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Grad Receives Coast Guard Commission

Laguna Beach High School alum Breanna Hite (’09) received her commission as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard on May 22 after graduating with honors from the New London, Conn.,  academy with a bachelor of science degree in marine and environmental sciences. Vice President Joe...

Lyle Evans Proctor

Lyle Evans Proctor of Laguna Beach passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 13, 2013. He was 88. Born in Soldier, Kan., Lyle moved to Southern California with his family as a boy, and attended Belmont High School in Los Angeles. Patriotic and brave, at age 18, Lyle began...

Whale Gives Rescuers the Slip

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Rescuers, forced by nightfall to quit efforts to cut lines entangling a whale spotted near Laguna Beach on Tuesday, were unsuccessful in locating the 40-foot gray again by Thursday. The animal was last seen heading west into deeper...

Sea Scouts Fear Missing the Boats

The Sea Scout program, which instills sailing and leadership skills in youth ages 12 to 18, has not ventured beyond Dana Point Harbor since February, anchored by a pending Coast Guard investigation.   Emotions are reaching a crescendo as many in the local boating community...

Cadet Navigates Passing the Baton

My wife’s daughter Breanna Hite returned to her alma mater recently to share her experiences and offer advice to Laguna Beach High School students who might be considering a Coast Guard career.   For the cadet, Hite’s turn at recruiting signified her own maturation and...

Navigating Towards a Mariner’s Prize

By Benjamin Bodart, Special to the Independent  Laguna Beach’s Liz Fletcher, 17, will soon achieve the prestigious rank of quartermaster in the Mariners Sea Scouts program. The quartermaster rank is comparable to the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts and requires a depth of...

Will Sail for Food

 Laguna Beach residents Susan and Don Campbell underwrite an orphanage in Mexico by sailing in Orange County.  Susan, who holds a Coast Guard-issued captain’s license, and her husband, Don, offer trips aboard their 34-foot Catalina sailboat, “Campbell Sloop.” They can board six...