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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY June 27, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 26 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM Bri[F s ........................................... water Level Update As of wednesday, June 25, the Thompson Reservoir Level mea- sured 337 acre feet, a 5-acre foot decrease from last week's mea- surement. Memorial Mass for Steve Story set for July 14 A Memorial Mass is planned for former Islander Steve Story. It will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 14, at St. Catherine's Church. Weekend Boating Accidents Leave One Person Critical A pair of separate boating inci- dents over the weekend destroyed two vessels and left one man in critical condition. See story, page 2 On The Water A fisherman reflects on the nega- tive impact of state regulations on boating maintenance and safety. See story, page 4 Letter To The Editor An Islander reflects on the impor- tance of the ban on disposable plastic bags and its impact on Catalina. See story, page 4 Museum Executive Director Talks About Film Screening An interview with the head of the Catalina Island Museum about the July 6 screening of "A Hard Day's Night" and the Museum's relation- ship with former Beatles bride Pattie Boyd. See story, page 6 An Islander's Fishing Adventures In Mexico Bill Hill, 96, doesn't have to talk about the one that got away. He has plenty of stories of all the fish he caught during a trip to Mexico. See story, page 10 Medical Center Hires New Physical Therapist Catalina Island Medical Center recently announced the hiring of Dexter Amend III, PT. Amend joins the growing Therapy Services department at the hospital that offers a wide range of physical therapy services for residents and visitors. Women's Softball Sign-ups Avalon Women's Softball League is now accepting sign-ups from all women ages 18 and older. 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. I In new Island Co. would transfer existing water to market BY CHARLES M. KELLY The band Fighting Chance performs during the 2013 Catalina Island Museum Fourth of July Music Festival. This year, Fighting Chance will kick off the annual Independence Day celebration. For details, see the story on page 8. Photo courtesy of Catalina Island Museum Innovation reduces water use during Museum expansion STORY AND PHOTOS COURTESY OF CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM The popularity of Catalina Island has grown in recent years to numbers that have not been seen since- 2000. Catalina Island Museum Going decades with little change to its landscape, a number of construction projects are cur- renfly underway throughout the harbor community of Avalon. One of the most notable is the construction of the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building of the Catalina Island Museum, slated to open in early 2015. New construc- tion on an Island some 22 miles off the California coast already poses certain logistical hurdles. As Catalina Island faces one of the most severe droughts in over a hundred years, the Catalina Island Museum's construction team, Christopherhill Development, pro- Construction, Page 5 A representative of Vons pre- sented a conceptual plan for a new 20,045 square foot store at a special meeting of the Planning Commission on Wednesday, June 18. Vons offieials have not yet decided if the project will go for- ward. The commission did not take any action. The purpose of the meeting was hold a "review in con- cept" on the proposed store, which would be built at 240 Sumner Ave. The meeting was well attended, with members of the public filling most if not all of the seats. The meeting lasted about two-and-a- half hours. Vons Vice President of Real Estate Brian Braaten told the com- mission that he wanted to go back to the company with community support for the project. He said the company has worked on this project for more than 10 years. Braaten said that products are shipped to the main store once a week and from there some prod- ucts are delivered to the Express Vons. "It's inefficient to say the least," he said. He said if ice is being trans- ferred to the Express store, you have to move quickly. Braaten said that Vons could not Vons, Page 11 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: NO, NOT BIGFOOT! BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Is- land: Catalina," available at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. I must say I've gotten quite a bit of feedback over the past week or two from a number of people regarding my two-part series on the sightings of the "black panther" on Catalina Island. In case you missed out on the fun, there have been numerous re- ported sightings of a black panther or mountain lion or what have you on Catalina going back as early as the 1970s. Simply put, black pan- thers aren't supposed to be here on Catalina. No members of the big cat family, in fact, are ever known to have existed on Catalina. Yet these sight- ings have persisted over the years, Watson, Page 13 Has the big guy really been seen on Catalina Island? One man ary Bigfoot here back in the 1980s. Artwork courtesy of Daniel claims that he saw the legend- Eskridge lb