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March 1, 2009
I loved your story about "my" island Santa Catalina ("The Secret Island," Feb. 22). I am a native, and one of the times I miss most in my life away from the island is the winter. It's best when there's a good storm. I know it has become customary, but the island is Santa Catalina, named after St. Catherine of Alexandria. I wish we islanders had developed a horror of hearing just "Catalina," as San Franciscans react to someone saying "Frisco!" Otherwise, you did good. Bishop Sylvester D. Ryan Retired Bishop of Monterey Nipomo, Calif.
January 27, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three people were injured when their 22-foot power boat crashed near Two Harbors on Santa Catalina Island, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Monday night. Two of the victims were listed in critical condition. One was flown by a Fire Department helicopter to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and the other was taken by the U.S. Coast Guard to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, a fire dispatch supervisor said. The other victim appeared to have minor injuries after the accident, which was reported shortly after 7 p.m, the Fire Department said.
July 15, 2007 | GEOFF BOUCHER
ONE of the sunniest songs about Southern California began in frosty Chicago where a 10-year-old Cubs fan named Bruce Belland watched the movie reels about his team's spring practices on distant Santa Catalina Island. "I would sit there in the dark and stare at the players and those palm trees waving in the background and wonder 'How can it be that warm anywhere in the world when it is so cold here in Chicago?' " A year later Belland's family moved west, and he ended up at Hollywood High.
May 5, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO CATALINA By sea: Catalina Express offers frequent daily trips of about one hour from Long Beach and San Pedro to Avalon and less frequently from Dana Point to Avalon and from San Pedro to Two Harbors. Round-trip adult fare is $72.50, $2 more for the Dana Point trip. (800) 481-3470, Catalina Flyer (out of service until May 8) makes one round trip daily between Newport Beach and Avalon, departing at 9 a.m. from Balboa Pavilion and returning at 4:30 p.m. It's 75 minutes each way. Adult round-trip fare is $70. (800)
February 11, 1988 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Nelson Bunker Hunt, once one of the richest men in the country but now a financially plagued Texan trying to bail out the family's oil business, recently auctioned off nearly 600 of his horses for $46.9 million. In the horse business since 1955, Hunt was too emotionally scarred to attend the auction, and last week he put on hold the plan to sell the rest of his stock privately.
August 10, 2003 | MICHAEL T. JARVIS
Paradise has a way of getting paved over, and that goes double for beachy idylls. These days it's a "Survivor" world. It's a Waikiki world. It's a Club Med world. But not yet, thank goodness, on Catalina, where you can still find Old California a mere 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. It remains a slower, less fabulous but more courteous place whose salty charms are being celebrated in "Santa Catalina: In All the World No Trip Like This" at the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica.
July 12, 2002 | Steve Harvey
It's that time of the year, when the tourists descend on Catalina, dressed in their funny clothes and asking their funny questions. "My favorite is, 'Do the buffalo migrate?' " said Sherri Cline of the Landing Bar & Grill in Avalon. "We tell them, 'Yes, they swim across the channel [to L.A.].' " Cline said the island, which is a part of L.A. County ( not a sovereign nation), draws such wacky queries as: "Where do I go to have my currency changed?" "Is the water in the bay saltwater?"
Another race, another track. If someone in the country hasn't seen Siphonic run by now, it's because he or she hasn't been paying attention. Making his Santa Anita debut today, Siphonic will add another sticker to his trunk when he runs against five rival 3-year-olds--none of them a stakes winner--in the Santa Catalina Stakes. The 11/16-mile Santa Catalina is part of trainer David Hofmans' three-race plan to prepare Siphonic for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4.
March 30, 2008 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
From a breezy country club veranda overlooking the rooftops in the seaside resort village of Avalon, Robert Gonzalez waited anxiously Saturday for his name to be called by Mexican officials renewing his passport. Gonzalez, a 21-year-old construction worker and restaurant waiter who grew up on Santa Catalina Island, estimated he was saving hundreds of dollars by using the service provided by Mexican Consul General Juan Marcos Gutierrez-Gonzalez and 26 staffers who set up shop here for a day.
Entrepreneurs Nancy Sullivan-Geforos and Lewis Shear have a Christmas gift for Santa Catalina Island: a new radio station located in Avalon that will begin broadcasting at midnight tonight. "Merry Christmas, Catalina," will be the first words aired on KRCI-FM (92.7), the resort island's first commercial radio station in three decades. It will broadcast music and local news 24 hours a day at 3,000 watts--enough to cover the island and reach listeners from Redondo Beach to Dana Point as well.
