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Aliso Beach Reopens After Spill

Aliso Beach Reopens After Spill

County health officials re-opened a half-mile stretch of Aliso Beach on Wednesday after a two-day closure due to a 9,500-gallon sewage spill, the second largest spill locally in six years. Closure signs were removed following two consecutive days of testing to determine if water spilling from Aliso Creek meets state water-quality standards, said Larry Honeybourne, […]

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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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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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Have We Forgotten?

Have We Forgotten?

Editor, Since before 1999, Aliso Creek has been the subject of multiple, expensive studies alarmed by erosion of SOCWA sewage pipes buried beside the creek. We have become habituated to a failing sewage system while awaiting the next major sewage spill without a plan. Fifteen years of studies do not fix problems. As a precautionary […]

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Green Light: Momentum Rebuilding to Clean the Creek

Green Light: Momentum Rebuilding to Clean the Creek

Reportedly, on average 3 million gallons of pollutants empty into Aliso Beach daily–rain or no rain.  Motor oil, fertilizers, animal dung, and more contaminate this much-used public beach and the waterway that flows into it.  Imagine the impact of this on public health; put more starkly, on the unprotected children who play at the mouth […]

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Drowning in Sand?

Drowning in Sand?

Regulars at south Laguna beaches are noticing what they’re calling a relatively new phenomenon, believed to be borne of urban encroachment:  a slow build-up of sand on beaches that’s covering fragile tidepools and curtailing desirable side-swell breaks for wave riders. Charles “Tex” Haines, a 40-year skimboarder and founder of the Victoria Skimboard company, says beaches […]

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Houston, We Have a Problem

Houston, We Have a Problem

Editor, Since the institution of the drain-the-lagoon program at Aliso Beach, the amounts of sand accumulating on neighboring beaches is startling, and makes one wonder how much of our narrow slices of tide pool ecosystems are being buried by this drastic increase in sand deposits. Yet another case of man messing with nature in a […]

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New Owners to Remake Aliso Creek Inn

New Owners to Remake Aliso Creek Inn

Among Laguna Beach’s 20 hotels, Aliso Creek Inn may well be the lone holdout to lack flatscreen TVs in its suites. In two of its 62 rooms, guests still dial on rotary phones. Reviews on Tripadvisor alternately rave about its unspoiled natural splendor or rant about smelly, dated accommodations. Now, restoring the hidden but shabby […]

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Keeping Visitors at Bay

Keeping Visitors at Bay

Editor, I support pressing forward with the village entrance project. (Can we cut the fat out of the costs for the park?) But to address parking and traffic congestion, here is my proposal:  parking “hubs” at ACT V, Aliso Creek and El Morro. Laguna residents get transponders allowing access into Laguna; non-residents must park at […]

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Among Friends the Game Never Ends

Among Friends the Game Never Ends

Despite his 95 years, Art Gilmore refused a golf cart and insisted on lugging his golf clubs over his shoulder, wandering alongside his six golf buddies each week. More like brothers, the golfers for the past 29 years have gotten together weekly to rehash their war years or just to get out of the house […]

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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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Golf Resumes at Aliso Creek

Golf Resumes at Aliso Creek

After a two-month storm-caused closure, the 83-acre Aliso Creek Golf Course will reopen this Sunday, Feb. 20, donating golf proceeds that day to the Laguna Relief and Resource Center’s fund for local victims of the same flood that shut it down last December. Even though the weekend weather forecast is for precipitation, general manager Kurt […]