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most notable On the Water cWeaSteapi the of our con- cept of retire- With Capt. John King mentin 1998. Retire 'Ment' The New Year is looming and with it Afishinados Charters will celebrate 10 years in Avalon With it comes a time to reflect and consider the year, the decade and generally our lives. Obviously, boats are an impor- tant part of my life, so it is not surprising that the Afishinado is at the center of our New Year's considerations. Afishinado started many big At the time I was building asmall training design and consulting business with a partner named Rob. It was Rob who suggested that I "needed a bigger boat," which led to designing and constructing the Afishinado. And it was Rob who later said, "I am tired of working," which led to us selling the busi- ness which funded the construc- tion of a home here and brought me to Catalina Island to "retire." Since I was still pretty young, v-v"eraa"s the I was not sure what "retirement" changes in lives; our Conservancy From page 1 plish as it moved into the future. "The mission of the Conservancy is to care for Catalina's ecological health so it can be enjoyed by people," Muscat said. "It is also to provide education and recreation. We are always looking to find the appropriate mix. We don't want to sacrifice ecology, but I think there is a way to have both people enjoying the Island as well as pro- tecting the natural resources." Muscat said she did not think that the goals were mutually exclusive of each other. She also questioned De la Rosa's criticism. "Carlos was involved in creat- ing our master plan," she said. "He had every opportunityto give input and he never once said we were going off in the wrong direc- ,! tlon. Muscat said she and the Conservancy's board, welcome input from its staff as Wellas its volunteers and from Scientists and conservationists all across the country Muscat's salary also became an issue in the reports on dissention It was reported that Muscat, who holds a Ph.D., earns $286,000 a yea r. However, she said that figure was not quite accurate. However, she said that her salary is comparable to other people in her position: "The board is responsible for setting my salary," Muscat said. "They set the benchmark for the salaries and we are competitive in the market (to) make sure it is appropriate and not too high or meant I had visions of fishing and golfing between vacations to exotic places Turns out I am not a very good golfer, so, in 2003 I bought Billy Delbert's permit and began run- ning fishing charters around Catalina Island. The Afishinado became the flagship vessel for our charter business and the namesake of our businesses on the Island. She is a great boat and was well received as a charter option, particularly after we started entering and winning fishing tournaments on the Island and iri Cab,. Soon enough, the charter busi- John King Columnist Ann Muscat too low so that we attract the right people". Muscat's salary was an issue for Avalon Mayor Bob Kennedy. "It's a big chunk of change," Kennedy said. "The Conservancy's goal is Catalina Islander's Recreational Forecast : Friday.. . Saturday. ..... . _ Sunda . Monday.i  : Tees-day Wedn y Thursday I MstJSunny " . Mostl Sunny " -Mostly Ct0ady. Mostly Stmlty Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy . 6/d2 : ,:- 59152 ,.-. .... 6ffLS1 :-  ..59/48 .... __6tl.49 63/51 60152 : lh'eeip :-5%..'.Pt:ecipE,t& L.Precile-20% :;P'C( 20% _e_'p: 20% Prec]p Chane 20% Prectp Chance: 20% " ........ _- ;__ :.-=_ ,_ ': _ -eaL00 " ,i.g. ;.-;1--,, -.. ::- - / T6Bi#wewiltseem9stlysunnyskiesvithahigh '1 nes /! vweeK "-" : :?- "  - - ten ature of 61* humidity of 58%--The'i:ecord  -- :.  . . -_ . ; .per. - . _: .- Day AM 10'-:Z|:3  t|71819 II01 1;1 high temperature for today is 84* set m 1954. Fri 6:31-8:31 6:01-8:01 Peak Fishing Times This Week O-'2:.Low 3-5: Moderate-6-7: High, 8-10:.Very High, 1t+: Extreme Exposure -- _ .- |= _ | , o,1= tlLgb Lo_w_ Norlmts r',i 12/10 67 56 65/49 000" 12/11 66 50 65/49 .0.00" "12/12 54- 50 65/49 0.18" 12/13 52' 46 65/49 0.01" 12/14 51 44 65/49 0.16" 12/15 50 44 65149 0.00" 12/16 52 48 65/49 0.17" Tides Fhis Week %Veather Trivia How ttick is the South Polar b  ice cap ? r Answer: Estimates place its depth at 15,670 feet thick. Sun/Ntoon Chart This Week eather ltistory Dec. 21. 1929 - A tremendous storm produced snow from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas to southern Arkansas. The storm produced 26 inches of snow at Hillsboro, Texas, 18 inches at El Dorado, Ark. and 14 inches at Bossier, La. