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Devin Lowell Aitken Hands

Devin Lowell Aitken Hands passed on to his next adventure on Jan. 19, 2013.  He was surrounded by his immediate family.  He would have been 23 years old on Jan. 28. He was born Jan. 28, 1990, in Laguna Beach, where he lived his entire life.  He was a kid and a young man . . . all...

Mary Louise Ferguson

Mary Louise Ferguson of Laguna Beach passed away peacefully at her home on Dec. 31, 2012 after 94 years of vibrant living. She had a smile on her face until the very end. Born in Detroit, Mich., Mary Louise spent her young years in Glendale and raised a family in Whittier and...

Eye on Nature: Saddleback’s Past is Part of OC’s View

by Ellen Girardeau Kempler   Southern Orange County’s view across a sea of development toward Saddleback is a rugged reminder of wilder times. Forming the saddle at 5,687 and 5,496 feet respectively, Santiago and Modjeska peaks mark the highest, and most visible,...

Charitable Fund Announced

Laguna Beach residents Kavita Reddy and Matt Vella established the Vella Reddy Charitable Fund at the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, a group to support education and Laguna Beach ecology and environment. To discuss establishing a personal charitable fund contact Darrcy...

Scouts in Action

Sixteen new scouts ages 6-11 have joined Pack 35, which is now led by Laguna Beach resident John Hovanesian, MD. Since September, the pack has learned about community service, citizenship, respect and responsibility on outings including rock climbing, boat racing, camping,...

Tree Owners Seem Oblivious

Editor, In light of the overwhelming outpouring of frustration about disappearing views and decreasing property values demonstrated at the recent city council meeting, I thought a city-wide cacophony of chainsaws and toppling trees would follow.  I hoped that home owners with...

Digital Divide Increasing?

Editor, Orange County librarians are admitting that the internet system in the 35+ libraries has been slow for at least a month and may either improve or get worse. The use of computers in the orange county library system is way down because of on-going internet problems, and yet...

Village Matters: Reaching Out With Maestro

We were desperate for new cats. In November of 2002 our two cats died of cancer within weeks of each other.  For a while we were just in shock and in our grief couldn’t think of any other cats. Then there was the holiday season. Finally we went on a search.  At the end we found...

Donors Make History for SchoolPower

With an unprecedented 64 parent volunteers manning the phones, SchoolPower’s annual Community Campaign phone-a-thon made history by raising more money, $502,492, and reaching more donors, 606, than in its 30-plus years as Orange County’s flagship education foundation. Every fall...

Winter Sports Update 2/1/13

Winter Sports Southern Section CIF playoff pairings post on Sunday, Feb. 10 for basketball and water polo; soccer playoffs on Monday, Feb. 11, all at www.cifss.org   Girls Basketball (17-3, 5-2) Laguna 43, Estancia 37 A history-changing ball game was witnessed by local fans...

Seal Coaxed Back into the Sea

Officer Joy Falk shepherds a sea lion from rocks in Shaw’s Cove back into the water Sunday afternoon. Photo by Brian Guth

Parade Honorees to Take a Bow

The 47th Annual Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade will present this year’s  honorees at the Honorees Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3 at Tivoli Terrace. The honorees include Capt. Jason Ehret as grand marshall, an active duty member of U.S. Navy Seals, and a...

Prowler Evades Police Search

The pilot of a police helicopter circling over Laguna Beach’s Temple Hills neighborhood Monday, Jan. 28, was assisting in an unsuccessful search for a person that acted suspiciously, police said. A white male attempting to hide against a planter in a driveway in the 1700 block of...

Tempers Soar Over Aircraft Noise

Longtime Laguna Beach resident Keri Barriga knows exactly when to expect the next audible onslaught. Beginning at 7:04 a.m., the aircraft begin to roar over her Canyon Acres Drive home every two minutes. “It’s been absolutely maddening,” said Barriga about the...

Painters Depart Museum for Canyon Venue

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association will relocate its popular and well-respected annual painting invitational this fall to Laguna Beach’s Aliso Creek Inn, ending a 13-year collaboration with the Laguna Art Museum, the group’s president said this week. Severing the alliance...