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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 F.tOAV June 20, 2014 V'OLUME 100, iSSUE 25 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRI[FS Water Level Update As of Thursday, June 19, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 342 acre feet, a 2 acre foot decrease from the June 12 measurement. Women's Softball Sign-ups Avalon Women's Softball League is now accepting sign-ups from all women ages 18 and older and out of high school, The league will run on Thursday nights from June 19 to Aug. 28. The first 48 paid applications will be accepted. Contact Kenny or Patti Engel. Youth Art Workshops Children entering grades four and up are invited to the Avalon Library to participate in free, stand-alone art workshops that will be held 10 a.m.-noon every other Saturday: June 28, July 12, July 26, and Aug. 6. Call the library at 310-510-1050 to reserve a spot. Volunteers keep Avalon Beautiful Avalon Beautiful, a local 501 (c)(3) non-profit, recently joined together with about 60 volunteers to hit the streets of Avalon for a Community Clean-Up. See story, page 2 Avalon Theatre evacuated Avalon Theatre patrons were watching "Maleficent" on Wednesday night when a smok- ing belt on a ventilation blower caused the entire Casino to be evacuated. See story, page 6 Something band to play at Independence Day Festival This year's Catalina Island Museum Fourth of July Music Festival will feature one of the most popular bands in Avalon: Something. See story, page 8 Pattie Boyd interview after 'Hard Day's Night' screening On Sunday, July 6, the Catalina Island Museum will screen the Beatles' movie "Hard Day's Night," followed by an interview with Pattie Boyd in which she will share her memories of meeting her first husband George Harrison on set. See story, page 12 Sheriff's Log A June 13 drug interdiction opera- tion resulted in one man being cited for possessing marijuana and another being arrested for transporting cocaine. See story, page 13 Natalie Vega, seen above in white, with some of her fellow graduates of the Avalon High School'Class of 2014, was chosen the class valedicto- rian. She is headed to Harvard University in the fall after a tough choice on where she would begin her college career. Courtesy photo Natalie Vega is AHS valedictorian Avalon native will start college career at Harvard University STAFF REPORT The staff of the Catalina Islander caught up with Avalon High School's Class of 2014 vale- dictorian Natalie Vega this week. She is a native of the Island and her father, Conrado Vega is well-known around Avalon as the manager of Lloyd's of Avalon and Catalina Island Golf Cart Rentals. He mom's name is Rosa. Natalie will be the first Avalon High School graduate to attend Harvard University. She made time in her busy schedule to give answers to the following questions. What was it like growing up in Avalon? Growing up in Avalon has defi- nitely been an amazing experi- ence. The island is a beautiful place and I feel blessed to have spent my entire childhood here. The members of this community are both friendly and incredibly supportive, and I will always be thankful to my little island for providing me with such a nurtur- ing and wonderful home. How was the high school experience here? Although Avalon doesn't offer as wide a variety of courses Or extracurricular activities as main- land schools do, I'm still incred- ibly glad I got to spend 13 years there. From teachers and facul- ty that sincerely care, to friends who've been around since elemen- Valedictorian, Page 10 City Council puts off the emergency water rules Opponents object to restrictions on construction projects BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon City Council unani- mously decided against acting on an urgency water-use regulating ordinance at the Tuesday, June 17 meeting. Mayor Anni Marshall and Council Member Joe Sampson had asked staff to draw up the pro- posed ordinance. The ordinance, among other things, would have prohibited the use of fresh water in construction and did not include an end date for water restrictions. According to the staff report prepared by the city manager and city attorney, the ordinance would adopt all California Public Utility water rules (called "tariffs") into the city code so that Avalon could enforce the rules. The urgency ordinance would have gone into effect immediately and required four votes to pass. As it turned out, there was no support for the ordinance from the public, council comments indicated no support on the council and the Santa Catalina Island Company had threatened to sue the city if the ordinance was passed. Mayor Marshall said Southern California Edison had asked her to pull the ordinance from the agenda. Edison owns the water utility on Council, Page 6 M YS ....... : :: TERIOUS ISLAND :::: Cat--alina s facts, folklore and fibs "  ......  i This Week: Catalina's 'Gold Rush'  BY JIM WATSON most popular regional television :. ! , shows in history. / Editor s Note: Jim Watson is Its a historical fact that the  / the author of Mysteri- modern history of the F p ous Island: Catalina," "Golden State" is inextrica- .  available at Amazon, bly linked to this precious Kindle and in stores in metal, so it is not surpris- llJIil, ' Avalon. lag that a portion of early :I ,, ' Catalina history revolves :  The words, Califor- around- it as well. What \\; ...... :: l nia and gold are virtu- is surprising, perhaps, is .  ........ _. ally synonymous around that as far as Catalina is  .............. the world. The late Huell " concerned never was such Howser, in fact, put those two. a fuss made over this commodity Early Catalina gold hunters could only dream of finding a massive nugget like the so-called Destiny Nugget discovered recently nearMelboume, Australia. words together to create one of the WatSon, Page 15 Photo courtesy of Pieces of Victoria