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with an ox, ernight low of 52*. The recordlow for tonight is 29 set in 1968 Saturday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high temperature of 59 , humidity of 77%. Skies will be mOstly cloudy Saturday nighi with a slight chance of rain, overnight low of 52 . Ex mostly cloudy skies Sunday with a slight chance of rain, high temperature of 60 . Skies will become mostly sunny Monday with a slight chance of rain; high temperature of 59 . Sat 7:15-9:15 6:45-8:45 Sun 8:01-10:01 7:31-9:31 Mon 8:48-10:48 8:18-10:18 Tue 9:36-11:36 9:06-11:06 Wed 10:24-12:24 9:54-11:54 Thu 11:13-1:13 10:43-12:43 Avalon Catalina Harbor Day  Low  Low Day  Low  Low S 4:214m 11:33am 5".20pm 10:.25pm Fri 4:26am ll:41am 5:25pm 10:33pm 5:07am- 12:28pm 6:36pm ll:17pm  Sat 5:124m 12:36pm 6:4Ipm ll:25pm Sun 547 ran 1:11 pm 7:31 pm None Sun 5:52 am 1:19 pm 7:36 pin None Mort 6:23mn 12:02am 8:13pm l:47pm Mun 6:28 am 12:10 am 8:18pm l:55pm Tue .6:564m 12:414m 8:47pm 2:19pm Tne 7:01am 12:494m 8:52pm 2:27pm Wed 7:284m l'.174m 9:17pm 2:49pm Wed 7:33am 1:254m 9:22pm 2:57pm Thu 7:59a  i':50am 9:4"7pm. 3:181n Thu 8:044m 1:584m 9:52pm 3:26pm D_ Sunrise Sunset Mnrise Mmt Full ;i, Fri 6:53 a.n 4:50 p.m. 12:28 p.m. 12:57 am. 12/28  Sat 6:54 a.m. 4:51 lam. 1:02 p.m. 1:52 a.m. Sun 6:54 a.m. 4:52 p.m. 1:39 p.m. 2:47 a.m. Mon 6:54 a.m. 4:52 p.m. 2:18 p.m, 3:41 a.m. Last Tue 6:55 am.. 4:53 p.m. 3:02 pm 4:34 a.m. 1/4 Wed 6:55 a,m 4:53,pm. 3:49 p.m. 5:24 a.m. Thu 6:56/Lm. "4:54p.m. 4:39 p.m. 6:12 a.m. New 1/11  First 1/18 *FREE for p600rf00 ! .i00talma.00m Book 00owt 310-510-2440 ness was humming along so we opened a Fish Art and Gallery store so that my wife could enjoy "retirement" also. After that we added a second vessel named Mojo to thechar- ter business. And this year we built a new 50- foot catamaran named Catallac purpose-built to carry 49 passengers along Catalina's coast for touring, partying and sometimes fishing. It seems that we are really taking this version of "retirement" pretty seriously, so much so that we have started to ask ourselves when we might find the time to enjoy this beautiful Island as was our origi- to preserve the Island," Kennedy said. "Are they doing that or are they spending all their money on salaries? She is an Island stake- holder and she should be inter- ested in the desires of her fellow stakeholders. We as a city honor and respect her wishes She should reciprocate. She does, when it ben- efits her." Muscat said she was some- what taken aback by Kennedy's remarks. "My intention is to reach out to Bob and see what sort of issues we can work out together," Muscat said. "I hope he would welcome that interaction and I hope we can have it in the future. I have never had any negative interaction with Bob in the past?' John Cotton, chairman of the Conservancy's Board of Directors, nal plan. We a rin the midst of ome transitions that seem to suggest it is time to sell the Afishinado. Truthfully, this is a very hard deci- sion. After all, this boat brought us to where we are today, so now here I am, it's 3 in the morn- ing and I am struggling with the idea of selling the Afishinado. It feels like the end of an important chapter in our lives. As the New Year comes upon us, I am hopeful that this transition will help us to learn a new meaning of retire- ment. Maybe I should dust off the old golf clubs ! Capt. John King is the owner and founder of Afishinados Charter. Contact him at (310) 510-2440 or (323) 447-4669 on Wednesday said the Board had confidence in the entire Conservancy team. "The : Catalina Island Conservancy and its Board of Directors take very seriously the important role-we play to protect and conserve the Island's natural ecosystem, while promoting eco- nomic vitality, sustainability and quality of life for the Island com- munity," Cotton said. "As a Board, we recognize the challenges-both internally and externally-that come with .growth and bold plans. We have complete confidence in Ann Muscat's leadership and the Conservancy's immensely tal- ented team...We look forward to continuing our mission and vision started some 40 years ago to bal- ance conservation, education, and recreation,'.' Islander Pet of theWeek: Fred Fred is a red merle Australian shepherd, approx- imately 4 years old. Shirley Meyers and Tim Morose. adopted him one year ago. Fred was cap- tured by animal control after he was found run- ning free in the high dessert. He vas placed in "doggy jail" for the required seven days, and was then sent to be put down since there was no room for him at the pound TheTop Gun K-9 Rescue organi- zation found Fred and saved him. Fred is settling in nicely to his new loving home, but is still a "big old scaredy cat" when it comes to loud noises and other dogs. Although he doesn't fetch or play games like other dogs his age, he is definitely showing signs of coming around and it is obvious that he is very loyal and loves his new Island home. If you have a photo of your pet or a local favorite animal that you would like to be included in the Catalina Islander as Pet of the Week, send It to us. You can emall your high resoluffon photos-along with a brief description of the animal to editor@ thecataUnalslander.com. ............ ; ..............  ..... - ...... :....; ........ ............ . :. 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