May 5, 2013
Centennial Events Avalon will celebrate its 100th birthday throughout the year, but many events are taking place June 20-26 ( June 20 – Centennial Festival / Fair June 21 – Community Fish Fry June 22 – Xceptional Music Concert June 23 – Catalina Movie Night on the Beach (movies filmed in Catalina) June 24 – Community Picnic at Joe Machado Field June 25 – Local Band Night June 26 – Community Gala Dinner at the Casino A multimedia program showcasing Catalina's history will play at the Casino at specific times throughout the week.
May 5, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
AVALON - I'm standing at the railing, the late-morning sun warm on my face and hands, when the ship turns slightly and I see it, a rugged jumble of mountains jutting from the sea. We slow and enter the harbor, where a village clings to the hillside and colorfully painted speedboats flash by pulling water skiers. As we draw close to land, children swim out to our vessel yelling, "Throw a coin, throw a coin. " When I do, a boy dives, popping back to the surface clutching it and laughing.
December 16, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
PALO ALTO - Something was unusual about the 1663 map of the Western Hemisphere. Yes, much of the North and South American coasts followed contours geographers would recognize today. And in California, Santa Catalina, Santa Barbara and Point Reyes were clearly marked. But wait! What was that body of water marked Mare Vermiglio, or Red Sea, separating California from the mainland? And why was California a big carrot-shaped island? That geographic oddity caught the attention of Glen McLaughlin, an American businessman who was browsing through antique maps at a shop in London in 1971.
July 15, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Residents of the quaint Santa Catalina Island community of Avalon say it was bad enough that Southern California Edison Co. has increased their water rates by 300% over the last five years. Now, the utility wants to raise them an additional 83% in order to pay for infrastructure improvements that could make its aging utility here more attractive to prospective buyers. The proposal, if approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, will hike average bills of $25.43 per 100 cubic feet of water to $55.67 - roughly nine times higher than is paid in Los Angeles.
January 11, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Nearly two months after they began a controversial new investigation into Natalie Wood's death while sailing off Santa Catalina Island in 1981, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives have found no evidence to suggest that the cause was anything but accidental. Although the case has not been closed, a top Sheriff's Department official said it's highly unlikely any new ground will be broken on how the actress died. "At this point, it is an accidental death," said William McSweeney, the sheriff's chief of detectives.
November 18, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Sam Allen and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Thirty years after Natalie Wood died off Santa Catalina Island, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced Thursday that it was reopening the investigation into one of Hollywood's most enduring mysteries. Wood, 43, was boating off the island on Thanksgiving weekend 1981 with her husband, Robert Wagner, fellow actor Christopher Walken and others when she somehow went overboard and died. Officials at the time ruled her death an accident, but there has been much speculation since over whether there was more to the story.
The path to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4 begins in earnest Sunday. Souvenir Copy, the most accomplished 2-year-old in California last year, based on victories in the Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk Stakes, will make his first start of 1998 in the $100,000 Santa Catalina Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita. Idle since finishing a troubled fourth behind unbeaten Favorite Trick in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last Nov.
October 29, 1995 | SHARON BOORSTIN, Boorstin is a Los Angeles-based free-lance writer. and
The ocean was smooth enough for water-skiing early one October morning when my husband, Paul, and I boarded the sleek, 90-foot Catalina Express speedboat in San Pedro. Our destination was Two Harbors, an isolated spot on the isthmus of Catalina, where the two coasts of the island narrow to a mere half-mile apart.
September 6, 2011 | By Charles Fleming, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Nobody walks in L.A.? Ridiculous! This is one in a series of articles exploring the many opportunities for walking in (and around) a major city. RANCHO PALOS VERDES, DEL CERRO PARK Distance: 4 miles Duration: 1½ to 2 hours Difficulty: 3 Transportation: Drive south on Crenshaw Boulevard to Park Place or take the Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority bus Route 225 Notes: ...
August 19, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
An 18-foot, bright-yellow submarine drone is being tested off the coast of Santa Catalina Island for possible use by the U.S. military to stalk enemy waters, patrol local harbors for national security threats and scour ocean floors to detect environmental hazards. Although robotic aircraft already play a critical role in modern warfare, taking out insurgents with missile strikes in the skies above Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, the same robotic revolution hasn't taken place in the world's oceans.
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