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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week -- sifice 19J4 December 2012 FRIDAY dl "1, .VOLUME 98, I SS'UE 51 Www.THECATALINAiSLANDER.COM 8RJ[[$ Christmas Parade at :3 p.m. The second annual Catalina Island Christmas Parade will start at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23, at Old Ben b.y the basketball courts. Kids, pets and decorated golf carts are encouraged. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available after the parade for photos. Call Catalina Yamaha for more infor- mation at (310) 510-1011. Holiday Tour of Ughts The 2012 Avalon Christmas Tour of Lights, sponsored by the Cornerstone Teen Center, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22. Tickets for the Christmas Tour of Lights ride are $2 each or $5 per family. BasketbalITourney Dec. 20 For the 21st consecutive year the Avalon Boys Varsity Basketball program is hosting the Catalina Classic Basketball Tournament. See story, page 5 Nature's Notebook: rain and Catalina's.wildlife Frank Hein, director of education, Catalina Island Conservancy, looks at the ways that Catalina's plants and animals have devel- oped to get them through those times when the rain doesn't fall. See story, page 2 On the Water Capt. John King discusses how his retirement plans led to the foundation of Afishinados Charters and his decision to con- siddr selling the boat for which the business is named. See s{ory, page 4 Social Security ends visits to Catalina Island The Social Security Administration is discontinu- ing its face-to-face visits to the-Los Angeles Superior Court Courthouse (Avalon) on Catalina Island. Women's Golf Club Annual Christmas Tournament Last Thursday, Dec. 13, the Catalina Island Women's Golf Club held their Annual Christmas Scrambles Tournament and Holiday Luncheon. See story page 9 Harbor Department Activity Report for November 2012 In the beginning of November the forecast predicted rising tem- peratures and by Sunday, Nov. 4, the high temperature was 81 and 83 on Monday, Nov. 5. The harbor looked like summer. See story, page 6 Merry Christmas Catalina Muscat The annual Breakfast with Santa, hosted by Catalina Ki(l-Ventures, was a huge success on Saturday, December 15. Seen here with Mr. And Mrs. Claus are Melissa Redding with her daughters Jordan, Makaela, and Brooklyn. Photo by Jennifer Leonhardi Popular lawman Ron-Said dies Former Sheriff's deputy and golfer to be remembered in service at Casino Many residents and visitors to Catalina Island will remember Ron Salo for his passion for law enforcement as well as his golf swing. Endeared by the community Life will be held in Salo's memory in which he chose to spend his at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11, in the retirement years, a Celebration of . Casino Ballroom. r Salo slipped away peacefully early on Monday, Dec. 3, after a hard fought battle against the disease that required him to have kidney dialysis three days a week for almost three years. "I will miss my best friend and travelirig companion and will always think of him in his favorite spot, soaking up the warm sun on his beloved Island home," said Salo's widow Linda. Rod Muller, president of the Ron Sale, page 3 wins vote of board's confidence Conservancy board states its support for CEO following complaints by some past employees BY DENNIS KAISER The Catalina Island Conservancy's President/rod CEO, Ann Muscat, bounced back from. recent criticism by a few of its officers who have left the organi- zation when the non-profit's board of directors voted on Monday to announce they have complete con- fidence in her. . The vote, which was 8-7, came on the heels of reports of dissent among some in the Conservancy's ranks who disagree with her mana- gerial style. Muscat detractor Carlos De La Rosa, the Conservancy's former chief conservation and science officer, said in a written statement to the media that the organization had lost its way under her leader- ship. Muscat has led the Conservancy toward developing more tourism of Catalina and some say away from its original mission of conserva- tion of the 88 percent of the island under the Conservancy's care. Muscat explained that the Conservancy had held numerous planning sessions in which it rede- fined what it would try to accom- Conservancy, Page 4 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Mystery of =Santa Rosa Woman" BY JIM WATSON A few weeks ago I regaled you with the tale of "Juana Maria," the Native American woman who lived alone for 18 years on our neighboring San Nicolas Island in the mid-1800s until her "rescue" by an American sea captain and subsequent removal to Mission Santa Barbara. The "Lone Woman of San Nico- las," whose real name (in keeping with many Native American tradi- tions) was never divulged, was the subject of the Newbury Award- winning novel- "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O?Dell, which was and still is required reading in many schools across the state. "Juana Maria" was one of the last of America's native peoples to live in their traditional ways, un= adulterated by European influence. Therefore, it is fitting perhaps that the very first peoples in all of the Americas--both North America and South America--quite possi- bly lived here as well. You may think that the oldest Watson, page 9 The Channel Islands have been the site of the oldest humans remains. Courtesy photo