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THE DMV WILL BE IN THE CITY OF AVALON OCTOBER 22, 23, AND 24. Come by City Hall to sign up for your appointment. They will process California Driver license and Identification card applications, Conduct drive tests, and process basic vehicle registration renewals/applica- tions.The hours of operation will be:2:30pm-5:00pm on Monday, Oc- tober 22nd, 20128:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm on Tuesday, October 23rd, 20128:00am-12:00pm on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012.They will accept cash, checks and money orders. Checks are preferred) This past week a group of six long time friends visited and enjoyed the Island in a reunion of sorts. The group of ladies met in Geneva Switzerland in 1968 while each of them was working there, and have remained friends throughout the years. They met at the home of Mary Lou Pexton who inherited the property "Maggie's Independence" (219 Claressa) from Maggie Pexton Murray after she passed away in 2002. It was the first time ever visiting the Island for the rest of the group. From left to right and in order of the distance traveled in order to be #art of this fun get together is Gail Wood (currently lives in Bordeaux, France), Jean Decker-Mathews (Sarasota, Florida), Lou Baylis (Naples, Florida), Rose Sava (Cincinnati. Ohio)~ Sandy Brown (Vancouver, Canada), and Mary Lou Pexton (Avalon, California and Evanston, Wyoming). Watson From page 1 The wheels of this epic confi- dence scam began turn- ing even before Williams had inherited the money when he met up with a man named Harvey Morrow in San Pedro in 2003. The two became pals and Williams regu- larly updated his new friend on his father's condition and unfortu- nately-for Williams on his huge inheritance upon his father's death. At this point, the con game which had no doubt been swirling in Morrow's head for months went into high gear. Williams, who evidently was suffering from that often deadly combination of greed and naivetr, actudly let Morrow convince him tha he could save him a ton of moley on taxes by putting his new-burial wealth in "tax shelters" in offshore banks in the British Virgin Islands. As you've probably figured out Jim Watson Columnist by now. Morrow simply opened the bank accounts in his own name and even began using the funds to refurbish his yacht the Ioliar-Mara, Gaelic for "Sea Eagle." Williams remained blissfully ignorant of. these clandestine moves on the part of Morrow and the two not only remained "friends," but began planning an around-the-world sailing adventure. But sooner or later a light finally switched on in Williams' head and in May 2006 the pair found themselves on Morrow's yacht off the Isthmus. There, Williams un- wisely began protesting Morrow's usurpation of his wealth a protest that was ended by a gunshot to the head. Williams' body remained in the ocean for an estimated two weeks before being discovered by a passing yacht from Newport Beach on May 18, 2006. Morrow fled to Montana, where he landed a job as a used car sales- man. Despite his colossal haul, within six months of the murder he was already broke. Not only was Morrow evidently poor at handling his own financ- es, he was apparently rather poor at selling used cars as well and his employer paired him up with a mentor named Joe Parsetich, who just happened to be a retired deputy from the Cascade County Sheriff's Department. Being a retired peace office, Par- setich was naturally-curious about his new student's life and learned from Morrow that he had recently moved to Montana in an attempt to assuage his grief over his "wife's drowning" off their yacht in Texas. Parsetich did a little sleuthing on the Internet and learned that Morrow was wanted for ques.tion- ing by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department in connection to the murder. Morrow was subsequently ar- rested and extradited to L,A. County. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, a jury in Long Beach bon- victed M0rrow of first degree mur- der and murder for financial gaim The following month, he was sen- tenced to life in prison without pa- role, plu .25 years. .COM CITY OF AVALON PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR 'DESCANSO" CANYON SWING ADVENTURE Pursuant to Division 6, Title 14, Chapter 3, Article 6, Sections 15070 and 15071 of the California Code of Regulations, the City of Avalon has prepared a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed project, which is described as follows: PROJECT TITLE: CANYON SWING ADVENTURE PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Project involves the installation of a cable-suspended pedestrian bridge across Descanso Canyon. The improvements will consist of a bridge entry platform, a steel cable bridge, approximately 4' wide stretching from a point just below Hogsback Road (South Hillside) to a point on the hi#side approximate- ly 100' above Hamilton Cove Road (North Hillside). The actual bridge walking deck will initially be installed halfway across the span t~ allow guests to walk only as far as the activity zone. The cables (without decking) will continue across the canyon to rock anchor connections on the North Hillside; at the South Hillside, a second cablewill stretch across the canyon to the North Hillside to support the swing cable. The project will include a small widening of Hogsback Road to provide for a vehicle turn-out for guest drop-off. A set of stairs from the turn- out will lead guests to the bridge entry platform below Hogsback Road. 10 the 'drop zone', a landing area will be created that will allow for vehicle access and short-term parking along with viewing area for spectators. PROJECT LOCATION: The three cables stretch across Descanso Can- yon for a distance of approximately 600 feet (for the bridge) and 1200 feet (for the swing) roughly parallel to the shoreline, approximately 400 - 500 ft. above the high tide line. NAME OF PUBLIC AGENCY APPROVING PROJECT: City of Avalon, Planning Commission CONTACT PERSON: Amanda Cook NAM'E OF ENTITY OR AGENCY CARRYI~IG OUT PROJECT: Santa Catalina Island Resort Services MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION: The City of Avalon has deter- mined that all environmental impacts of the proposed project are ei- ther less than significant or can be mitigated to a less than significant level with implementation of the mitigation measures set forth in the Initial Study. Consequently, the City has determined that a Mitigated Negative Declaration should be prepared in order to analyze the po- tential adverse environmental impacts of the proposed project. The attached Environmental Checklist/Initial Study has been prepared by the City in support of this Mitigated Negative Declaration. Further information including the project file and supporting reports and stud- ies may be reviewed at the City of Avalon, 410.Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, CA. MITIGATION MEASURES: Mitigation measures have been identified for the proposed project and are identified in the Initial Study. PUBLIC REVIEW: A period of Thirty (30) days from the date of publication of the notice of this Intent to Adopt will be provided to enable public review of the project specifications, the Initial Study and these documents prior to the final adoption of the Mi{igated Negative Declaration by the Lead Agency. A copy of the Mitigated Negative Declaration is on file in the Planning Department, Avalon City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, CA 90704. Amanda Cook Gity of Avalon Published: Catalina Islander- 10/5/2012 Posted: City Hall - 10/5/2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER October 5, 2012 i 11 |