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Walking Away From it All

Walking Away From it All

One man’s attempt to find healing by hiking the 2,660 mile Pacific Crest Trail By Dashel Pierson Plesa, Special to the Independent To his mother’s disbelief, Andy Lyon, called to “check-in” from the summit of 14,500-foot Mt. Whitney. Lyon had been there before, but this time he had walked to the central California peak from […]

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Playing Full Out

Playing Full Out

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent How does a mother, and a self-described worrier, watch her cancer stricken son walk off alone into the wilderness without plunging into a pit of anxiety and fear? She works at it. By looking unflinchingly at the reality of her son’s illness, fully feeling the accompanying emotions – […]

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2012 Valentines Day Gift and Event Special Section

2012 Valentines Day Gift and Event Special Section

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Laguna Bluebelt Coalition Photo Contest Winner

Laguna Bluebelt Coalition Photo Contest Winner

        This panoramic photo of “Heisler tidepools at moonrise” by Eddie Yerkish recently won first place in the Open category of the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition’s photo contest to celebrate the new marine reserves and Underwater Parks Day. Visit the coalition’s web site at http://lagunabluebelt.org/photo-contest-entries/ to view all of the winning photographs.

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Blue Angels Cockpit Cam

Blue Angels Cockpit Cam

The Blue Angels magnanimously invited me to fly with them in their two-seat F/A-18 Hornet, and to put it mildly — it was phenomenal! Invitations for a backseat hop are far and few between, so it was a distinct privilege to be selected for a VIP ride. This type of sortie generates significant media coverage […]

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Join Relay For Life Kick Off

Join Relay For Life Kick Off

The American Cancer Society invites those touched by cancer to join its Relay For Life kickoff rally, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Seven Degrees. This free event is open to the entire community and will include food, a cash bar, photo booth, a silent auction, personal stories from cancer […]

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That’s some birdie!

That’s some birdie!

Golfers flocked to the Aliso Creek course last month after a two-month closure due to flood damage. Opening day proceeds of $6,200 were donated to flood relief. From left, flood relief coordinator Ann Quilter, Laguna Relief and Resource Center director Donna Valenti, Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course general manager Kurt Bjorkman, and Resource Center […]

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All-League Team Members Selected

All-League Team Members Selected

Winter Sports Laguna selections in the Orange Coast League 1st Team except where noted Boys Basketball Tyler Masukawa (Jr) Co-MVP Cole Kesler (So) Jake Dalke (So) Tyler Kesler (Sr) 2nd Team Derek Reigel (Jr) 2nd Team Girls Basketball Samantha Garner (Sr) Emily Writer (Sr) Lola Cowie (So) 2nd Team Boys Soccer Sam Stinnett (Sr) Forward […]

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Redemption Song | Playing For Change

Redemption Song | Playing For Change

This video is a version of “Redemption Song” performed around the world in honor of Bob Marley’s birthday. We have reunited Bob with his son Stephen and the support of the entire planet. In this song there is a felling of rising above the past and moving forward with love in our hearts and hope […]

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Resident Michael Spencer Taylor's video about Laguna's continuing efforts to regulate skateboarding.

Resident Michael Spencer Taylor’s video about Laguna’s continuing efforts to regulate skateboarding.

Another moment in time! From Moments in Time Films! Please come and Support the 2-1-2011 City Council Meeting in Laguna Beach Tues 6pm!!!!! or E mail [email protected]

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Staff videographer Ted Reckas attended last summer's final Bluebird Park concert.

Staff videographer Ted Reckas attended last summer’s final Bluebird Park concert.

The outdoor event is a great way to cap off the weekends throughout July and August. Locals and visitors show up hours ahead of time to reserve their spot with a picnic blanket.

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Staff videographer stops by a Thalia Surf Shop birthday party

Staff videographer stops by a Thalia Surf Shop birthday party

Local surfers gathered at Thalia Surf Shop to celebrate Andy Davis’ birthday and art.

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Running With an Empowering Woman, My Mom

Running With an Empowering Woman, My Mom

By Melissa Hocking, Special to the Independent Running hasn’t always been a fun hobby for me. It used to be a tedious extra-curricular activity that I did to build my competitive spirit and my college resume.  I left running far behind after competing at UC Davis and dabbled in it again in 2001 when I […]

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Hoop Team Wins in Double Header

Hoop Team Wins in Double Header

Coming off winter vacation, the Laguna Beach girls under 12 National Junior Basketball team returned to action, winning both matches of a  double header last Saturday, Jan. 8. In the first game, South Coast led Laguna 16-2 at the end of the first quarter. Displaying team work and determination, Laguna put in a basket with 19 […]

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Top Youth Player Wins in Jr. Tournament

Top Youth Player Wins in Jr. Tournament

By Vittorio Romeo, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach High School senior Benito Romeo won his first tournament on the 18 and under men’s team at the USTA League tournament in Laguna Niguel in November. Romeo, the Orange Coast League’s most valuable tennis player last year, has worked hard to raise his results to the […]