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SERVING CATALINA ~ ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FR,OAY July 28, 2017 VOLUME 103, ISSUE 30 Www.THECATALINA |SLANDER.COM BRIEFS Overlook Hall to screen 'Mutiny on the Bounty' Missing movie time with the casino Theater closed for repairs? Well, Overlook Hall has stepped in and will be show- ing "Mutiny on the Bounty" Saturday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Overlook Hall is located at 209 E Whittley. Speed limit sings posted on Pebbly Beach Road This week the City of Avalon began installing new speed limit signs on Pebbly Beach Road. The speed limit is 20 mph. According to City Manager David Jinkens, the road has become popular with speeders. Chimes Tower restoration fundraiser succeeds The Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation recently held its "BELLissimoF fundraiser, during which it formally announced the plans and fundraising goal for the restoration of the tower and its chimes. See story, page 2 On the Water According to Capt. John King, when hurricanes off the coast of Mexico turn northward toward Cabo San Lucas, they become likely to have a major impact on local waters and can reach directly into Avalon Harbor. See story, page 4 Chihuly at Sunset For the summer, the Cata- lina Island Museum is offering extended hours every Thursday evening through Aug. 31 staying open till 9 p.m. for Chihuly at Sunset. See story, page 5 Sheriff's Log On July 20, a man reported the theft of the battery to his wheel- chair. See story, page 7 Medical Center named Business of the Year The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau recently named the Catalina Island Medical Center the Harvey Cowell Business of the Year for 2017. See story, page 8 The owners and staff of Catalina Island Inn are pleased to welcome new General Manager Mark Phelps (center, next to owner Bernie Curtin in yellow, Martin Curtin stands fourth from right). Phelps takes over day-to-day operations for the hotel. Courtesy photo Third generation Islander Mark Phelps takes the helm from the Curtins FOR THE ISLANDER 'After almost 40 years, Martin and I are stepping back a bit from the day-to- day operations of the hotel.' ---Bernie Curtin, Bernie and Martin Curtin, owners of Catalina Island co-owner Inn, are pleased to welcome Mark Phelps as the hotel's new PGA golf professional, Phelps General Manager. felt called to work with corn- "After almost 40 years, panies interested in providing Martin and I are stepping great customer service. He back a bit from the day-to-day prospered while working at operations of the hotel," Bernie golf courses and resort proper- Curtin said. ties. Phelps is a third genera- Living on Catalina, it was a tion Islander who graduated natural fit for Mark to work in from Avalon High School and the hospitality industry. "This attended the PGA School ofnew job is a dream come true Business. After a career as a for me. Catalina Island Inn has an amazing staff, beautiful rooms and a legacy of excel- lence," Phelps said. Catalina Island Inn is a 39-room bou- tique hotel located 1/2 block from the harbor, close to din- ing, golf cart rentals, shops, tours and attractions. Rooms range from an eco- nomical "Cruise Ship Twin" type to Queen or King bedded rooms. The hotel also has spacious suites with private patios or balconies, three Family Rooms that will sleep up to five people and one room on the ground floor that meets ADA guide- lines for travelers with disabili- ties. "With his experience and work ethic, we are very excited to have Mark Phelps as part of our Catalina Island Inn fam- ily," Martin Curtin said. City has option to regulate or prohibit recreational marijuana BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon City Council will hold a study session from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. l, to look at the city's legal options now that voters have legalized adult recreational marijua- na use. The regular Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. The state govern- ment has a January 2018 deadline to establish rules and regulations for legal cannabis. According to news reports, it is not clear if state agen- cies will be able to meet that dead- line. Cities, meanwhile, have until January to decide whether to allow marijuana and, if so, how to regulate it locally. According to City Attorney Scott Campbell, the council will also discuss rules for personal cultivation of cannabis in Avalon. According to Campbell, after the council discusses the issue, they could give staff direction to bring the matter back for a vote or the council could hold another study session. In 2013, the council voted to ban medi- cal marijuana. In 2015, the council voted to allow the cultivation of up to three immature medical mari- juana plants and six mature plants, as well as possession of 8 ounces of processed marijuana for. personal medical use. While voters recently legalized marijuna in California, the federal government treats marijuana as contraband and anyone crossing the channel is subject to federal jurisdiction. Mysterious Island Catalina's facts, folklore, and fibs This Week: NAZIS AND UFOs BY JIM WATSON Editor's note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island." Catalina," available at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Like every kid in the '60s, 1 grew up hearing the war stories of my friends' dads and uncles. The end of World War II was already more than 20 years gone by the time I was old enough to under- stand what they were talking about. But the stories were still fresh in the minds of those who told them. Even at the age of 7 or 8, it struck me that the war was not just one of heroes and villains, tanks and fighter planes. It was a war of many mysteries as well. There was the Battle of Los Angeles, in which anti- aircraft batteries around Los Angeles lit up the night sky for nearly an hour, shooting at absolutely nothing as it turned out. Or was there something there? Watson, Page 11 An artist's rendition of a B-24 bomber being shadowed Courtesy artwork by mysterious "Foo-fighters."