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Mystery From page 1 the military, simply had to leave their island home and hope they could return one day when the lights went on again all over the world. Japanese submarines patrolled the waters around the Island and had some success in sinking or disabling a number ofU.S, merchant ships in the area. With most of the U.S. fighter planes needed in the bat- tle arenas of Europe and the Pacific, the Navy had employed the use of diri- gible airships, or blimps, to unceasingly patrol the waters of the west coast Jim Watson Columnist as far south as Scammon's Lagoon in Baja Califomia. On the evening of Oct. 17, 1944, airship K-111 was on rou- tine patrol in search of enemy sub-. marines. Due to a navigation er- ror, the blimp found itself passing directly over a blacked-out Avalon at an altitude of under 1,500 :feet. According to the official Navy version, the navigation problem was further aggravated by foggy conditions. The result was the airship's collision with the ground near East Peak and its "immedi- ate explosion," according to the Navy. But in the early 1990s, then- Catalina Island Museum curator Patricia Moore conducted an inter- view with the last survivor of the crash, Machinists Mate Ernst Jarke of Nebraska. Jarke had made it a point to make one last pilgrimage to the Island to pay his respects to his fallen shipmates before he him- self passed on. In the interview, which survives on cassette tape in the museum's oral history collection, Jarke recalls that the night was a clear, starry one--not the foggy one in the official Navy re- port. Also, according to Jarke, the ship did not explode on impact. In fact, the airship came to a slow, screeching halt after first brushing through the trees. The collision was enough to tear. off the ship's port engine, but did not cause an immediate explosion as the Navy report assertS. After the first scrape, the crew jumped safely from the ship's gon- dola and all reconnoitered at the top of the hill where the disabled ship lay. It was only when they were all milling about the wreck that the fuel tanks exploded. In other words, contrary to the of- ficial Navy version, they had all survived the crash, but had the made the fatal mistake of sticking around too long. Jarke and his shipmates all fled for their lives. Some were killed Important Information About Southern CalifOrnia Edison Company's Future Gas Rates on Santa Catalina Island Sauthem Califomia Edison Company (SCE) wishes to inform you that your gas bills may increaSe on September 1, 20tl. This is primarily due to increases in the price SCE pays its suppliers for propane used to serve its customers at Santa Catalina Island. On July 29, 2011, SCE filed Advice 175-G, to reflect an increase in the Santa Catalina Island Gas Cost Adjustment Billing Factors, with the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) requesting that this increased cost of fuel be passed on to customers. If the Commission approves this advice filing; the following change in rates will become effective for service rendered on and alter September 1, 2011. Present Revised Energy Charge Energy Charge as of September 1, 2011 Customer Group $/Therm /Therm Residential Baseline Nonbaseline Commercial CARE $2.42003 $2.43801 "$2.54149 $2.57504 $2.86429 $2.89010 $0.08516 $0.08589 What These Changes Will Mean To Residential Customers The average residential gas consumption on Santa Catalina Island is 18 therms (a measure of the heat content of gas) per month in the winter, and 14 therms per month in the summer. If this advice filing is approved by the Commission, the average residential customer's monthly bill will increase by approximately $0.38 or 0.5 percent in the winter, and $0.32 or 0.5 percent in the summer. However, the actua! impact on your bill will vary depending on your energy use. If the Commission approves Advice 175-G, the revenue increase will be divided among SCE's gas customers as shown below: Rate Schedule Therms Domestic 238,808 $5,254 General Service 328,965 $8,730 TOTAL 567,773 $13,964 Your Participation Is Welcome Estimated Revenue Change 0.5% 0.5% 0.5% If you would like to communicate with the Commission about Southern Califomia Edison Company's Advice 175-G and the rate changes it would establish, write to the Commission at either of the following offices: Be sure to mention that you-are writing specifically abeut Advice 175-G. You may view a copy of the advice filing at the following Commission offices: State of California or State of California - Public Utilities Commission Public Utilities Commission " 505 Van Ness Avenue 320 West 4 Street, Ste. 500 San Francisco, CA 94102 Los Angeles, CA 90013 You may also write Southern California Edison Company about Advice 175-G at the following address or you may view a copy at SCE's business office in Avalon. Southern California Edison Company P.O. Box 527 Avalon, CA 90704 STANDBY STATEMENT SCE REQUESTS GAS RATE INCREASE FOR SANTA CATALINA ISLAND CUSTOMERS On July 29, 2011, Soultm California Edison Company filed an advice filing with the California Public Utilities Commission ('Commission') which, if approved, will increase