renaissance

Resurrected Masterpieces

Sculptor Shamus Koch, formerly known as James Koch, brings new life to old objects. By Cheryl Pruett | Photos by Jody Tiongco   Growing up in a small Wisconsin town, Shamus Koch—then known as James Koch—didn’t realize that his Mark Twain-style childhood would one day set him...

An Englishman Abroad… Reflections On Laguna

By Richard Grice When I arrived at Laguna Beach, I stood on the high cliffs gazing out across the ocean toward the shadowy outline of Catalina Island. This was the end of the road. The last stop on a journey of classical western culture, which started 2700 years ago when the...

A Bond Forged in Salt Water

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy With blowing rain lowering air temperatures to 50 degrees, Laguna Beach residents Thomas Hale and his daughter Faith, wearing only swim suits, literally shook with cold while aboard a boat bobbing in choppy, black seas under the Golden Gate Bridge last...

Keep The Dream Alive

Editor: I read with great interest and appreciation Bob Borthwick’s inspiring article, “The Tale of a Trail,” in last week’s Indy on the history of the San Clemente Beach Trail, now considered a model of collaboration. The lessons I learned from it, regardless of what...

Coastal Commission Targets Hotel’s Club

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy When the landmark Hotel Laguna opened 84 years ago on Main Beach, it was an easy decision to exploit its choice location by offering guests exclusive spots on the sand. “It is virtually impossible to imagine that a waterfront hotel opening for business...

Shore Scene

 Leopard Sharks Inhabit Laguna With a range along the coast from Oregon to the Gulf of California, the leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) is common along Laguna’s coastline.  Often found in shallow inshore waters of rocks, sand, kelp beds and muddy estuaries, it’s mostly seen...

The ‘Waterman’ Tradition Continues

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Nineteen-year-old Chris Garau graduated with honors from San Juan Hills high school and soon will be competing in the water polo Junior Olympics. This summer is his first as a rookie Laguna Beach lifeguard, stationed on Main Beach. But lifeguarding and...

Shore Scene

Prehistoric Creatures Close-up  Chitonsare primitive marine mollusks resembling trilobites whose fossil record can be traced back to the Devonian Period over 400 million years ago. There are over 900 existing species and fossil records for over 400 more extinct species. They have...

Don’t Waste Water, Please

Editor, Living in a community means we as individuals, with individual rights, have a responsibility to the whole when making decisions that affect us all. It may be your right to plant a lawn in the middle of a drought; I’m sure the neighborhood dogs will love it.  But it...

Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

City lifeguards along 5.7 miles of Laguna Beach’s coastline had already rescued 944 people over the three-day holiday weekend when the call came in Sunday, July 7, to join a search for a missing lifeguard in Newport Beach. “Lifeguards worked their tails off; they were wet all...

Surprising Observations From Down Under

I visited Australia recently to see my daughter, Gabrielle, 21, near the end of her college semester abroad. With me is my girlfriend, Kim Bowen, who grew up in London but moved to Sydney at 23 and was appointed fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Australia. Heady stuff,...
Posted On 12 Jun 2014

Stepping Around a Sticky Situation

In the last few weeks, some sticky blotches of a black tar-like substance have been appearing on several beaches in Laguna.  Many people assume that this phenomenon is being caused by industrial pollution associated with the extraction, transportation and storage of petroleum. In...

Voters Should Decide View Ordinance

Editor, “The Tragedy of the Commons,” a classic essay published in Science in 1968 and written by the esteemed UC Santa Barbara ecologist Garrett Hardin, is a must read for anyone interested or involved with the view preservation debate. The theoretical commons in his essay is a...

Beatriz Lopez Mead

June 22, 1946 – May 23, 2014 Beatriz Lopez Mead, known to her friends affectionately as Bianca, passed away peacefully after an 18-month struggle with cancer. Her loving spirit, sharp sense of humor and contagious laughter will remain with all that knew her. Mead spent the better...

No Radiation Detected in the Ocean

On its three-year anniversary, radiation from Japan’s nuclear power plant disaster at Fukushima has not shown up along the local coastline, according to radiation-monitoring scientists who released findings of their first sampling last week. They expect to eventually detect small...