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Seeing Under the Sea

Nearly all of the tidepools in Laguna Beach are a state protected habitat. Though there’s no touching or taking allowed, plenty of unusual creatures make their homes in Laguna’s intertidal zone. It’s a matter of the more you look, the more you see.  The tidepool creatures are a...

Seeing Under the Sea

Nearly all of the tidepools in Laguna Beach are a state protected habitat. Though there’s no touching or taking allowed, plenty of unusual creatures make their homes in Laguna’s intertidal zone. It’s a matter of the more you look, the more you see.  The tidepool creatures are a...

Hot Wheels Racers Welcome at Scout Derby

Cub Scout Pack 35 will host a Hot Wheels Grand Prix for families interested in learning more about Cub Scouts on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church’s Tankersley Hall. The pack will provide a Hot Wheels car collection for kids to race on  ...

‘Freeways to Flip-Flops’ a Gutsy Journey

Have you ever felt the expectations of the Southern California lifestyle pressing in on you? Does it ever seem like “keeping up with the Joneses” is driving you into the ground? Do you regret that family time is often supplanted by soccer practice and deadlines, and, well … just...

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 Lagu...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

‘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...

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...