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VOLU SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - ME 98, ISSUE 38 since 1914 FRIDAY September 21, 2012 4r BRIEFS .................... :: .............. Lancers football wins tight game against Fulton Prep The Avalon High School Lancers football team was down 24-16 at halftime in its last game against Fulton Prep. The Lancers came back to Win 38-32 in overtime. Avalon piayers of the game were:, overall, senior Jose Cervantes; offensive, senior running back Luis Ventura; defensive, senior defensive iifieman, Juan Pablo Bravo. Avalon is 3-0 and will face Cornerstone Christian of Wildomar at 6:30 p.m., Priday; in Avalon. Islander going online The Catalina Islander is launching its website: www.thecatalinais- lander.com. It will complement the print editionof the Islander as well the Islander's Facebook and Twitter pages. A film crew is expected on the Island today to record video for the website. Avalon hosts outrigger " canoe race to Newport The waters of Avalon bay echoed in shouts of excitement as the outrigger canoes crossed the fin- ish line inthe national champion- ship race to Catalina Island from Newport, California on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. See story, page 5 Island air travel: a history The first of a three-part series begins with the departure of Dick Probert's Catalina Air Lines from the passenger air service to Catalina in 1967. The field opened up for the many existing and would-be seaplane operators aching to get in on the catalina market. See story, page 8 Billflsh Invitational is a boon to Avalon charities The Catalina Island Yacht Club's 19th annual Yacht Club Billfish Tournament raised enough money to donate $10,000 to local chari- ties. See story, page 4 " ! City's centennial celebration planning gets underway The city of'Avalon has begun planning its upcoming centennial celebration and is seeking the public's input. The first of several community forums will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the .City Council Chambers. See story, page 3 Pebbly Beach Rd. update The Avalon City Council approved an amended a lO-year agree- ment in concept with the Santa Catalina Island Company to reopen Pebbly Beach Road at the council's Tuesday, Sept. 18 meet- ing. Avalo.n must obtain $20 mil- lion insurance coverage. The citY and the company are negotiating the scope of the land involved. See story, page 5 .Norweigan tragedy survior Ylva Schwenke, 15, visits Santa Catalina Island Company offices with family mem- bers to thank them for her recent trip to the Island. From left are Sharon Johnston of the Island Company, Ragna, : Atle, Ylva Schwenke, Randy Herrel, Island Company CEO, and Buzzy Rosin Gogny. See story on page 7 ill CATALINA FESTIVAL OF ART along Crescent Avenue. It is free'to RUNNING STRONG FOR MORE the public. THAN HALF A CENTURY The festival is one of the largest BY DENNIS KAISER annual events on Catalina In 1959, a group of artists and and the. Is- art lovers decided to have an art land's Ion- exhibition on Catalina Island. A1- gest running though it was small, they had a event. Each mission to promote art. Their to- year, artists cus and dedication helped propel from all over the concept through the years, the world enter More than 50 years later, that the prestigious vision is still going strong, festival and compete The 54th annual Catalina Fes- for awards and gain recog- tival of Art will be held from 10 nition. a.m. to 5 p.m., today, Friday, Sept. The Catalina Festival of Art 21, Saturday, Sept. 22, andSun- and Kids Art Show brings ap- day, Sept. 23, in downtown Avalon proximately 60 artists Trom around the world to exhibit their arts and crafts, fine jewelry, photographs and sculp- tures along the "heart of Avalon's bayfront. In addition, just as Catalina dotes on its creative kids, the Island's longest- running annual event puts young- sters in the middle of things. The Kids Art Show, demonstrations of art in the making, entertainment, kids' ac- tivities, raffles and an awards cer- emony fill out the schedule. Art, Page9 license.plates from mini STATE OFFICIALS SAY GREY MARKET MINI TRUCKS DO NOT MEET CALIFORNIA OR FEDERAL STANDARDS BY DENNIS KAISER Avalon is a city in'which trans- portation is mostly by golf carts, Mini Cooper cars and scooters. Because Catalina is a small Is- land, there is a long wait for resi- dents to be able to bring their full size vehicles from the mainland for 'use On the Island (currently about 20 years), However the City Of Avalon does allow each household to own a golf c.art, which can only be driven within Avalon city limits and must be issued a permit by the city. Some tradesmen residents are drawn to vehicles known as Grey Market "Kei" Mini Trucks because they not only pack a lot of power into their small bodies and are use- ful as little work trucks, btii~ they also meet the City's size require- ments to be classified as an "au- toette" - the same permit issued for golf carts. These have become quite popular for Island residents since they are not only permitted under this category, but they also meet the Conservancy's require- ments to be permitted to drive into the interior of the Island as well. The licensing anti registration for all vehicles falls under the jurisdic- tion of the California Department of Motor Vehicles. On Sept. 11, at the behest of the government agen-. cy, an inspector from the DMV vis- ited Avalon to conduct inspections of twelve mini-trucks. Owners of the vehicles were asked to bring DMV, Page 9 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Strange Undersea Ughts.Explained? BY JIM WATSON world. Now, far be it for moi to pass Over the years that I've lived up a perfectly good extraterrestrial on Catalina, I've heard a number accounting for these lights. But of tales from local boaters and never let it be said that I don't also ,fishermen of mysterious lights that try to find mote down-to-earth ex- appear from time to time in the planations for the Island's myriad ocean depths. , mysteries when able to do so. One well-known local angler In the case of Catalina's myste- once told me of an evening fishing rious undersea lights, I can think expedition off the East End that re- of at least one distinct possibility. suited in one of these encounters. It may not be as cool as undersea He and his buddies were sitting in UFOs patrolling the waters around their skiff when they noticed, deep Catalina, but it is very cool none- below them, an array of bright theless. lights traversing the gloom. To Enter the luxury submarine. this gentleman, there was little Few people have heard of them other explanation than that they and fewer people have even seen had witnessed a visitor from alien them, let alone hitched a ride on YOU, too, can.wander the briny deep in your own luxury submarine, such as U.S. Submarine's. Phoenix 1000, pictured here vCith its very own docking mini-sub. one. But private submarine own- owned by celebrities are a reason- ership among the world's mega- ably common sight in Catalina rich is nevertheless very real and waters and because of their high very clandestine. Large, luxurious surface yachts Watson, Page 13 L_