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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 97, ISSUE 47 '" " "'R ............................................... 1 ..... I[[S Mysterious Island: Nuking the East End In the mid-1960s, Southern California Edison embarked on a mission to construct a number of "atomic plants" "throughout the Southland; a plan that included the possibility of locating a plant on Catalina. See story, page Mainland photography shop offers Islanders a discount A Lakewood photo shop is offering a 40 percent discount for services to Island regidents. The offer expires Monday, Dec. 12. Photo Makers is in the family portrait business. See story, page 7. AHS Theater Department to present "Clue" The Avalon High School Theater Department is about to present their first show of its 12th sea- son. "Clue" (the movie version) will be hitting the stage Thursday, Dec. 1 - Saturday, Dec. 3. There will be no Sunday matinee. See story, page 9. Lobster Trap and Straight Up Builders win Last week's softball games weren't even close. The Lobster Trap defeated Bravo's Landscaping by 22-9 in the first co-ed softball game of the night. The second game ended with Straight Up Builders defeating Pebbly Beach Bu'ilding Supplyby a score of 20-7. See story, page Kids soccer goes electric with sports drama The city of Avalon's under-12 youth soccer league came to a thrilling close on Wednesday night, Nov. 16. With only two teams in'the league, they had battled all year and after a rainout on the previ- ous Sunday, they played the final game under the lights at Joe Machado field, See story, page 6. Medical Center reaches out with survey Catalina Island Medical Center wants to know what the commu- nity thinks. For the last several months, the Medical Center has "been working with HealthStream Research to document patients' experiences and perceptions about their care at the facility. See story, page 2. The Cadmans part 3 When we last left Rosie Cadman's Rosie's first job on the Island was waiting tables at Island Cafe. Rosie first opened her own restau- rant in 1967. It was first named Avalon Seafood Fish Market and then later renamed Earl & Rosie's Avalon Seafood. It was a family-run business. See story page 8 Three Options for a cruise ship pier attached to the Mole were proposed to City Council. A recent study has shown that a cruise shi pier encourages 30% more passengers to disembark the vessel and enjoy the port. NATALIE WOOD- FACT, FICTION OR GREED The official investigation con- Show" recently that he lied to in- cluded that Wood drowned acci- vestigators 30 years ago, and told dentally. She was found wearing a story "more compatible with the a nightgown, socks, and a jacket one Wagner wanted to release." He that most likely kept the body from claims that Wagner kept him from sinking. While specu-  ....... searching for Wood, lation ran rampant for  . after Wagner earlier ac- decades, no charges ': cused Walken of Wing were ever filed, to sleep with his wife. Now, 30 years later, He also stated that Wag- Captain Davem has ner was "responsible" written a book (that I. for Wood's death' but will not plug here). His would not elaborate. inflammatory corn- "That's up to the inves- ments prompted the LA County Sheriffs to re-open the investiga- tion. I spent some time juxtaposing what was said in 1981 with what has been making the news lately, and humbly offer a few observa- tions. Davern said on the "Today tigators to decide," he said. In the initial investigation," Wag- ner blamed rough seas for breaking a wine bottle. According to a recent 48 Hours Mystery report, Wagner admitted in a 2008 book to breaking the bottle during an argument with Wood, Page NEW INFORMATION OR PUBLICITY STUNT AS INTER- EST REIGNITES IN NATALIE WOOD'S DEATH? ..,..Y November 25, 2011 OP/ED BY CHRISTOPHER BLEHM It happened right here in our own backyard, On Nov. 29, 1981. The yacht Splendour moored at the Isth- mus. Natalie Wood, along with hus- band Robert Wagner, rising star Christopher Waiken, and Captain Dennis Davern, partied at (Doug's) Harbor Reef Restaurant. The four then returned to the yacht on a din- ghy. The next morning, Doug Bom- bard found Wood's body in the wa- ter and the dinghy adrift, and that's all we know for sure. CRUISE SHiP PIER OPTIONS PRESENTED LEAST EXPENSIVE CHOICE WOULD COST $14.15 MILLION BY DENNIS KAISER In an effort to increase business, the city of Avalon and the local Chamber of Commerce have been exploring ways to have more cruise line passengers and crew move more easily from their ships to the shore. Currently, cruise lines must employ tenders to ferry people onto the Island. According to Wayne Grif- fin, Chamber-president and CEO, cruise line management said a sig- nificantly higher number of people would visit the Island if they did not have to use tenders. "Surveys conducted in Carib- bean ports show that cruise ship passengers who are able to walk on and off the ship at a cruise ship destination spend 20 percent more time ashore and spend up to 30 per- cent more money in the port," Grif- fin said in July. "It would be advan- tageous to our local economy to receive the full benefits of a cruise ship in Avalon." At that time, the. city approved a study to determine the feasibil- ity of a cruise ship berthing facil- ity that would allow people to walk from the ship to the Mole and iffto Avalon. "It cost $30,000 and was paid for by the city of Avalon, the Chamber and a cruise line," Griffin said. "Each paid $10,000." The results of the study, per- formed by Ports & Maritime Group Ship, Page 6 Holiday Open House at Catalina Island Museum vites the public to celebrate a new Holiday Open House you can relive the golden age of Hollywood and enjoy free admission. The Museum Store offers special gift items for every person on your holiday list. The sale will feature merchandise from each of the Mu- seum's special exhibitions this year, which include shows dedicated to the Chicago Cubs, the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe. Every item in the store will be 10 percent to 50 percent off for three hours only. Members of the Museum will receive an ad- ditional 15 percent discount on all store merchandise. If you are not already a mem- ber, become one today tO support the Catalina Island Museum and enjoy extra discounts. Museum memberships also make great holi- day giiis. Stop by the Museum's Harbor Room for  holiday beverage and a special fasting generously pro- holiday tradition. The Museum's Holiday Open House will feature free admission to the Museum's current exhibition, discounts of 10 percent - 50 percent in the Muse- um Store and a special tasting pro- vided by Steve's Steakhouse. The event will take place on Friday, Dec. 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Museum's current exhibi- tion is "Celebrity Playground: Hol- lywood's Favorite Island" and pres- ents the glory days of Catalina Island when stars like Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Nat- alie Wood and John Wayne worked m videJ by Steve's Steakhouse. ?'The entire Avalon community is invited to our Harbor Room for a holiday beverage and our special tasting provided , by Steve's" Steak- house," said Devin Thompson, di- Museum, Page2