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Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny State Beach to further fulfill that promise by joining a memorial […]

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College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday, April 10, students from LCAD’s Big Bend campus and […]

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Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

A plan for permanent housing for chronically homeless people who are mentally ill is generating much discussion around town and some pointed letters to the editor. Even so, only about 35 residents showed up at a meeting held last Friday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, organized by the project’s leaders to address concerns prior to […]

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Embracing an ‘Eternal Legacy’

Embracing an ‘Eternal Legacy’

The Arts Commission chose the work titled “Eternal Legacy” by Gerard Basil Stripling and Michele Taylor to serve as a memorial for two Laguna Beach police officers who died on duty. The unanimous recommendation, made this past Monday, April 14, will come before the City Council on May 6. Three other Laguna Beach artists, Jorg […]

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Master of Migration

Master of Migration

Twice each year, thousands of Pacific gray whales closely follow the coast and pass by Laguna Beach. This is the longest seasonal migration known as they travel more than 14,000 miles roundtrip between their winter warm-water breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja California and their summer cold-water feeding grounds in the Bering Sea and […]

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Marking 50 Years of Filmmaking

Marking 50 Years of Filmmaking

Laguna Beach-based MacGillivray Freeman Films celebrates 50 years of award-winning film making at the 15th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival with events Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29 and 30. The red carpet screening of “Lovesick,” staring Matt LeBlanc, on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Edwards Big Newport, 300 Newport Center Dr., will open the […]

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Librarian Writes a New Chapter

Librarian Writes a New Chapter

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Jon Gilliom took on the job as Laguna Beach’s library branch manager a little more than a year ago and he is already helping rewrite what library patrons can expect to find amid the stacks. Gilliom, who holds a degree in literature and has studied computer science, discovered that […]

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Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny State Beach to further fulfill that promise by joining a memorial […]

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College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

  They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday, April 10, students from LCAD’s Big Bend campus […]

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Music Fest Wins New Fans

Music Fest Wins New Fans

Organizer and promoter Rick Conkey agreed to some unusual concessions in setting up last month’s Blue Water Green Earth Music Festival. Besides hiring police for security, keeping an ambulance on standby, he agreed to pull the plug on amplified music for 30 minutes Saturday evening due to a wedding scheduled at a neighboring venue, Seven […]

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The Truth Behind the Fiction

The Truth Behind the Fiction

  When I was a girl, a police officer lived with his sweet wife and three fresh-faced children in the ground floor apartment. Think Norman Rockwell in the Bronx. Now and then, angry shouts and frightening sounds were heard behind their door. When I asked my mother about it, she said that things happen between […]

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New Appeals Keep Artists on Hold

New Appeals Keep Artists on Hold

Artists are already lining up for the chance to take up residence in Louis Longi’s controversial work-live project in Laguna Canyon, which was approved by the City Council last week. When they will get the chance to apply remains to be seen as opponents are pursuing new avenues to halt the project. On one front, […]

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Student’s Death Revives Safety Questions

Student’s Death Revives Safety Questions

The section of Laguna Canyon Road where an art student from France was fatally injured had long been known to her college, city officials and Caltrans as a crossing in dire need of a traffic signal. Fine art major Nina Fitzpatrick, 22, died this week after being struck April 3 by an elderly motorist from […]

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Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Commercial stand-up paddle board instructors may be subject to some rules restricting how they operate in Laguna Beach as a result of a draft ordinance considered by the Planning Commission on Wednesday. The regulations will require City Council approval at a future date. The panel found much less favor with the concept review of a […]

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Home-Invasion Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple

Home-Invasion Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple

A Laguna Beach couple asleep in their home were tied up and robbed in the 100 block of Acacia Drive by two men who broke into the house around midnight Saturday, April 5, police said. The couple, who were not physically assaulted, freed themselves after the bandits fled and ran outside to raise an alarm, […]