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Catalina Islander has a new office assistant

The Catalina Islander this week welcomes its new office assistant, Kristy Throndson. Kristy has lived on Catalina Island for the last nine years. The transplanted East...

Avalon Rotary gets grant to assist community

The Rotary Club of Avalon has received a $3,000 Rotary District 5320 grant to assist low-income community members with the cost of boat transportation...

Rest in Peace: Janet Ross Given, 1937-2013

Janet Given was reunited with her husband, Bob Gifen, who left us in 2008, when she passed away from a brief illness, Friday, Jan....

Museum exhibit explores OSS scuba use on Catalina Island

Recently declassified documents, photographs and rare film footage reveal the Island’s top secret wartime history and its contributions to modern scuba diving in the...

KISL to hold National Radio Storytelling Workshop

Calling all aspiring writers, producers and journalists interested in radio storytelling. KISL Island Radio will host a week-long Transom Traveling Workshop on audio narrative Sunday,...

A short look at the history of Catalina’s schools

Avalon’s first school was established by Mrs. Sophie Wheeler in 1888.  This private school initially held classes in a home on Metropole Avenue, but...

Pet of the Week: Shelby

Sailor Chester Salisbury of the vessel “Siouxzie” says his 12-year-old, mixed ancestry, dog Shelby is a good camper. The two-member crew hit some rough seas...

Edison microturbines mean cleaner Island air

Former Catalina resident William A. Burke, Ed.D., chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District said he could remember when prevailing winds would...

Falcons send pest birds flying

Avalon’s falconry program has apparently caused the city’s feathered pests to see friendlier skies. Last October, the City Council approved a contract with On The...

Mysterious Island: Gentleman Bob and Scarface Al

In a couple of past columns I’ve regaled you with tales of Robert “Gentleman Bob” Hanley, one of Catalina’s most legendary and renowned seaplane...
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