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SERVING CATALINA : ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 97, I,SSU.E 29 BRIEFS The Dirty Heads to play at Descanso Beach Club - The Reggae, hip-hop and rock band, the Dirty Heads will perform Friday night, July 22 at Descanso Beach on the grass. See story, page 4. Rally for the Cure golf toumament set The Rally for the Cure.Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, July 24, at 2 -, p.m. This annual event raises funds to help in the fight against breast cancer: See story, page 6. Avalon Shedff's Station welcomes new deputies Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Captain Jeff .Donahue has selected two new deputies to serve at Avalon Station. Deputy Dan Torres is a 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Deputy Mark Brooks is in his 27th year with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. See story, page 2. Biofuel powered Hummers to be used in eco-tours The first of two H1 Hummers con- verted into biofuel-powered vehi- cles has arrived or Santa Catalina Island, and will be used for the Santa Catalina Island Company's expeditions through the rugged interior. See story, page 6. Harbor Activity Report On Saturday, June 18, a diver was entering the water when he went into full cardiac arrest. See story, page 9. Friends of eagles gather on Island Sixteen members of the Eagle Cam Addicts, a bald eagle advo- cacy group, recently soared in to Catalina. See story, page 9. Two teams tie in Golf Club tournament The Catalina Men's Golf Club held its monthly golf tournament on Sunday, 'July 17. Tying for 1st Place with a score of 56 (8 under par) was the team of Larry Hernandez, Tom Hall, Mike Hall, Fred Lauro and the team of Gabe Hernandez, Sean Amoroso, Gil Gamboa and Dave Jordan. See story, page 8. Island Enterprises hon- ored for flag display Orange County Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution honored Island Enterprises for the proper display qf the American flag. The company has maintained the American flag on the company's office on the pier and its ocean going vessels. See story, page 2 ,..,,, July 22, 20t t PERFORMER ESTS MEETING Mr. Twister, the Balloon Man, entertained children and adults on Wednesday, offering ahands-on workshop teaching the basic skills of balloon twist- ing for theSummer Reading Program at the Avalen Ubrary. Rock climbing wall debuts BY DENNIS KAISER Avalon has a new arrival. The Santa Catalina Island Company unveiled Grip A Rock, a state-of-the-art, artificial climbing wal.1 at Thursday night's Chamber of Commerce mixer. The Island Company purchased the new climbing wall from Spec- trum Sports International, who in- stalled it at Descanso Beach. According to Brad Wilson, the Island Company's chief market- ing officer, the wall is the latest addition to the Island's activities, aimed at expanding the opportuni- ties for tourists and comes on the heels of the successful launch of the Zipline that has shown to be bothpopular and profitable. "It's another soft adventure that we seem to be doing a lot of on the Island, and it is in close associa- tion with the Zipline," Wilson said. "Like the Zipline it uses a harness and it fits in well with those kinds of activities." While the climbing wall is one of the largest of its kind, Wilson said it is being placed tastefully, mostly out of sight at Descanso. "We did not want it to look like a Disneyland attraction. We wanted it to fit into the natural environment there. We tried to create an area of activity at Descanso to make it a great place to headquarter your day and then you can go off on these various activities. Whether it's the Zipline, the climbing wall, Sea Trek, snorkeling or kayaking, they are easily accessible." According to Cody Sorensen, of Spectrum Sports International the wall has 32 feet of climbing surface and accommodates up to eight climbers at a time. "There are 4 levels of difficulty ranging from easy, intermediate, advanced, and expert," Sorensen said. "Each route is equipped with an Auto-Belay, whichis designed Climb, Page 7 SAYS RULES ARE VAGUE AND SUGGEST A DECIBEL LIMIT TO ADDRESS NOISE COMISLAINTS BY CHARLES M. KELLY A street performer suggested a meeting between "both sides" of the controversy over the entertainment ordinance during the public-com- ment segment of the Tuesday, July 18 Avalon City Comacil meeting. Dave Kaplan, One of to street court- said the street performance ordi- nance had the potential to work. "I think it has been an asset to a lot of tourist destinations,,' Kaplan said. His words echoed those of fel- low performer Alex Clark, who felt there had been miscommunication about the rules perfo .rmers must op- erate under. Clark said he has removed the knives he juggled from fiis act and he has stopped telling jokes that people told him they found offen- sive. He explained that he thought he and the other performers had made the changes that Avalon of- ficials wanted. Councilman Tim Winslow dis- agreed. "No," he said. "You're too loud. I can hear you from my house and I'm almost a block-away." Councilman Ralph Morrow spoke to Kiplan about an incident in which a sheriff's deputy told a performer to lower and volume and as soon as the deputy left, the per- former turned the volume back up. Council, Page 9 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs  This week: Catalina's Mystery Missile of 2010 BY JIM WATSON It seems that once or twice a year, Catalina Island grabs national or inter- national headlines for some reason or other, flattering or otherwise. In this era of 24-hour news cycles, it is often something that thrusts our island paradise into the headlines at su- personic speeds. Such was the case on Nov. 8 of last year when a routine traf- fic report from a KCBS television crew suddenly morphed into a story worthy of a Tom Clancy novel. Just about sundown on that day, CBS cameraman Gil Leyvas was tap- ing from his lofty perch in the televi- sion station's news chopper, when he noticed a billowing contrail fiercely blazing through the western sky about 10 miles off Catalina's West End. At the head of the contrail, glinting in the sun, was what appeared to be the craft responsible for al! the commotion. Leyvas dutifully turned his camera to the object and recorded for poster- ity the aerial phenomenon. The image was instantly picked up by the station Mysterious, page 5