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Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Before filmmaker Bruce Brown boarded a plane alongside two surfers to film what would become the 1966 break-out movie “The Endless Summer,” the man credited with devising the modern surfboard elicited a promise. Wear suits and ties to the airport, urged Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who...

Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards and ended up shaping a culture, passed away at his home in Palm Desert on Saturday, March 29. He was 80 and had been in declining health for some time. The recently published biography “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and...

Burnett to Lead Water District

The South Coast Water District board hired six-month interim general manager Betty Burnett for the permanent post, succeeding Mike Dunbar, who retired after 25 years with the district. Her contract will be considered at an upcoming meeting, president Wayne Rayfield said in a...

Stranded Marine Mammals on Increase

Pacific Marine Mammal Center has received 38 sea lion pups needing medical attention since Jan. 1, compared to only six a year ago. Among those rehabilitating at the center now is a sea lion pup nicknamed “Rigby,” found hiding in a flowerpot on the deck of a home in Capistrano...