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The Catalina Island Conservancy’s Trailhead Visitor Center is the flagship project of the organization’s Imagine Catalina long-range strategic vision and master plan. Exposing the exciting story of Catalina’s natural history, the wildness and beauty of the Island, its educational programming and the important conservation work is critical to the mission of the Conservancy with the over 1 million annual visitors to the Island. Visitors will gain easier access to natural, educational and recreational options to fully enjoy the wonders of Catalina Island.

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of  Aug. 2 to Aug. 8.

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 2

A new city designation will allow Avalon more access to grant funding to support desalination on the Island.

The City Council in Avalon continues to pursue funding for improvements to the desalinization facilities operated by Southern California Edison. Applications for State Proposition 1 funds  are  due  September 1  with  grant fund  award  notices  going  out  in December or by January 2018.

Two one-time-only special events will take place back-to-back next month on Catalina Island.   Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9, is a live Falconry Experience that will offer a fascinating glimpse into the ancient world of falconry.  The program begins at 11 at Overlook Hall (209 East Whittley) and will be the only one of its kind offered this year.  

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of  July 26 to Aug. 1.

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.

July 26

Pablo Secundino Murillo born March 28th, 1965 in Mexico City and passed away July 18th, 2017 in his family’s home, where he was born. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday Sep. 3rd on the island.

“There’s no crying in baseball!” That famous line is from A League of Their Own released 25 years ago. The film – based on a true story with a connection to Catalina Island – will be featured during Movies at the Museum in the Catalina Island Museum’s outdoor amphitheater on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at dusk.

Starring Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks, the film tells the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that was created by Philip K. Wrigley during World War II.

The Avalon City Council, acting as the Board of Trustees for the local hospital, unanimously reappointed Michael Ponce and Catrina Awalt to the Catalina Island Medical Center’s Board of Directors. Ponce is a former council member. Awalt is a local businesswoman and former member of the Chamber of Commerce board. Ponce and Awalt recently completed their first three-year terms on the CIMC Board of Directors and reapplied for the positions.

The history of Catalina Island’s Tuna Club is legendary. World-record catches of big-game fish, famous members, and concerns about conservation encompassed the original charter of the club. One day each year the Tuna Club’s historic clubhouse opens its doors to the public. All proceeds directly benefit the day-to-day operations of the Catalina Island Museum.

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of  July 19 to July 25.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Many people whoare arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

July 19

• Deputies received a call in the 120 block of Marilla Avenue of a domestic violence incident.  The deputies determined the couple were only arguing and did not violate any laws.

The Avalon City Council will hold a study session 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1, to look at the city’s legal options now that voters have legalized adult recreational marijuana use. The regular council meeting begins at 6 p.m. The state government has a January 2018 deadline to establish rules and regulations for legal cannabis. According to news reports, it is not clear if state agencies will be able to meet that deadline. Cities, meanwhile, have until January to decide whether to allow marijuana and, if so, how to regulate it locally.

Bernie and Martin Curtin, owners of Catalina Island Inn, are pleased to welcome Mark Phelps as the hotel’s new General Manager.

“After almost 40 years, Martin and I are stepping back a bit from the day-to-day operations of the hotel,” Bernie Curtin said.

For the Islander

The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau recently named the Catalina Island Medical Center the Harvey Cowell Business of the Year for 2017.

The Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation held its “BELLissimo!” fundraiser on Saturday, July 15, during which it formally announced the plans and fundraising goal for the restoration of the tower and its chimes.  

The event was held at Castillo del Mar, the beautiful home of Blanny Avalon Hagenah, drawing more than 70 community members and island visitors, whose love of the Chimes Tower and eagerness to help contributed a sense of excitement to the fun-filled evening.  

Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum has been tremendously popular since it opened in late March. This museum-wide exhibition features some of Dale Chihuly’s most iconic works and groundbreaking explorations in color, light and form. For the summer, the Catalina Island Museum is offering extended hours every Thursday evening through Aug. 31 staying open till 9 p.m. for Chihuly at Sunset.

Editor’s note:

The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of July 12 to July 18.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Many people whoare arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

July 12

By Avalon Harbor Department

For the Islander

The third weekend of the month saw almost 50 boats from three different groups:  Del Rey Yacht Club, PMYC and a Go Fast Fun Run from Long Beach to Avalon.  Many of the Go Fasts also ended up spending the night!  

Father’s Day weekend is always a hit and it’s great to see the Dad’s and their families enjoy themselves.

It will be one year that I have been back on  the  job  in  Avalon as city manager as of July 15. It is great to be  back  here.  I am  honored  and privileged to work for Mayor Anni Marshall and council members on behalf of the community.  

I am also so pleased with the support and cooperation I have received from members of the community.

One day each year the Catalina Island Museum partners with the Tuna Club of Avalon to reveal the rich history and traditions of sport fishing on Catalina Island. On Saturday, Aug. 5, you have the opportunity to tour the world-famous Tuna Club, a nationally registered historic landmark and the oldest fishing club in the world.  

Access to the historic clubhouse founded in 1898 is restricted, but once a year, when it opens its doors to the public to benefit the Catalina Island Museum.

July 1

Deputies responded to 128 Catalina Ave. regarding a boyfriend-girlfriend argument.  Upon their arrival, they contacted the two individuals.  The deputies determined no crimes had been committed and both were allowed to leave.

July 2

Nothing significant to report.

July 3