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Watson From page 1 of a hike, take a trip up to Black- jack Campground one of these days and then push on towards the peak of Orizaba via that harrowing, narrow little road that leads to it. There, safely tucked behind a fence with a locked gate, lies the subject of this week's column. It's job descrip- tion goes something like this: It's 10:30 a.m. in Syd- ney, Australia, and Qa- ntas Airlines Flight 107 has just taken off from Kingsford Smith Air- port. The destination for today's flight is Los Angeles International more than 13 hours and 7,500 away across the blue Pacific. For the majority of the trip ahead of them, the flight crew on board the Boeing 747 will use the satellite-based navigation system known as GPS, or Global Posi- tioning System, to find its way. However, as the aircraft ap- proaches the west coast of North America, the "heavy" (aviation padance for the Boeing 747) will begin to hone in on the Catalina VORTAC on Mt. Orizaba. Take a look up into the skies above Avalon at any hour of the day and even well into the night. If it's clear in the sky and you have a modicum of patience, even- tually you will see one of these envoys of the air winging in from such exotic locales around the Pa- cific as Honolulu, Papeete, Auck- land, Sydney, or Melbourne, to name a few. "It's a beacon that airlines or any plane coming in to LAX from Hawaii to Australia can use," said Paul Moritz, former manager of the Airport-in-the-Sky. "Domesti- Jim Watson Columnist cally, the beacon is used by planes coming from anywhere north or south from Seattle to San Diego?' The many VORTACS in the FAA's array (the term VORTAC is shorthand, sort of, for VHF Omni- directional Range and Tactical Air Naviga- tion System) emit radio signals which enable navigators any- where within range of the signal to determine both their location and which heading they require to reach their destination. Like Qantas Flight 107, hundreds of air- liners, military planes and even private air- craft will be doing just this throughout the course of the day. "You don't know at any given time how many aircraft are hon- ing in on the signal," said spokes- man Allen Kenitzer of the FAA's Northwest Mountain Regional Of- fice in Renton, WA. "It's a beacon radiating a 360- degree signal. It's like starting up a radio station in Southern Cali- fornia. You don't' really know at any given time who's listening to it" he said. Once the airliners pass directly over the beacon (and therefore directly over the Island), they be- gin their approach to LAX where other navigational aids come into play. Although seemingly high tech, the VORTAC systemis slowly giv- ing way to the move advances GPS system, according to Kenitzer. As a consequence, it's prob- ably just a matter of time before the Catalina VORTAC becomes obsolete and goes the way of the biplane. NEXT WEEK: MYSTERI- OUS ISLAND GOES TO THE HIGH SIERRA a- I.,iili %;eek's Almanac Friday.. October !0 Sunday. October ! 2 Toesdayo October 14 Pam/Ubers  Jones Jessica Falbo Chelsea Zdhr Lourea Calise Mike Mead Karan Pad Mark  Wall,/Ludano I'hil Vod Freddy dez Nan Morrow Mado Chavez NandmPodflla Lozaro Cami Moran "l'ittcs This Vfeck /'v calllt'r 'Fri' i:l WecUe,.00. 00ober is Diane Boultinghouse Sam flail Nono R0mo Juan Manuel Chovoyo Ve:ilher Itistor liil!loon Char! This \\;Vcck Conservancy Times Wild Side Art Show features Winning Artists BY BOB REID On Oct. 26, the Catalina Island Conservancy will once again sponsor Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale, featuring plein air paintings that capture the con- servation of this Island we all love. In a unique use of art for con- servation's sake, proceeds from the sales of the artworks benefit the Conservancy, including estab- lishing a permanent collection of plein air art that documents the organization's conservation efforts and progress in habitat restoration. You may have already met or seen the 10 artists who will be featured in the show because each of them has visited the Island mul- tiple times, creating artworks that provide a rare and beautiful por- trait of the Conservancy's protec- tion and restoration of the Island. We would like to introduce you to these artists in a series of columns about them. We will start by introducing you to four of the artists today, including Kenn Backhaus. He lives in Robesonia, PA, and is one of