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Tropical Asian plant 31. Line on a map 32. Denotes song- m birds 33. Made publicly 17. Give a nick- known 34. He devised mud deats for football 36. Trends Friday Mostly Sunny 68/60 Precip Chance: 0% Saturday Sunday Partly CloudyMostly Cloudy 66 / 57 63 / 54 Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 20% Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Partly CloudySunny Sunny Sunny 64 / 55 ,65 / 56 66 / 57 67 / 58 Precip Chance: 20e Precip Chance: 0% Pr~ip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 13% 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8 10: Very High, 11+: Extreme Exposure Date High Low Normals PreciE 11/2181 68 65/530.00" 11/2289R 77 65/530.00" 11/2388R 77 64/530.00" 11/2487R 76 64/520.00" 11/2583 66 64/520.00" 11/2671 53 64/520.00" 11/2758 53 63/520.08" Which is denser, dry or humid air? are xao Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 68, humidity of 47%. West wind 5 to 10 mph. The record high temperature for today is 80 set in 2008. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with an overnight low of 60. West northwest wind 1 to 7 mph. The record low for tonight is 45 set in 2007. Saturday, skies wi.ll be partly cloudy with a high temperature Of 66, humidity of 53%. West southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Saturday night, skies wilt be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers, Overnight 10w of o 57 . South wind 6 to 11 mph .... Avalon High Low High , Low Day Fri 6:57am 12:38am7:58pm l:50pm Fri Sat 7:33 am1:17 am8:48 pm2:34 pm Sat Sun 8:12 am1:58 am9:39 pm3:19 pm Sun Mon 8:54am 2:42am 10:32pro 4:06pm Mon Tue 9:39am 3:28am ll:30pm4:56pm Tue Wed 10:28 am 4:20 amNone 5:50 pm Wed Thu 12:33am5:22am ll:23am6:47pm Thu Oar AM e_ M Fri 8:58-10:58 9:26-11:26 Sat 9:55-11:55 10:25-12:25 Sun 10:56-12:56-- Mon 11:27-1:27 11:59-1:59 Tue 12:30-2:30 1:02-3:02 Wed 1:33-3:33 2:03-4:03 Thu 2:33-4:33 3:01-5:01 Catalina Harbor High Low High Low 7:02 am12:46 am 8:03 pm1:58 pm 7:38 am1:25 am8:53 pm2:42 pm 8:17 am2:06am 9:44pm 3:27 pm 8:59am 2:50am 10:37pm4:t4pm 9:44am 3:36am ll:35pm5:04pm 10:33 am 4:28 amNone 5:58 pm 12:38am5:30am ll:28am6:55pm Dee. 1~ 1989 - Heavy snow blanketed the mountains of New Mexico, with 12 inches reported at the Angel Fire Ski Basin. Strong northerly winds, ushering cold air into the north central United States, gusted to 55 mph at Devils Lake, N.D. ~&~ Day Full ~ Fri 12/3 ,~, Sat Sun Mon Last Tue 12/10 Wed Thu Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset 6:39 a.m. 4:45 p.m. 3:40 p.m. 4:11 a.m. 6:40 a.m. 4:45 p.m. 4:27 p.m. 5:20 a.m. 6:41 a.m. 4:45 p.m. 5:19 p.m. 6:30 a.m. 6:42 a.m. 4:45 p.m. : 6:18 p.m. 7:38 a.m. 6:43 a.m. 4:45 p.m. 7:21 p.m. 8:43 a.m. 6:43 a.m. 4:45 p.m. 8:27 p.m. 9:42 a.m. 6:44 a.m. 4:45 p.m. " 9:33 p.m. 10:33 a.m. First 12/26 Look up into the clear night sky, mid you'll notice dozens to thousands of stars depending upon your location. Some stars are brighter, and others are fainter. How do astronomers identify stars with respect to brightness'?. It all started with the Jl'" Greeks, and to the uninitiated, the system may still sound like Greek. To Greek philosophers of antiquity, the heavenly ~t ~, luminaries were divided into six categories called magnitudes. It was strictly arbitrary with the brightest stars of the night classified as first magnitude and the faintest as six magnitude. If two astronomers with different visual acnifies looked at the night sky, the number of stars in each of the various magnitude categories .would undoubtedly be different. But there was another catch. Normally, we associate bigger, more positive numbers with greater values. Asan example five apples represeht a larger quantity than two apples~ However, in the Greek system, flee more positive the number becomes, the fainter the star. To astronomers of all ages, a fifth magnitude star has always been less bright than a second magnitude star. In addition to this confusion, when the magnitude system was finally formalized in 1856 by the English astronomer, Norman Pogson, a first magnitude star wasn't just twice as bright as a second magnitude star; it was 2.512 times brighter. A difference of five magnitudes represented an intensity change of 100. Brighter objects were even recognized to have negative magnitudes. Confused? You can image how my college students react to this system and to what could have been a much simpler way of quantifying stellar brightnesses. Science sometimes does itself a disservice when