rationing begins when the water level at the Middle Ranch Reservoir hits the 200 acre feet mark. Currently the water level at the Reservoir is at 249 acre feet. To date, stage two rationing has directly resulted in the conserva- tion of almost 100 acre feet of water at the reservoir. In anticipation of stage three, Edison has begun searching for alternative water sources to aid the Island and help offset water rationing. Garcia also disclosed that seven water violations occured during May. Mutts and pooches will be at 'Yacht Dog' Show See which dogs win their event at Two Harbors BY DIXIE REDFEARN Time to give a "woof!" shout- out to an annual event here on the Island that is fun for all: the annual Two Harbors Yacht Dog Show. It's coming up Saturday, June 20 on the Main Beach in Two Har- bors. The show features dogs of all sizes and shapes vying to become Yacht Dog. Other categories include Best Kisser; Best Dressed; Owner/Dog Look Alike; Best Trick; and over- all top Yacht Dog. And it's not too late to enter: Signups are at noon and the main event begins at 1 p.m. The Island Company says there will be prizes and trophies award- ed tO the perfect pooches and they are keeping mum on how catego- ries like Best Kisser are judged, so that will be left up to your Yacht Dogs, Page 11 Hazel Finley of Two Harbors with dog; Darwin Sharp of Avalon ,iii