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The Avalon Boys Basketball team has been working all season long on improving as a team and their work has finally paid off. They have won seven out of 10 league games and are returning to the CIF Playoffs.  They defeated St. Michaels twice, TVT twice and Samueli Academy twice. They split with Southlands Christian and lost both games to undefeated league champs Fairmont Prep. They enter the playoffs as a second seed with a 7 and 3 league record.  

Going into the last two games against Vivian Webb High School the Avalon Lady Lancers knew what was at stake.  Either win these last two games of the season or stay home for the playoffs.

There are many fine people who work at SCE and provide electric, gas and water services to Avalon. No one doubts this fact. We understand that operations in Avalon and Catalina Island are directed from Southern California Edison corporate offices on the mainland.

There are a number of outstanding issues that need to be positively addressed in order to ensure that Avalon has a year-round and sustainable fresh water supply. Only SCE corporate officials can provide these answers, and City officials are persevering to get answers for the City Council and community.

The youngsters eagerly hiked nearly three miles roundtrip to Catalina’s Ben Weston Beach, frequently stopping on the trail to ask about plants and bugs and how they fit into the Island’s ecosystem.

The audience applauded Tuesday night when a Southern California Edison representative told the City Council that Avalon water rationing would be “adjusted” down to 25 percent. Most Avalon residents, more than 90 percent, according to an Edison statement, will see their water limits reduced. The change officially went into effect Tuesday.

Some Islanders will still have to save 50 percent of their baseline water use: residents of the West End, the Isthmus, White’s Landing, Tonyon, the Airport-in-the-Sky, Little Harbor, Blackjack and Empire Landing.

In March 2016, Jason Paret, CEO contracted with Press Ganey, an industry leader in measuring and evaluating hospital performance, to know “what we do well and what needs to change.”  Patients are asked to grade their most recent health care experiences in the emergency department, physician’s office, laboratory, radiology and physical therapy.  

The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the period of Jan. 25 to Jan. 30.

“It is important to note that no assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided in this report,” said Capt. Doug Fetteroll, commander of the station.

“Many people who get arrested do not get convicted or even charged with crimes for which they have been arrested,” he said.

The Recent Storms

For Christmas this year, my husband and I flew in from Seattle and our son flew in from Chicago. We rented a condo, we ate at all the restaurants, we rented a golf cart, and we took a three hour jeep tour of the interior.

We had a great time. We loved when the boats stopped running during the high winds on Christmas and we all became a little island cut off from the world.

The Lady Lancers Soccer Club gives back to the community on their day off - to say thanks for the support!

Kid Ventures and the Avalon High’s Lady Lancers Soccer team up on a wild and blustery-double red flag day (last weekend) to get things cleaned up for the kids of the community. Worthy of note … eight of these Lady Lancers once attended Kid Ventures anywhere from 13-17 years ago.

Coach Andrew would like to personally thank Director Carol Ann Burcombe for making it happen!

The Catalina Island Museum invites kids of all ages to a marionette show and movies during First Fridays at the Museum on Feb. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Each month the Catalina Island Museum provides a unique themed experience and an opportunity to explore its galleries, digital theater and Museum Store after hours.

The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation will be returning to the red carpet on Sunday, Feb. 26, for its annual An Evening with Oscar fundraiser.

The popular event is held in the world-famous Casino Ballroom and has become a highlight of the winter calendar on Catalina Island.

“Why does Avalon have to be held hostage to SCE?”

I recall reading an earlier report where the State of California is awarding Catalina a $10 million grant to put towards finding solutions with the water problem in Avalon.

Why hasn’t anybody taken the technology that was developed for the Normandy invasion back in World War II but has since been improved by the oil industry with the P.L.U.T.O. (Pipeline Under The Ocean) System and thought about doing the same from Long Beach to Avalon?

The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the period of Jan. 18 to Jan. 24.

“It is important to note that no assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided in this report,” said Capt. Doug Fetteroll, commander of the station.

“Many people who get arrested do not get convicted or even charged with crimes for which they have been arrested,” he said.

The value of social media
to law enforcement

The “Mammovan” will be in Avalon to offer mammography at Catalina Island Medical Center’s Medical Group Office on Friday March 17 and Saturday March 18.

According to the American Cancer Society “one out of every eight women” will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.

Seymour Beek has a lifetime of Catalina Island memories. He first came to the Island at the age of 5 with his father, who owned the historic Balboa Island Ferry that transports vehicles and passengers between Newport Beach and the popular island getaway.

He remembers kids diving for coins tossed into Avalon Bay by passengers on the old steamboat.

As of Friday, Jan. 20, the water level at Middle Ranch reservoir measured 137 acre feet.

The water level was 133 acre feet when it was last measured on Jan. 12. That was a 2 acre foot increase from the Jan. 5 measurement.  

The Catalina Island Museum has reached a major milestone this week by announcing it will present an exhibition of works by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibition, Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum, will open on March 26, 2017 and run through December 11, 2017.  

The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the period of  Jan. 11 to Jan. 17.

“It is important to note that no assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided in this report,” said Capt. Doug Fetteroll, commander of the station.

“Many people who get arrested do not get convicted or even charged with crimes for which they have been arrested,” he said.

Station’s BEAR Program Continues Strong in 2017

An informal online Catalina Islander survey found many residents concerned about housing, water and land use. The Islander also emailed City officials, who expressed concerns about water, housing and infrastructure.

The Islander asked residents, “What are the challenges and opportunities facing Avalon in the year ahead?”

The survey was taken in late December and early January, before the recent start of rainy weather.

The public’s perspective

The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the period of  Jan. 4 to Jan. 10.

“It is important to note that no assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided in this report,” said Capt. Doug Fetteroll, commander of the station.

“Many people who get arrested do not get convicted or even charged with crimes for which they have been arrested,” he said.

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