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Lancers lose game The Lancers fought a valiant battle during the first round of the C.I.F. olayoffs. They lost. See Ben Voyage art show A Thanksgiving Ben Voyage art show with Porschia Denning & Dan Tait will ber held-from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27 fBoth artists are making their way out to Colorado where they are pursuing their careers as artists more extensively. Show proceeds will benefit the teen center and "Along the way" communitythrift shop. Call if you'd like any infor- mation @ (310)710-6475. Telethon raises $42,000 TheSth annual Catalina Island Museum Telethon raised over $42,000 on ThUrsday, Nov. 12. The event was broadcast to more than 900 computers on the Internet throughout the United States and 14 other countries. See story, page 2 Letterg Avalon's Rock Gosselin is con- cerned about the tactics used by environmentalists to support the most restrictive of three Marine Life Protection Act Initiative pro- posals for the waters surrounding Catalina. See story, page 9 Scout food drive Catalina Cub and Boys Scouts unit 400 will be conducting their annual food drive, Scouting for Food, Monday, Nov. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 24. Bag drop off and preliminary collection will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23. Bag retrieval and addi- tional collections will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24. See, story, page 2 City also hired chief administrative officer Charles Wagner BY CHARLES M. KELLY Kids at Play will be presenting I Am The Egg Man an onginal script written by Sean Brannock on Fnday Nov.20 - Sun. Nov. 22. This undersea adventure tells the tale of Eggbert, King Neptune's son, who doesn't want to follow in his father's fins but to be his own rneroman. He sets out on a journey to find the ancient and mystical Octopus's Garden. With the aide of his friends, Walrus and Googoo Gachoo, they find themselves in some fun and interesting situations. The show is filled with great music, beautiful sets and some incredible costumes. Come out and support our 36 young performers, as they entertain you with this heart-warming story. F~II p~l~elTngnQg will 1~11~ ~lg~ ill t~ ~hO01 ~u~li~onunl7 rdd~ 11(;~0 ond~turda~ 1~L/21; cumin will be at 7 Prn" 3Fhere will be a matinee on Sunday 11/22, at 2 p~n. ]icket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students/seniors. Fun for the whole family. Hope to see you on the stage. BY BOB RHEIN At first, Catalina Island Conservancy personnel took away their romantic, candle-lit dinners. Then, they offered them condoms - but the bison refused. Never the less, to ensure bison down from a herd 0fup to 600 animals at it's height. Tongue-in-cheek aside, the solution pursued will be a scientific first for the Island, AND for any other herd of wild bison: Contraception. The product of a for- health and to protect Catalina's ward thinking collaboration ecosystem which includes more than 50 plants and animals found on Catalina and nowhere else in the world -- Catalina's non-native bison population is managed at between 150 and 200 animals between a science-based conser- vation organization, a local con- eerned citizen, and an animal wel- fare group, the contraception plan includes a yearly "inoculation" of all female bison at least two years old. "The inocu- lation is non- hormonal, and will not harm the animals or change their social structures or behaviors," says Julie King, senior wildlife biologist for the Conservancy who is one of three biologists spear- heading the contraception effort. "It also has the potential to be Bison, Page 7 The Avalon City Council made Steve Hoefs the official city manager at the Tuesday, Nov. 17. Hoers, who is also Avalon's Los Angeles County Fire Department chief, has been serv- ing as interim city manager since the retirement of Pete Woolson about four months ago. Hoefs will continue to serve as Avalon's fire chief. In effect, the "couneit made the job of city manager a part time position. Hoers said he would be taking half of th~ rol~ th~t ,~it~ manag- I ers usually perform. To make this happen, the council also created the position of chief administra- tive officer. The CAO will also be a part time position. The council then appointed Charles Wagner as the temporary chief operating officer, According to a staff report, Wagner is a former city manager who lives in Avalon. "They're getting two of us for less than the price of one," Hoers told the Catalina Islander. According to Hoers, the city will save about $100,000 by hiring two men part time instead of one full time city manager. Hoefs said the savin s came from the fact that neither receives city benefits from their new jobs. The jobs of the city manager Council, Page 9 BY DENNIS KAISER school," she said. They bounced around look- Melissa Redding and Nicole ing for the perfect place to live. Richey are sisters who like to keep However, they quickly tiered of their families close. Two years the rat race pace ofthe LogAngeles ago they left the rainy climate area. Their search eventually had of the Medford Oregon area for them settle on Catalina. However, sunny Southern California. there was a logic applied to their They brought along the five choice, as Melissa explained. children they had between them "Our parents used to live in (Meli'ssa had three girls ages 13, Marina del Rey and owned a sail- 11 and 2, at the time, while Nicole boat," she said. "My mom used had a boy and girl 12 and 2 years to tell us stories about how they old). The women's husbands (Ken would sail to the Island." Redding and Zack Richey) stayed The sisters, originally found behind to take care of business themselves in Los Angeles for a and prepare to join their families a weekend and decided to take a little later on. day trip to Catalina after perusing "We wanted our kids to be some brochures in their hotel. here in time to be enrolled in "We endedup staying thenight and later we brought our husbands and kids back to enjoy the Island," Melissa said. "I realized I wanted to live here and then talked bout it with Sisters Melissa Redding and Nicole Richey. my sister. We both had begun to find the life in Oregon monotonous. So that is how our amazing adven- " Sisters, Page 2