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2011 YEAR IN REVIEW Part 2: July-December Salt water bust above City Park A 10-inch water main gave out at about 11:05 a.m. on Sunday be- low Middle Terrace just above the amphitheater. What appeared like a gusher of saltwater shot into the air creating a waterfall effect, rushing down the amphitheater steps, City Park steps and onto the Crescent Av enue/Pebbly Beach Road junction in front of the Catherine Hotel. A crowd of visitors and local residents gathered to witness the spectacle, City of Avalon person nel fromthe Fire Department and Public :Wbrks soon arrived to as- Sess ~e problem~ : . Mayor Bob Kennedy this week said the saltwater system's infra structure has become degraded due to neglect. Friends share in kidney transplant to save life After months of tests and hope fill expectation, a kidney was scheduled tor donation and trans- plant, between Two Harbors' Bay- watch Captain Lance Dempsey, 43, and Two Harbors Harbor Patrol man and Dive Technician, Dave Coiner, 57. Coiner had polycystic renal disease, a genetic disorder. Before the transplant, Coiner had to spend nine hours a day hooked up to a dialysis machine. Dempsey knew Coiner through search and rescue work, as well as the dive shop. When he first learned about Coiner's condition, he realized that he and Coiner had the same blood typei Dempsey de cided to donate a kidney. Dempsey was originally concerned about taking time off fbr the procedure, until he learned about a law requir- ing employers to give employees 30 days offto donate an organ Sea Trek begins regular tour schedule It has taken a few years for the Sea Trek experience to officially begin tours, but they fully opened this season and are soaring high. Since guests use an 80-pound hel- met providing ongoing oxygen and walk along the ocean floor, the state of California Coastal Corn mission had to evaluate environ mental concerns. They finally had a breakthrough last fall and the first official tour was in October. Operator Bob Kennedy, Ava- lon's mayor, talked with the Is- lander about the progress of Sea Trek. "We are under a one-year test period to see what impact Our tour has with the ocean environ- ment," he said. "Our tours are led and narrated by marine biologists who know the environment. It is specifically designed to introduce people to the underwater world. Many people do not have diving certification and Sea Trek is an opportunity t0r people to explore the marine environment and learn about the oceans eco system with- out any diving experience." Rock climbing wall debuts The Santa Catalina Island the new climbing wall from Spec- tntrn Sports International, who in- stalled it at Descanso Beach, According to Brad Wilson, the Island Companyrs chief market ing off~cer, the wall is the latest addition to the Island's activities, aimed at expanding the opportuni- ties for tourists and comes on the heels of the successfial launch of the Zipline that has shown to be both popular and profitable. The wall is also molded from natural rock, so it looks, feels, and climbs like the real thing. Howev er, bolt-on handholds are also in- cluded to assist climbers. Sorensen said while highly experienced rock climbers might not be as chal lenged by it as natural rock walls, they do like to use it tbr pre-climb workouts and practice. Biofuel powered Hummers to be used in eco-tours The first of two H1 Hummers converted into biofuel-powered vehicles arrived on Santa Cata- lina Island in July. The will be used for the Santa Catalina Island Company's expeditions through the rugged interior. The vehicles cles will transport guests on eco- conscious "Extreme" expeditions on the East End Adventure and the C:;~:~anyon,~1~ ,~ Expedition. :~e Cape Canyon Expedi r which the Hummers will ~ed ~tures~tllrough sCrr~c Middle Ranch Canyon and ex- plores Cape Canyon in the heart of Catalina's interior then drops down rugged Sheep Chute with sweeping vistas of the Pacific side of the island and views of the is- land's first commercial vineyard at E1 Rancho Escondido. The new Hummers will also be used tbr the two-hour East End Ad- venture. This rugged ride begins on the east side of Avalon Canyon climbing Renton Mine Road (the beginning of the Trans Catalina Trail) topping out 1,500 feet above ........ Company unveiled Grip A Rock, a am on used Vegetable Oil collected the CitY with spectacular views bf ~NG~INtG~WATERS,~,~u~r~ state,of-the-~,artifieiat~;Climbing ~orfiCatalinalsland restaurantSi AvalonBay, San C!emenie]sland --'"1~,, II" '' '' -''' ''' " " -''~,l Hi ~ |i'illlk, l~|~l|~n Wall at the Thursday nlght, Juiy providing an eco friendly tour for and the deepiTcanyons On the Pa SERVIHG THE CHURCH, " ' - ' , " - .... , i:~ REACHIHG THE WSLANa 21, Chamber ofCommercemixer, guests. ~ cific side ol the ismnd. 346 CATALINA AVE The Island Company purchased f i i i i The sustainable tourism vehi- &BLAIR Avalon Schools welcomes new principal Avalon Schools' new principal, Angelica Gonzalez, took some time from settling in on campus to talk to the Islander about her back- ground; experience, and enthusi- asm for Catalina. In regards to Gonzalez's expe rience, she said, "I have had the fortune of teaching and leading in a variety of levels and capacities, and have worked with students from diverse backgrounds. The last Ibur years, I served as the As- sistant Principal at Franklin Clas- sical Middle School. Previously, I served 11 years at Robinson K- 8 School as a college aide, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade teach- er, as well as Literacy Coach." She also shared her educational background. "I was born and raised in Long Beach and am a proud product of Long Beach Unified District Schools: graduating from Millikan High School I completed my undergraduate degree at USC and my graduate degree at Calitor- nia State University, Domingnez Hills I am an avid Trojan football fan and have owned season tickets for eight years I make it no secret that Cardinal and Gold run through my Veins!" During a visit to the Avalon Schools campus last semester, Gonzalez expressed the immedi tiff, Page 5 4 Friday, December 30, 2011 THE CATALINA ISLANDER