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CATALINA COUPLES: THE QUARNSTROM FAMILY The Islander ran a Catalina Couples of Jon and Candi Quarnstrom a while'back. Since then the famiy has grown. It now includes baby Gavin and his best frined Bali the dog. Please send us your favorite photo of yourself or the of another local Catalina couple to be included in the Catalina Islander. They can be young or old. In special places, special occasionS or just at home. Email your high resolution photo to looking for her in another boat. Unable to find her anywhere in the dark, he notified the local Harbor Patrol who looked in vain for her. As the fruitless search wore on through the night, Doug Bombard, general manager for all business operations in the Two Harbors area at the time, was enlisted to join in the search. "They'd been looking all night and they came up and got me about just a half hour before dawn," he said. "What they told me they thought happened is that she slipped and fell into the water during the night about 3 a.m." By the time Doug was awak- ened, searchers had recovered the inflatable dinghy. But Wood was nowhere to be found.Knowing the ocean currents in the area as well or better than anyone, Doug first checked the kelp line along the east shore of Isthmus Harbor. As he rounded Blue Cavern Point, Doug noticed a small red- colored "bubble" floating on the From page 1 was improving, Wayne Griffin, president and CEO of the Catalina Chamber of Commerce said it was probably a little of both. Griffin said the Descanso Canyon bridge was part of the "Big Canyon Swing" project that he said the Island Company had been working on for over a year. He compared it to a bungee jump and described it as a welcome attraction. He said the proposed expan- Sion of Steve's Steak House almost takes the business back to its orig- inal size. The other business applications, however, are directly related to the conversion of the El Encanto mar- ketplace into a day spa. According to Griffin, the expansions mean that the Island Company had been able to relocate the businesses that were displaced by the E1 Encanto project. He said that none of the busi- nesses were closing+ with the exception of the Landing Bar and Grill, Griffin said it was all good for business. Island had been suffering a seven- According to Mayor Bob to 10-year down turn, but things Kennedy, you don't want tohave bottomedout. expand a business during the busy Kennedy said the Chamber had season, attributed the change to improved That said, Kennedy pointed to facilities and the birthday discount signs of improvement in the local provided by Catalina Express. economy. The Avalon Planning He said that the Island had Commission will meet at 6 p.m., seen improved visitor counts and Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the City that people were spending money. Council Chambers. "Things.have been improving for a L couple of quarters now," Kennedy For more information, call said. Avalon City Hall at (310) 510- According to Kennedy, the 0220. Winter SPecial Botox Szl/unit (Reg. Sx3/unit) receive a microdermabrasion for free with your Botox treatment (a sxoo value!) (Offer valid through December 31, ao~a) Call today for details - 3xo.sxo.a882 Staying connected with Cata ina just got a ot easier. .tOM surface about 100 yards offshore. The red bubble turned out to be a pocket bf air in Wood's red down jacket. There, he found Wood's body hanging feet first under the water by the jacket's straps. "I hung onto her," said Doug, "and she was heavy. Her lungs were full of water and she was hanging underneath the jacket.'I Doug described her : as being dressed in mukluk-style boots with a long night gown. "I hung onto her and called one of my shore- boats," he said. "One of (the shoreboats) came in and helped me lift her into the boat." By the time Doug found her, she "was long gone," he said, add- ing that "With that water as cold as, it is there was no rigor mortis." Afterwards, Doug went out to W~igner's boat to tell him the news. "I went and told him what I found and he didn't say much." About 45 minutes later, Wagner and Walken came into Doug's of- fice at the foot of the pier at Isth- mus Harbor and told him "what they thought happened." Wagner told Doug they had been out to dinner at the Born- bard's restaurfint, Doug's Harbor Reef. Afterwards, they returned to their yacht in the inflatable and then tied the dinghy to the yacht's stern cleat. , Then, both Wagner and Wood went below and eventu- ally went to bed. Wagner then told Doug that he believed Wood got up in the mid- dle of the night to retie the dinghy to the cleat. "He was guessing that what she probably did, was that the dinghy would be banging against Jim Watson Columnist the ide of the boat and they had an aft stateroom." It was while Wood was retying the dinghy line that she fell in, said Wagner. Doug doesn't give much cre- dence to recent stories that Wagner was somehow at fault, possibly even guilty of murder. "Basically what he (Wagner) told me makes sense," he said. Equally implausible to Doug is that wood, out of anger, got into the inflatable on her own to motor around in the night. 'Tll guarantee you she wasn't out for a night running around in the inflatable. That wasn't her bag at all. She wasn't real nuts about being out on the water," he added. "She wasn't a swimmer. She was always up on the bow sunning herself." The case of Natalie Wood's drowning was re-opened on the 30th anniv6rsary of her death in 2011, although authorities at the time came to the conclusion that there was no new evidence to con- tradict the original conclusion. However, in a surprise an- nouncement in July 2012 the Los Angeles County Coroner's office changed the Cause of death from "accident drowning" to "undeter- mined." The reason for the change was stated as being "some of the bruises on Wood's body were in- consistent with death by drown- ing." Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores all over Avalon. Annotmcing Two New Exciting Dining Choices Each dish offersLa twist on a Classic. Daily Lunch Dinners Friday & Saturday Great selection of quality wines and beer. Varied prices and unique finds. For a quick breakfast or lunch on the Go. Omelets, Sandwiches, Salads, Burgers THE CATALINA ISLANDER November 30,-2012 i 11