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SERVING CATALINA VOLUME 98, ISSUE 28 & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 Fn,o:Y July 13, 2012 BRIE.FsI I.II I..I" Happy Friday the 13th For the third and final time this year, the thirteenth day of the month falls on a Friday, today, July 13. 2012 saw the 13th day fall on a Friday in January and April. The Catalina Islander checked the calendar. As luck would have it, there will not be another Friday the 13th this year. Women's Forum donates to softball league The Catalina Island Women's Forum recently supported the women softball players by donat- ing about $600 worth of bats for their use to the Catalina Co-Ed Softball League. Although the last attempt to field a Women's Softball League was unsuccess- ful, there are approximately 25 women in town'who play in the co-ed league. YMCA takes 140 campers to Catalina for the week More than 140 campers from the Anaheim Family YMCA returned after a fun-filled seven-day trip to Catalina's Camp Fox. Rated one of the best camps in the U.S., YMCA Camp Fox is the destination for teenagers ages 13-18 to learn important values and develop characteristics that are inspiring and life changing. See story, page 4 Catalina Island Museum welcomes intern Each year for the past 20 years the Catalina Island Museum has received a grant from the Getty Foundation to fund an intern- ship in the museum's curatorial department. Since the program's founding in 1993, 150 local arts institutions, as well as the Getty Center and the Getty Villa, have hosted over 2,700 undergradu- ates.-See story, page 7 BritiSh Invasion rocks Catalina Island Museum The Catalina Island Museum hosted a symposium of the lead- ing rock 'n roll personalities of the 1960s last week. The symposium panel was composed of Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Peter Asher, music producer and former member of Peter & Gordon, DJ Emperor Rosko of Radio Caroline, \ Spencer Davis and modera- tor Martin Lewis, a well-known Beatles scholar. See story, page 6 KISL's African Nomad This week, KISL introduces the disc jockey known as the African Nomad. Tuesday nights from 8 to 10 p.m., KISL becomes a funnel ef music from the continent of Africa as theguides listeners on an audible journey of the music that crosses continents, culture, and tradition. See story, page 2 On Wednesday, July 11 Avalon Library hosted storyteller Rebecca Martin. Using puppets, songs and often including the children watching, Martin held her young audiences attention for the entire show. Photo by Jennifer Leonhardi. II BRYAN AND GARLA KAY Ballard's retirement has beena BALLARD SETTING A COURSE long time coming. He has been on FOR HAPPY TRAILS his chosen career path for most of his life. He decided to work in hos- BY DENNIS KAISER pital administration as early as the 10th grade. He made up his mind , Bryan Ballard woke up Monday to enter the field after attending a morning with nothing he necessar- high school career day and then ily had to do. working in a few hospitals, per- It was his first official day of forming various tasks. retirement after about six years as "I had considered entering, the chief executive officer at Catalina medical field, but I realized I en- Island Medical Center. The phone joyed being involved in bringing all rang. Out of habit he answered it of these elements together," he said. by saying, "Good morning. Ad- Regarding his time with the medi- ministration. May I help you?" cal center in Avalon, Ballard said it "I guess it still hadn't sunk in," has been personally rewarding see- Ballard said. "I think it will take ing the forward strides the facility a little time for me to completely has made during his tenure. realize it." "The thing I am most proud of is the great staff at the hospital and the ways we've found to collectively serve the community and bring that culture into an emphasis on the pa- rent" he said. "I'm really pleased with our success in recruiting a clinical and physician staff with great, contemporary training." "Ballard has also seen the medi- cal center acquire more technol- ogy, including more lab equipment and a new, state of the art CT scan- ner. "It is going to be a big benefit to the community," Ballard said. "The physicians can do more scans here and the patients will not have to be medi-vacced off the Island?' Another technological "step for- Ballard, Page 5 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Catalina's Stonehenge? The sun god Chinigchinich, once worshiped by the native Tongva peoples of Catalina, was the center of attention at the lost "Temple of the Sun" believed to have been located near the Isthmus. BY JIM WATSON "sun god?' While the Chinigchinich reli- wasn't quite that extensive. One of the earliest accounts gion was practiced by Tongva all In fact, there seems to have of Catalina Island passed down over Southern California, Catalina l een no actual structure per se, through the centuries by early is believed to be the cultural cen- but rather an outdoor array of al- Spanish explorers tells us of a mys- ter of the religion and as such the tars, ceremonial burial sites and terious religious shrine belonging Island has the lion's share of cer- large stones whose purpose has to the Island Tongva; a place that emonial artifacts and burial sites never been ascertained. Neverthe- the Spaniards referred to as the associated with it. less, by some accounts the entire "Temple of the Sun." Now, before you go envision- complex was as wide as two miles This temple was considered a ing this temple as something out in diameter. central location for the worship of of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with Since the temple is now gone, the Tongva deity Chinigchinich, instant death traps and secret pas- which they considered to be the sages, you should know that it Watson, Page 9 NEW LEGISLATION MAY ALLOW CITY TO USE $4.3 MILLION IN BOND FUNDSmlN SIX TO NINE MONTHS BY CHARLES M. KELLY Because of new legislation regulating the dissolution of rede- velopmerlt agencies, Avalon may be allowed to use $4.3 million in bond money for housing. The pro- cess will take six to nine months, according to the city attorney. The City Council discussed the new law, Assembly Bill 1484, in both open and closed session on Tuesday, July 10. City Attorney Scott Campbell discussed the im- plications of the law with the Cata- lina Islander Wednesday, July 11. Campbell said the new legisla- tion, passed about two weeks agr, was a follow-up to last year's leg- islation that eliminated local rede- velopment agencies. The new law regulates how money may be spent and the accounting procedures re- quired. Campbell said. the important thing for Avalon was that the law would allow Avalon to keep hous- ing money from bonds that were issued years ago. "After this legislation, we keep these bond funds for "low income housing," he said. Before AB 1487 was passed, that $4.3 million was not available, Campbell said. "Three weeks ago, that money was gone," Campbell said. "Now it's back.". Campbell said that Avalon of- ficials were optimistic that they would be allowed to spend the bond money. He said Avalon will have to deal with additional levels of state su- Council, Page 3