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SERVING CATALINA &: ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 F..o,, October 5, 2012 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 40 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER,COM 8R liPS ........................................... Catalina Islander is online The Catalina Islander newspaper, which has been printed since 1914, has launched its new web- site, now online at www.thecatali- This expansion makes it easier for readers to enjoy the content of the news- paper 24/7, and .it complements the existing Facebook and Twitter pages of the Islander. Football player Dax McGregor off life su pport Wildomar high school football player Dax McGregor is breath- ing without artificial life sOpport, according to a blog post by family friends on Monday, Oct. 1. See story, page 8 Avalon making centennial celebration plans Avalon's official centennial date is June 23, 2013. Part of the ini- tial planning p, rocess will include forming committees. For more information, call City. Hall at (310) 510-0220, extension 230. See story, page 3 Catalina Kid Ventures sees growth since reopening CKV has grown to serve more than 30 families in Avalon since its reopening on July 1, according to the non-profit's board of direc- tors. See story, page 4 Man travels from mainland to Catalina by jet pack Dean O'Malley, an extreme- sports enthusiast, used a jet pack made by his company to fly from Newport Beach to Catalina Island. The 26.2-mile trip took four-and-a- half hours and used 45 gallons of gas. See story, page 2 William Wrigley's $2 million 'Palace of Pleasure' The construction of the Casino Building was the culmination of William Wrigley Jr.'s dream of making .Catalina a resort destina- tion for America's "rank and file." See story, page 6 Scientists use robots to study sharks off Catalina Scientists are using robots to study sharks. A research team used them to study leopard sharksoff Cctalina Island this past summer. See story, page 5 Current water levels As of Friday, Sept. 28, the Middle Ranch Reservoir Level was 720 acre-feet. The reservoir is full at 1,065 acre-feet. Phase 1 ration- ing starts when the level gets below 600 acre-feet. Laura Herzog, holding sign, of(he non-profit, volunteer driven Honoring Our Fallen organization, is surrounded by widows of U.S. military ser- vicemen who were killed in action. Avalon merchants and the Santa Catalina Island Company hosted the women and donated food and other services for the organizations inaugural Widows Retreat weekend. See the full story on page 7. Courtesy photo II PIRATES AND WENCHES DON THEIR FINEST PIRATE GEAR- FOR 23RD ANNUAL EVENT BY DENNIS KAISER What do people who "wanna be" pirates do during the early autumn when California is in the grip of a fading Indian summer? They tie themselves to the mast, so to speak, and set sail for Catali- na's Two Harbors. It's that time of year again and by now the 23rd an- nual Buccaneers Days is upon us. Now through Oct. 7 there will be fancy couples dressed in _their fin- est and sometimes a bit risqu6 pi- rate garb, partyi/ag down with grog and rum, dancing in the streets, and traveling in "their minds to the days of tallships, Port Royal pirate vil- lage, with plunder and treasure to be had - all in the name of fun. Buccaneer Days, with its pirate theme is also a celebration of freedom, and yes, American style. While the pirate life was of- ten chosen at one's peril or the point of a sword, in reality pi- rate ships were among the first democratic societies sirice the glory days of Greece. Pirate captains ruled as the pleasure of their shipmates and could be voted out of "office" so to speak. But then, as Buccaneer Days may be intended as a celebration of everything pirate, it's mostly about the fun parts. As the latter day pi- rates and wenches don their best pirate attire and partake in treasure hunts, costume contests, great food, live music and grog, they will also be having a lot of fun. The good times started rolling on Thursday with a Live Band and DJ late into the night. Today and Saturday will bring all kinds of fun activities, more live music and DJs and VIP destination such as Buccaneer, Page 5 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Curious Demise Of Steven Williams The late, quirky and clever Denver radio DJ Steven B. Williams. BY JIM WATSON Truthbe told, I wasn't terribly fa- umn, so what miliar with the case when Jennifer better time than I got some face time last week Leonhardi at the Catalina Islander now? on the Discovery Channel's sister first sent the film crew in my direc- Rather than network "Investigations Discovery'' tion for the on-camera interview, the presumed when they aired an episode revolv- But I did remember reading a short victim of a drug ing around the 2006 homicide of newspaper account of the body of trafficking operation gone wrong, a popular Denver radio DJ named "John Doe 88" found floating sev- it turned out the story behind Wil- Steven B. Williams. The episode, eral miles off the Isthmus with a liams was quite a bit more com- which.also included interview seg- bullet wound to the head. plex. For L.A. County Sheriff's ments with our own Chuck Liddell, I had long pegged the story for Department Sergeant Ken Clark, aired over the weekend, a future "Mysterious Island' col- thing~ got interesting when he bars/cafes in high-density zone IN OTHER NEWS, AVALON CANCELS CATALINA SNORKEL AND SCUBA'S LEASE BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon City Council unani- motisly approved the first reading of an ordinance that allows bars, cafes and restaurants to operate in the city's high-density residential zone. "A local hotelier approached the city about applying for a liquor li- cense for a restaurant operating in his hotel in the high density resi- dential zone," said the staff report by Planning Director Amanda Cook. "Staff advised the owner that a restaurant/bar/cafe was not an al- lowed land use in the high density residential zone--undesignated (not in the flats):' Cook wrote. The owner appealed to the City Council, which upheld the staff de- cision. However, the council also directed staff to begin the process of changing the city code to allow thb requested use. The ordinance will come back to the next council meeting for a second reading. Canceled lease The council voted 3-1-1 to cancel Catalina Snorkel and Scuba's lease with the city. Mayor Bob Kennedy, owner of ScubaLuv, abstained. The city will give the business owner a 30-day notice that the lease has been terminated. According to the staff report by Chief Administrative Officer Char- lie Wagner, the business owned by Cafes, Page 8 learned that Williams had recently inherited $2 million from his fa- ther and had subsequently been swindled out of it. Watson, Page 11