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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FItlDAY December 19, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 51 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM 00Ish00IDDCB Water Level update For the past month, the water level has been at 275 acre feet at the Thompson reservoir. it's a scramble golf tourney A local women's golf club held its annual Holiday golf tournament and held a gift exchange after. See story and photos, page 2 CIMC hits a milestone It's been55 years since the Catalina Island Media Center opened its doors. Don't miss their upcoming celebration in January. See story, page 2 On The Water Delve into issues regarding Avalon as you get to know an interesting Island local in Capt. John King's column titled "A Rose by Any Other Name." See story, page 4 Avalon's time capsule Dive into Avaon's ricl history with events compiled by Chuck Liddell. See story, page 5 Opinion: water resources Jim Council discloses what he and a group of locals feel should be done in regards to the current water concerns on the Island. See story, page 10 Pet of the Week Timber is this issue's pet of the week. See photo, page 10 Harbor activity A 42-foot power boat hits the rocks, a successful Island triath- Ion and marathon, and a hump- back whale sighting among more in this week's activity report. Seestory, page 8 Adding up nature's value Stop to fully appreciate the 'many life sustaining benefits we receive from Nature' in this week's Conservancy Times article. See story, page 9 Sheriff's Log There has not been any golf cart thefts this week, and an Avalon resident is arrested for assault. See story, page page 11 KISL gets a boost Thanks to the Catalina Island Foundation, local radio station KISL has new and improved - archiving and replaying capabilities. See story, page 12 Avalon School ttmdg&at the start ofthismonth. Students and staff havbeen ce.bratJng for the last two weeks. (Photo by Carlos Martinez) Avalon School celebrates 90 years Two weeks of celebrations mark school's anniversary BY CARLOS MARTINEZ Saturday, Dec. 6, marked the 90th anniversary of the Avalon School's current site. The students and staff celebrated the school's anniversary over the last two weeks. "Our current site was not the first site for Avalon School: A two-room public school was built on Whittley Avenue in 1901 and 59 students attended class dur- ing that first year," said Angelica Gonzalez in a recent message to the students. "Grades one to four were taught in one room while grades five to eight were taught in the other. Once students reached high school they would have to attend school on the mainland. Each year the enrollment for Avalon School increased. "By 1923 the school became an official part of the Long Beach Unified School system and a full four-year high school course was organized. The high school began classes in the fall of 1923 in the Sugarloaf Casino. "In 1924 a bond issue was unanimously passed to build a new school bUilding on the Island. William Wrigley Jr. donated sever- al acres of land in Avalon Canyon for the building site. Construction on the new school began that year--90 years ago! "Look for ways in the coming weeks to celebrate and honor our beloved School! During its early years, between 1923-1937, the only insignia School, Page 8 ...... ....... Results-. Phase Two water rationing Edison reports positive response to water restrictions BY JESUS A. RUIZ Water usage is down consid- erably from one year ago said Southern California Edison repre- sentative Jeff Lawrence at Avalon's City Council meeting on Dec. 16. Lawrence is the project man- ager at Edison for the water ration- ing project on Catalina Island, and he reported the results of the water rationing project at this week's meeting. The current water level is at 275 acre feet in the. Thong/son reservoir and has been'at that level for the past month, according to Lawrence. The recent burst of rain has boosted hopes for many residents but Lawrence says consistent rain is needed to see an increase in water level at the reservoir. The reason there hasn't been a significant increase in the reser- voir water level, despite the rain, is because the soil is not saturated to the level it needs to be so it can retain rainwater and also local veg- etation is competing for rainwater, according to Lawrence. However, the water usage results brought about optimism for the future. The month of November saw Results, Page 13 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND GOES TO CHINA Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: WHITHER GOEST THOU, CHINA BY JIM WATSON EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a four-part series on the author's trip to China. Jim Watson is the au- thor of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Since this wouldn't be a proper Mysterious Island series without a mystery or two thrown in, I thought I'd relate a couple of minor oddities I've experi- enced here. Only a day or two after my arrival in Beijing I was walk- ing across the hotel lobby on my way somewhere when I noticed a large group of what appeared to be a visiting girls Watson, Page 6 China's history has been tumultuous for the past 150 years. (Photo courtesy of Jim Watson)