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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FRIDAY September 5, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 36 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM P BRIEFS ........................... ' ........... ..... Water Level update The Thompson Reservoir Level as of Thursday, Sept. 4, measured 292 acre feet. Straight Up wins'Softball League championship The final game of the Avalon Summer Softball League season ended with Straight Up Builders victorious over Catalina Express by a score of 34-12. See story, page 2 On the Water Capt. John on high expectations and the importance of the bait business. See story, page 4 Medical Center hires interim chief nursing executive "It's been wonderful," said Kay Deol, when asked about her first weeks as CIMC's new interim chief nursing executive. See story, page 5 Tuna Club open for annual benefit tour for Museum The Tuna Club's historic club- house opens its doors only once a year. All proceeds benefit the day- to-day operations of the Catalina Island Museum. See story, page 6 Rotary sets Halloween Costume Bash and Auction Join the ghoulish gathering at the Rotary Halloween Costume Bash and Auction on Friday, Oct. 31 at the M Restaurant. See story, page 6 Water conservation advice Estimates show 57 percent of water use by homeowners is for landscaping and exterior use: Roughly 50 percent of this water use goes to waste from evapora- tion, wind, or runoff. See story, page 7 Catalina Island's birds The Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) is just one of the many birds that take a vacation of sorts on the Channel Islands. See story, page 7 Foundation seeks funding proposals The newly-formed Catalina Island Foundation has issued its first call for funding proposals from local groups. Past recipients of Church Mouse funds are par- ticularly encouraged to begin the process. Interested parties should email their contact information to to receive a brief outline of CIF procedures. See story, page 8 Flying up to Kindergarten This year's Catalina Kid Ventures graduates, "Flying Up" to Kindergarten. From top left: Christopher Bonilla, Katheryn Gonzalez, Wyatt Karstens, Emanuel Lujano & Jastelin Alcala. From bottom left: Hazel Finley, Mason Savoie, Guillermo Herrera, Ella Wills & Paula Hernandez. Catalina Kid Ventures is a non-profit preschool and the only regular preschool serving the residents and visitors to Avalon. Photo by Kristy Throndson II Free admission offered on Sept. 27 COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM For the fourth year, the Catalina Island Museum will open its doors free of charge to celebrate National Museum Day. Held in concert with Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live, this year's celebration of National Museum Day will take Catalina Island Museum place on Saturday, September 27. By collecting, preserving, researching and interpreting objects and historical records, museums like the Catalina Island Museum, tell important stories. According to a survey by the American Association of Museums increasing numbers of Americans have turned to the nation's muse- ums for education, entertainment and enlightenment in the shadow of persistent economic uncertain- ties. During this year's National Museum Day celebration, mem- bers and guests will have the Museum, Page7 Resolution follows on heels of storm surge that caused damage BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon City Council voted unanimously to declare a local State of Emergency for Catalina Island at a special Tuesday, Sept. 2 meeting. Passing a resolution declaring an emergency was necessary for the city to have a chance to obtain money to help recover from the effects of last week's wave surge caused by Hurricane Marie off the coast of Mexico. The council approved a reso- lution declaring the emergency that asked the governor to declare the entire Island a disaster area, according to City Attorney Scott Campbell, who participated in the meeting by telephone. According to Campbell, the resolution referred to the entire Island, not just the city of Avalon, in order to include the Catalina Island Conservancy, which is out- side the city's jurisdiction. Campbell said the resolution would be sent to the governor's office and he hoped the state would declare an emergency. He said the city was asking for money to help with the recovery and to relax applicable laws to help with the recovery. Council Member Oley Olsen asked if the emergency declaration Emergency, Page 4 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Strange Case Of Paul Nelson BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," avail- able at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Just a quick announce- ment about the final tally on last month's fundraising efforts for Doctors With- out Borders. During the month of August, all of my proceeds for the sale of my book "Mysterious Island: Catalina" were earmarked for that noble medical charity. I am pleased to say that through the month of August we raised $254.29. Payment was made from me for thatamount to the organi- zation on Wednesday. It saddens me, how- ever, to say that the Ebola outbreak that prompted me to hold this fundraiser in the first place has not abated at all and in fact seems to have gotten Watson, Page 15 Was Avalon Bay the site of an alien abduction in broad daylight back in 1967? A doctor tells the story of a "missing time" episode he claims he experienced here. (Artwork by ZargonDesign) d