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Wendt Painting is Star of Bonham’s Auction

Sometime around 1916 artist William Wendt explored Laguna Beach for a site to build his new home when he rounded the curve on Old Coast Road near Moss Point. He apparently was struck by the isolation of the area, with a few scattered homes and trees, and captivated by the crimson...

Reward Offered for Tips on Sea Lion Poisoning

An animal rights group is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever poisoned more than a dozen sea lions with chlorine at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. “It takes an appalling disregard for others to...

Somber Parade Sets Out

A usually joyful experience will take on darker undertone Wednesday, May 20, during the Ride of Silence, when local cyclists set out at 7 p.m. from Heisler Park to honor 13 cyclists who died in bike accidents in Orange County since 2014. The ride’s intent is to honor those...

Pacific Blue Yoga Studio Changes Name and Enhances Offerings

Bikram Yoga Laguna Beach has officially become Pacific Blue Yoga. The studio remains under the same management but is expanding to offer more classes in other styles of yoga. They have also remodeled with new high-tech flooring and other improvements. Pacific Blue Yoga’s stated...

Personnel File

Cosmetic Dentist Earns His Peers Praise Dentist Nicholas C. Davis, a long time Laguna Beach resident who practices in Newport Beach, has been named an accredited fellow in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He says he is one of only two dentists in the county to achieve...

Kenneth Watkins

Kenneth Ray Watkins surrounded by family peacefully passed away at his home in Shingle Springs, Calif., May 2, 2015. Kenny was born May 25, 1925, in Laguna Beach. His youth was spent in Laguna Beach and it was love of the ocean and of country that caused Kenny in 1943 to leave...

Clinic Raises Funds, Hope at Annual Event

An annual Cinco de Mayo fundraiser for the Laguna Beach Community Clinic was attended by nearly 200 supporters and raised $85,000 in support of its Women’s Health Programs on Sunday, May 3. Board president George Heed announced that a $20,000 challenge grant of the board’s pooled...

Volunteers Plea to Restock Food Pantry

Volunteers from the Laguna Beach Interfaith Council will be collecting donations of nonperishable food between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at three local grocery stores on Saturday, May 16. The most-needed items are breakfast cereal, canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, and pasta...

Indy on Arts

Friday, May 15 Classical chamber musicians El Re’al Players, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Serenade in Heisler Park Amphitheater. Free. Nick I & ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. Sabrina Lentini, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Boogie Knights, 8...

Streetbeat

Monday, May 4 Grand theft. 30900 block of Coast Hwy. 10:36 a.m. Someone stole 16 marine-grade Northstar batteries from a cell site valued at $4800. Drunk driving. 30800 block of Coast Hwy. 1:25 p.m. A 42-year-old La Crescenta man was cited for DUI. DUI. 1300 block of S. Coast...

Friends, Peers Recall Blackburn’s Impact

Several hundred friends, colleagues and family members gathered Wednesday, May 13,  to recall former Mayor Kathleen Blackburn’s civic contributions, character and athleticism during a celebration at The Ranch in Aliso Canyon. One of Blackburn’s lesser known attributes was...

Canyon Road Reopens

Laguna Canyon Road reopened at 3 a.m. today after a 10-hour closure due to emergency repairs by utility crews to replace a toppled telephone pole, police said Tuesday. A telephone pole, sheered off in the 2700 block when hit by a car, toppled across the road and struck an...

Grand Jury Calls for More Recycled Water

Even as Gov. Jerry Brown grapples with California’s drought by mandating that water districts curb their demands by 25 percent, the Orange County Grand Jury urges them to expand supply by stepping up production of recycled water. Dwindling local water supplies could be...

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,...