the veterans of Catalina: The Wild Side. His works have been featured in every show since 2011. His love of nature is the catalyst for his art, and his work has been featured in numerous art publica- tions and books. His works have been jur- ted into many shows across the country and his paintings have been bestowed with many hon- ors including the prestigious Best of Show, Collectors Choice and Artists Choices awards. Bye Bitney is another veteran of Catalina: The Wild Side, hav- ing participated in the show in 2011 and 2013. He is contem- porary artist and fourth genera- tion Montanan. A largely self- taught painter, he began showing in major galleries at age 22. He says he feels fortunate to earn his living by doing something that is so much fun, and that the biggest challenge in painting is satisfying his own expectations John Budicin has been a fea- tured artist in the Wild Side show since 2011. Born in Italy, he moved to Southern California at age 11. After several years as a commer- cial artist and freelance illustrator, John decided to pursue his dream of becoming a plein air artist after his employer moved out of state. John is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America and served as its president from 2005 to 2007. He says that Catalina keeps "drawingme back" to cap- ture its beauty on canvas. Joseph Paquet has been a fea- tured artist in the show since 2011. He lives in St. Paul, MN, and he's been featured in Washington Post Sunday Magazine, The Artist, American Artist and Plein Air Magazine. His awards include both Artists' Choice and Collectors' Choice from the 2007 Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational as well as the 2008 Alden Bryan Memorial Prize from the Salmagundi Club of New York and the First Place in Landscape from the Richeson 75: Artist's Choice Competition. All these artists and more will be at Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale, which will take place on at wport Harbor Yacht Club in Balboa, to bring the beau- ty of the Island to a larger audi- ence. With City National Bank serving as the presenting sponsor, the show and sale is from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. We also will have a VIP Reception and Sale from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Joe Paquet, a plein air art- ist from Saint Paul, MN, paints Eagle's Nest Lodge on Catalina Island. He is one of the featured artists at Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale on Oct. 26. Photo by Jack Baldelli. Friday Saturday Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny 75 / 63 79 / 65 Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% Sunday Monday Sunny Sunny , 78 / 65 82 / 68 Precip Chance: 0% Preeip Chance: 0% Tuesday ' -- Wednesday Thursday Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy ,-Partly Cloudy 77/64 72/61 71/59 Preeip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 10% Precil I 0-213 1415 ILmm 819 I101 il+l 0-2: Lmw, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: xleHigh, l{+ Extreme Exposure Date HCh Low Nos ez 9/29 72 56 74/62 0.00" 9/30 79 64 74/62 0.00" 10/1 73 59 74/62 0.00" 10/2 90 68 74/61 0.00" 10/3 92 76 74/61 0.00" 10/4 95 78 74/61 0.00" 10/5 90 78 74/61 0.00" What is the name of the cloud from which a tornado -t, descends? "pnolo lle/ : Oct. 10.1973 - Fifteen to 20 inch rains deluged north central Oklahoma in 13 hours, producing record flooding. Enid was hit with 15.68 inches of rain from the nearly stationary thunderslorms, which established a state 24-1our rainfall record. Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 75% humidity of 68%. The  &M PM record high temperature for today is 95 set in Fri 1:05-3:05 1:35-3:35 1976. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with an Sat 1:59-3:59 2:29-4:29 overnight low of 63 . The record low for tonight Sun 2:52-4:52 3:22-5:22 is 44 set in 1949. Saturday, skies will be mostly Man 3:44-5:44 4:14-6:14 sunny with a high temperature of 79 , humidity of Tue 4:35-6:35 5:05-7:05 41%. Skies will be mostly clear Saturday night with Wed 5:24-7:24 5:54-7:54 an overnight low of 65 . Expect sunny skies Sunday Thu 6:10-8:10 6:40-8:40 with a high temperature of 78 . Skies will remain sunny Monday with a high temperature of 82 . Tuesday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high temperature of 77 . 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