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Fish Flourish in Warm Coastal Waters

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Divers, snorkelers and recreational fishing enthusiasts alike are reporting increasing numbers of fish off the local coastline. This summer’s catch of sport fish – yellowtail, yellowfin and bluefin tunas as well as dorado – has not been seen since 1997,...

Iseman Is Ready to Keep Serving

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Toni Iseman taught junior high and high school classes for 12 years before switching from teaching to counseling and discovering a preference for working with students one-on-one. That penchant now informs her approach as an elected member of the...

Tips on Making College Choices

By Andrea Coupe, Special to the Independent High school seniors in Laguna Beach are making their final decisions for where they will pursue higher education in the fall, and juniors are diving into their own college search. For many, selecting a college or university depends on a...

Fatigued Diver Dies Returning to Shore

A scuba diver died from cardiac arrest after surfacing from an afternoon dive with his son in one of Laguna Beach’s most popular coves on Sunday, Sept. 29, lifeguards said Monday. Paul Peto, of Yorba Linda, became unresponsive while diving, according to a coroner’s office...

Local Currents: Push Further

By David Vanderveen “We have lingered in the chambers of the sea By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown Till human voices wake us, and we drown.” –T.S. Elliot, from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” “The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark...

‘The Big One’ Returns Home

From the Festival of Arts A year after his passing, artist, colorist and former Laguna Beach Festival of Arts exhibitor Robert Young’s immense masterpiece, “The Big One,” has made its way back to Laguna Beach after a 30-year sojourn at SeaWorld San Diego. It will be on display at...

Recognizing a Hero Regardless of Residency

Editor, Although our dedicated and highly trained lifeguards do a spectacular job for our city and on our beaches, it’s individuals like Pat Watson who truly make our community special (“Skim Boarder Dives For a Miracle Save,” May 31 edition). After quickly and selflessly...

Diver’s Death Remains a Mystery

The death of a 51-year-old diver, who was unresponsive when pulled from the ocean at a popular dive spot in Laguna Beach, remains under investigation, according to the county coroner. An autopsy was performed on the body of Mark Gibbs, of Tustin, but no ruling was made on the...

Diver Pulled From Shaw’s Cove

A 51-year-old diver reported missing from a morning diving class in Laguna Beach’s Shaw’s Cove was pulled “unresponsive” from the water Friday by rescue personnel, who immediately began performing CPR on the victim, police said. Laguna lifeguards, police and fire...

Olympic Swimmer Shares Her Story

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Kaitlin Sandeno visited Fullerton’s Orange County SoCal Diving to reinforce the important values embraced by the club, including strength, discipline, and determination. Assistant Coach Tyce Routson said, “Kaitlin possesses a ‘can do’ mindset that a...

Local Currents: Get Your Gills Wet

“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.” –Jacques Yves Cousteau   The ocean has to be both the greatest escape and one of the best reset buttons that exists for me....

Filmmaker Journeys Beneath the Sea

Laguna Beach’s MacGillivray Freeman Films will join an underwater expedition next week led by renowned biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle and a team of aquanauts to the world’s only remaining undersea laboratory, Aquarius Reef Base, located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary....

‘Instinct’ Saves a Life

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   As is his habit, Laguna Beach resident and surfer Ian McErlane, 37, was out walking his two dogs in Heisler Park recently when red-flag surf conditions transformed the routine into life-saving heroism.   McErlane’s attention...

Seal Sendoff

By Monica Petrova, Special to the Independent A crowd of spectators swarmed the sands of Treasure Island Beach on Sunday, patiently awaiting the guests of honor. Two California seals named Atlas and Solstice were to be released back into the wild after spending almost four months...

Boys Qualify for Playoffs

By Horst Noppenberger, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach High School’s boys soccer team was awarded a wild card berth in the CIF play-offs and played El Segundo at home Tuesday, Feb. 14.   The playoff spot came as a result of a strong finish for the Breakers...
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