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Local Heroes Honored

Tickets are on sale for the seventh annual Laguna Hero Fest, celebrating women muses, artists and activists with a presentation of filmed oral histories from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at Seven Degrees. Receiving the community hero award are biologist Nancy Caruso and...

Unexpected Outcome for Earth Day Event

Editor, Saturday was a spectacular day in Laguna. It seems most everyone escaped the inland heat by descending upon Laguna, where they were treated to an Earth Day / Kelp Fest collaboration that showcased the best of our environmental sensibilities. Nancy Caruso’s third...

Kelpfest Brings Underwater World to Main Beach

The second annual Kelpfest will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, on Main Beach. “Thousands of volunteers helped and are still helping to restore the kelp forests of Orange County, and when the kelp came back we needed to celebrate,” said event organizer Nancy...

Sightings Intensify Debate Over Sharks

Last week’s fatal shark attack on a body boarder near Santa Barbara County’s surfing Shangri-la, Hollister Ranch, made clear that the ocean remains in a sense, a wild place. This summer a video of a juvenile white shark recorded by Chuck Patterson off San Onofre State Beach...

Economic Tide Turns Against Kelp Foresters

Southern California’s kelp forests, essential to the health of the marine ecosystem in California, have taken a beating in recent decades. Natural cycles of growth and decline have been skewed toward decline by El Nino events, algal blooms, polluted water, and populations of...