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SERVING CATALINA ~ ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY Dec. 15, 2017 VOLUME 103 ISSUE 50 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER,COM BRI[FS .................................... City manager retires City Manager David Jinkens retires today, Dec. 15. Denise Radde will serve as interim city manager. Water level update The water elevation in the Middle Ranch Reservoir as of Monday, Dec. 11, was 657.4 feet above sea level, according to Salina Garcia, Catalina admin clerk of Southern California Edison. This equates to a storage cpacity of 725 acre-feet, she said. Sheriff's Log The weekly report on local crime includes holiday crime preven- tion tips, See story, page 2 All things scuba The Fish and Game Commission recently voted 4-0 to close the red abalone fishery in 2018. See story, page 2 Church group wins Christmas tree contest More than 50 community members representing various local non-profit groups gathered at Overlook Hall last week to compete in the third annual Avalon Christmas tree decorat- ing contest. Pearls of Christ was announced as the winner of the grand prize. See story, page 4 React in peace: Marlene Demaris Watson Marlene Watson, 81, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at her home in Santa Maria, California, surrounded by her family. Marlene was born on May 15, 1936, in Los Angeles, the daughter of Keith and Francis Sizelove. See story, page 5 Artist Mike Hart creates Catalina-themed artworks In recent months, the Catalina Island Museum store has added a multitude of new merchandise. Handcrafted bronze sculptures depicting Catalina's bison and beloved sealion Old Ben are among the most unique. See story, page 6 'Competition Piece' on school stage this weekend This weekend, Friday, Dec. 15, Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. mati- nee, is your chance to support live local theater as the Avalon Theater Department presents "Competition Piece." See story, page 8 Pictured from left to right in the front row are Avalon Lancers basketball players Pablo Chavolla, Jose Gomez, Steve Hall, Allen Arneson and Sebastian Garcia. In the back row from left to right are Angel Peguero, Javier Pegeuro, Cristo Hernandez, Ulises Zavala, Beto Martinez and Sol Vines. Courtesy photo Lancer boys capture victory in season opener Varsity basketball game away with 35 seconds left points, 49-39. However Avalon on the clock, regained their composure and team wins 53to41 Javier's younger brother, finished off with a 53- 41 vic- against St. Michael's Angel, did an outstanding job in tory. When-they played well his first game as a varsity point they played aggressively on guard. He had 5 points, 5 steals defense and looked organized BY COACH STEVE HALL and 3 assists and maintained on offense. When they began FOR THE ISLANDER his composure throughout the to lose their lead they lost their game. His sophomore counter- irktensity on defense and played The Avalon Boys Varsity part, Allen Arneson, was a big sloppy on offense. Basketball team traveled to factor in the game as well, most- There is a lot of potential for Irvine on Thursday, Dec. 7, to ly on the defensive end. He had improvement and this week's facethe St. Michael's Archangels l0 rebounds, 9 on the defensive practice will provide an oppor- in their first game of the season, end, 4 steals and 3 blocked shots, tunity to prepare for the upcom- Avalon came away with a 53-41 Junior Ulyces Zavala came off ing Catalina Classic which start- victory behind the outstanding the bench and provided a great ed yesterday, Thursday, Dec. play of juniors Pablo Chavolla spark in limiting playing time, 14. The Lancers will will play and Cristo Hernandez and senior scoring 5 points and getting 2 a doubleheader on Friday, Dec. Javier Peguero. Chavolla led the steals. This was a good start for 15, at 5 p.m. against Wildwood team in scoring with 17 points a young team. and at 7 p.m. against Vaughn. and also grabbed 5 rebounds After leading by a score of They conclude the tournament and blocked2 shots. His partner 24-17 at halftime, the Lancers on Saturday at noon against in crime, Hernandez, had 11 came out on fire in the third Wildwood. Come up and see points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals, quarter and quickly jumpedthis exciting and talented young Peguero scored 10 points and to a 47-21 _lead. Unfortunately Lancer squad compete for a grabbed 12 rebounds. He also Avalon let up and the Archangels championship trophy in the 26th hit a clutch jumper to put the came charging back to within 10 annual Catalina Classic. From the Archives Avalon Gets Water From the Catalina Islander, Wednesday, April 2, 1924 Editor's note: This article Water! More water! Sweet is part of an ongoing series of water! reprints of historic CatalinaTo the agriculturalist and the Islander articles. It has been edit- farmer of Southern California, edfor space. "Rainmaker Hatfield" is a won- derful man. BY ERNEST WINDLE, EDITOR Archives, Page 8 Wharf and beach in Avalon at the start of the 20th Co. between 1900 and 1915 century. to submit- Ballot measure would charge visitors $1 to help pay for hospital BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Catalina Island .Medical Center Foundation is expected to submit petitions to Los Angeles County today, Dec. 15, to put a pro- posed $1 transit tax on the April bal- lot. The money from the tax would help pay for the construction of a new hospital. "We believe we have already gathered enough signatures--the petition has been met very posi- tively by the residents of Avalon. We are meeting tomorrow morning to perform a final count prior to submitting the signatures for certifi- cation," said Shannon Hill, chair of the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. - "We are meeting tomorrow morning to perform a final count prior to submitting the signatures for certification," she said. According to Hill, the Foundation needs 10 to 15 percent of Avalon's registered voters to sign the peti- tion to qualify for the April ballot. Avalon has until 2030 to build a new hospital in order to comply with state earthquake safety standards. Hospital officials are currently plan- ning a multi-million-dollar hospital. The money from the proposed $I transit fee would go to finance the project. As of November, 676,550 individuals have taken cross channel carriers to Catalina, according to the Chamber of Commerce. Photo originally published by Detroit Publishing %, 1[