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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 98, Issue 25 r.,,,v June 22, 2012 BRIEFS Wild Side Art Show Eleven nationally acclaimed plain air artists will display their inter- pretations of Catalina's rugged wildlands as well as Avalon and Two Harbors at the second Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale on June 23. Proceeds will help establish a permanent collection of Island plein-air art- work, Avalon High students earn scholarship money The mainland news media reports that Avalon High School students have earned slightly more than $1,2 million in scholarships for colleges across the United States. Summer concert series The Catalina Summer Concert Series will present a tribute to the music of Woodstock on Saturday evening. The concert is free and held on Wrigley Stage from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. on June 23. A Beer Garden adjacent to the" stage is open from 6 to 10 p.m. Softball season ends with three-game tournament The Catalina Co-Ed Softball League wrapped up the winter season with a one night, three game tournament. Bravo's Landscaping took on the Sand Trap in the first game of the night. Bravo's Landscaping got on the board first with two runs. See story, page 4 City of Avalon closes streets for sewer project Each of the streets listed below will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m during the week of June 25. Each street will be posted 24 hours in advance of the actual closure. The tenta- tive schedule is: Monday--Upper Crescent (From El Encanto to Maiden lane); Tuesday--Hill Street; Wednesday--Vieudelou (the land side of the street from Olive to upper corner); Thursday-- Upper Crescent by the City Park. See story, page 2 Young adult mystery novel set on Catalina Island A fictitious estate on beautiful Santa Catalina Island is the set- ting for Will Zeilinger's young adult mystery, Something's Cooking at Dove Acres. See story, page 4 KISL's Meet the Voice: Catalina Pinky Every Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. the KISL's green studio in City Park glows pink when Rosie Taylor steps behind the mic and becomes Catalina Pinky. KISL sat down with Rosie so she could talk about being a female DJ here on Catalina. See story, page 8 The 24th Annual "Just for the Halibut, Just for the Kids Tournament" [participants include: Judy Rios, Mary Boyd, Jeff Tucker JR., (28 Ib Halibut), John Michael Costello (side bet winner 27,25 Ib white sea bass), Mark Costello, and Gary Costello second (27.5 Ib Halibut). Not pictured Steve Quarnstrom, third (16 Ib Halibut). The tournament was held June 10. Courtesy photo John .Friel to take helm CIMC This summer will bring a new chapter to Catalina Island Medi- cal Center, when John Friel takes charge as the facility's new chief executive officer. The Avalon Medical Develop- ment Corporation Board of Direc- tors, which oversees the hospital, chose Friel from a field of candi- dates. "John's years of experience in managing hospitals similar to ours make him an excellent choice for taking the helm at CIMC" said Board Chair Rose Ellen Gardner. "He has the experience and ability needed to continue moving CIMC forward in our quest to provide the best possible healthcare to the Is- land." Friel will replace Bryan Bal- lard, who will be retiring after a successful six years leading the medical center. "John. is someone I've known for many years," Bal- lard said. "I know the community and the staff will come to respect and admire him." The new CEO has visited the island several times and met with staff, community members and the AMDC Board of Directors. "I'm looking forward to work- ing with the team that's here to bring the medical center to the next level in its evolution," he said. Friel, who began his career as a registered nurse, has worked in the health care field for more than four decades. He has more than 20 years' experience as a CEO, hav- ing been in charge of hospitals with up to 300 beds throughout California. Most recently he was in charge of Oak Valley Hospital in the San Joaquin Valley. The medical center's new CEO has also worked a variety of in- stitutions that were in transition, including raising funds for new fa- cilities, overseeing the conversion to electronic medical records and implementing a range of new ser- vices in rural areas. "I really enjoy working with community residents to identify their medical needs and then con- verting those needs to services CEO, page 6 Medical center bans smoking COMMITTEE SAYS DECISION IS GEARED TOWARD THE BETTER HEALTH OF ALL OF ITS PATIENTS Catalina Island Medical Center staff says it has taken a major step to improve the health of both its patients and its staff by eliminating smoking on hospital grounds. Smoking will soon be prohib- ited at any location on the hospital campus, which ranges from the up- per to the lower driveway on Falls Canyon Road and extends to the sidewalk curb. The decision to become a com- pletely non-smoking facility was made by a hospital committee com- posed of smoking and non-smok- ing employees as well as medical personnel. "We feel it's important for the medical center and our employ- ees to be good role models when it comes to smoking," said Dawn Sampson, the Medical Center's di: rector of grants and social services and the chair of the committee. "Smoking has been prohibited in the building for some time, but we wanted to take a decisive step and have our grounds become com- pletely non-smoking as well." Initially the ban on smoking on hospital grounds will include em- ployees, visitors and outpatients. The medical center will be provid- ing financial assistance for smok- ing cessation for any employees who want to quit. "Our employees, both smoking and non-smoking, have been very enthusiastic supporters of our new policy," Sampson said. "We hope the community will join us in mak- ing the medical center grounds a healthier place." After Sept, 1, the Medical Cen- ter will be completely non-smok-. ing, with in-patients not allowed to smoke on hospital grounds as well. Smoking, Page 9 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Catalina's "Underworld"---Part 2 This is the second in a three- part series on the natural caves and man-made mines on Catalina. This week we cover the labyrinth of lost and abandoned mines. BY JIM WATSON For nearly a century, Catalina Island was poked and prodded by mining interests in the pursuit of a variety of earth's metallic trea- sures, notably silver, lead and zinc and (to a far lesser extent) gold. The remmints of this once robust era are still out there in the hills and, as you will see if you keep prospecting deeper into this col- umn, there is no shortage of mys- tery surrounding them. As noted in last week's col- umn, forobvious reasons I won't divulge the exact locations of any of these mines. Nothing will make you the subject of a future Myste- rious Island column faster than to disappear forever into one of these Watson, Page 9 A pair of hard rock miners catch a breath of fresh air at the Blackjack Mine in this photograph dating from the 1920s. Though the miners are long gone, their hidden caverns still riddle Catalina's "underworld".