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Laguna Targets Pregnant Coyotes

Laguna Beach will intensify its offensive against aggressive coyotes by killing pregnant ones snared in rope traps beginning later this winter, according to a plan the police department will present to the City Council in January. The juvenile pups who avoided the traps are on...

Sea Lion Pups In Trouble Again

With the lowest body weights ever documented, California sea lion pups are not only starving from lack of food, they’re infested with parasites and immune to antibiotics, said the director of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The rehab center in Laguna Canyon is gearing up to...

Wanted: An Experienced Leader to Stay Put

Most everybody wants the new superintendent for the Laguna Beach Unified School District to be here for the long haul, according to preliminary input from meetings with the public, students, district staff and board members. They don’t want the new superintendent to use the...

Fragile Wilderness Park Readies for Rain

With an already-distressed habitat, and not much of it left, park rangers and trail managers for Laguna Coast and Aliso-Wood Canyons wilderness parks are making haste to prepare for predicted heavy rains.

Lawsuit Seeks Removal of Nuclear Waste

A lawsuit asks a state court to order the removal of nuclear waste stored at San Onofre to the Mojave Desert.

Search Starts for New Schools Leader

...Sherine Smith, whose final annual salary with benefits was $269,032. Smith announced her intention to retire in June with an annual retirement pay of approximately $150,000.

Kelp Forests Wither from El Nino

Warm water temperatures for nearly two years are starting to take a toll on the health of Laguna Beach’s offshore kelp forests, marine experts say. El Nino conditions are bringing warm-water surface currents up from the coast of Mexico. The currents are transporting colorful and...

Lasers Light Up Main Beachgoers

A green beam of light shot along the shore at Main Beach, striking a straight line through the dark water. As the next wave crested, it broke the beam, shattering the green light like so many shards of dancing glass, reminiscent of phosphorescent tides. It was an eye-popping...

Schools Move Millions Around to Play It Safe

With the chance that new state legislation might lower the amount of money public school districts can hold in reserve, school leaders received a report Tuesday that recommends borrowing from one of its own pots to pump up another. Just to be safe, board members are poised to cut...

New Weapons to Battle Coyote ‘Infestation’

This week, animal control officers with water-filled paintball guns started blasting coyotes that are getting too close for some people’s comfort. The idea is to teach the coyotes to be afraid of people so they’ll keep their distance, said Jim Beres, who supervises the city’s...

Organic, Lower Prices Top Shoppers’ Grocery List

Even as Gelson’s plans to take over where Haggen left off in Laguna Beach, some shoppers are hungering for an alternative to a grocery store chain that harkens back to the town’s natural-living roots. Since Haggen filed bankruptcy earlier this month, a question on some residents’...

Schools Consider Expansion Ideas

With $27 million earmarked for campus upgrades and 10 years to spend it in, Laguna Beach Unified School District board members, staff and a few residents reviewed wish lists this past Monday, Oct. 5, for additions at all four schools and improved playing fields at Laguna Beach...

Haggen Employees Numb and Mum

With their future income uncertain, employees at the Haggen grocery store in South Laguna are saying they’re numb, stunned and angry about what they called a “rude awakening.” A spokesperson said Tuesday the store will close by Nov. 24, just eight months after the ownership...

Updated: Nuclear Waste Storage Tops Off Two Agendas

Post amended Oct. 7: The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 6, to grant Southern California Edison a 20-year permit for nuclear waste storage at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which borders Orange County. Officials at Rosemead-based Edison,...

Forum Defines a Super Superintendent

At the first public forum Tuesday to discuss desired qualities in a new school district superintendent, local knowledge of the community received high marks. The desired attributes were suggested by the audience of 30 community members and written on large sheets of paper posted...