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Mystery From page 1 being one of the filming locations, and it's certainly possible that the animals ended up on the cutting room floor--if they were filmed at all. The trail took another twisting turn when I came across a brochure from the mid- 1950s at the Los Angeles Public Library that said "a stock of 13 (bison) was brought to the Island by John White, fore- man of Middle Ranch, after being filmed in 'The Covered Wagon.'" "The Covered Wagon" was another Lasky west- em released in 1923, but was not filmed on Catalina. (This reference to "The Cov- ered Wagon" was bolstered by Bud Upton in a Los Angeles Times ar- ticle on Catalina Island printed in the 1970s). The key word in the sentence from the the word "af- ter"--meaning that the movie-- and therefore the buffalo--was not filmed on the Island, but may have been brought over after the film was in the can. Jim Watson Columnist It just so happens that the Cata- lina Island Museum has a copy of "The Covered Wagon," so one fine day Ron Pyke and I pulled up a couple of chairs at the Museum Research Center on Metropole and watched the whole thing and, yes indeed, there were lots and lots of buffalo in it. Was Catalina Island the next destination for these mammalian movie stars after the wrap party? And were they brought out with at least the intention of filming them in "The Vanishing American," even though it appears Catalina was never used as a filming location for that film? The search for the answer to the origins of Catalina's buffalo has been a long, dusty trail worthy itself of a Zane Grey tale. Therefore, this is one of those col- umns that will be left open-ended and I invite readers to offer any more information they may have. Got a weird storyabout Catalina? E-mail it to us at dan@cinews, us or send it to Mysterious Island, c/o Catalina Islander, PO Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704. Donald Moritz (left)and Jesse McDonald FULL-TIME FIREFIGHTERS ADDED Assistant Fire Chief Mike Krug announced that Donald Moritz and Jesse McDonald have been added to the city of Avalon Fire Department as full-time person- nel. "It is nice to know that in an era of layoffs we were able to hire two of our own," he said. "There were five outstanding applications for the position, all from within our reserve ranks." McDonald, who grew up in • Avalon, has been a reserve for 10 years and also is a certified EMT. Moritz, who also grew up on the Island, has been a reserve for two years and put himself through the fire academy at El Camino College. "Both will be on a six-month pro- bationary period and go through an intense training," said Krug. "The best way to learn something new is to teach it, so we have them doing something Called "teach-backs." They take their new skills and training and teach it to a different shift of firefighters, allowing for their feedback and critiques." Krug commented that, "Statisti- cally, it's more difficult to be hired as a full-time firefighter than it is to get into St. John's Medical School. We welcome our new crew." Church Mouse From page 1 and projects on the Island. Some of these include CHOICES, the Avalon School Music program, the Cornerstone Teen Center, the pub- lic library, Catalina Island Perform- ing Arts Foundation, both local pre- schools, as well as countless local sports organizations. "The money raised goes strictly to cover tournament expenses and the rest goes to charity," tourna- ment organizer, Butte said. He said he hopes the event will raise from $50,000 to $80,000 this year, but "it all depends on how many boats sign up." In 2004, the tournament adopted rules making it a 100% catch and release event, with its first priority being the preservation of the local marlin population. Because of this, the event gained additional popu- larity. More boats and sponsors participated that were previously unable or unwilling to participate in a non-catch and release tourna- ment. This made the 14th Annual Church Mouse Invitational the largest tournament of its kind on the west coast that year. Last summer's inclement weather that was tmusual for the area, supposedly resulted in no marlin being caught during the tournament. Despite the lack of fish being brought in, there were still trophies handed out for first through fifth place. They were de- termined by pulling the names of boats out of a hat. To avoid another such situation, this year, three new species have been added to the competition: white seabass, hali- but and yellowtail. "We're a fishing tournament," Butte said. "We'd like to be able to catch something and make a buck or two." The entry fee for the tournament is $700 per boat. It allows three team members per boat including the captain. The most fish caught determines the winning teams. The first fish released becomes first place until someone else releases two fish, which can make the out- come very exciting. This year if first - fifth places do not go to re- leased marlin, the remaining plac- es will go to the heaviest White Seabass, Halibut, or Yellowtail. A cash prize of $1,000 will also be awarded each day to the heaviest of each of the three new species. Any prize money not awarded will go to charity. In addition, the larg- est tuna catch will net one angler about $300 worth of prizes. The tournament will continue to be 100 percent catch and release. Winners will also have an opportu- nity to receive prizes, such as rods and reels, marine gear and camp- ing equipment. Fishing starts at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 and finishes at 4 p.m. Aug. 30 with all boats required to start and finish in Avalon Bay. Anglers can celebrate the end of the tournament-at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at a banquet and an award pre- sentation in the Casino ballroom. At the closing banquet each year, there is one additional ftmdraising event that takes place..An auction is held where the highest bidder wins an opportunity to throw a pm in the face of the Harbormaster. The tradition has been very suc- cessful each year in raising addi- It tional money for the cause. For more in, formation or entry forms', visit ch' Before you go back ~e4 to the mainland... take a little Catalina with you. T~ Subscribe Today. C]]~JlII[~J lSlJ~ll]l}h']l P.O. Box 428 Tel: (310) 510-0500 Avalon. CA 90704 Fax: (310) 510-2882 H E ALT H C L INIC First Tuesday of the month 1:3o - 4:3o p.m. Two Harbors Baywatch Station Call 31o-51o-oo96 for appointments. Walk ins welcome. Out-patient, non-emergency services are available. • General preventative care * • Well-child checks • • Treatment of acute health conditions • • Treatment of chronic health conditions • • Minor wound care • On-site laboratory work also available. • Urinalysis • • Hemoglobin • • Pregnancy tests • • Rapid strep tests ,• • Phlebotomy (blood draws) • Island Medical Center P.O. Box 1563 1oo Falls Canyon Road Avalon, Calif. 90704 (31o) 51o-o7oo Appointments (31o) 51o-oo96 • www.Cl M ......................................................................... " .................................................. : : .:.... ..................................................................................................................... . .................................. ...................................................................................................... THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, August 26, 2011 i 5