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Realtors Support Ranch Restoration

Realtors Support Ranch Restoration

Editor, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, formerly Aliso Creek Inn, is in the midst of an environmentally sensitive restoration project that was appealed to the California Coastal Commission. Resolution of this type of appeal can take months or years. It could force unwarranted long-term delays or literally stop the sale, renovation or construction of any […]

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Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

Each and every day, waves move sand back and forth, onto and away from beaches. The thin ribbon of sandy barrier islands and beaches along America’s coastline shifts constantly, especially during hurricanes, nor’easters, and other extreme storms. How vulnerable is your favorite beach if a hurricane like Katrina, Ike, or Sandy paid a visit? What […]

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Martha McCluskey

Martha McCluskey

A gracious lady, wife, mother, grandmother with two great grandsons, Martha McCluskey died in her beach cottage and entered eternal rest with the loving God and His people at age 82. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Florence and Hiram Webster.  Her family moved to California in the 1940s. Martie had an amazing gift for finding […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Peeping at a Prickly, Purple Pincushion Who would suspect that a prickly, purple pincushion looking thing we see on the rocks would hide a beautiful pale green shell that we find rolling in the waves? This is the test (external skeleton) of the purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) that remains after its death. The animal […]

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Artist Finds New Focus in the Wild West

Artist Finds New Focus in the Wild West

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent   Photographer now works to save wild horses After20 years as a court reporter and business owner, Nancy Holly reconnected with her love for photography, developed while growing up in Laguna Beach. In midlife she not only embraced a new career as a professional photographer, her entire focus […]

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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 […]