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DUI Checkpoint Nets 6 Arrests

Of 1,647 vehicles that passed through a north Laguna Beach police checkpoint over five hours last Friday, five DUI suspects were arrested and taken off the road and another four motorists arrested for driving unlicensed, police said in a statement. Another 27 motorists were...

Taking Stock

The Santa Claus Rally Santa Claus brought early gifts to stock investors when Chairman Bernanke’s farewell report on Federal Reserve policy announced a very gentle program of reducing its program of buying bonds. The Fed even added a sweetener by extending the period before it...

Hey, Charles Dickens. Move Over.

By Arnold Silverman  Our 11-year old granddaughter received an assignment by her grammar school teacher to write a biography of one of her favorite family members.  For some inexplicable reason she chose me.  Gathering information for her report, she asked me some 40 or 50...

Christians Celebrate the Birth of Jesus

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent Local churches mark the coming holiday with Christmas experiences from traditional to trendy and everything in between. In addition to carols and candlelight services, celebrations of the season include an adaptation of the Trans...

Glennwood’s Countdown to Christmas

Carter Bak makes an impressive Santa.  Especially when he starts ripping off his fake white beard, pulling the pillow out from behind the silver-buckled big black belt and shouting “Ho, ho, ho.” This is Bak’s first Christmas at Laguna Beach’s Glennwood House, a complex of...

Move Over HIP, Pearl Street Has Arrived

    Laguna Beach’s Pearl Street District made its debut as a branded shopping district with its first annual holiday celebration last week. A wide variety of merchants along the three-block section of S. Coast Highway roughly bordered by Pearl and Diamond Streets decked...

Updated: Dragna Found Guilty in Nicholson Murder

After deliberating less than six hours, a jury found Matthew Dragna of Lake Forest guilty of the 2009 bludgeoning death of Laguna Beach’s Damon Nicholson. The jury’s verdict was announced in the Santa Ana’s Central Justice Center late Friday afternoon. Earlier in the week, the...

Final Arguments Underway in Murder Trial

Andrea Adelson | LB Indy In their final arguments before a jury charged with determining if a Lake Forest man is responsible for the 2009 murder of Laguna Beach’s Damon Nicholson, the prosecutor and defense attorney conveyed dramatically divergent portraits of the accused in a...

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...

Of Gifts, Giving, and a ‘Prayer’ to Remember

Laguna Beach teen, Tessa Mansour, sings a duet with beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli By Tad Heitmann, Special to the Independent The holiday season evokes a time of special magic, of generosity and gratitude, of unexpected blessings, and, of course, wonderful music. This season...

High School Sports Update

 By Frank Aronoff Boys Basketball (6-2) Laguna easily ran past host Beckman (4-3) 64-48 this past Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Patriot’s gym in the opening round of the Irvine World Tournament. The host led briefly in the second quarter but Laguna finally started to hit their shots...

Volleyball Players Return to the Sand

With the pre-Christmas weekend weather forecast for sun and 65 degrees, locals know it’s time to break out the sunscreen and head to Main Beach to watch or participate in a local tradition: the free beach volleyball tournament and potluck on Saturday, Dec. 21. Check in for...

Plans for the Future Aided by Rotary Club

Five students of Laguna College of Art and Design were awarded scholarships by the Rotary Club during its lunch meeting earlier this month. The annual spring fundraiser Grapes for Grads funded the scholarships, which were awarded to Bryant Santamaria and Paulina Michel, both...

Surf Team Competes in Final

Laguna Beach High School’s surf team competed in the league finals against San Clemente, Dana Hills and Newport Harbor at Upper Trestles in San Onofre State Beach. Despite the small surf and chilly temperature, Dante Madrigal came close to advancement in bodyboarding, coming off...