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Angler Tim Mullahey of Murrieta, caught this 155-pound marlin near Santa Barbara Island on board the vessel Latitude Adjustment, with Captain Chuck Robertson at the helm.  Photo by Dave Estrada

The new desalination unit arrived safely to its new home at the Southern California Edison plant on Monday Aug. 24, and is now resting with an ocean view down Pebbly Beach Road.

For the third time in several years, an oarfish washed up on Catalina Island this week. The oarfish is seldom seen alive, as it generally prefers waters about 600 feet deep. Above left, Annie MacAulay (in the green shirt), president of  Mountain and Sea Adventures, and Misty Paig-Tran (in pink), of California State University, Fullerton, are part of the group measuring the oarfish. Paig-Tran, an assistant professor of Animal Functional Morphology/Biomechanics, flew over to Catalina when the fish was discovered.

“Affordable family fun,” said Mary Tran of Let’s Play OC! “If you’re looking for something inexpensive yet fun and informative to do on Santa Catalina Island, you’ll want to visit the Catalina Island Museum.”

All children, age 15 and under, receive free admission to the Catalina Island Museum every day.

Recently the museum introduced a treasure map to guide its young patrons through the galleries.

The Lady Lancers basketball program is ahead of schedule to getting back to accomplishing their future goals.

Brent Rose of Huntington Beach, son of John Rose and nephew of Roy Rose (third generation Islanders) caught the first marlin of the season on Saturday, Aug. 1. The marlin weighed 154 pounds and was caught on the vessel Jeta with Capt. Brett Clarke. Photo by Dave Estrada

In an effort to encourage water conservation among visitors to the island, the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau has launched a new program called Island Green.

In recent meetings with area hotels, it was determined that a greater incentive for conservation among visitors would help to reduce consumption even more than the impressive 30 plus percent decreases, already obtained.  

Partners felt it was imperative that the message be friendly and welcoming to their guests.  


John Leonard Connolly Jr. was born in Long Beach California to John and Bertha Connolly. Ten days later, he held the record as the youngest child to fly via seaplane to Catalina Island, where his father’s company, Connolly Pacific operated the quarry. So began John’s lifetime love for the Island.



KAMP, a performing arts day camp experience—has just finished its first session to rave reviews.  




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.