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Ditching Corporate Stress for Backyard Farming

Broming assesses the amount of moisture and microbes in the soil for a soon-to-be vegetable patch

Mass Set This Week for Dolores Treviño

Dolores Marie DuPont Treviño passed away peacefully with her family by her side at her home in Laguna Beach on Dec. 30, 2015. Born in Pasadena on Sept. 24, 1935 to Joseph and Lauretta DuPont, Dolores attended St. Andrew’s High School and Pasadena City College. Through her older...

Q&A With Rohrabacher

Congressman Shares his Views on Gun control, San Onofre and a Favorite Break

Since the Coyotes Came Down

Editor’s Note: This edition features submissions from a writers’ workshop led by local resident Christine Fugate. All are fiction, except as noted. Used to be when I’d get home from work, I’d take off my bra, put on my sandals and walk Scrumptious down St. Ann’s Drive to the Nita...

Rescuers Aid Fall Victim

A 25-year-old Laguna Niguel man who had fallen from an ocean bluff was airlifted by helicopter from a south Laguna Beach around 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, police said. Emergency personnel were told the man was sitting on the rocks and had fallen about 20 feet off of a cliff near...

A Glance Back at 2015

While much remains unchanged in Laguna Beach, memorable stories filled the year just concluded. Here’s a rundown. Gelson’s Buys a Foothold After a swift roll out early in the year and an even swifter bankruptcy by fall, the Haggen grocery chain started selling stores, including a...

Disabled Advocate Lived Courageously

John Andrew Leaf  June 13, 1945 – Dec. 21, 2015 On Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, kidney failure ended the life of John Andrew “Andy” Leaf. He is finally at peace. He died at home in South Laguna, surrounded by love, family and friends. Leaf was 71, one of the longest surviving victims...

T’was the Night Before Tech-mas

By Susan Jacob T’was the night before Tech-mas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring; we have a cat and no mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children had smuggled electronic games in their...

Laguna Targets Pregnant Coyotes

Laguna Beach will intensity 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...

City Settles Suit Over Water Violations

Laguna Beach city officials reached a court settlement with an environmental watchdog group that requires multi-million dollar improvements to the city’s sewer system to prevent spills in coming years.

Residents Agree to Fund Their Own Improvements

When all the ballots were counted, property owners in Coast Royal and the historic Sara Thurston Park overwhelmingly voted to tax themselves to finance infrastructure improvements...

For One Family, Concert Carries a Special Tune

By Christine Fugate, Special to the Independent When Laguna Beach resident Robyn Sherain came home from work last December, her boyfriend, Jay Spence, had surprised her by beautifully decorating her house with Christmas lights and a homemade wreath. He had hot cocoa ready and...

Court Rejects Ranch Appeal

A recent court decision rejected Mark Fudge’s latest attempt to block renovations at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, a hotel and golf course in Aliso Canyon. Undeterred, the Laguna Beach resident pushed on by filing an appeal against coastal regulators over its approval of the...

In Rare Vote, Council Closes Downtown Shop

In an unusual vote, the City Council voted to uphold revoking the operating permit of a downtown skin care boutique due to aggressive sales tactics by its staff.

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...