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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND eve~ week - since 1914 FRIENDS F..o.* August 22, 2024 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 34 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRiEF S .......................................... Water Level Update The Thompson Reservoir water level as of Thursday, Aug. 14, measured 307 acre feet. This was a 4-acre-foot decrease from the Aug. 7 measurement. Stage 2 water rationing, requiring a 25 percent reduction in use by businesses and residents, began Monday, Aug. 11, in Avalon. Volunteers preserve and protect Catalina Volunteers donate more than 25,000 hours of time every year to the Catalina Island. Conservancy. Volunteers removed hundreds of pounds of debris from the Island's interior last year, and populations of invasive plant spe- cies were significantly reduced. See story, page 2 On the Water Capt. John reflects on the value, and the challenges, that come with U.S. Coast Guard boat inspections. See story, page 4 Catalina Express wins the 2014 men's softball leauge The final score of last week's first softball game of the night was Straight Up Builders 19, Bravo's Landscaping 20. The final score of the second game was Bluewater Grill 15, Catalina Express 17. See story, page 4 Tuna Club opens deers to the public for one day On Saturday, September 13, the Tuna Club of Avalon will reveal the rich history and traditions of the club to the public. See story, page 5 Conservancy offers trip to one of the Channel Islands On Sunday, September 14, inter- ested parties will have the oppor- tunity to visit Santa Rosa Island as part of the Conservancy's program "Exploring California's Channel Islands: Santa Rosa Island." See story, page 7 Womens softball ends Summer is winding up, and so is Women's Softball, with the first game a battle for second place between Straight Up Builders and Lins Ladies. See story, page 7 Summer art series continues; Esther Williams Esther Williams' involvement in art has spanned over 50 years. She focused on art throughout her early educational years by drawing with any medium she could grasp between her fingers. See story, page 9 still Utility commissioner is still drafting an alternative proposal BY CHARLES M. KELLY AmeriCorps groups, like the one pictured here, traditionally spend several weeks at a time on the Catalina Island and contribute to various con- servation and community projects. See story, page 2 Photo by Cindy Lazaris :urns Butte family returns for celebration of giving to Avalon kids BY DENNIS KAISER It's not a fishing tournament and it's just for fun. They have an Avalon legacy built on a beloved event that has already gone into the sunset. Bob and Carol Butte, who orga- nized the Church Mouse marlin- fishing tournament for more than 25 years, retired the event after their final season last year. However, the Butte's could not keep away from doing something to continue raising money for the youth of Avalon. Besides, they said, it was where they found their fun - and they got to raise a ton of money to finance the dreams of Avalon youth. Therefore the Buttes will hold the first party of the Church Church Mouse, Page 10 A member of the California Public Utilities Commission has placed a hold on a decision in Southern California Edison's request to increase water rates for Catalina customers. Commissioner Catherine Sandoval was not pleased with the proposed settlement that would have had Edison's mainland elec- tricity customers help pay the cost of water consumed on Catalina Island, according to attorney Norris Bishton, who represents opponents of the original rate increase. He said that Sandoval is prepar- ing an alternative proposal. Bishton said he was fairly confi- dent that Commissioner Sandoval had the votes she would need to have her alternative proposal approved. According Wayne Griffin, pres- ident and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, there will be a 30- day period for public comment on the Sandoval proposal that would delay any action on the case for at least two months. Griffin expressed disappoint- ment. "This case has been going on for four years" Griffin said. All the parties to the case had agreed on a settlement. Those parties included the Catalina Island Consortium, the Rate Case, Page 15 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: 10,000 Questions Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. All proceeds from sales on Amazon and Kin- dle for the month of August will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. BY JIM WATSON "Where can we rent golf carts?" That simple, common question from a pair of visitors last Monday marked a milestone in the annals of official greeters for Catalina Is- land. As some readers know, our own Chuck Liddell from this very newspaper's Time Cap- sule column also has a day job working in the employ of the Catalina Island Chamber of Com- merce. Since March 10 of this year, he Watson, Page 11 Chuck Uddell poses with Deyon and Kiara McEIroy shortly after asked him his lO,O00th question as Catalina's Official Greeter. the Las Vegas, Nev., couple (Photo by Richard B. Huxtable)