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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...

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...

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...

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...

A School of Support Packs Hearing

Marine conservation proponents from Laguna Beach joined a sometimes raucous crowd to testify before a state commission in San Diego this past Wednesday considering whether to enact a marine reserve across most of Laguna’s coast. About 800 people packed a conference room to...

A School of Support Packs Hearing

Marine conservation proponents from Laguna Beach joined a sometimes raucous crowd to testify before a state commission in San Diego this past Wednesday considering whether to enact a marine reserve across most of Laguna’s coast. About 800 people packed a conference room to...

Angling for Local Anglers

Editor, Most days I hit the beach early in the morning, sometimes before dawn, then go home and get ready for the office. Often I see the same man working the shoreline in waders, casting for fish. Good equipment. Looks like he knows what he’s doing. I’ve never seen him catch a...

Laguna Stays the Course on Fishing Ban

The City Council reiterated its support for a city-wide fishing ban and the designation of its entire coastline as a marine reserve, the highest level of protection permitted under state law. The controversial decision, which is still pending before state wildlife officials,...

Laguna’s Top 10 News Stories of 2009

2009 was a year of firsts for Laguna. First off, the town almost lost the hospital where, for 50 years, many of its native sons and daughters were born. Under a new name and new owners, the hospital is focusing on emergency service and acute care as its lifeline.   Another...