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~k SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 94, ISSUE 29 ,DA, July 21, 2006 NEWS BR EFS Artists Market The Artist Market, featuring local dance, music and art will be featured at the El Encanto Marketplace (The Landing) from noonto 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, The public is welcome. Come join the fun. Tile Demonstrations Thissummer, the Catalina Island Museum joined forces with local tile artist Robin Cas- sidy, of Silver Canyon Tile Com- pany, to offer weekly tile-mak- ing demonstrations in the museum's galleries. The tile- making demonstrations will take place on Wednesday after- noons from noon to 4 p.m. and are free with Museum admis- sion. SEE STORY ON PAGE 4 Fishing is Hot Local anglers have done well in re ent days, fishing with rod and reel and spear fishing, with everything from marlin to ybl- lowCaU andwhite sea bass being taken In many areas around the Island. There are even reports of Dorado not far from the Island, but they are reluctant---right now--to bite. Bonito and barracuda are there for the taking all around the Island, chasing shoals of pin- head anchovies and sardines. It might be because water tem- peratures took a big spike upward during the early part of the week. SEE TWO HARBORS ON PAGE 5 Hyperbadc Chamber The hyperbaric chamber at the isthmus got some use recently when a camp outside Avalon where a person was reporting symptoms after SCUBA diving called Baywatch. The patient, a 21-year-old woman, was experi- encing tingling in one of her arms after diving on com- pressed air. She was brought aboard Baywatch and taken to the hyperbaric chamber for evaluation by a dive physician and potential treatment. FOR MORE REPORTS, SEE PAGE Information is being sought by locals who are producing "The Catalina Island Yacht Club History Yearbook" to be pub- lished in 2008. Anticipated research, editing and printing is expected to take about three years, in time for the yacht club's 85th anniversary date. The yearbook will be available for sale to the public. SEE STORY ON PAGE 7 By Chds BAehm Firefighters battle the blaze on a hillside near Middle Ranch Road. PHOTO BY CARLOS DE 1.4 ROSA. By Steve Escoto Just as the hot, muggy air started to cool on Sunday, things heated up with the report of a grass fire in the vicinity of Middle Ranch and Airport Roads. Smoke and fire were seen 'by several persons including a tour driver, a small plane pilot and peo- ple passing by who called it in within seconds of each other. The first fire resources were dispatched pushed by the wind and pulled by at 4:55 p.m. uphill terrain had advanced to Air- Local citizens made several port Road and jumped across to attempts to extinguish the blaze, the other side. but after two weeks of hot weather Avalon Fire Chief Steve the fire spread quickly through the Hoefs and Los Angeles County dry grass and was soon beyond Captain Derrick Chapman in their control. Patrol 55 were the first fire person- By the time fire resources nel on scene and sized up the fire. arrived the fire had backed down At that ILrne a little over one the hill from the'kiosk to Middle acre had burned and the smoke Ranch Road on one side and See Fire, Page 6 Bruce Btilhart of the vessel "Matchpoint" appealed a one-year expulsion from the harbor for ille- gal discharge at the July 18 Avalon City Council meeting. In a letter to the Council Bril- hart explained the extensive steps he has taken to avoid discharge, the importance of the vessel in Avalon to his family, and his love for the harbor, the town, and the environment. He called a one-year expul- sion for a small dye leak not con- taining pollution through a tiny malfunctioning valve, "cruel and unusual punishment" He gave a long list of exten- sive measures he took over the winter to prevent such an occur- rence and called the expulsion "unnecessary and unbelievable. It's,the first time in my life I've felt like a criminal." Albers noted that the expul- sion policy is strict liability, mean- ing that it does not require w'dlful discharge to be a violation. The captain of the vessel is lia] le for any and all discharge, whether done on purpose, through neglect or even by accident. Albers also noted that the City has been "prudent in uphold- See F. s s/M, Page 7 Late summer concerts to,Fresh off the success of his"Beatlemania" set the tone for people nmning the hotels what we show possibilities for win- recent presentation of "Beatlema- the type of concerts Amoroso doin the summer because they have nia" in the Casino Ballroom, plans to book. Classic rock band already booked all of their rooms" ter music scene Amoroso, general manager of the Blue Oyster Cult, the Doors trib- Amoroso said. "But when we start Glenmore Hotel in Avalon, is ute band Wild Child and the 80s bringingin people during the winter planning more shows in lateband the Motels are expected to when their rooms are empty, then By Dennis Kaiser August that he thinks could show close out the summer, they will start to take notice." his fellow Island merchants the However, it is during the The way to do that, Amoroso Jim Amoroso is hoping to value of what he is undertaking. Island's sparse winter season that said, is to change the perception make 2006 the year of Catalina's The events would bring people Amoroso wants to presentthe bulk that there is nothing to do on rebirth as a viable entertainment and business to Catalina, especial- of his events. Catalina during the wintertime. venue, ly the hotels. "It doesn't really matter to the See/bnuela, Page S ISLAND HISTORY was Norma Jeane Dougherty was should be noted, who went from played outfield for one of the East a 16-year-old bride when she being something like "Clarence" Coast teams. moved to Catalina in a more original ID, like, say, Unfortunately for the Her husband, Jim, was a chief "l,fty" or "Hack"). Chicago Cubs, they had to petty 0ffieer, recently asgiDed to Armed with her new moniker, train in icy, flooded, frosty Avalon for training and such. They Marilyn Monroe, Norma Jeane French Lick, Indiana while she stayed there about a year and a pursued a career in acting. She was around the Magic Isle. (Like half. later married a baseball player, as they needed another reason to hate After World War II, Norma a matter of fact- a former Pacif- French Lick?) But the semi-pro Jeane modified her name (a habit ic Coast, League star by the name guys were still hanging' around: of many good ballplayers, it of Joseph P. DiMaggio, who See a yn, cage s Norma Jean as Marilyn.