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Watson From page 1 the only information we have to go on comes from the visit in 1602 of Spanish explorer Sebastian Viz- caino, the man who gavethe island the name "Santa Catalina." The only graphic representation of the site was a simple circle drawn by him on a map. According to Vizcaino's chron- icler, Father Torquemada, on the second day of their stopover at Catalina the Spaniards found "a level prairie, very well cleared, where the Indians were assembled to worship an idol which was there." This idol, wrote Torquemada, "resembled a demon, having two horns, no head, a dog at its feet and many chil- dren painted all around it." The idol was also adorned with nu- merous eagle feathers, attached there by Tongva men from all over Southern California during annual rituals held at the site. Upon seeing this "blas- phemous"object, and against the warnings of the gathered Tongva, Vizcaino approached the idol and "made a cross and placed the name of Jesus on the head?' Within the circle near the idol were seen two large ravens. "The devil was in thOse crows (sic)" wrote Torquemada, "and spoke through them, for they were regarded with Catalina Island has been pro- ducing a few white seabass and yellowtail along with fair calico bass fishing. Anglers might see a change in what has been a disappointing white seabass season so far as the fine-eating gamefish have a pen- chant for biting around the full moon. "Now is the time you would expect to see some good fishing," said Don Ashley from Pierpoint Landing. In addition to the moon phase, copious amounts of market squid made an appearance on the back- side of Catalina Island for the first time in months. The full moon along with plenty of food around may kick this bite in to gear. Sand bass problem: The Cali- fornia Department of Fish and Game is considering an emer- gency change to the regulations regarding sand bass. Sand bass fishing has been very poor over the past five years and while the reasons for such a precipitous fall are complex, some feel that some- thing should be done. Many believe the fall in sand bass catches are part of a cycle and due to such factors as water temperature. Others feel over- fishing is part of the problem and point to a sportfishing fleet that hammers the bass on their spawn- ing grounds. Jim Watson Columnist great respect and veneration?' Aware of this veneration for ra- vens, the Spanish soldiersdid what we have come to expect from these men: they shot them both dead, an act which instantly brought "la- ments" from the Tongva, but didn't seem to adversely affect the rest of their stay at the Island. What was thepurpose of the Temple of the Sun? Was it purely of religious significance or did it haveother uses as well? Torquemada de- scribes the center of the temple as being "formed. by a large circle of long stones pointing upward toward the laid-day sun," in the center of which was the idol. Giv- en that the main purpose of the site was to wor- ship the sun god, is it not conceivable that the stones were configured to record various astronomical events, such as the solstices and equinoxes?" (Hence the headline of today's col- umn "Catalina's Stonehenge.") Unfortunately, we'll probably I / Island Medical Center SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCENTER SERVING THE CHURCH, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATALINA AVE never know the answer to this, as the temple has long since disap- peared, something we can't blame on the zealous Spaniards. The site seems to have simply disappeared over the ensuing centuries, possi- bly due to intense rains. Even our controversial arti- fact hunter from the 1920s, Ralph Glidden, didn't venture a guess other than to possibly attribute its disappearance to earthquakes or landslides. Although the site was believed to be either in the actual cradle of the Isthmus or perhaps on the plateau above the east side of Two Harbors near the buffalo pens, no trace of it has ever been found. Next Week: The Strange "Backside Lights" COMING SOON: Beginning later this month, the book "Mys- terious Island: Catalina," based on this column, will be available at Amazon, including Kindle, and in stores all over Avalon. Visit the Channel Catalina website at www. for details. Avalon Harbor Activity Report for June The Fifth Annual Flying Fish Festival was held the first week- end of the month. Every year the festival includes more family type activities including kayak relay races, pedal boat races, ocean sci- ence activities, touch tanks, flying fish crafts and of course the fabu- lous Flying Fish Tours. The Tuna Club hosted a White Seabass Tournament the second weekend of the month with 21 boats participating. Pacific Mari- :ners Yacht Club held a cruise to Avalon the June 3 weekend with 12 boats-. With the Fourth of July falling in the middle of the week, many boaters, began arriving the last week of the month in order to se- cure a mooring. The harbor was very festive with hundreds of flags and red, white and blue decora- tions. The Dinghy Parade was quite a spectacle, enhanced by sev- eral boats and dinghies participat- ing in large weapon water fights. JUNE 2012 STATS ARE: People aboard boats-5,636 Vessels Moored-l,409 Vessels Anchored-34 Lost/Found Reports-i/6 Accident Reports-6 Average Temp, High-66 Average Temp, Low-61 Average Sea Temp-65 Rain-O Moorings Sold/transferred-1 Citations Issued-2 Discharges-1 Cruise Ship Passengers: Inspiration (four weeks)- 10,681 The World-143 Total Cruise Ship-10,824 A reminder to boaters using the hoist at the Mole: Have your current registration and all safety equipment available (including plugs in place) on board prior to re- questing assistance for launching. There is a $20 charge for using the hoist. Call the Harbor Department Office to arrange this service. Catalina Island Medical Center's state-of-the-art Siemens CT Scanner can provide the diagnostic images needed for nearly all medical conditions. Simply let your physician know you would, prefer to haye your diagnostic imaging completed on the island. * Familiar places and familiar faces * * No appointment needed * Scans available immediately on CD * * Images sent electronically to your physician * Please call for more information. Monte Mellon, MD Tracey Norton, DO Laura Ulibarri, MD Diane Chamberlin, NP (310) 51o-o7oo 1oo Falls Canyon Road PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 Submit your photograph, graphic or art of Catatina. If we use it for a cover, you'tLget a free one year subscription to the Islander and recognition. SEND high resOLution:: digital JPEG fites3OOdpi min. via emait to Must be originat artwork. By submitting work, " the senders agree to [icense pubLishing in the Catalina IsLander newspaper. THE ............................................................................................................................................. 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