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So here I am in the beautiful Florida Keys? How on earth did I get here 2,800 miles from home ? Did I swim? Well no, not quite. But in fact wherever the ocean is, Wade is, and since  we arrived here to the American Caribbean safely won’t you grab your trunks and join me for  my daily swim? OK then, vamonos!  

For the Islander

The Catalina Island Museum and Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce are bringing a traditional Chinese Lion Dance performance to Avalon. The Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) celebration will take place during First Fridays at the Museum on Friday, Feb. 2.  

Rocky Rinehart passed away Dec. 27, 2017 after a short illness. He was born in Avalon at the old hospital on Sumner Avenue, on May 22, 1953.

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, 2018.

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.

A reader questions hospital transit tax

I understand that the new “hospital” will be adding $10 to each of our commuter books and charging an extra $1 to every visitor to the island in order to raise enough money to build a new facility.

If that is the case, and they need so much money, why are they buying uniforms for all the nurses? Uniforms that they don’t want or need.

If they need the money for the facility, why are they wasting it on uniforms?

Rosie Taylor

For the Islander

The unique looking buses that have been turning heads around town lately are Catalina Island Company’s newest tour vehicles. Manufactured in Lancaster, California, by BYD, they are the world’s first long-range 23-foot battery-electric motor coaches, and the first ever used in Southern California.

For the Islander

“We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of David N. Young as the editor of the Sun,” said Group Publisher Steven Remery, Orange County Neighborhood Newspapers, Inc., the parent company of the Islander.

“Based on the level of community engagement David has achieved at the News Enterprise, we are excited and encouraged that we have a team that can build an even stronger bond of trust and relevance with our readers,” he said.  

Early today, Friday, Jan. 12, the Avalon City Council voted unanimously to place a proposed $1 transit tax on the April 2018 ballot. The $1 per ticket tax would go to pay for a new hospital for Avalon. The cost of the new hospital has been put at $50 to $60 million. For more details, see the Friday, Jan. 19, print edition of the Catalina Islander.

Hannah Harn, For the Islander

The Avalon 50 Mile Benefit Run will be held Saturday, January 20th, 2018. This is the run’s 40th anniversary and all proceeds will go to support the Avalon Lions Club. Because it is a pledge run, runners will collect and donate money to the Lions Club, which in turn support island initiatives like scholarships for graduating seniors and the Catalina Island Conservancy.

Every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting), the Catalina Island Conservancy and its volunteer cohort storm the beaches of Catalina and clean.

Turning out to volunteer

Updates from the Catalina Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau indicate they will be “ringing in the New Year” with new marketing programs designed to build on recent successes.

According to the Chamber, this year’s goal is to “drive overnight visitation to Catalina Island midweek and weekends during time periods having ample lodging availability.”

In short, the Chamber says their marketing campaign will drive consumer visitation during peak periods, which are generally spring and fall.

“Start the New Year laughing.” That’s the advice of California native and author Paula Thomas, whose new book takes readers on a heartwarming and hilarious tour of the small-town beach cities she knew in her youth.

“Potluck: Little Stories From a Big Table” features a selection of family friendly, entertaining and relatable stories about a rambunctious childhood on Catalina Island, in Seal Beach, and other places.

Catalina CHOICES (Citizens Helping Our Island Children End Substance Abuse) was recently named the recipient of a $10,000 grant by Southern California Edison.

The grant was announced two weeks ago by Darla Vasquez, grant administrator for the utility.

“Once again, Edison has shown its commitment to the people of Catalina with this generous donation,” said Rhonda Kalish, programs director for CHOICES.  

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of Jan. 3, 2018 to Jan. 9, 2018.

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.

January 3

On Jan 4-6, six teams competed in the Avalon Basketball Classic.  This was a small school tournament that allowed teams, Avalon, Bishop Diego, Malibu, Nordhoff, Vaughn and Wildwood, to come and compete with similar talents. This was proven when eight of the 12 games played went down to the final seconds to determine the winners.  

While gowns and black ties are common in Hollywood for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, Catalina Island will have its own red carpet glam, paparazzi, and a special connection to the Academy Awards. The Catalina Island Medical Center, supported by the city, Chamber and others within the community, have planned “An Evening with Oscar” to coincide with the Academy Award telecast.

Participants will be treated to their own Catalina Island glamour shots, red carpet interviews and other aspects of what is expected to be a black tie affair.

Toyota Motor Sales, USA made a donation of 10 Toyota Scion iQ electric vehicles to the Catalina Island Conservancy for the nonprofit organization to use in transporting staff and visitors on the Island.

The compact, battery-powered vehicles will help the Conservancy meet its commitment to sustainable operations by contributing to reduction of emissions on the Island and will take up limited space in the town of Avalon, where parking is at a premium.


Her name is Scarlett and she lives here in Avalon. She is a Red Lory Parrot She has been my companion for 24 years—Rita Ann Whitaker

Avalon saw 11 days of wind advisories in December: nine days of small craft advisories and two days of gale advisories.  Of the 11 total days, six of them were Dec. 4 through 9.  One sail boat broke anchor and ran aground at Pebbly Beach and another broke its mooring and ran aground at Hamilton Cove.  The first boat was not salvageable, but the second was pulled off the beach with little damage. 

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series of reprints of historic Catalina Islander articles.

From the Catalina Islander, Wednesday, January 7, 1925
Four hundred thousand persons saw the Catalina Island float in the Rose Tournament parade at Pasadena, January 1. In Class A, there were twenty-five competitive floats and our float captured fifth prize! Glendale won first prize in Class A, Long Beach, second; Pacific Palisades, third; Ontario, fourth; Catalina Island, fifth; Tujunga, sixth; and Flintridge, seventh.