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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY Aug. 11, 2017 VOLUME 103, ISSUE 32 WwW.THECATALINAISLAN DER.COM BRIEFS ......................................... Water level update According to Southern Califor- nia Edison, water elevation in the Middle Ranch Reservoir measured 736 acre-feet as of Wednesday, Aug. 8. Only on Catalina When you work on Catalina, you are "on stage" from the mo- ment you leave your home in the morning until you return in the evening. Anytime you are in the "public eye," you are "on" and you better not disappoint your guests. See story, page 3 On the Water Capt. John King is a strong be- liever in the law of averages. He believes that what goes up will come down. All his boats are up and running; he and his custom- ers are catching fish. See story, page 4 Sheriff's Log Deputies responded to a report of a lost diver. See story, page 5 Avalon desalination update A new city designation will allow Avalon more access to grant funding to support desalination on the Island. See story, page 6 Avalon Harbor Report July I was a bitter-sweet day for the Avalon Harbor Patrol. It was Harbor Master Brian Bray's last day after 38 years of service to the department. See story, page 6 Whacked Out on Sports The Islander's sports columnist says it's all about the Dodgers right now. They have just finished a 50-game stretch with 43 wins and just 7 losses. See story, page 8 Overlook Hall to host Falconry experience in September On Saturday, Sept. 9, a live Fal- conry Experience is scheduled to be held at Overlook Hall. See story, page 10 Avalon Theatre update The results of tests performed earlier this week will determine whether it's safe to use the middle section of the Avalon The- atre at night. See story, page 10 I I I Pictured above is an artist's rendering o[ what the Catalina Island Conservancy's Trailhead Visitor Center will look like when the construction project is completed. Artwork courtesy of Catalina Island Conservancy Project part of the exciting story of Catalina's located in the heart of Avalon natural history, the wildness and on Crescent Avenue (the for- Conservancy's beauty of the Island, its edu- mer Catherine Hotel site), will strategic alan cational programming and the serve as "Catalina's wildlands r-" important conservation workconcierge." The Trailhead will is critical to the mission of the expose hundreds of thousands FOR THE ISLANDER Conservancy with the over 1 mil- of visitors and residents to the The Catalina Islandlion annual visitors to the Island. biodiversity of one of California's Conservancy's Trailhead Visitor Visitors will gain easier access Channel Islands archipelago, Center is the flagship project to natural, educational and recre- which is sometimes called the of the organization's Imagine ational options to fully enjoy the "Galapagos of California?' Catalina long-range strategic wonders of Catalina Island.The state-of-the-art facility vision and master plan. Exposing The Trailhead Visitor Center, will be Catalina's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building, uti- lizing sustainable features such as natural lighting, water rec- lamation, and solar panels. The building will offer multipurpose exhibition and interpretive edu- cation space, and will serve as the primary launch point to learn about Catalina's ecology and nat- ural history. The Trailhead will serve as a portal to the wild side Conservancy, Page 2 Mysterious Island Catalina's facts, folklore, and fibs This Week: THE 'GODDESS OF THE SEA' BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island." Catalina,'" available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. For many years up at the Isthmus, in a small cactus garden near the public showers, the stern of an old yacht rearing up out of the ground was clearly visible. On the transom was Ihe name of the unfortunate vessel, the Diosa del Mar, or "Goddess of the Sea." Sure, this bit of maritime wreckage may not seem like much now. But there's a long and fascinating story behind this relic, how she met her fate and the Herculean efforts to salvage what was left of her. Built in 1898 in Tottenville, New York, the two-masted schooner had a colorful history right up to her ignominious end at Watson, Page 7 The Diosa Del Mar was a classic wooden schooner that met a tragic end in Catalina waters in 1990. Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons