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New capabilities for island radio and TV station Dave Markowitz, director at KISL and Cliff Hague, director at the Catalina Island Foundation with Alessia Belsito, Rivers Carstarphan, Erin Feagle, Jay Feagle, Jimmy Guadagno, Chuck Liddell, Ariella Markowitz, Justus Ramming, Carly Sabicer, Zaine Shields-all at KISL producing a TV show Wednesday night, Dec. 17. Photo by Laurel Sanchez BY KRISTY THRONDSON KISL is Catalina Island's very own radio station and television content producer, and thanks to the Catalina Island Foundation, it will soon have new capabilities for archiving, replaying, and making its programs available to future audiences. A local independent public sta- tion, KISL has been serving the community of Catalina Island since 1998. Fully owned and operated by the Catalina Island Performing Arts Foundation, KISL expands upon the Arts Foundation's mis- sion to promote the arts to the residents and visitors of Catalina by providing direct access to the community's very own radio and television station. "KISL pro- vides a forum, a voice, and a learning opportunity to connect individuals, organizations, events and anyone who wishes to share with the community on Catalina Island," said Dave Markowitz, one of KISL's directors. KISL broadcasts on 88.7 FM reaching the Avalon community. It also streams live audio on the Internet, reaching anyone in the world with an Internet connec- tion. In 2012 KISL partnered with Catalina Broadband Solutions, the local cable provider, and is in its second year producing a weekly live TV show for the community by the Avalon High School TV Club and other volunteers. The content created for the radio and TV programming is produced by community mem- bers: students, teachers, working professionals, retirees and every- one in between. "One hundred percent of the labor which supports the station, from the station manager and sta- tion engineer to the DJs, content producers, and students, is vol- unteered. Everyone involved con- tributes their time and effort to the productivity of the station for the experience, education, com- munity service and, of course, because they enjoy it," said Jordan Monroe. Cliff Hague, a director and one of the founders of the new Catalina Island Foundation, said: "KISL is really an island treasure. It is our pleasure to support their organiza- tion and its good works through acquiring advanced equipment to take them to an even higher level of professionalism." Crossword Solutions r-Bi __P_P RI r N E El DI L E S A W L S ! A_AJ_N C E R A--N c 3_ H V _A E SI I ! T ==W Ai R ="=1 L =..w _! F T G D' G -i- ,-N RO0 E G Catalina Island Medical Center's state-of-the-art Siemens CT Scanner can provide the diagnostic images needed for nearly all medical conditions. Simply let your physician know you would prefer to have your diagnostic imaging completed on the island. Familiar places and familiar faces * No appointment needed * Scans available immediately on CD Please call for more information. IslandMedicalCenter Tracey Norton. DO Laura Ulibarri. MD .Monte Mellon. MD (310) 510-0700 100 Falls Canyon Road PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 www.Cl MedicalCenter.org Conservancy Times From page 9 Researchers surveyed citizens' willingness to pay for these non- marketed--yet necessary--ameni- ties, taking into account ecosys- tems across the planet. University of Maryland scientist Robert Costanza and fellow researchers from around the world concluded that this figure is nearly double what we actually pay for market- able goods and services. Put another way, nature gives us $33 trillion worth of life-sustain- ing services, and we're paying half price. Our end of that bargain is keeping natural systems intact, and we can find inspiration to do that job by remembering that we live on the only habitable planet in our solar system, possibly in the entire galaxy. Intact ecosystems play an impor- tant role in maintaining Earth's oxygen-rich atmosphere that sus- tains life. Without any effort on our part, individual plants take in carbon dioxide and give back oxygen, while giant forests keep water cycling through the atmo- sphere and maintain long-standing global rainfall patterns. Life in the oceans is dependent on atmo- spheric chemistry. If we mess up this planet to the point of no return, finding a new home for all of us could be challenging, not to men- tion expensive. Looking at the health of the human spirit, the demand for recre- ation in natural areas is only going to increase, as the world becomes more populated and wild areas scarcer. Here in our backyard, the value of Catalina's natural land- scapes, productive ocean waters and smog-free air only increases as time goes by. During this holiday season, the Catalina Island Conservancy asks you to think about the valuable gifts we receive from nature and how to give back. If you're looking for ideas about how to preserve natural ecosystems and their inter- connected services, we're here to help. Our children and grandchil- dren will be grateful. Alexa Johnson is the Catalina Island Conservancy's Outreach and Naturalist Training Specialist. 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