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Arrest Made in Cold-Case Murder

Sixteen years after a woman’s body was discovered in Laguna Canyon, law enforcement investigators early Wednesday, Oct. 8, arrested her son-in-law as the suspect in the cold-case homicide about 7 a.m. as he was about to enter an Aliso Viejo gym. John Edward Gutierrez, 46, who...

Resume the Quest for a Public Trail

  Editor, I, like many of my Laguna Beach friends and neighbors, was extremely disappointed to learn that the Planning Commission approved the redevelopment plans of the new owners of Aliso Canyon golf course without taking any action to create a pedestrian/bicycle trail...

No Crying for These Blues

To top off their regular season, Laguna Beach’s AYSO girls U12 team Laguna Blues advanced to the semifinal match of the AYSO South Orange County tournament of champions. In the regular season with matches played against Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel, the Laguna Blues were the...

Kids Write, Draw to Honor Dad

The “Why My Dad is My Hero” Awards Brunch will take place Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Aliso Viejo Conference Center from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Dads and male mentors will be acknowledged by the Miracles for Families organization, which invites you to celebrate the men in our community...

SOKA Hosts Hallowed Fair

Soka University’s student clubs are once again combining their ghastly talents to host the 11th annual Halloween Fair and Haunted House on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, at 6 p.m., on the Aliso Viejo campus. The Halloween Fair in front of the recreation center is...

Soka Earns Top Ranking

  Aliso Viejo’s Soka University tied for 49th in the national liberal arts college rankings and was ranked first in faculty resources and foreign student factor, according to the US News and World Report’s latest rankings. Soka was second in ethnic diversity (without...

Fire Threats Rise With Predicted Hi Temps

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna, Special to the Independent With temperatures expected to rise drastically today, tomorrow and into the weekend, individuals and families should take the necessary precautions. Even coastal communities will feel the heat. The very young and the...

Obituary: Richard Lovejoy Narver

Name:  Richard Lovejoy Narver Dates:  May 14, 1923 – May 27, 2012     Longtime Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo resident Richard “Dick” Lovejoy Narver passed away peacefully on May 27, 2012.  Born in Beverly Hills on May 14, 1923 to Alice Vida and David Lee Narver, he spent...

Laguna’s Mayor Takes Same-Sex Marriage Vow

Laguna Beach’s Mayor Jane Egly is the first in the county to sign a marriage equality pledge embraced by 175 other mayors nationwide as of March 20. “That’s never been an issue for me. I’ve always supported that idea. It’s hard to be in Laguna and not have that sense reinforced,”...

Suspected Prostitute Lured Customers Online

Both Laguna Beach police detectives and their mark came in for a surprise last Thursday, Dec. 15, during an investigation of a Craigslist advertiser that offered to exchange sex for drugs and money, according to police. A detective who responded to the woman’s ad directed her to...

Business Moves

Local PR Maven Tapped as Executive Trainer   Local public relations expert Joan Gladstone was accepted by Vistage International into its team of speakers, who share advice and problem solve in workshops with top executives.   Her initial topic is managing media scrutiny...