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Students from the Drivers Education program (L-R) Alex Morand, Valerie Medina, Instructor Tom Sutherland, and Julian Jiminez. Photo courtesy of Tom Sutherland Catalina keeps drivers ed BY THERESA CUMMINGS Avalon resident Tom Sutherland training in this new vehicle, mak- As the Long Beach Unified School System began to outsource Drivers Education in 2010, locals rallied together and saved the pro- gram. Outsourced Drivers Educa- tion programs can cost families as much as $300-$400. The Island program 0nly charges a minimal $40 which is waived in hardship cases. Avalon is one of the only High Schools in California to re- tain its own Drivers Education program. Tim Winslow, then a City Councilman, raised enough mon- ey to purchase a blue Ford Focus to be used in the program, and continues to actively participate in keeping the program funded. has been teaching drivers' educa- tion to students in Avalon for 13 years. "Preventing the program from being outsourced took tre- mendous effort. Everyone from the Mayor, City Manager, Tim Winslow and other locals put a lot of work into this," Sutherland stated. "The Women's Forum also donated funds to help with the effort." Councilman Tim Winslow was able to raise enough money to purchase a blue Ford Focus for the Drivers Training program. Students named the vehicle "The Blue Hornet," and have enjoyed ing the program even better. Administrated by Sutherland, local students are trained in a 10 hour: course that emphasizes fun- damentals such as starting the car, turning, breaking, signaling, as well as parallel parking and three point turns. After students complete the course, they take the DMV test and most students pass the test and they are ready to address the challenges of driv- ing within the City of Avalon's City limits. Additional practice is needed for the traffic rights and driving on the freeway, which are not part of Island Driving. C0000ISI, gnDEB Founded in 1913 by Ernest Wiedle Group Publisher Vince Bodiford Editor Dennis Kaiser Advertising Pat Jamieson Office Manager Jennifer Leonhardi Accounting Judy Murray judy@localnewspapers.erg 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 I (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 DEADUNES Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m. Monday i Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday ] CMssified Advertising: Noon Tuesday I LegalPublic Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to One Year Subscription; Catalina .............................................. $39 Mainland ........................................ :...$48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $8O/year A Publlatlot et CommunltyMedla Corperatlon. CATALINA ISLANDER (USPS 093-140)Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree NO. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are coPyrighted by The Catalina tsLander. NO part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher.'This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2012 and Title Registered, Catalina slander, Inc., All Rights Reserved.  PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISH ERS ASSOCIATION Now open 7 days a week fi)r lunch and dinner from = 1:3oam until to:oopm. After dinner DJ Thu "rsday through Saturday. A bison grazes on Cartalina Island. Couresy photo Bison injures 9 year old boy Unconfirmed report ' says other people may have spooked the animal BY CHARLES M. KELLY A bison injured a 9-year-old boy at the Little Harbor campsite on Saturday evening, Aug. 25. Leslie Baer, spokeswoman for the Catalina Island Conservancy an unconfirmed report suggests other individuals may have frightened the animal and the boy got in the way. Lt. Doug Fetteroll, commander of the Los Angeles County Sher- iff's Department station in Avalon, confirmed the boy's age and the location of the incident. Mainland news organizations have reported that the animal at- tacked the boy on the following Monday. He said the bison threw the boy several feet. Fetteroll said the incident was handled by the Los Angeles Coun- ty Fire Department. He said sheriff's deputies helped Catalina Island Conservancy rang- ers shoo the animal away from the boy. Paramedics arrived at the scene and treated him. Fetteroll said the bgy was taken to a mainland hospital and, last he had heard, the boy was in stable condition. Unfortunately, the boy's condi- tion could not be confirmed. The county Fire Deprtment does not . follow up on thecondition of pa- tients once they are delivered to a hospital. Baer said it was her under- standing that the boy is going to be fine. The Fire Department's Public Information Office did confirm that they received the call about the bison incident at 6 p.m., Sat- urday. Baer, spokeswoman for the Catalina Island Conservancy, said the Conservancy was investigating the attack. Conservancy rangers are interviewing witnesses. She said she expected the interviews to be completed next week. She said there was an uncon- firmed report that the bison was spooked by other people at the scene, but she also said she hadn't seen reports of the witness ac- Bison, Page 11 Well look no further! MIK00 Loser Specializing in Vacation and Boat Dock Homes Cell: (805) 509-1177 DRE Lic.#00597162 RE/MAX Gold Coast Realtors Beach & Marina Office 1151 S. ViCtoria Ave. Oxnard, CA 93035 2 i Friday, August 31, 2012 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER