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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS VOLUME 97. ISSUE 36 every week -since 1914 BR{EF$ FRIDAY September 9, 2011 Unusual high tides fmm a large storm COUNCIL Remembrance gathering that started inNew Zealand, DENIES The Avalon Community Church brought bay will be holding special services waters splash-IRIALIHON on Sunday, Sept.11, during the 8:30 and lO:30a.m, services. The ing over the sea wall at remembrance gathering called Main Beach. "Never Forget ... Hope" will rec- ognize the sacrifice and service of our First Responders. Memorial service The VFW and Ava on City Fire will also hold a public memorial service on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. at the VFW park. Last summer BBQ The final summer BBQ at the Airport-in-the-Sky will be held on Saturday evening, Sept. 10. Enjoy an all you can eat BBQ buf- fet while listening to live music on the DC-3 Grill's outdoor patio. Reservations required. Call DC-3 Grill at (310) 510-2196.. Benefit Golf Tournament The benefit golf tournament for Adam Olson, injured harbor patrolman and volOnteer county fireflghter, will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 beginning at 1:30 p.m. A raffle and silent auction will follow the tournament at the Sand Trap restaurant. Friends of the Library The Friends of the Avalon Library will" have a special meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m..to discuss the economy's impact on the library and it's many reading programs. The public is invited to attendthis meeting to share their thoughts and ideas. Man to revisit his Island connections Arthur Cazares, who is one of nine children, has had a_connection to Catalina that spans nearly seven decades. See story, page 5. Avalon High School Football Opening Game Avalon opens the 2011-2012 football season this Friday night at 7 p.m., Joe Machado Field. The Lancers will be facing Excelsior Education Center from Victorville, CA, a team that lost last year's final ClF-SS State Championship game by one point in overtime. See story, page 7. Mosaic heart captures Catalina Island A 5-foot tall, 4-foot wide, mosaic work of art will be on display in the window of the U.S. Bank building through the run of the 53rd Annual Festival of Art, Sept. 16-18. Although the artist won't be competing in the Festival, the colorful heart serves as a tribute to the festival's theme, "1 Love Catalina Island." See story, page 6. The weekend of monsoonal weather put a slight damper on the Labor Day activities for the unof- ficial end of summer. See story page 8. Outrigger race on South Beach AVALON TO BUZZ WITH PADDLING COMPETITORS THIS WEEKEND BY DENNIS KAISER The Hawaiian sport of outrig- ger canoe racing has been growing around the world. You can even find an outrigger cpnoe club in Phoenix, Arizona. Although the 45-foot "long ca- noes were born in Hawaii and other parts of Polynesia, it was Sept. 20, 1959, in Avalon on Catalina, when the first outrigger canoe races were held in the United States. That year two canoes paddled across the channel from Avalon to Newport Dunes on the mainland. The tradition continues this weekend in Avalon where about 580 paddlers will compete on Sept. 10 and 11, taking offon Sun- day from the city's South Beach. The Catalina Channel Crossing, US Outrigger Championships, which is sanctioned by Southern California Outrigger Racing Asso- ciation, will bring a lot of people to the Island, just as the busy season ends, thereby giving the local tour- ist-based economy a boost. In addition to the paddlers - there are six to a canoe - the event draws a host of other people from support staff to family members. The women racers will paddle the canoes from the mainland to Avalon. "The women's race will be fin- ishing at approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday at Casino Point," said Bud Hohl, the races' coordinator. "At that point in time, our canoes have been given city permission to land andaoe stored on South Beach over night." The races in recent years have taken off from Descanso Beach, but with many recent changes at that location, race organizers asked for a change of venue. South Beach Was where the first race was launched in 1959, and Hohl re- ported that as long as the city was willing to accommodate the event at that location, the organizers had to jump at the chance. Outrigger, Page 8 PERMIT BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 6 voted 4-1 to deny Pacific Sports a permit to hold a tri- athlon a week prior to the Chamber ofCommerce's triathton. This comes after the Chamber appealed the Plan- ning Commission's recent decision to grant the permit. Councilman Ralph Morrow, a supporter of Pacific Sports, cast the dissenting vote. In related news, the council held a closed session ~o discuss the possi- bility of a lawsuit b~ Pacific Sports if the council upheld the Chamber's appeal. Wayne Griffm, president of the Chamber, said the business group would defend the city if it became necessary. Griffin said holding tri- athlons on two successive weekends would not be successful. Responding to what he said were points in a letter that Pacific Sports apparently sent to the council, Grif- fin said this was not his appeal. He said the-Chamber board voted unanimously to appeal the Plan- ning Commission decision to issue Pacific Sports an event permit. Griffin said that the Chamber's event has been held annually for 10 years before Pacific Sports ever became involved, and is certainly not a new event, unlike the Pacific Sports triathlon which is. Griffin said there was nothing in the special event code to stop the council from finding that an event Council, Page 9 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This week: The Ning-po: Smuggler, Pirate, Cruise Ship BY JIM WATSON Slumbering beneath the serene waters of Cat Harbor on Catalina's West End, sunk in the mud and shifting sands within the earthen confines of Ballast Point, lie the re- mains of another chapter in Catali- na'smaritime mysteries: the wreck of the Chinese junk Ning-po. If bulkheads could talk, these ship's walls (or what's left of them) could tell a harrowing tale of rebellion, warfare and assorted seafaring horrors. For an early Chinese junk, the history of the Ning-po-is remark- ably well recorded. She was origi- nally built in 1753 in Fuzhou prov- ince and was christened Kin Tai Fong, or "Golden Typhoon." Though starting out innocently as a merchantman, the ship was soon turned to more devious pur- suits and it wasn't long before she was involved in smuggling various contraband from opium and silk to prostitutes. In between smuggling runs she often turned pirate. Mystery, Page 4