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    Sea Star Die Off Remains a Mystery

    Sea Star Die Off Remains a Mystery

    After six weeks of investigation, scientists still have yet to pinpoint the underlying cause of a disease that is killing sea stars along the West Coast and wiping out Laguna Beach’s population. “It’s certainly into the tens of thousands and maybe in the millions,” said Pete Raimondi, chair of the ecology and evolutionary biology department […]

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    Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

    Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

    With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny State Beach to further fulfill that promise by joining a memorial […]

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    Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

    Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

    A plan for permanent housing for chronically homeless people who are mentally ill is generating much discussion around town and some pointed letters to the editor. Even so, only about 35 residents showed up at a meeting held last Friday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, organized by the project’s leaders to address concerns prior to […]

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    Embracing an ‘Eternal Legacy’

    Embracing an ‘Eternal Legacy’

    The Arts Commission chose the work titled “Eternal Legacy” by Gerard Basil Stripling and Michele Taylor to serve as a memorial for two Laguna Beach police officers who died on duty. The unanimous recommendation, made this past Monday, April 14, will come before the City Council on May 6. Three other Laguna Beach artists, Jorg […]

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    Marking 50 Years of Filmmaking

    Marking 50 Years of Filmmaking

    Laguna Beach-based MacGillivray Freeman Films celebrates 50 years of award-winning film making at the 15th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival with events Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29 and 30. The red carpet screening of “Lovesick,” staring Matt LeBlanc, on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Edwards Big Newport, 300 Newport Center Dr., will open the […]

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    Librarian Writes a New Chapter

    Librarian Writes a New Chapter

    By Donna Furey | LB Indy Jon Gilliom took on the job as Laguna Beach’s library branch manager a little more than a year ago and he is already helping rewrite what library patrons can expect to find amid the stacks. Gilliom, who holds a degree in literature and has studied computer science, discovered that […]

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    Indy Calendar April 18-24, 2014

    Indy Calendar April 18-24, 2014

      Friday, April 18 Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy. 949-715-7777 The Strangers, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave, 949-494-3027 Joey Molland’s Badfinger, 8 p.m., The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 949-496-8930 SusiQ Needle Art Guild, 1 p.m. Susi Q Community Center, 380 Third St., 949-497-2241 […]

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    Trying a New Tack to Cultivate Art Patrons

    Trying a New Tack to Cultivate Art Patrons

    A dozen individual exhibitors at the Festival of Arts cooperatively are marketing themselves to the public and their collectors for the first time in an off-season studio tour, hoping to share a bit of themselves with people they see summer after summer. From brain storming sessions between painter Paul Bond, mixed media artists Mia Moore […]

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    Come for the Brew, Stay for the View

    Come for the Brew, Stay for the View

    Craft Brews and Views, a fundraiser for Laguna Beach’s non-profit radio station, KX 93.5, will be held on Saturday, April 26 at a local, private ocean-front home. The event will offer tastings of 12 high-end craft beers, food pairings by Food Network’s “Chopped” champion chef Joe Youkhan and live Brazilian jazz from local quartet Bossa […]

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    Jazz Singer To Wow Audiences for a Cause

    Jazz Singer To Wow Audiences for a Cause

    A fundraiser for the Live! Music & Kids outreach program, will feature jazz vocalist Barbara Morrison on Wednesday, April 30, 6–8 p.m. at Seven-Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd. Live! Music & Kids brings top-flight musicians in for free educational presentations to members of the Boys & Girls Club and students in Laguna schools. Tickets are […]

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    Guards Endure a Daunting Tryout

    Guards Endure a Daunting Tryout

    Photos and story by Mitch Ridder Last Saturday morning, 50 men and six women pushed themselves through three physical events to begin their journey to become Laguna Beach lifeguards. First, competitors had to successfully complete a 1,000-meter swim under 20 minutes in 58º water, before moving on to the second and third events. A run-swim-run […]

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    Visiting the Wilderness in Laguna’s Backyard

    Visiting the Wilderness in Laguna’s Backyard

    By Ron Chilcote Perhaps the most pristine and precious of all the canyons in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Laurel Canyon nestles in a hollow shielding it from the adjacent San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor, a barrier to the free flow of wildlife that introduces sounds of traffic to the wilderness.           […]

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    Amid Laguna’s Open Space, a Fresh Water Oasis

    Amid Laguna’s Open Space, a Fresh Water Oasis

    Photos and story by Ron Chilcote Through the heart of the Laguna wilderness runs Laguna Canyon Road. Historically a major access to Laguna Beach, it was originally dirt and gravel and later a paved, twisting two- and three-lane road through the canyon. Now it is two lanes each way, and separated by barriers and space […]

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    All Was Merry and Bright for Hospitality Night

    All Was Merry and Bright for Hospitality Night

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    Sea Star Die Off Remains a Mystery

