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Scenic California Seen at the Gate

The painting is titled “The Hunter” and depicts an egret intent on securing his next meal. Rendered in vivid purples against an orange sky, the bird wades through waters reflecting hues of his surroundings. The image, along with a number of luminous landscapes such “Merced...

For Young Pilot, Perseverance Pays Off

Ryan Raffo, a native of Laguna Beach and 2010 graduate of Laguna Beach High School, has always loved planes. As a child, he “flew” toy jets, imitating the engine sounds. At 12 he got his own flight simulator. His dad, Coleman Raffo, recalls his son’s response to a call for...

Another Thought on the Village Entrance

Editor, As I approached John Wayne Airport in the pre-dawn darkness, I reflected on how a later-built parking structure completely obscured any view of the stunning airport architecture. Once visible from MacArthur Boulevard, all that can now be seen is a looming multi-story...

One Flight Too Many

Editor, This is your pilot speaking. If you look out to your left, you can see we are now passing over the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. Flight crew, please prepare for landing. I read the letters in the paper a few months ago about the rash of planes flying over south Laguna...

Out of the Hangar

Three new dining options opened at John Wayne Airport this week: Ruby’s Diner, Ruby’s To Go and Farmer’s Market by Laguna Culinary Institute. All three venues are located between Gates 8 and 9.

Fuming Over Jet Noise

Officials at John Wayne Airport and the local Federal Aviation Administration office are getting an earful of complaints from some Laguna Beach residents about increased airline traffic and noise, city officials confirmed. “With the exception of Santa Anas, we’ve never had huge...