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SERVING CATALINA  ITS /MNLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 29 BRI[ FS ......................................... [ Catalina Film Society finds base at Metropole This week, Ron Truppa of the Catalina Film Society announced that the society would make the Hotel Metropole its base for its monthly film screenings. See story, page 8 FRIOAY July 20, 2012 Visitor Counts Up June visitor counts are up 9.2 percent since the same time last year and up 10.2 percent year to date. C'ross-channel carrier counts were up 10.5 percent in June, the 25th month in a row of year-over- year increases in cross-channel carrier passenger counts. Cruise ship visitors were also up in June, 1.8 percent over June 2011. 14th annual Gold Star Dive The LA Sheriff's Department Avalon station will hold the 14th annual Gold Star Dive this Saturday at the Casino Dive Park. Divers will search underwater for gold stars while helping to raise funds for the local Youth Athletic League and Catalina's Hyperbaric Chamber. A drawing for many great prizes will follow. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Information: Call (310) 510-0174. Air Show Meetings Set There are three upcoming public meetings regarding the Catalina Air Show. All three meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers. Emergency Operations'--all emergency agen- cies (US Coast Guard and FAA included) and affiliated business- es will meet at 1 p.m., Monday, July 23, Safety Operations--all waterfront businesses and gen- eral public, will meet at 3 p.m., Monday, July 23. A volunteer and general public information meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 24. Ski Race to pass by Casino Approximately 70 water ski teams will ski from the Queen Mary to Avalon and back on Saturday morning. Teams from all over the world compete using boats from 20 to 40 feet in length. The 62-mile race begins at 8:53 a.m. in Long Beach. Spectators can expect to start seeing the race teams pass by Casino Point around 9:15 a.m. Banning Museum to host lecture about Catalina Catalina will be the focus of a lecture by the author of "Grand Ventures: The Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern Califbrnia" at 10 a.m. atthe Banning Museum in Wilmington. A book signing by author Tom Sitton will follow the lecture in the historic carriage barn on Saturday, July 28. See story, page 9 i/ Former Harlem Globe Trotter, Sterling "Smooth" Forbes, wraps up a week long basketball camp today. The camp hosted 24 of our local kids aged 6-14, and taught the fundamentals of basketball. The children and their coach are (tront sitting): James Hall, Rylan Flynn, and Marcus Forbes, (front standing) Tiffany/amayo, Kensley Flynn, Eryn Cassidy, GiseUe Alvarez, Allyssa Chase, Hana Machado, Hannah Hoers, Diana Alvarez, Lizette Cervantes, Alana Moreno, James Rodriguez, Riley Richards, Steven Hoefs, Jose Gomez, (back row) Sterling "Smooth" Forbes, Oscar Bastida, Max Forbes, Jalen Flynn, JuJJo Hemandez, Mason Forbes, MaKenzie Forbes Ernesto Gomez, Emmanuel Amezcua, and Joseph Brekke. Photo by Jennifer Leonhardi Catalina Express to open new terminal BY BETTY VILLALOBOS :. Catalina Islanders and visitors will be travding in style as the new San Pedro Catalina Sea and Air Terminal opens its doors Wednesday, July 25. The new redesigned terminal, which . began construction in mid February, will be located inside the former seaplane hanger building where the Grumman Goose landed and dispatched regularly for Catalina Island. With careful planning and budgeting, President Greg Bombard conquered the long-deSired move from the old adjacent termi- nal, which will be torn down to make way for the expansion of China Shipping, to a more vivid and refreshing-area, Travelers can expect to finda valiant building with high ceilings and Spanish villa-styie elance, designed and constructed by Watermark Development. The grand doors will open to wel- come passengers for the first departure of the day at 8 a.m. Agency Lobbies To Raise Water Rates 4.5% BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Public Utilities Commis- sion still hasn't reached a decision on whether Catalina's water rates will increase or who will pay for the increase. The commissioners decided to delay a decision on Thursday, July 12, for "further study" and rescheduled the issue for an Aug. 2 meeting. Some commissioners have expressed concern about a proposal that would apply Catali- na water rates to Southern Califor- nia Edison's mainland customers' electricity bills. Meanwhile, an attorney repre- senting opponents of the rate in- crease said another state agency is lobbying in favor of increasing Catalina's water rates. Norris J. Bishton Jr. said the California Di- vision of Ratepayer Advocates is lobbying the Public Utilities Com- mission to approve a water rate in- crease for Catalina Island. The current proposal would have mainland electricity users pay for Catalina's water or, alter- natively, would have Islanders pay the rate increase over three years. The Division of Ratepayer Ad- vocates reportedly supports the three-year payment version of the SCE, Page 4 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Strange 'Backside Ughts' BY JIM WATSON Most regions of the country have, as part of their folklore, tales of "mysterious lights" that appear to lucky observers from time to time. Known collectively as "ghost lights," these phantasms are as- signed paranormal causes by some, but written off by scientists as the spontaneous ignition of swamp gases or the atmospheric refraction of distant campfires, car headligtts and even porch lights. Therc is the "Paulding Light" of Michigm's Upper Peninsula, said to be th ghostly lantern of a rail- road wecker killed by a runaway train. Taere are the "spooklights" of eastern Oklahoma and the eerie "willo'-the-wisps" of the bayou. Most infamous of all perhaps is the dreaded St. Elmo's Fire, a phenomenon reported by seafarers for centuries and thought to be the Watson, Page 9 Throughout history, people have reported seeing "ghost lights" or "wJll-o'-the-wisps" in remote places. A group of campers at Catalina's Little Harbor Campground had a similar experience several years ago.