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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS Fie|nAY July 11, 2014 VOLUME 100, iSSUE 28 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM "B'''R "'IP" ['I'F 'S ........................................ Community Watch Meeting A Catalina Community Watch Meeting that is open to the public, will be held Tuesday, July 22, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at The Founders' Room (above US Bank). On The Water Capt. John King reflects on the perfections and imperfections of his beloved Avalon. See story, page 4 A history of Catalina Island's Glassbottom Boats Glassbottom boats are an iconic part of the Island's history and remain among the Island's most popular tourist attractions. See story, page 5 The Casino's Time Machine The Projection Room for the Avalon Theatre has remained vir- tually unchanged from the facility that the world came to see in May of 1929. See story, page 6 Mooring reservations Now Available in Advance Starting Thursday, July 10, it became possible to reserve a mooring at several locations around Two Harbors, Catalina. Visitcatalinaisland.com added an online reservation system for loca- tions around Two Harbors. See story, page 7 Opinion: Bacterial Pollution in Avalon Harbor T. J. Cohen, 13, looks at the issue of water quality in Avalon Bay and the difficulties in reducing the bacteria in the harbor. See story, page 7 Mass for Stephen Story Stephen Story: Dec. 13, 1941 - January 18, 2014. A Memorial Mass is planned for former islander Steve Story. It will be held Monday July 14th, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine's Church. Please join Mary and her family. Reggae and Rock Roll The reggae and rock sounds of the band "OKT" will be rolling through various Avalon venues next month See story, page 8 Bank building springs a leak A freshwater pipe in an apart- ment above the US Bank office on Crescent Avenue sprung a leak over the Fourth of July week- end, soaking the bank's offices below--including the offices of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. See story, page 9 At least two ves- sels sink and some. dinghies are capsized BY JIM WATSON Fourth of July celebration abound on Ifidependence Day Clockwise from top left: A plane fly-by gets things started over the FOurth of July last Friday, The USC Marching Band dazzles the crowd, photos by Brittani Brisacher; A boat rolls along down Crescent Avenue thanks to the aid of some wheels, photo by Amelia Lincoln I I SO Tourism continues to Chamber President and CEO Wayne Griffin described the visi- increase but still less tor counts as "excellent." than in year 2000 In all, 23,701 cruise ship pas- sengers visited Catalina in June. Last June, 10,680 passengers vis- BY CHARLES M. KELLY ited. "More good news/bad news," The June 2014 cruise ship pas- the report said. "Good news is senger count increased 121.9 per- that counts continue to be up. Bad cent more than the June 2013 news is that counts are up(water!). visitor count, according to figures Cross-channel visitor counts con- released this week by the Catalina tinue to be behind those of 2000 Island Chamber of Commerce. (our peak year) by 8.3 percent or almost 26,000 visitors." According to Griffin, Catalina is having one of the best years in more than a decade. "We're gaining on it (year 2000 visitor counts), but we're not there yet,'' he said. There were more cross-channel visitors this June than cruise ship passengers, but the percentage of cross-channel traffic was smaller than the percentage of cruise pas- sengers. VisRors, Page 11 Three days of relentless surge over the Fourth of July weekend kept boaters bobbing and wreaked havoc on a number of watercraft and marine fixtures around the Island. The swells and surge were the legacy of hurricane Cristina that passed off the coast of Mexico late last month. "At one point it could just look like normal and then 10 minutes later there could be a huge swell come through,' said Avalon Harbor Master Brian Bray. As a result of the restless sea, Bray said his Harbor Department had to take in the float at the end of the Green Pier as well as pull the dingy dock at the Casino. Additionally, Bray said the ramp had to be raised at the fuel dock and a stanchion containing electri- cal wiring had to be repaired. Because of the surge, harbor patrolmen had to babysit the fuel dock itself. Some boats and small skiffs had a rough time as well. At least two vessels sank, sev- eral dinghies capsized and at least one skiff broke free of its moorings and made a bee-line for Hawaii. "Somebody called (Tuesday) morning and said they were four Surge, Page 10 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Curious Demise Of Steven Williams BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Wat- son is the author of "Mys- terious Island: Catalina," available at Amazon, Kin- dle and in stores in Avalon. A few weeks ago I did a story on a handful or so of missing persons stories that have graced the headlines of southland papers over the years. Some of those stories had happy endings. Some, in fact, have really no ending yet at all because the person in question has never been found, But as you might have guessed, others stories had bad endings. Bad, bad endings. One of the stories I didn't mention in that column involved the disappearance in 2006 of a Denver radio per- sonality named Steven B. Wil- liams. The story actually got me Watson, Page 15 Harvey Morrow (left) earned himself life behind bars plus 25 years for the murder of Denver radio personality Steven Williams (right) off the West End of Catalina in 2006.