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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FaloAV August 15, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 33 Www.THECATALI NAISLANDER.COM BRI[FS Reservoir Update As of Thursday, Aug. 7, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 311 acre feet. AThis was a 5-acre-foot decrease from the July 31 measurement. Mandatory water rationing began in Avalon on Monday, Aug. 11. Drought resistant garden of the Week In this drought of 2014 the Catalina Islander wants to encour- age water conservation. Email us a photo of your drought resistant garden and we will publish it in the paper. Send emails to editor@ Time Capsule In 1914, A.A. Carraher resigned as president of the Board of Trustees of the City of Avalon. See story, page 3 Meet CIMC Nurse Practitioner Diana Johnson Nurse Practitioner Diana Johnson went to UCLA to get her nurse practitioner's license. Johnson found an opening at Catalina Island Medical Center. See story, page 5 Boaters spend night adrift Three boaters traveling from Avalon to the mainland were rescued off the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes Monday morning, Aug. 11, after spending the night adrift in their 17-foot boat. See story, page 6 Researchers find seabird breeds on Ship Rock The California Institute of Environmental Studies and the Catalina Island Conservancy recently teamed up to explore Ship Rock in search of the Ashy Storm-Petrel, a rare nocturnal seabird, believed to be nesting in the crevices. See story, page 9 Raymond Walter 'Gunny' Grant: 1944-2014 Raymond Walter Grant served in the United States Marines and earned the nickname "Gunny" dur- ing his service to his country in the Vietnam War. See story, page 10 Senior Meals on Wheels Seek Volunteers The Senior Meals & Meals on Wheels programs are seeking new volunteers to donate their time one or more days per week, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Call Jen Monroe at City Hall: 310-510-0220 ext. 230. See story, page 11 Top Row From left to right: David Ramirez, Mark Ramirez, Noemi Rangel, Lizette Jimenez, Camiia Gutierrez, Magaly Jimenez, Andrew Madriz, Nadelyn Carillo, Alessandra Chavolla, Jose Vera, Claire Moncado, Eduardo Zavala, Erick Madriz, and Edwin Rios. Bottom Row from left to right: Morgan Curiel, Andres Silva, Sophia De La Rosa, Elaine Lopez, Marely Valeriano, Richie Leyva, Natalie Villagra, Christian Carillo, Alina Cruz, Edgar Garcia, Owen Chavoya, Jorge Rangel, and Jose Martinez. Photo courtesy of Carlos Martinez ICES kids take in sightseeing Program at Avalon Schools enriches children's lives BY CARLOS MARTINEZ ICES (International Center of Education and Sports), the before and after school program at Avalon Schools recently traveled with 45 Elementary and Middle School students to the green pier to have a sightseeing boat day. It occurred thanks to Eric Cedarwall and his donation. ICES is a program operat- ing Monday through Friday at Avalon School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents of children in grades Kindergarten-8th may pick up an application at Bungalow 15. Avalon ICES Education pro- gram is comprised of homework help, academic sessions, a multi- tude of age-appropriate enrichment and recreation activities, sports, physical activity, nutrition educa- tion and character development. It also offers additional enrich- ment opportunities such as sports leagues and art, music and drama productions. ICES Education provides many enrichment and academic programs covering per- forming, visual and musical arts, physical education clubs, academ- ic and language learning support and homework assistance are all available options. Student's needs and interests vary so ICES allows maximum flexibility. Programs are always custom-built to school ICES, Page 4 Visitors reach half a million Visitor counts remain fewer than at year 2000 peak BY CHARLES M. KELLY More than half a million indi- viduals have visited Catalina Island so far this year, 545,210, accord- ing to figures recently released by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. There were 3.2 percent more cross channel visitors to Catalina in July 2014 than in July 2013. Wayne Griffin, president and CEO of the Chamber, said that when he checked the visitor count in mid-month, cross channel traf- fic was down about one percent. He said he was pleasantly sur- prised that the numbers increased at the end of the month. Cruise ship traffic was better still, 80.3 percent higher this July than last July. Griffin attributed that increase to the addition of another cruise ship. Historically, cruise ships make a significant contribution to visitor counts. For example, in November of last year, cruise ship traffic decreased by 20.8 as a result'of the Carnival Inspiration being in dry dock. Cruise ship traffic is seasonal; generally increase visitor counts in April and May. The combined cruise ship and cross channel carrier figures for 2014 showed that 116,922 individu- als visited Catalina last month--an Visitors, Page 11 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The End Of An Era BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "'Mysterious Island: Catalina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. A couple of housekeep- ing items before we begin this week's column. First off, my first at- tempt at using this column to do a little fundraising activity is doing fairly well. All the month of August I am donating all proceeds from Amazon and Kin- dle sales of my book "Mysterious Island: Catalina," to the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, not only because of the scary outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, but because they're just good eggs all around at that outfit. In dollar terms, Ama- zon and Kindle take about half of the purchase price of the book and right now we are up to $88.47 with Watson, Page 8 A Grumman Goose belonging to Catalina Seaplanes waits patiently for passengers at the Long Beach Airport before making a trip to "Catalina ca. 1970. (Photo courtesy