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Eye on Nature

Eye on Nature

No Butts About It: Earth Day is Everyday By Ellen Girardeau Kempler By the time you read this, Earth Day 2014 will be history. The now-annual observance that started in 1970 has become a touchstone for campaigns around a host of causes from water conservation to land preservation, bees to whales, rainforests to wetlands. Many […]

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Terry Kyne

Terry Kyne

Terry Kyne, 83, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, passed away on June 7, 2014, surrounded by his family at his home in Dana Point. Born in London, England, Kyne began his successful career in television as a young man at the British Broadcasting Corporation. He briefly joined the Royal Navy before returning to the BBC. […]

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Memorial

Memorial

Maureen Rose Olsen (“Mauri”) June 29, 1966 – Aug. 16, 2013 Not a day goes by that we do not think of you Mauri – your empathy, generosity and unconditional love, your way of making everyone feel special, your sense of humor, your big beautiful blue eyes. You continue to inspire us. You are deeply […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Big Boomer It was a bad day at the office. Well, his moving office to be exact. I read with interest the Indy article, “Crane Rescue Reveals Another Fissure.” My eyes aren’t so good and I thought I read, “Crantz Rescue Reveals Another Fissure.” Imagine my relief when my wife hit me upside the head, […]

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A Rude Awakening

A Rude Awakening

Editor, Our family has had our family home in Laguna Beach since 1956 and in the canyon area for the past 44 years. On June 5, we were awakened at 3:30 a.m. in the morning by thunderous pounding and knocking. We first thought earthquake, until we heard cussing and screaming. My son answered the door […]

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Show Courtesy to Neighbors and Vendors

Show Courtesy to Neighbors and Vendors

Editor: The recent large crane accident gave me something to think about. What is the responsibility of the homeowner in terms of preventing or mitigating such happenings?  Nobody was prepared, nobody was aware and many people seriously inconvenienced for 30 hours either in their home or they were not able to get into their homes. The […]

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Criticism Should Focus on Commercial Industry not Recreational Anglers

Criticism Should Focus on Commercial Industry not Recreational Anglers

Editor, Re: Sandy Dildine’s letter stating disappointment that people who fish are excited that some bluefin and other game fish are visiting the coast of California. I don’t know, and don’t really care, what excites Sandy or what Sandy eats, but if I did know I would not criticize it unless it was hurting other […]

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More Precautions Needed to Avert Another Disaster

More Precautions Needed to Avert Another Disaster

Editor, A walk up on the Carolyn Wood Knoll and out on the West Ridge Trail this morning revealed that the threat of a wildfire is still a harsh reality.  Cigarette butts strewn about the area provide ample evidence that the problem of smoking in the wilderness areas persists. It seems it is only a […]

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Police Chief Resignation Presents Opportunity

Police Chief Resignation Presents Opportunity

Editor, The front page story about Chief Workman’s departure was yet another surprise for the public from City Hall. We recently wrote to the city manager after hearing rumors he would retire, and suggested it would be important for the city to host an in-depth workshop to hear from the public about police-community relations issues […]

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Keep The Dream Alive

Keep The Dream Alive

Editor: I read with great interest and appreciation Bob Borthwick’s inspiring article, “The Tale of a Trail,” in last week’s Indy on the history of the San Clemente Beach Trail, now considered a model of collaboration. The lessons I learned from it, regardless of what seem insurmountable odds, are to stay optimistic, be flexible and […]

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The Slant

The Slant

What’s Under the Sawdust? What has three acres, over 200,000 visitors and sold at least 15,000 cups of beer and 3,600 glasses of wine last year? It’s Lagunas friendliest art show: The Sawdust. If you have never been or have not been in a while, you should come see what you have been missing. The […]

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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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Traffic Rules Seem to Have Changed

Traffic Rules Seem to Have Changed

Editor, My apologies, I must have missed the memo. I wasn’t running late. I guess I was enjoying the view. Perhaps I was also admiring my neighbors’ garden. Even so, if that was you behind me, it was the posted speed limit we were traveling at. Then there was my recent afternoon constitutional. I was […]

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Appeals Should Not Bypass the City Council

Appeals Should Not Bypass the City Council

Editor, Mark Christy and his partners at The Ranch are caught in the grips of an unwarranted Coastal Commission appeal. I served as chairman of the Laguna Beach Planning Commission on May 14, the night The Ranch project was heard. I can attest that only two points questioning The Ranch proposal were raised in the […]

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Requests for Minutia Irritate a Ranch Backer

Requests for Minutia Irritate a Ranch Backer

Editor,   If you could pass this request on to Liliana Roman of the Coastal Commission now that she is empowered somehow to serve as the Hotel & Development Czar of Laguna Beach: In your documentation request of The Ranch owners, you neglected to ask for a map of animal scat on the property. Be […]