    Sea Star Die Off Remains a Mystery

    After six weeks of investigation, scientists still have yet to pinpoint the underlying cause of a disease that is killing sea stars along the West Coast and wiping out Laguna Beach’s population. “It’s certainly into the tens of thousands and maybe in the millions,” said Pete Raimondi, chair of the ecology and evolutionary biology department […]

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    Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

    Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

    With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny State Beach to further fulfill that promise by joining a memorial […]

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    College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

    College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

    They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday, April 10, students from LCAD’s Big Bend campus and […]

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    Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

    Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

    A plan for permanent housing for chronically homeless people who are mentally ill is generating much discussion around town and some pointed letters to the editor. Even so, only about 35 residents showed up at a meeting held last Friday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, organized by the project’s leaders to address concerns prior to […]

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    Let’s Keep Our Communities Safe

    Let’s Keep Our Communities Safe

      “The most dangerous social experiment of our generation.” That is how Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson describes the state “realignment” program to release state prisoners back to local jails and supervised community release. Faced with court-mandated requirements to reduce prison populations, Gov. Jerry Brown and the state legislature enacted AB 109 that mandated […]

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    Attack of the Drones

    Attack of the Drones

    The pace of technological change is accelerating.   We know that.  There is too much money to be won.  Some 21-year old kid in Irvine just sold a virtual reality headset invention for $2 billion. It is the same everywhere, not just the Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, but also the new ones in Venice-Marina del […]

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    Remembering a Legacy of Gay Bars

    Remembering a Legacy of Gay Bars

    Editor, For decades, Laguna Beach had a large gay bar on Main Beach and later the Boom Boom Room at the Coast Inn. Luckily a gay man owns our much smaller and only remaining gay bar, the Bounce, and has made recent changes with more improvements coming. When “Pappy” Smith died in the early 1960s, […]

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    Questions Arise Over Nyes Place Fuel Trimming

    Questions Arise Over Nyes Place Fuel Trimming

    Editor, (This letter was sent to Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse and City Manager John Pietig) From a phone conversation with Mr. LaTendresse, I understand that the city has hired consultants to study the issues regarding a proposed fuel modification in the Nyes Portofino area that does not include the hillside property uphill in the 400 […]

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    Grant Seeds a School Garden

    Grant Seeds a School Garden

      Top of the World Elementary School  has received a grant to expand their garden through Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program, which was created in partnership with FoodCorps to help schools grow students’ relationships with food through gardening. The Foundation has extended $4 million in grant funds to over 2,100 schools and garden-related […]

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    High School Sports Update

    High School Sports Update

    Girls Sand Volleyball (4-2, 2-0) Squad in First with Sweep LBHS went 2-0 beating previously undefeated No. 6 Saddleback Valley Christian and El Toro to take control of the South Coast Division of the IBVL in matches played on Saturday, April 12 at Huntington Beach sand courts. Top team Briana Boyd/ Cameron Dorn, second team […]

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    For Young Pilot, Perseverance Pays Off

    For Young Pilot, Perseverance Pays Off

    Ryan Raffo, a native of Laguna Beach and 2010 graduate of Laguna Beach High School, has always loved planes. As a child, he “flew” toy jets, imitating the engine sounds. At 12 he got his own flight simulator. His dad, Coleman Raffo, recalls his son’s response to a call for dinner: “I’ll be right there, […]

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    Setting Sights on the Nation's Capital

    Setting Sights on the Nation’s Capital

    He grew up in the sand and surf, but fell in love with the Washington, D.C., region. Now, Laguna Beach High School graduate Weston Barnes is making his mark as a freshman at George Mason University. In high school, Barnes won a gold medal in Junior Olympics volleyball in 2011 and a silver medal in 2013. […]

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    A Modern Passover

    A Modern Passover

    Passover began as a celebration of spring for the Jewish people; a time for the celebration of life.  With the rabbis it became a commemoration and celebration of a biblical exodus and escape from slavery in ancient Egypt. This familiar story, contained in the traditional Haggadah, a text that sets forth the order of the […]

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    Diana Lee Kramer

    Diana Lee Kramer

    May 6, 1936-April 12, 2014 Diana Lee Kramer, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on April 12, the 56th anniversary of her wedding. She leaves her loving husband, Karl Kramer, three children, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and an army of beloved family and friends. Diana was born […]

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    Holden Obituary

    Holden Obituary

    Melanie Ott Holden passed away at her home on March 31, 2014. Born in Evanston, Ill., on May 12,1938, Melanie moved to Laguna Beach with her family in 1941. Her father was renowned sculptor, Peterpaul Ott. After graduating from Laguna Beach High School, Melanie continued her education in Germany, mastering six foreign languages and working […]

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    Festival Foundation Confers Local Grants

    Festival Foundation Confers Local Grants

    The Festivals of Arts Foundation has awarded $90,000 in grants to local non-profits. Recipient include the Laguna Art Museum, the Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach Live!, the LBHS Band Boosters, Laguna Beach Seniors, Laguna Community Concert Band,  Laguna Dance Festival, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, LagunaTunes, Inc., No Square Theater, Festival of […]

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