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Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of Sept. 13 to Sept. 19, 2017.All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

September 13

• Deputies investigated an assault in which two men who were friends were involved in a fight in the 423 block of Crescent Avenue.

Being surrounded by water and home to the Tuna Club, which is the home to the modern day sports fishing, the City of Avalon’s Community Service Deparment created the first Avalon Youth Fishing Club.

 The AYFC is a four-week program that teaches youth the sport of fishing as well as the respect for the water and the wildlife that we take from.

The Catalina Island Conservancy recently announced the appointment of a new director of conservation, Frank Galea, who has 30 years of conservation experience as a wildlife biologist in Northern California.

In his new position, Galea will supervise the Conservancy’s conservation staff and programs to help the nonprofit organization fulfill its mission of protecting and restoring Catalina Island.

“We are extremely pleased to have Frank join our team,” said Tony Budrovich, Conservancy president and CEO.

At the end of a nearly two-hour discussion, the Avalon City Council directed staff to bring back a draft ordinance to regulate marijuana at the end of Monday’s study session on the issue.

Now that voters have legalized adult recreational marijuana use California cities have until January to decide whether to allow marijuana and, if so, how to regulate it locally. Monday was the council’s second study session on the subject.

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series of reprints of historic Catalina Islander articles. It has been edited. Originally published January 16, 1924.

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of  Sept. 6 to Sept. 12, 2017.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

September 6

For the Islander

Chip tossers of all ages turned out on Saturday, Sept. 2 for what has become a favorite Labor Day weekend event in Two Harbors. Started by the late James “Jimmy” Walker, a beloved Two Harbors renaissance man and local icon, the Annual Jimmy Walker Buffalo Chip Toss organizes competitors in four categories and challenges them to see who can fling buffalo poop the farthest.

The 2017 Annual Microbrew Fest held at Two Harbors was sold out on Saturday, Sept. 9. For the last 15 years, the special event’s staff at Two Harbors partnered with the Avalon Lions Club to raise funds for Avalon High School scholarships.  

Thirty-nine Avalon Lions and their guests journeyed from Avalon to Two Harbors on Lion Nate’s boat the “Epic.”

A fun-filled day was had by many and most notably the scholarship money raised is expected exceed $10,000.  

The U.S. Championship Catalina Channel Crossing is the pinnacle race of the Southern California Outrigger Association, where paddlers from all over California to Tahiti come to race.  It has been over 15 years since Avalon has had a representative in the race.  With the backing of the City of Avalon’s Community Service Department the Catalina Island Outrigger Canoe Club was reborn.

A swim to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Network in the name of Richard Kleinman will be hosted by the Catalina Island Swim Club on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:15 a.m.  Kleinman is a long time nurse at the Catalina Island Medical Center, husband, father, avid bike rider and an overall good guy.

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of  Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2017.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

August 30

• Nothing significant to report.

August 31

The Avalon City Council looked at a proposed lease for a restaurant at the end of the new Casino fuel dock, but instead directed staff to request proposals for the project.

The proposed lease’s provision for a 50-year lease appeared to be too long for some council members.  

In other news, the commander of the Avalon Station said Internal Affairs Bureau investigators would come to the Island next week to investigate the recent fatal shooting of a bison by a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy.

Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting, appetizers, and soothing live music where the sand meets the sea on South Beach on Sept. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. for the annual Catalina Island Wine Festival.

The Internal Affairs Bureau of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is investigating the recent shooting of a bison by an Avalon Station deputy. The bison reportedly charged at the deputy. The animal was euthanized. The Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Bureau  is headquartered on the mainland.

According to Capt. John Hocking, commander of the Avalon Station, no one from the Avalon Station will be conducting the investigation.

Capt. Hocking issued the following statement about the shooting:

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of  Aug. 23 to Aug. 29.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

August 23

Catalina Island Conservancy is celebrating the recent completion of Trekking Catalina, a new master trails system that includes 27 miles of new and enhanced hiking trails and is the biggest addition to the Catalina trails system since the completion of the Trans-Catalina Trail in 2009.

With the completion of Trekking Catalina, the Conservancy now offers 165 miles of recreational roads and hiking trails for visitors and residents to explore Catalina’s more than 42,000 acres of wildlands.

Although Avalon only experienced 60 percent coverage during the historic solar eclipse, it did not take away from the excitement. A large crowd gathered outside the Catalina Island Museum to take part in its activities related to the solar eclipse. Many hoped to snag a pair of solar eclipse glasses while others wanted to view the NASA feed of the path of totality in the comfort of the museum’s digital theater.

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of  Aug. 16 to Aug. 22.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

August 16

The Margaret G. Hall Scholarship Golf Tournament raised over $2,000 again to help keep the funds going for this wonderful award.

The tournament is in memory of Margaret Hall, a former resident whose family of 15—13 kids and mom and dad—grew up on Catalina Island during the summer months. Margaret worked at the school for many years as a playground attendant and volunteered as a chaperone for many basketball road trips.

After careful consideration, Jesus Ruiz has been promoted to editor of the Seal Beach Sun and the Catalina Islander Newspapers by Associate Publisher Steven Remery.

Ruiz has been with the newspapers’ parent company, Orange County Neighborhood Newspapers, for the past three years. He started in 2014 as a sports reporter and moved up the ranks to his most recent position as the Editor of the News Enterprise of Los Alamitos.