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Tide Pool Life Diminishes

A virus wiped out sea stars along the entire west coast last year. This year, an eerie new phenomenon, urchin balding, is attacking purple-spined sea urchins in Orange County tide pools, and local scientists are investigating this new mystery. Due to a warmer winter than usual,...

Quake Relief Trickles into Nepal’s Villages

Bearing supplies enough for 150 families to one of Nepal’s devastated remote villages, Rabindra Sitaula encountered near riots when 350 people in need arrived and tried to loot supplies Wednesday. Sitaula serves as program manager in Nepal for the R Star Foundation, based in...

Updated: Chlorine Attack Sickens Sea Lions

Local and federal investigators say someone tainted saltwater pools where recuperating sea lions swim at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon last week and are seeking the public’s help to find the culprits. This is the first known animal assault at the center or...

Mayor Maps Laguna’s Future

Addressing the Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the City lunch, Mayor Bob Whalen redefined the stated agenda Wednesday by describing not the status quo but the future. Whalen outlined the five big issues he sees the city confronting: land use downtown and along Laguna Canyon...

City Experiments With Downtown Street Closures

Residents who’ve envisioned more outdoor dining and pedestrian-only traffic on the block of Forest Avenue east of Coast Highway may see that vision become a reality, at least temporarily, as early as August. Despite uncertainty about the outcome, the City Council asked...

Chlorine Attack Sickens Sea Lions

Local and federal investigators suspect  someone tainted saltwater pools holding recuperating sea lions at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon last week and are seeking the public’s help to find the culprits. This is the first known animal assault at the center or...

Skate Park Backers Focus on Aliso

Aliso Beach Park is the best location in Laguna Beach to consider for a skateboard park, according to a report from the city’s recreation committee. Plans for a skate park were resurrected when recreation committee members were directed by the City Council to focus on a site to...

Arts Backers Seek a Roadmap Forward

Tempe, Ariz., lacks a museum, has few galleries, but boasts a beautiful arts center whose under use frustrates the City Council. The city recently hired an arts consultant to draft a cultural arts plan to find solutions. “A lot depends on public input,” said director of community...

Doctors Prescribe a New Direction

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Following a trend in healthcare, longtime local chiropractor Dr. Gary Arthur has partnered with Dr. Marcela Dominquez to establish a new medical corporation, Health In Balance Integrative Medicine, which will work alongside the Arthur Chiropractic...

Laguna’s Land Preserves Expand

Jeff Lalloway learned the curves and grades of Laguna Beach’s hillside streets 10 years ago during thigh-burning uphill training rides while a member of the Dana Point bicycle racing team Labor Power. Now chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority, he returned to...

Locals Organize Quake Relief for Nepal

Two Laguna Beach women devoted to improving the lives of impoverished women and children in Nepal confront new fundraising hurdles in the wake of Saturday’s devastating earthquake. Damage to the orphanage Chhahari that Christine Casey helped build for 25 poor children in...

Grossman Ousted from Planning Commission

Norm Grossman will end 26 nearly consecutive years on the Planning Commission, when his current term expires June 30 after the City Council rejected his reappointment Tuesday. Council members appointed Susan Whitin to fill a seat vacated recently by Linda Dietrich and Roger...

Council Debates Conflict of Interest Issue

General contractor Ken Fischbeck’s demolition work on the historic Heisler Building may proceed despite his earlier involvement in approving another project there as a member of the Heritage Committee, the City Council decided Tuesday. Since Fischbeck is working on the...

Young Filmmakers Launch from Laguna

By Donna Furey | LB Indy The newest artists from the Laguna art colony are a budding crop of young filmmakers, who will be showcasing their talent in south county and abroad in coming weeks. “The AC Project,” by brothers Doug and Ryan Wekenman, Ethan Matott and Matt Fons will be...