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Lobster Haven Still Protected

Lobster Haven Still Protected

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent Traps pulled from the ocean and hoisted aboard a large lobster boat off Main Beach last week prompted a flurry of calls to the city’s lifeguards about potential violations of new regulations banning fishing along most of Laguna Beach’s coastline. The public is very much aware of the […]

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Garret Donald McGann

Garret Donald McGann

Garret Donald McGann Laguna Beach native Garret Donald McGann, beloved son of Susan Pebley and Don McGann and youngest brother of Miles and Grant McGann, lost his battle with drug addiction May 25 at the age of 25 in Sandpoint, Ida. McGann was a charismatic personality and his passion for the outdoors was evidenced by […]

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No Guts

No Guts

Editor, I clicked up the March 28 Planning Commission meeting that extinguished the life of the Royal Hawaiian and asked myself: What has happened to our town? What has our city government done to us? First they take away our beaches, then our fishing, and now, because of one cranky old lady they drove the […]

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Whale Enmeshed by Debris Spotted Miles Away

Whale Enmeshed by Debris Spotted Miles Away

“June,” the entangled whale that eluded its would-be rescuers near San Onofre State Beach last week, was sighted off the coast of Monterey County in Gorda, Calif., about 375 nautical miles away. Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center received notification Tuesday on the whereabouts of the 40-foot gray nicknamed “June” by the National Marine Fisheries […]

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Checking In

Checking In

Keeping it Blue   Is it just my imagination, or are there measurably more fish in our Laguna waters than a few years ago? While there are those who would argue that the marine protected status was unnecessary, I can attest that the simple view from my SUP board is of increased bounty. Not only herds […]

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Poachers Snared in Marine Sanctuary

Poachers Snared in Marine Sanctuary

In the first major violation of Marine Protected Areas that took affect on Jan. 1, game wardens cracked down on suspected poachers offshore Laguna Beach and seized 47 California spiny lobsters from night divers on Saturday, Jan. 15. From their patrol boat, Department of Fish and Game wardens observed Marbel A. Para, 30, of Romoland, […]

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New Ocean Protections Come Ashore

New Ocean Protections Come Ashore

In a win for ocean conservationists, the state Fish and Game Commission earlier this month finalized marine protections for Southern California, preventing fishing or taking anything from the shorline along most of Laguna Beach, effective Jan. 1 Fishermen are adjusting more than their lines to comply with the new order. Volunteers also are stepping up […]

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Bonnie Mae Osborn

Bonnie Mae Osborn

Bonnie Mae Osborn   Bonnie Mae Osborn, mother of Nancy Wagner and grandmother of Darshan Hodges and a frequent visitor to the coast, died, on Nov. 2 in St. George, Utah. She was 88.   She was born on Oct. 13, 1923, in Purdy, Mo., to Clarence and Lena Marshall.  She was married to Robert Osborn […]

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A Lobster Hunt Unlike Most

A Lobster Hunt Unlike Most

By Ted Reckas, Special to the Independent   Three weeks before the sanctioned start of the local lobster-hunting season, Rodger Healy motored out of Dana Point Harbor in his boat, loaded with traps. They were rigged with special mesh, small enough to catch everything, including illegal, undersized juvenile lobsters. He hoped to get a good […]

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‘Lagunatics’ Returns to Mince Shortcomings into Laughs

‘Lagunatics’ Returns to Mince Shortcomings into Laughs

“Lagunatics” turns a cheerful spotlight on Laguna Beach’s foibles, some old, some new, but none borrowed when the annual roast resumes this Friday at the Festival of Arts’ Forum Theater. Once again, the locals who perform for the next three weekends will ask themselves and their audience “is nothing sacred?” This year, for the 19th […]

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Laguna's Coastline Closes to Anglers Jan. 1

Laguna’s Coastline Closes to Anglers Jan. 1

No-fishing restrictions along most of Laguna’s coastline will take effect on Jan. 1, fish and game officials decided last week. The effective date, proposed for late in 2011, was postponed due to litigation over new restrictive provisions in the state’s Marine Life Protection Act by the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans, an alliance of individuals and […]

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A Call for Another Ban

A Call for Another Ban

Editor,   Banning must be fun since we seem to want to ban so much. Some bans are needed and others may be just “nanny state” irritants or losses to freedom. To mention a few we have banned: animals off leash, most downhill skateboarding, smoking on the beach, smoking on some public streets, and late night/over […]

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Expansion of Marine Protections Postponed

Expansion of Marine Protections Postponed

The effective date that will make most of Laguna Beach’s coastline off-limits to fishing will be delayed past its original Oct. 1 start, fish and game officials said this week. The new date to implement the extensive list of do’s and don’ts, intended to restore ocean habitat from Santa Barbara’s Pt. Conception to the Mexican […]

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Angler Welcomes Ban, Eyes Recovery

Angler Welcomes Ban, Eyes Recovery

Local recreational diver Norm Cole gave up fishing local waters decades ago, when the state imposed a moratorium on hunting abalone. “That was the end of my game taking in Laguna,” said Cole, who still fishes occasionally but nevertheless supports the imposition of a fishing ban effective Oct. 1.   The impact of new marine […]

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Keep the Coast Open

Keep the Coast Open

Editor, Those advocating closing our coast to fishing, collecting, and about everything else make no sense. Fish and Game has always been able to protect our marine environment with effective regulations that are fully supported by all commercial and sports fishing elements. Fish and Game does not need a bunch of bureaucrats driven by environmental extremists […]