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SERVING CATALINA  ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 97, ISSUE 33 BRIE[S Groupmn draws visitors to Island The discount Web site Groupon (a play on the word coupon) is appar- ently drawing more yisitors to the Island, according to the Avalon business community. See story, page 9 CHOICES hosts movie on the beach On Monday evening at 8 pm, there will be a free showing of the movie "Finding Nemo% Popcorn, snacRs, and drinks will be avail- able to purchase and sales benefit the CHOICES. program. Airport-in-the-sky BBQ The original airport summer barbe- cues on Catalina Island are back. The Airport-in=the-Sky Summer BBQ will be held from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20. Camp Fox Completes Major Renovation Camp Fox at Buttonshell Beach recently completed a major reno- vation tothe facilities. The big- gest project was the installation of a new waste treatment plant that will increase the capacity of the camp. See story, page 7 Avalon Schools regidrstion Registration for Avalon Schools willlbe held from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24 and Thursday, Aug. 25. See story, page 5 Koffoohouse Unplugged Four sinkers will perform at the Catalina Country Club from 6-10 p.m., Aug. 25. See story, page 8- Catalina Wildlands Beyond Avalon's quaint seaside charm lies the rugged terrain of Catalina Island. Nature photogra-. phers Marc Muench, JackBaldelli and Carlos de la Rosa present their perspectives on the land, sea and endemic species. See story, page 4 School Meal Application Assistance English and Spanish speaking staff will be at the Avalon School caf- eteria Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 3 to 6 p.m. to assist parents in completing their student's applica- tion and reduced priced school meals. See story, page 6 Avalon Harbor Activity Report for July Unlike last year, the Fourth of July holiday brought plenty of visitors and sunshine to the Island. The harbQr was packed and there were several boats on anchor. See s{ory, page 4 Kensley Rynn, seen in the center of the photo wearing pink cowgirl boots, celebrated her 6th birthday on August 13, with a Cowgirls & Cowboys party at City Park. Highlights included a westem-themed town made out of'refrigerator boxes, a tire swing in the tree, potato sack races, 3-legged races, panning for gold, and the kids even made their own homemade stick ponies. Tiny owl returns to its roost BY REBECCA DOYLE The Island continued to uphold its proactive environmental measures when wildlife activists returned a small owl to its home earlier this week. The bird, a northern saw-whet owl commonly found on the Island, was discovered on the golf course by Ed Arnold on Saturday, Aug. 13, and was retrieved that morning by Animal Control Officer Jesse Delgado. "We have a net that we put carefully on top of him, so I can pick him up," said Delgado. In contrast to the typical connotations of a wild animal, Delgado notes that the bird was "very calm." The owl remained in the net until it was Photo courtas; of Todd Hove transported to Dr. Richard Denney, the local veterinarian who works with the Humane Society. It was then transferred to the Institute for Wildlife Services. Steffani Jijon, animal expert at the.Institute for Wildlife 'Services, said the bird was uninjured and most likely appeared on the golf course after being startled by golfers, workers, or perhaps a feral cat--the greatest danger posed to such a creature. The owl---one of four of its species to be in this type of situation in the last four years--was returned to the golf course during the late evening and released. In a typical situation, a baby owl calls out to its parents when in such a position and the caretaker continuously "moves the fledgling toward the direction of its parents' responding chirps until it is able to fly to its Owl, Page 9 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This week: The mysterious death of Thomas Harper Ince ,,,,, August 19, 2011 CRIME IS DOWN VIOLENT CRIMES ARE DOWN 60 PERCENT IN RELATED NEWS, THREE MEN ARE CON- VICTED IN TWO UNRELATED CASES BY CHARLES M. KELLY Convictions in" two unrelated theft cases highlight good news in the Catalina crime scene: crime is down, according to a detective with the Avalon Sheriff's Station. Violent crime, for example, has dropped 60 percent for the year to date, according to Detective Kris Cleveland of the Los Angeles Sher- iff's Department. He said crime was down even with an increase in visitors to the Island. Cleveland said that burglar- ies decreased by 52.9 percent and grand theft auto decreased by 53.8 percent. Cleveland said he believes the decrease came about because members of the community call the sheriff when they see crimes.occur- ring. Cleveland also credited Avalon Sheriff's Station staff with bring ing down the crime rate. "We're proud of the work that our sworn and civilian employees are doing," Cleveland said. Burglar to be deported John Gonzales was convicted on Tuesday, Aug. 16 of two burglar- ies, one commercial and the other residential. Immigration authorities have determined he has no legal residency status and intend to de- port him, according to Cleveland. The crimes occurred on July 17. Cleveland said the commercial vie- tim was the Hotel Villa Portafino. Crime, Page 9 BY JIM WATSON Catalina Island, being so close to the bur- geoning Hollywood film industry, naturally figured prominently into the Babylonistic life- styles of the movie producers, stars and starlets of that era. The Island's proximity to Los An- geles and its tropical (or at least sub-tropical) mystique made the Island a perfect playground for the movers and shakers of Hollywood. Director Thomas Harper Ince was an up-and- coming player in the motion picture industry in those days. You've probably never heard of him largely due to a tragic series of events on or about the evening of Nov. 15, 1924; a mysteri- ous set of circumstances that whisked him away "' from the hot lights of the Hollywood stage and "" into the cold, hard ground.    Had it not been for the events on that fateful t   eve, his name may well have been as prominent ,, t as Cecil B. DeMille or D.W. Griffith, as Ince btt had already begun to secure a name for himself tt* as a revolutionary and far-sighted director. The death of Ince and its connection to Cata- lina is admittedly tenuous, other than the "scene of the crime" (William Randolph Hearst's yacht Oneida) and the players involved who were reg- ular visitors to the Island and rumor has it that Mystery, Page 2