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SERVIN( CATALINA & ITs MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 44 BRIEFS Residential Large Item Pickup set for Nov. 3 The residential large item pick up will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from the Terraces through Sumner, Tremont Apartments, Eucalyptus Hill, Bird Park and Fairview. SEE sTORY; PAGE II Meet at Vons for Breast Cancer Walk-A-Thon Meet at Vons Express on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 a.m. for the A.nnual Catalina Island Breast Cancer Walk-A-Thon. Transportation will be provided to the Airport In The Sky' and par- ticipants will walk back into town finishing at the Casino Dock Cafe for music and festivities. The pub- lic is welcome to join us. Space is limited so reserve your spot by calling Phyllis R ajaniemi at (310) 617-2057. Between Two Harbors: Haunted House Project For theninthconsecutiveyear, Three Mexican nationals Scott and Kate Panzer of Two Harbors have spearheaded, fund- ed and directed the construction and artistic design of the Haunted House Project. SEE STORY, PAGE 7 CIMC recommends cancer screenings Catalina Island Medical Center offers routine cancer screen- ings for women. According to the Medical Center's Dr. Tracey Norton, they should make breast and cervical cancer screenings part of their health check-ups. SEE STORY, PAGE 11 Weather and politics whips Lancers football Just hours before Saturday's foot- ball kickoff between Capistrano Valley and Avalon, the local Lancers found themselves swept up into the controversy of "A"- town's political pressures, tan- sentenced for drug smuggling THE MEN WERE ARRESTED IN APRIL WHEN THEIR BOAT WASHED UP ON CATALINA BY DENNIS KAISER It was the biggest narcotics bust in Catalina's history. On Sunday, April 18, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department seized about 4,000 pounds of marijuana worth about $3 million from a boat that ran aground on the backside of the Island. It took dozens of sheriff's deputies several hours to load the large rescue helicopter. Due to the size of the seizure, two helicopter flights were required to transport the marijuana to the mainland. Three Mexican nationals, Je- sus Miguel Edeveriamontiel, Luis Alfonso Avilezlopez, and Luciano Cendejas Saneliez, who were on the boat were arrested and trans- ported to the mainland where they faced federal drug trafficking charges. On Monday, Oct. 8, a federal court convicted the three for drug trafficking according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Station in Avalon. Before announcing their pun- ishment, the presiding judge asked them why they committed the crime. The three men told the judge their families had been threatened Catalina couples: ,...,, October 29, 201 n Steve Bray and Margaret Holguin look really ghoul as they wandered the streets, sipping libations with doz- ens of other cos- tumed folks in the 2009 Halloween celebrations. See more photos qn page 6 and they were forced to be smug- glers by drug traffickers in their native country. At the time of their arrest, Lt. Jeff Donahue of the Sheriff's sta- tion in Avalon, alluded to the pos- sibility that the men had been put up to perform the crime by more significant figures in the Mexican illegal drug trade. "Our major narcotics investi- gating crew interviewed the three suspects," Lt. Donahue said. "They were very cooperative, cool, calm and collected, which" seems a bit unusual. They obviously are well- Nationals, Page 8 Island Company lay0ffs r0ckAval0n OPINION BY CHRISTOPHER BLEHM Unless yOu've been "overtown," or under a rock, you've heard. Now is indeed the winter of our dis- content; the Island Company has reduced their work force substan- tially. While the community is accus- tomed to seasonal jobs drying up, these cuts includedmany long time employees, even foemplo,j6 of the year. Here is the official Is- land Company statement: "Due to a number of issues, in- cluding the severe economic trou- bles facing our nation, a historical- ly cold summer and a continuing downward trend in Island visita- tions, the financial health of Santa Catalina Island Company, has been significantly affected, Needless to say, our company'S" ituati6ff Timid tb be addressed. "While we recognize that these cuts affect individuals and fami- lies, our response to this economic crisis has been measured; we have preserved the majority of jobs and we wish we could have preserved them all. We believe the changes we made, though difficult, will al- low us to weather the recessiOn, and eventually create new jobs in our community. "We are striving to create a bet- ter future, including investing in additional new facilities and activi- ties that will keep Catalina in the forefront of the travel market while- generating new and return visits to our incredible Island." Let's take an objective look at this. The first major issue in the statement is the wretched economy Layoffs, Page 3 gled in the mess of weather'and whether. SEE STORY, PAGE 5 Catalina Island Museum announces renovation Visitors will see a significantly different Catalina Island Museum when its doors open for the 2011 exhibition season in February. SEE STORY, PAGE 2 Islanders break amateur weight lifting records Local weightlifters Anthoney Cissell and Steve Denning broke world records in weight lifting at the Amateur Athletic Union power lifting bench press competition in Las Vegas earlier this month SEE STORY, PAGE 4 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE WEIRD KIND mer season left Catalina Island searching for lobster just off BY JON COUNCIL Throughout the Avalon community, various comments have bounced around town regarding how summer never really arrived this year. The oddest 4 th of July in decades included cold overcast skies, complete with rain and cool breezes. By August, marlin tournaments sans billfish, and for avid spear fishing enthu- siasts fewer numbers of Yel- lowtail and Dorado provided less opportunities to fire up the grill. The truth is that this sum- with much cooler water tem- peratures than normal leaving some of the traditional fishing areas which typically see sum- mer temps in the low to mid 70's with this year's peaks that barely reached the upper 60's and that affected some of the annual migrations of pelagic species who ordinarily find their way into our local coastal seaways. Now here we are in the lat- ter part of October when things in the ocean should be prepar- ing for the winter shift and imagine my surprise while out shore near Catalina Laundry when in only twelve feet of water a rather large green sea turtle appeared. It was munch- ing away on algae growth and I hovered and smiled as I studied its behaviors for several minutes. I rose to the surface to alert Mindy Malan who was playing with her dog Chloe on the beach, (I know sea turtles are a favorite and significant creature for her) and told her of the visitor and she watched the calm surface until the turtle appeared there Weather, Page 2 Two exotic opah fish were caught this season and sold to Armstrongs Seafood. Photo by Patricia Benter