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January 22, 2018 - 4:51am

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The annual Catalina Eco Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on Catalina Island on Saturday, Nov. 21, and the Catalina Island Conservancy and Spectrum Sports Management are working together to make this year’s event the greenest yet.

Some storm surge from Hurricane Patricia that made landfall just North-West of Manzanillo, Mexico made it up to Catalina this week. Photo by Dave Estrada

Join hydro-geology consultants Phil Oberlander and Steve Dickey for a community forum on Catalina Island’s water resources. This monthly event series will be held at the City Hall Council Chambers:

• Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 5-6 p.m., focusing on the Avalon Canyon watershed

• Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 5:30- 7:30 p.m., on the proposed Avalon Canyon bedrock well

• Thursday, Dec. 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., on the permitting process and timeline for a municipal supply well

Dust mitigation plans have been submitted to air quality regulators after the discovery of naturally occurring asbestos at El Rancho Escondido.

E.R.E. Ventures LLC, the company that owns and operates El Rancho Escondido, is currently working with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to implement a comprehensive dust control and monitoring program in connection with construction occurring at the site.

Fairy tales and myths portray bats as symbols of evil, ingredients to be stirred into witches’ brews and the cause of children’s nightmares. In reality, these flying mammals are essential to the ecosystem on Catalina Island and around the world because they consume insects, pollinate flowers and disperse fruit and plant seeds.

A single-engine Cessna 172 airplane missed the runway while landing at the Catalina Island Airport in the Sky at 4:08 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, and fell onto the roadway below.


Witnesses said the three people who were in the airplane were able to leave the wreckage on their own.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's and Fire departments were summoned to the scene. The Catalina Island Conservancy operates the Airport in the Sky, and its airport staff and rangers assisted the pilot and two passengers.


Celebrated documentary Director/Producer Roya Aryanpad proves she can deliver socially significant films in the fiction arena with her award-winning short, “Jacob Stone.”

The film was set to screen as an “Official Selection” at the 2015 Burbank International Film Festival on Sept. 11, where it has already earned a nomination in the “Best Short Films by Women” category; and then at the 2015 Catalina Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

This year Catalina’s main city of Avalon is on track to beat records on number of annual visitors to the Island. So far this year, as of the end of August, there have been over 675,000 visitors to the Island.

The Avalon Lancers Football teams opened up its season with a 58-6 win over Discovery Prep High School last Friday. The game was in Avalon’s favor for most of the night and the heart and focus shined through.

One of the biggest stars of the 1930s, Errol Flynn was the original bad boy of Hollywood.

He starred in such swashbuckling roles as “Captain Blood,” “Don Juan” and “Robin Hood.”

His friends were among the most famous actors and directors of the era, such as David Niven, Johnny Weissmuller and Humphrey Bogart. All of which enjoyed the freedom of sailing to Catalina Island on a whim to drink and party.