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January 22, 2018 - 4:51am

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Name: Yolanda “Yoli” Montano

Occupation: General Manager

Age: 44

Number of years on Catalina: 44


Name: WF (Oley) Olsen
Occupation: Retired
Age: 64
Number of years on Catalina: 48

Our City, like others in the USA and around the world, is facing some real challenges ahead. Now, more than ever, Avalon desperately needs Council Members that will lead for the betterment of Avalon, rather than what is popular.  I have been and will be that leader.

Michael Ponce

I am employed by Catalina Island Vacation Rentals as a Reservation Specialist.  I am 60 years old and I have resided in Avalon for 20 years.

We need to elect a City Council that sets goals and policies that will benefit the entire community’s well-being. 

We need a City Council that can function in a unified, unbiased manner and to find effective solutions to any issue at hand.

We need to be able to involve all the stakeholders of our community in planning for the future.

Sandra Putnam

Age 72 and 72 years on the Island


Nearly 1,000 walkers and runners will take to the streets of Avalon and Catalina Island’s wildlands on Saturday for the Catalina Island Marathon, an annual event that helps support the Catalina Island Conservancy’s mission to restore and protect the Island. The marathon will feature the historic marathon course used largely since the first year on the Conservancy’s lands. This includes the rugged terrain, spectacular vistas and special challenges enjoyed by renowned runner Hans Albrecht and friends in the earliest days of the event under his management.

Catalina Express is the gift that keeps on giving. In addition to continuing its hugely popular Ride Free on Your Birthday promotion, Catalina Express, the leading ferry service to Catalina Island, with departures from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point to Avalon and Two Harbors, announced this week that it is lowering its fares along with the launch of a new departure schedule, beginning today, March 11.

Federal wildlife officials recently proposed removing three subspecies of foxes native to California’s Channel Islands from the Endangered Species list. If the proposal is approved, the Catalina Island Fox would be reclassified, or “downlisted” as threatened. The public has until April 18 to comment on the proposal.

According to Julie King, Catalina Island Conservancy director of Conservation & Wildlife Management, the Conservancy’s work with the Island Fox is not yet done.

The 35th Annual Avalon Benefit 50-Mile Run is still scheduled to start at 5 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, provided cross channel boats are able to bring runners to the race.

“As happens occasionally on Catalina Island we are keeping a close eye on the storm system passing through southern California,” according to a statement issued by race directors Mike Bone and John Regalado.

“As long as the Cross Channel carriers are traveling to get runners to the island then we are planning on running,” according to Bone and Regalado.

Until recently, endangered foxes on California’s Catalina Island were suffering from one of the highest prevalence of tumors ever documented in a wildlife population, UC Davis scientists have found. But treatment of ear mites appears to be helping the wild animals recover.

The 22nd Annual Avalon Shop At Home Night is Saturday, Dec. 5, from 5 – 9 p.m It’s a merry way to get into the holiday spirit, enter to win prizes, enjoy the yuletide entertainment, and have a fun money-saving evening of holiday shopping, while supporting the community.