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History of Bald Eagles on Catalina

By Frank Hein Conservancy Director of Education Bald eagles aren’t newcomers to Catalina Island. They’ve been documented to have been on the Island since pre-Columbian times,...

Harbour Activity Report: September 2012

Wonderful weather, warm sea temperatures, calm seas and great events contributed to a great month for the Harbor. Our average high temperature was 74...

Ongoing Jazztrax Fest thrills

The first weekend of Catalina Island Jazztrax Festival, an annual music celebration that features the best musicians of smooth Jazz in the country at...

Football player out of ICU

The varsity quarterback who suffered a brain injury during the Avalon High School game is now out of the intensive care unit, according to...

Farewell to a Catalina pilot

He was a pilot, a politician, philanthropist and Boy Scout. Hugh T. “Bud” Smith exemplified those roles in his home of Catalina Island. Although Smith...

Where in the world is Juan Cabrillo?

From our “Maritime Mysteries” department comes this week’s column on an age-old, head-scratching riddle that has dogged historians for decades.  I know that just...

Catalina’s “Underworld”—Part 2

For nearly a century, Catalina Island was poked and prodded by mining interests in the pursuit of a variety of earth’s metallic treasures, notably...

The Most Mysterious Mine of All

Many years ago, for reasons long forgotten, I found myself spending a rainy night in Long Beach after missing the last boat to the...

Underworld: Part 1

This is the first of a three-part series on the mysterious system of natural caves and man-made mines on Catalina. We all know and love...

The Strange ‘Backside Lights’

Most regions of the country have, as part of their folklore, tales of “mysterious lights” that appear to lucky observers from time to time. Known...
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