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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 94, ISSUE 28 *A* July 14, 2006 ! N[WS BRIEFS Tikifest Artwork Catalina Island Tikifest is fortu- nate to have Tiki artist Doug Home create a fine art print specifically for our event. The Catalina Island Tikifest glicee print will be on heavy velvet fine art paper for $50 each and will be available in a limited edition of 50 signed prints. Available at the event or pre-purchased on line at only to Catalina Tiki Fest ticket holders. The santa Catalina Island Company once again has Flxible buses heading to Avalon. Discovery Tours is adding three more of those fabulous "fifties" buses to make a fleet of five '50s Flxi- bles. The three new Flxibles were found tucked away in a garage in New Mexico. Even Sub- Kids frolic on the swim platform in Avalon Bay as summer gets into full swing on Catalina Island. Photo by Drew Mauck The conm'mnity ngmrr palled feet met - rrmem y eatts the Boat collides with mystery fish By Dennis Kaiser The Marina Del Rey Flyer struck what appears to have been a large fish about noon on Saturday during a routine ferry trip from Catalina's Two Harbors to the mainland. The boat was near its halfway mark of the crossing when people aboard felt a small thud through- out the vessel. An unidentified sea creature was seen flailing in the water that turned red with its blood that was also churned up in the Flyer's wake. According to Jason Wright, Marina Flyer company vice presi- dent of operations, said the vessel was removed from service, pulled out of the water and hauled at Gambol Industries in Long Beach. "It was done as a precaution," 60,000 drive miles, they hadstances Control, a branch of the together and housed the students main offices and middle school Wright said. "We probably didn't endured several decades of neglect. SEE STORY ON PAGE. 7 Yacht Club Scholars Catalina Island Yacht Club 2006 Auxiliary proudly awarded $500 scholarships to Sarah Lavelle, Victor Leon, Troy Oudin and Guillermo Ordanez during graduation ceremonies at Aval- on High School. Club Manager, JoAnne Kramer happily present- ed these scholarships in the absence of Auxiliary President, Jane Willet. i New Palm Trees The Santa Catalina Island Com- pany (SCICo) installed six new Washingtonia Robusta (Mexi- can Fan palm) trees at Casino Point. The new palms replace the nine palms that had graced the landscape at Casino Point since 1934. Lack of water and a high salt content in the soil over time caused the original trees to die. SEE STORY ON PAGE 5 Flag Rown Before The American flag that was flown over Catblina Island Yacht Club during Memorial Day cere- monies was flown at Camp Hur- ricane Point Ramadi, Iraq. Ramadi is considered to be the southwest point of Iraq's Sunni triangle. It has been a focal point of resistance to the Coali- tion occupation of Iraq. On April 6, 2004 at least 12 Marines lost their lives to guerrilla forces in Ramadi, in an appar- ent effort to relive the ongoing siege of nearby Fallujah. California Environmental Protec- in halls, meeting rooms and even building the "elementary school" i tion Agency, issued a fact sheet aboard the Catalina Queen while The soil was loaded into bins and updating the cleanup of contaminat- berthedat the mole. Some stu- transported off-island via the ed soil discovered on Avalon dents took a daily shore boat to barge. The areas were filled with School grounds in 2001, as follows: etas'sYooms down the coast,clean soil and either paved with The unearthing of contami- School was reopened after initial blacktop or covered with grass --- hated soil containing lead, dioxins, cleaning and containment, which is quite attractive now furans, and arsenic led to the clo- Last summer, phase one of the thanks to the efforts of the crew at sure of the school and the reloca- cleanup was completed. Overthe school. tion of classes to sites around the 2,100 tons of contaminated soil During phase one, it was island, was removed from areas north of determined that further removal of The contamination is thought the Library, south of the library contaminated soil could actually to have come from a former incin- and main building, and east and undermine buildings and damage : erator on the site as well as from south of the main office and mid- sidewalks, trees, and the like. fill material actually deposited on die school. the site, The map accompanying the See EPA, Pale 7 need to. But it did cause us to look for damage and we did find a crack on the hull seam that is be'mg repaired. It could have been fine for months and we could have left it, but we are more responsible than that" Wright said whatever the boat hit on Saturday did not leave any marks on the boat. "We hit a fish, perhaps a shark, or it very well could have been a mola mola (sun fish), which can get up to about 2,009 pounds" see Ferry, 6 /STAND HISTORY I From the book, "The Cubs on Catalina," by Jim Vitti "1 was playing baseball, on Catalina Island! What else could you want?"- Hal Jeffcoat What more, indeed? What could anybody want, besides get- ring to play big-league baseball on a sun-splashed island, especial- ly when winter's cold was getting old? Santa Catalina Island is a far cry from Chicago in February. Yet each year, for a time, a small group of Chicago's most famous local heroes spent a little while here - and the whole world got to read all about their exploits over breakfast in the morning's paper. The heyday of the era was between 1921 and 1951. The rea- son was William Wrigley, a visionary chewing gum business genius. He happened to own a baseball team and part of a moun- tain range that rose up from the Pacific Ocean floor about 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. It started out as a golden era for the Chicago Cubs, when they seemed to win the National League pennant every three years or so although the World Cham- pionship always eluded their grasp. It spanned decades of Ameri- cana: the carefree, youthful roar- ing '20s the hard, heavy years of the Great Depressi0n the resolute seriousness of World War II and it finally all ended with a whimper, as the dull thud of modern, eco- nomics-driven ball crept over to Catalina's shores. See Cubs, 9 Photo courtesy Cubs in practice on Catalina Island. of the Catalina Island Company and Catalina Island Museum ~i| It, lr |~II