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    Drought Shuts Water Recovery Plant

    Drought Shuts Water Recovery Plant

    By Rita Robinson | LB Indy South Coast Water District shut down its groundwater recovery plant in Dana Point Monday because there’s little to no water coming from the source, the San Juan Groundwater Basin, district officials announced Tuesday. The Dana Point facility produced 15 percent of the district’s drinkable water, or 400 million gallons […]

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    Church Without Walls Looks Outward

    Church Without Walls Looks Outward

    By Donna Furey | LB Indy A non-traditional breakfast club held their first meeting this month at Zinc Café on Ocean Avenue. All are members of the two-year old Salt Church of Laguna Beach, who are led in bible study by a veteran pastor, Gene Molway. The group relocated from The White House restaurant, which […]

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    Public Envisions Ideal Police Chief

    Public Envisions Ideal Police Chief

    By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Integrity, the ability to interact compassionately with the community and an understanding of the uniqueness of Laguna Beach are among the top qualities residents hope their new police chief will possess. These and other preferences surfaced at a forum held this past Tuesday, Sept. 9, to gauge public opinion […]

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    Scientists at Odds Over Sea Star Die-Off

    Scientists at Odds Over Sea Star Die-Off

    By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Scientists are at odds and still at a loss in their attempts to pinpoint the culprit behind the massive die-off of sea stars along the California coast this last year. Water pollution is surfacing as a suspected cause, they say, while research continues. Meanwhile, local ocean observers are sighting […]

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    Candidate Denies Fabricating His Resume

    Candidate Denies Fabricating His Resume

    “I am who I am. I am an honest man. I’m not trying to deceive anybody. I’m just here to work tirelessly to get this city moving again,” said restaurateur Jon Madison, a City Council candidate responding to a newspaper article questioning the details of his resume. Since the story was published Sunday, Sept. 7, […]

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    Drop in Cell Service Panics Officials

    Drop in Cell Service Panics Officials

    By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Alarmed by what seemed to be an abrupt disruption of cell phone service to AT&T customers in downtown Laguna Beach last Friday, Aug. 29, city officials returned to work after the three-day weekend poised to act. In their haste to remedy what seemed an urgent problem, they apparently misinterpreted […]

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    The New Look of Bluegrass Arrives at The Ranch

    The New Look of Bluegrass Arrives at The Ranch

    Laguna Beach Live! brings The Barefoot Movement bluegrass players to The Ranch, 31106 Coast Highway, on Sunday, Sept. 21 for an outdoor family concert from 5 – 7 p.m. The BBQ warms up at 4 p.m. when entertainment is provided by Evan J. Marshall, a mandolinist. The Barefoot Movement were first runners up at the […]

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    Book Store Opens a Foreign Outpost

    Book Store Opens a Foreign Outpost

    By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Among Latin American writers, Isabel Allende, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gabriel Garcia-Marquez are some of the most immediately recognizable names to U.S. readers, in part because their works have been widely translated and made into movies. In a first foray into the world of Latin American literature, Laguna Beach […]

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    Laguna Native Pokes Fun at Himself

    Laguna Native Pokes Fun at Himself

    Writer-performer Rufino Cabang will present his autobiographical musical parody show, “The Fauxriginal Soundtrack,” for two evenings at No Square Theatre 384 Legion St. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21. “It’s a comedy concert about my life, but it’s definitely not a one-man show,” says Cabang. “My great friend Saif Eddin is no less […]

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    Benefits and Benefactors

    Benefits and Benefactors

    Stars Come Out for Festival Gala Al Jarreau performed to nearly 3,000 fans at the Festival of Arts and celebrity guests enjoyed a private showing of the Pageant of the Masters during an end-of-season gala last month that raised $250,000. Television’s Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, A.J. Cook, and Matthew Gray Gubler of “Criminal Minds” turned […]

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     Hurricane Lowell Brings Big Waves, Near-record Numbers to 51st Brooks

    Hurricane Lowell Brings Big Waves, Near-record Numbers to 51st Brooks

    By Robert Campbell | LB Indy   The long arms of Hurricane Lowell, spinning just off the coast of Baja California, pushed overhead southern swells into Laguna Beach last weekend, setting up near-perfect conditions for the 51st edition of the Brooks Street Surfing Classic, a two-day event billed as the world’s longest running surfing contest. […]

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    Indy Travels Into the Wild, the West and Beyond

    Indy Travels Into the Wild, the West and Beyond

    We welcome a photo from your adventures exploring far-flung destinations. Pack the Indy and send along a high resolution image with a caption about the backdrop to [email protected]    

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    Exploring the Backyard Wilderness

    Exploring the Backyard Wilderness

    Photos and story by Ron Chilcote Above El Morro Elementary School, at Laguna Beach’s northern edge, is a trail access entrance to the upper portion of Crystal Cove State Park. Those who hike the trail that leads up into El Moro Canyon are confronted with a diversion to the south, the Moro Ridge Spur, the […]

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    Fashion Dazzles With Re-Imagined Fabrics

    Fashion Dazzles With Re-Imagined Fabrics

    By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The sixth-annual Runway Fashion Show at the Festival of Arts astonished spectators with garments re-imagined from used, re-used and recycled items worn by gorgeous, sensuous models. Artist exhibitors, who devised the innovative designs, earned $1,000 prizes in four categories and the People’s Choice Award. The most creative concept […]

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    Drought Shuts Water Recovery Plant

