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CATALINA COUPLES: ADRIAN AND LOURDES THORICHT Please send us your favorite photo of yourself or the of another local Catalina couple to be included in the Catalina Islander. Theycan be young or old. In special places, special occasions or just at home. Email your high resolution photo to JOIN US FOR HAPPY HOUR Monday through Thursday, 4-6PM & lOPM-close $4.00 FOR SELECT WELL COCKTAILS, WINE, TAP BEER & TAPAS! BLOODY MARY BAR Saturday & Sunday from 11:30AM to 3:00PM COME CREATE YOUR OWN BLOODY MARY! Biofuel. powered Hummers to be used in eco-tours The first of two H1 Hummers converted into bi0fuel-powered vehicles has arrived on Santa Cata- lina Island, and will be used for the Santa Catalina Island Company's expeditions through the rugged interior. The vehicles run on used vegetable oil collected from Cata- lina Island restaurants, providing an eco friendly tour for guests. The sustainable tourism vehi- cles will transport guests on eco- conscious "Extreme" expeditions on the East End Adventure, Cape Canyon Expedition that now in- eludes travel down the rarely used, rough and rocky Sheep Chute from the airport to Little Harbor. These routes give visitors a glimpse of the rugged beauty of rarely vis- ited sections of the island. The appearance of the two aggressive H1 Hummers, which each hold 12 passengers, is impressive, a con- trast to the fact they run on such a mild form of fuel. "The addition of the biofuel- powered Hummers confirms Santa Catalina Island Company's com- mitment to sustainability," said Randall L. Herrel, president and CEO of Santa Catalina Island Company. "Catalina Island is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and we want to do every- thing in our power to protect this spectacular destination." "Its exciting to see a brand usu- ally not associated with sustainabil- JUST A FEW DOORS FROM THE PIER ON CRESCENT AVENUE .- - -/i'"" / % 1 O% - 25% Off All Seotles Merchandise in the Museum Store Saturday, July 23 through Sunday, July 31 Open  lOom to .5 pro. Coil 310-510-2414 for more detoils. ity operating on biofuel," said Ann Muscat, President and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy. "We appreciate the Island Company's out-of-the box thinking that made this possible." The Cape Catayon Expedition for which the Hummers will be used ventures through scenic Mid- dle Ranch Canyon and explbres Cape Canyon in the heart of Cata- lina's interior thert drops down rug- ged Sheep Chute with sweeping vistas of the Pacific side of the is- land and views of the island's first commercial vineyard at E1 Rancho Escondido. During this four-hour expedition, there are stops to view the Middle Ranch habitats of the American Bald Eagle and Cata- lina Island fox as well as the sce- nic Little Harbor overlook on the windward side of the island. The tour also takes travelers to the Air- port in the Sky, 1.600 feet above sea level where they can purchase lunch or a snack, relax and enjoy the views or tour the Conservancy Nature Center's educational dis- . plays. The new Hummers will also be used for the two-hour East End Adventure. This rugged ride begins on the east side of Avalon Canyon climbing Renton Mine Road (the beginning of the Trans Catalina Trail) topping out 1,500 feet above the city with spectacu- lar views of Avalon Bay, San Cle- mente Island and the deep canyons on the Pacific side of the island. The tour winds around to the west end of the canyon eventually drop- ping back to Avalon via the Sum- mit Road. Ten percent of the proceeds from these tours will go to the Catalina Conservancy to help with their efforts to maintain the Island's natural habitat. For more information, visit "THE WRITE STUFF" Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the Islander publisher at or call (310} 510-0500. 6 Friday, July 22, 2011 The CATAUNA ISLANDER