its gas rates for Santa Catalina Island customers. SCE requested an annual increase effective September 1, 2011. The gas rate change is primarily due to anticipated increases in the price SCE pays its suppliers for propane used at Santa Catalina Island: The average residential gas consumption on Catalina Island is 18 therms (a measure of the heat content of gas) per month in the winter, and 14 therms per month in the summer. If SCE's rate change request is approved by the Commission, the average residential customer's monthly bill will increase by approximately $0.38 or 0.5 percent in the winter, and $0.32 or 0.5 percent in the summer. However, actual impact on your bill will vary depending on your energy use. instantly, including Captain Thom- as Ralston who was incinerated before Jarke's eyes. Although engulfed in flames himself, Jarke managed to escape by running along a goat trail, A number of merchant marines from Avalon raced to the scene and loaded the survivors--including Jarke--into pick-up trucks to be taken to the infirmary in Avalon. Jarke spent the next eight months in the Avalon infirmary re- covering from his bums, but by the end of the war he was back flying in the airship service. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 8-the last survivor of one of Catalina's most tragic episodes. Got a weird story about Catalina? Email it to us at dan@cinews, us or mail it to Mysterious Island, c/o Catalina Islander, PO Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704. SUMMER RECREATIONAL EVENTS APGPST .......................... $ CHOICES Presents a Free Movie on the Beach 8-10 p.m. South Beach 5-12 - Day Camp (city of Avalon) Arts and crafts, games, singih$ swimming and beach fun, field trips, hiking and naturalist programs. For all kids entering 1st grade 11 years old. 11--19 Swim Lessons (city of Avalon) 2 week session for kids of all ages as well as Mommy/Daddy and Me classes for kids ages 9 months to 4 years old. 9 Beach Bingo 6-7 p.m. South Beach $1- per card, great prizes 10 Kids Fishing Derby 7:00 -9 a.m. at the end of the Green Pier 11 Beach Bingo 6-7 p.m. South Beach $1 per card, great prizes 12 CHOICES Presents Up Sync Contest 6-8 p.m. Wrigley Stage 15 CHOICES Presents Free Movie on the Beach 8-10 p.m. South Beach 15-19- Day Camp (city of Avalon) Arts and crafts, games, singing, swimming and beach fun, field trips, hiking and naturalist programs. For all kids entering 1st grade Letter to the Editor Good job on Junior Lifeguards would like to compliment and say thank you to the lifeguards who led the Junior Lifeguard program this year. They do such a wonderful job. The children work. hard but have lots of fun too. This is the second year my granddaughter has come from the mainland to participate in Avalon's program. It would be wonderful if every child had the opportu- nity to participate in a program like this one. Janet Given, Avalon 24-7-365 Life Flight Helicopter or Air Ambulance Service, Ground Ambulance, Vehicle Return and Mor, 50 US States, Mexico, Canada, Caribbean all covered in polic) No Deductible No Co-Pay - No Claim Forms-00 No Age Restrictions-00 Single or family coverage All for under $1.00 a day!!! Group payroll deduction plans are also available for employers. Recommended by Charles "Chuck" Martin, Catalina Insurance Broker and MASA Member.t. t 11 years old. 16 Beach Bingo 6-7 p.m. South Beach $1 per card, great pdzes l"J' Kids Fishing Derby 7-9 a.m. at the end of the Green Pier 111 Beach Bingo 6-7 p.m. South Beach $1 per card, great prizes 20 CHOICES Presents 3 on 3 Hoop it Up Basketball Tournament g-8 p.m. Downtown basketball courts 22 CHOICES Presents Free Movie on the Beach 8-10 p.m. South Beach 22-26 - Day Camp (city of Avalon) Arts and crafts, games, singing, swimming and beach fun, field trips, hiking and naturalist programs. For all kids entering 1st grade 11 years old. 23 Beach Bingo 6-7 p.m. South Beach $1 per card, great prizes 24 Kids Fishing Derby 7-9 a.m. at the end of the Green Pier 25 Beach Bingo 6-7 p.m. South Beach $1 per card, great prizes Contest 6-8 p.m. Wrigley Stage 29 CHOICES Presents Free Movie on the Beach 8-10 p.m. South Beach DONALD E. KRUSE March 14, 1930 - July 26, 2011 Donald E. Kruse, age 81, passed peacefully with his family at his side as he lost his valiant battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Jackie, daughters Suzie Kruse and Sandy De Young (Roger) of Newport Beach andhis two granddaughters, Kelly and Kasey De Young. He was predeceased by his sister, Jane Brown, and his parents, Clara and Art Kruse. Don began his career at First Federal Savings and Loan in Al- hambra and retired after many wonderful years as a Harbor Pa- trolman in Avalon. Don's favorite days were spent with his family sailing, spending time in Avalon and enjoying his pool. Don was a loving husband, fa- ther, uncle and grandfather and we will all miss him dearly. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at South Hills Country Club in West Covina. In lieu of flowers, the fam- ily requests donations may be made to Citrus Valley Hospice, 820 N. Phillips Ave. West Covina, CA 91791. 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