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SERVING CATALINA ~ ITS ~NLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FII,li'V October 19, 2012 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 42 Www.TNIECATALINAIILANDER, COil BRI[[S Avalon High School Football Avalon High School's Lancers football team will play at 5 p.m Saturday in Torrance. The Lancer's will face Hope Centre as they try to keep their perfect sea- son going. To date, the Lancer's are a perfect 7-0 this season. Catalina Island Medical Center hosts flu shot clinics The Catalina Island Medical Center will hold flu shot clinics fror~ 8-11 a.m. today and from 11 a.m.-2 p.m Thursday, Oct. 25. The flu shots will be available to anyone between the ages of 4 and 18 for $5 and for individuals between 19 and 64 at $15. To make an appointment, call (310) 510-0096 Injured visiting team's quar- terback suffers setback The Wildomar Cornerstone Christian School varsity quarter- back who suffered a brain injury during an Avalon game is back-in the intensive care unit. See story, page 8 On The Water Capt. John King has some crucial advice for boaters who use VHF for safety reasons, contacting har- bors or to try and track down fish. See page 5 New 'Made on Catalina' product now on sale A'new product made on Catalina Island called "Sac a Pooch" is now available at Confetti Catalina. The "Sac A Pooch" like is an infant harness, but for dogs. See story, page Two Harbors celebrates with Cruisers Weekend Cruise on over to Two Harbors and enjoy a relaxing weekend filled with seminars, exhibits, and live music for the Cruisers Weekend paddeling event that starts today and continues through Sunday. For more information, call (310) 510-4249. Red Ribbon Week Oct. 22-26 Take the Red Ribbon Pledge now and support our local Youth as well as becoming a part of the creation of a drug free America. Avalon planning centennial Avalon will officially turn 100 on June 23, 2013. Celebrations are expected to begin in January. City officials are asking residents, business owners and non-profit groups to join the planning pro- cess. Call (310) 510-0220. Avalon hires falconers to Sultry smooth jazz saxophone player Mindi Abair, center, enjoyed the balmy weather for her JazzTrax formed barefoot on stage, Below is Art Good the smooth Jazz radio pioneer who founded the festival. SMOOTH JAZZ PROMOTER CONTINUES TO PUMP " AVALON'S POST-SEASON TOURIST TRADE BY DENNIS KAISER As the annual JazzTrax music festival celebrates a quarter cen- tury of bringing music and tourists to Catalina, its founder Art Good says he can look at the event like a proud parent. Good, a pioneer of bringing widespread radio exposure to smooth jazz before he started the festival, said this year's has been one of the best in so'me ways. 'Td never want to say that any one year is better than another, iij but this year's lineup bf musicians is definitely one of the better ones we've had," Good said. "There is a lot of diversity. Having Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was a new twist performance at Descanso Beach that she per- Photos by Jennifer Leonhardi on the music. We had never done anything like it and the fans just loved them." Good said one of his main plea- sures of presenting the concerts is the opportCinity to debut new and upcoming acts. "We've always done that as well as trying to have some of the best, well-known players," he said. "Some we don't know how they will do until they get on stage. This year, we had this 19-year-old keyboardist Nicholas Cole who was just amazing. His perfor- mance blew everyone away. " Another new face at the festival was 27-year-old Kansas City bass player Julian Vaughn. "He had a recording hit num- JazzTrax, Page 7 rse problem birds CITY COUNCIL ALSO REDIRECTS FUNDS TO STREET IMPROVEMENTS BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 16, approved a con- tract to hire a falconry service to disperse the pigeon and seagull populatibn. No birds will be killed as a result of the contract being approved. The council authorized City Manager Steve Hoefs to execute the contract to have On the Wing Falconry Service use raptor birds-- hawks and falcons to scare off the troublesome birds. "Specifically, common pigeons and western" gulls ("nuisance birds") aggressively, forage for food in and around the city, and their wastes have negatively af- fected the sanitary conditions of the citynspecifically including the beaches," wrote City Attorney Scott Campbell in his report to the council. "The continued concentration of nuisance birds will result in an on-going adverse environmental impacts and will limit the recre- ational uses available to the city's residents at parks and beaches," Campbell wrote. "The raptors are specifically trained such that they will not make physical contact, kill or oth- erwise harm the nuisance birds," Campbell wrote. Instead, the presence of the predatory birds will frighten off the nuisance birds, according to Council, Page 8 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Ningpo: Smuggler, Pirate Cruise Ship BY JIM WATSON ship's walls (or what's left of them) could tell a harrowing tale of re- Slumbering beneath the serene belliom warfare and assorted sea- waters of Cat Harbor on Catalina's faring horrors. West End, sunk within the muds For an early Chinese junk, the and shifting sands within the history of the Ningpo is remark- earthen confines of Ballast Point ably well recorded. She was lie the remains of another chapter originally build in 1753 in Fuzhou in Catalina's maritime mysteries: province and was christened Kin the wreck of the Chinese junk Tai Fong, or "Golden Typhoon." Ningpo. Though starting out inno- If bulkheads could talk, these Watson, Page 9 The Ningpo .Chinese Junk had many names and a series of second lives and adventures throughout its recorded history pl~ing the waters of the Pacific, Courtesy photo