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Greetings, my name is Wade McDonald and I possess a deep down passion for our oceans and the Marine life that calls it home. Please join me weekly as I share this magical underwater world with you as well as some interesting facts you may or may not have known. Sit back and relax, no scuba tank is required, let me be your guide, and enjoy. Now for your official Marine Forecast in effect for Saturday Oct. 21: Inner Waters from Point Mugu to San Mateo Point, including Catalina Island, NW Winds 15 to 20 with gusts up to 25. Combined Seas 3 to 5 feet.

Capt. John Hocking, commander of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Station in Avalon, was on patrol when he saw one of the locals enjoying the beautiful scenery.  Avalon is so beautiful, even the deer stop to enjoy the view.

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of  Oct. 12 to Oct. 17.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

October 12

The following is a message from the Catalina Express:

“On its 30th anniversary in 2012 Catalina Express launched its ‘Birthday Ride’ promotion and its ‘Birthday Island’ partnership. Since then, the ferry company has been proud to continue the promotion for six years, which has resulted in nearly 500,000 registrations and 200,000 round-trip voyages.

The Avalon Lancer football team traveled to Laverne Lutheran last Saturday and came home with a 40-32 victory.

The team really stepped up in its first league game.  

Quarterback Jose Gomez led the Lancer offense and was a great leader throughout a game that had many ups and downs.  

The Catalina Island Conservancy announced recently that it received a $250,000 grant from Andeavor to support its NatureWorks program, an innovative partnership with the Long Beach United School District that offers students strong academic and field experiences on Catalina. The program helps students see firsthand how they could work in ecotourism, conservation or other fields requiring STEM-related skills.

Statistics released this week by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau and the city of Avalon indicate visitor counts and revenue through June of 2017 are up significantly over last year, even after a first quarter dip due to weather issues.

The data indicates tax collections for the city of Avalon were generally up across the board while visitor counts are up as well.

The City Council introduced two new laws this week that will regulate marijuana use in Avalon. The council voted unanimously to approve a new law that will allow mobile distribution of medical marijuana on the Island, said to City Attorney Scott Campbell. For now, the city will allow just one dispensary service to operate in Avalon. That business will be selected at another time, said Campbell. The council voted 4-1 to allow personal cultivation of marijuana indoors and outdoors. Councilman Oley Olsen cast the dissenting vote because he opposed outdoor cultivation.

My dad, Island resident Cal Parsons, recently represented the United States by competing in the World Championship Grand Final Triathlon held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He was invited to join Team USA after qualifying last year in the National Championships in August 2016 held in Omaha, Nebraska. The top 10 percent of age group athletes from all 50 states are invited to the Nationals. Top ath letes from the Nationals are invited to join Team USA and represent the United States at the World Grand Final Championship, which is held annually in different locations worldwide.

Catalina Island officials are exploring a variety of avenues to leverage its performance and visual arts assets to create an enhanced entertainment destination.

Catalina Island celebrated its 7th Annual Film Festival recently and its much-celebrated JazzTrax festival that starts this weekend.

Now, the Island is seriously considering the development of more entertainment options to add to its existing revenue base, Chamber President Jim Luttjohann confirmed this week.

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of  Oct. 4 to Oct. 11.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

October 4

The most elaborate science fiction film ever made—“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”—was released 40 years ago. You are invited to celebrate the film’s anniversary during a unique event at the Catalina Island Museum on Saturday, Oct. 28 in its outdoor Ackerman Family Amphitheater. Only 100 tickets are available.

Restaurants bite the dust

Are you as sorry as I am to see another one of our favorite restaurants bite the dust?

More than eight Catalina Island couples were at the Route 91 Las Vegas concert when the shooting erupted and thankfully, they all made it back. Their lives were changed forever and remembered the victims on Thursday with a candlelight vigil in Avalon.

One of Catalina Island's most enduring music festivals is underway as top artists are on the island to make it a smooth jazz weekend.

The 31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, the longest running Smooth Jazz festival in America. In the historic 1929 Casino Ballroom, 20+ different stars of Smooth Jazz – two consecutive October weekends for Smooth Jazz lovers all over the world. Thursday night “Unplugged” at Descanso Beach Club and Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Casino Ballroom.

This week, the City Council directed Avalon staff to bring back an ordinance regulating marijuana use at the next council meeting. The decision concluded a roughly two-hour discussion of a draft of a possible city cannabis law.  

According to Mayor Anni Marshall, the new law will:

• Allow delivery of medical marijuana to homes and to hotels. Business hours will be limited to 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series of reprints of historic Catalina Islander articles. This article was the second of two published in 1924 that questioned the commitment to sportsmanship of author and pioneer angler Zane Grey after he wrote an article advocating a stronger line for catching certain fish. It was originally published Wednesday, Jan. 26, 1924.

The Catalina Island Conservancy invites residents to join its “Families in Nature” program for a hauntingly fun evening of dancing, crafts, games, prizes and delicious treats at the Second Annual Halloween in the Garden party on Oct. 29 at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden.

The Halloween celebration will be from 4 to 8 p.m. and will include a costume contest, a scavenger hunt, a DJ Dance Party and opportunities to experience spooky mayhem and capture the moment in pictures.

Coming off its first wildly successful blockbuster exhibition Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum, the Catalina Island Museum looks to strengthen its relationship to Southern California art enthusiasts through two first-time exhibitions: “José Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico” and “Destination Paradise: 100 Years of Catalina Advertising Design.”

Take a glimpse inside life on Catalina Island at the Annual Avalon Home Tour, benefitting the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. This year’s tour will be held on Oct. 21. If you’ve ever wondered what living in Avalon is like, this one-of-a-kind tour is your chance to find out.

The Avalon Home Tour is a self-paced look into six of the most unique homes on the Island. In addition to touring six homes, guests will also enjoy a welcome reception with light refreshments at the historic Tuna Club of Avalon, which is located at 100 St. Catherine Way.