    Drought Shuts Water Recovery Plant

    By Rita Robinson | LB Indy South Coast Water District shut down its groundwater recovery plant in Dana Point Monday because there’s little to no water coming from the source, the San Juan Groundwater Basin, district officials announced Tuesday. The Dana Point facility produced 15 percent of the district’s drinkable water, or 400 million gallons […]

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    Church Without Walls Looks Outward

    Church Without Walls Looks Outward

    By Donna Furey | LB Indy A non-traditional breakfast club held their first meeting this month at Zinc Café on Ocean Avenue. All are members of the two-year old Salt Church of Laguna Beach, who are led in bible study by a veteran pastor, Gene Molway. The group relocated from The White House restaurant, which […]

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    Public Envisions Ideal Police Chief

    Public Envisions Ideal Police Chief

    By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Integrity, the ability to interact compassionately with the community and an understanding of the uniqueness of Laguna Beach are among the top qualities residents hope their new police chief will possess. These and other preferences surfaced at a forum held this past Tuesday, Sept. 9, to gauge public opinion […]

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    Scientists at Odds Over Sea Star Die-Off

    Scientists at Odds Over Sea Star Die-Off

    By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Scientists are at odds and still at a loss in their attempts to pinpoint the culprit behind the massive die-off of sea stars along the California coast this last year. Water pollution is surfacing as a suspected cause, they say, while research continues. Meanwhile, local ocean observers are sighting […]

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    Pet Peeves

    Pet Peeves

    Riding Attire   I’m exercised out after reading the Indy article, “Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety.” I’m excited that the Council put the pedal to the metal to discover alternate biking routes to Coast Highway. It can’t be soon enough. And then I thought, what if council members, Toni Iseman, Steve Dicterow, […]

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    Wisdom Workout

    Wisdom Workout

    Peace of Mind in Stressful Times   The tragedy of 9/11 sits in the background at the start of each September. The daily newscasts inform us of all the threats worldwide. Then there are the personal challenges we each face. Bombardment of outside threats that we have no power to alleviate creates a context of […]

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    Taking Stock

    Taking Stock

    Old Pilots and Bold Pilots Apple (AAPL-$100) kicked off the fall stock season with a trio of new products. Its new iPhone expands the screen and the iWatch shrinks it. Apple will sell millions of these to people who didn’t know that they really wanted them until this week. The iPay system is less dramatic […]

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    Finding Art

    Finding Art

    By Susan Jacob I am relatively new in Laguna Beach; I arrived only 20 years ago. I believed that the magnificent background and sea air were behind the incredible artistic community we enjoy. I continue to realize additional depth and diversity in Laguna’s world of art as years go by. I originated from St. Louis, […]

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  • Schools Sports

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    Athletic Director Adds Award to Highlight Reel

    Athletic Director Adds Award to Highlight Reel

    Something extra was added to the menu for Mike Churchill at a breakfast welcoming school district staff in the week prior to the official first bell. The high school athletic director earned recognition as the winner of the school district’s seventh annual Spirit award. Recipients exemplify extraordinary service to others. “Mike has built a strong […]

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    School Leaders Come Out for Meet and Greet

    School Leaders Come Out for Meet and Greet

    Parents have a chance to meet the school district’s two new principals and new staff at the year’s first PTA Coffee Break meeting, 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Top of the World Elementary School. Administrators will also discuss plans for the new school year, including the application of Common Core state standards and technology […]

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    National Merit Semifinalists Named

    National Merit Semifinalists Named

    Laguna Beach High School seniors Grant Barton and Aviva Meyers were named among 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, the organization announced Tuesday. Semifinalists go on to compete for 7,600 scholarships worth $33 million that will be offered next spring. Finalists must submit a detailed application in order to earn the […]

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    LBHS Student Wins State PTA Award

    LBHS Student Wins State PTA Award

    High school student Mia Salvini received an Award of Merit from California State PTA for her photograph entitled “Palm of My Hands” in the 2014 PTA Reflections arts competition. Of the 225 Laguna Beach students who participated, two others earned division winner recognition and advanced to the state level of competition: LBHS student Austin Fickman […]

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    Exploring a Coastline for a Cause

    Exploring a Coastline for a Cause

    Laguna Beach resident Max Isles, 44, and friend Ryan O’Malley, 33, returned home safely on schedule last Saturday, Sept. 6, without any accidents other than a tire puncture after a five-day journey covering 536 miles. Supporters have contributed almost $6,000 so far toward their quest to raise research money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Both friends […]

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    Tide Pool Docents Wanted

    Tide Pool Docents Wanted

    The Laguna Ocean Foundation seeks volunteers for the Tidewater Docent program. The next training session will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the lifeguard department headquarters on Main Beach. “It’s easy to learn and even the training is fun. Anyone with a little passion and a bit of people skills can […]

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    Club Packs Memories into Summer Program

    Club Packs Memories into Summer Program

    Using Laguna Beach as their playground, the Boys & Girls Club’s canyon branch offered a summer enrichment program with a multi-faceted curriculum. Members of the seven-year-old Adventure Club had a chance to hike, kayak, rock climb, go bike riding, and participate in a four day Catalina Island camping trip. The club also took weekly excursions […]

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    Noel Selby

    Noel Selby

    Noel Selby, born in Australia in 1936 and a resident of Balboa Island, died on Sept. 2, 2014. He received his law degree from Melbourne University in 1956. Selby excelled in tennis, Aussie Rules football and cricket. He retired from Xerox in 1995 after 30 years in the human resource recruiting department. Selby received a […]

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