it isolates concepts from better public understanding. Astronomy remains popular, but with many misconceptions and poor community awareness of concepts like stellar brightness, www.astronomy.org Veterans Affairs hotline is now operational 24 hours a day Non-emergency call center serves to answer questions FOR THE ISLANDER The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that the White House VA Hotline, first launched in June as part of President Donald J. Trump's commitment to reforming VA, is now fully staffed with live agents working to serve veterans 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. The hotline can be accessed at 855-948-2311 The new Veterans Affairs hotline, which became 24-hour " operational in mid-October, is now staffed by a team consist- ing of 90 percent Veterans or employees who have a Veteran family member, and is in response to Veterans' requests to talk to agents who could relate to their experiences. "The White House VA Hotline provides our nation's Veterans with a direct, dedicated contact line that allows them to interact with highly trained, live agents to answer their needs and concerns," said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin. "Since the initial launch of to our Veterans, who indicated that they prefer speaking with other Veterans and Veteran fam- ily members, and we adjusted our hiring based on that feed- back," said Shulkin. "We're proud that the hotline is now staffed 24/7 by a team of mostly Veterans or Veteran Employment Om~ortunity City of Avalon 410 Avalon Canyon Road Avalon CA 90704 Maintenance Superintendent Full Time Range 49 Step 1 $36.5168 -- Step 5 $44.3864 More Information: www.CitofAvalon.com Applications may be obtained at the front desk at City Hall or by visiting our website. Appfication Deadfine: All applicant: must complete and file a City of Avalon application form, plus submit with the application their responses to the supplemental questionnaire. A resume may be submitted with the application, but cannot take the place of the application. Deadline: - Open Until position filled. Applications may be mailed, hand delivered or emailed to the City Of Avalon, ATFN Human Resource Department. family members who have direct knowledge of their particular concerns and can use their expe- rience to address them in the best way possible with the resources of the VA," said Shulkin "This represents a true win- win for Veterans and their loved ones," said Shulkin. Since 24/7 coverage began in October, the hotline has served more than 10,000 callers. Hotline agents answer inqui- ries, provide directory assis- tance, document concerns about VA care, benefits and services, and expedite the referral and resolution of those concerns. Agents undergo regular updates and training on VA ser- vices based on hotline trends and are assisted by newly imple- mented tracking software to help VA capture and improve its response, referral and resolu- tion processes to best support Veterans. The hotline can be accessed at 855-948-2311 and is Veterans Affairs's first non-clinical, non- emergency around-the-clock call center. It provides beterans a supple- mental option to report issues if they are not being addressed through VA's normal customer service channels. The hotline's agents are located at a Veterans Affairs facility in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Agents have access to a mul- titude of resources and contact infor~tion to hel~ ~~e.rans. The "]aothne also generateS:: real-time reports to VA experts who can help address the spe- cific issues of veterans as well as make better-informed decisions on where program improve- ments are needed. (The hotline should not be confused with the veterans cri- sis line, or suicide prevention hotline, which is another phone number altogether: call 1-800- 273-8255 and press 1,) Employment Opportunity City of Avalon 410 Avalon Canyon Road Avalon CA 90704 The City of Avalon's Harbor Department is developing a hiring list for position of __ Part Time Harbor Patrol Officer More Information: . www.CitvofAvalon.com Employment applications & job description may obtain from the front desk at City Hall or by visiting our website. Application Deadfine: All applicants must be over the age of 18, possess a valid CA Driver's License & be full time resident of Avalon. Deadline is: December 18~ 2017 by 4 PM. Applications may be mailed, hand delivered or emailed to the City of Avalon, ATTN Human Resource Depa~menL 14 ] Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER