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Book Store Opens a Foreign Outpost

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Among Latin American writers, Isabel Allende, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gabriel Garcia-Marquez are some of the most immediately recognizable names to U.S. readers, in part because their works have been widely translated and made into movies. In a first...

Protecting Nature’s Fragile Wonder

On a farm the kitchen is a combination office, staging area and coffee shop and I was enjoying being at this hub of my brother’s Nevada dairy. In came Alex, his partner, straight from spraying the cornfield.  “What did you spray it with?” the gardener in me wondered.  “Roundup,”...

Pet Peeves: Smugglers

By Mark D. Crantz Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but there’s drug smuggling.  Oh no!  Recently, 1,200 lbs. of marijuana was seized in Crystal Cove by the authorities.  Concerned with the sanctity of the chain of evidence, federal agents opted to burn the...

Captured in His Lens

Museum’s exhibit on Hollywood portrait photographer George Hurrell taps into local history    By L.F. D’Elia   Florence Leontine Lowe Barnes had money — big money – having been born into one of the wealthiest families in America. In addition to her estate in Pasadena,...

Walking Away From It All On the PCT

One man’s attempt to find healing by hiking the 2,660 mile Pacific Crest Trail By Dashel Pierson Plesa, Special to the Independent To his mother’s disbelief, Andy Lyon, called to “check-in” from the summit of 14,500-foot Mt. Whitney. Lyon had been there before, but this...

Village Matters: Savoring a Mother’s Kitchen

It was a “Leave it to Beaver” kitchen, Mexican style. Simple stained and varnished plywood cabinets, well-loved and clean. They had the original 1960s slim copper handles with the tapered ends. These and the matching hinges were polished bright. Aqua tiles and the aqua walls and...

Obituaries

Robert Hoyk, Phd. Sept. 17, 1952- Feb. 24, 2012   Robert Magnuson Hoyk, 59, died at home in Laguna Beach on March 12 after a seven-year struggle with ALS. Dr. Hoyk was a clinical psychologist who received his doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology in...

Laying Claim to Budget-Conscious Appetites

Three restaurants scheduled to open in Laguna Beach this spring should elevate the casual dining options in town. Newcomers BurgerFi, Umami Burger and Carmelita’s, respectively touting healthy and sustainable burgers and franks, burgers with extra flavor, and fine Mexican food,...

Three King’s Day Celebrated

La Playa Center will celebrate Dia de Reyes, Three Kings Day, the 12th day after Christmas when the Magi arrived bearing gifts for baby Jesus and the traditional day for Mexican children to receive presents.   La Playa has celebrated this day in years past, but this year...