“It doesn’t take long to replace the material things,” said Frank Bower, who watched his Tahiti Street home go up in flames during the 1993 fire in the company of firefighters, crippled without an adequate water source. But rebuilding his life proved more difficult. Emotional damage can’t be swept up and carted away like the […]
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Some conditions remain unchanged since a devastating wildfire swept through Laguna Beach on Oct. 27, 1993, a $528 million disaster that consumed or damaged 441 homes and cost no human lives, but continues to influence city policy. The sun continues to bake the town’s south-facing slopes, making them drier and more vulnerable to fire’s spread. […]
Fourth of July Fun in South Laguna About 50 people gathered for South Laguna’s eighth annual Fourth of July Parade last week where families and friends whooped it up the old-fashioned way. From tossing eggs and water balloons to bobbing for apples and face painting, a good time was had by all! […]
Earth Day celebration organized by Transition Laguna on Park Avenue between Coast Highway and the library drew hundreds of people to its habitats. The eco-village set the example for water reuse, solar, composting and gardening. The eco-exhibition showcased vendors covering relevant topics and the eco-lounge provided old-fashioned live musical entertainment. Photos by Mitch Ridder […]
‘Tis the season for eye-dazzling displays. This week, we’re featuring some of our favorites: Vessels festooned like bedazzled Las Vegas showgirls in the Dana Point Boat Parade. Monarch Bay’s Moreton bay fig tree, its well-trimmed trunks enrobed with points of light, transforms into a botanical fantasy. And a halo of old-school lights paints the Orange […]
Cheryl Smith presents a student with a variety of leather tooling stamps during El Morro’s Colonial Days this week, when the multi purpose room transforms into a hands-on cultural experience of colonial and native American crafts. Kids try beading, candle making, corn husk dolls, holiday ornaments, leather tooling, rope making, silversmithing and more.