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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...

A Work of ‘Grace’ Adorns a Prominent Spot

“This is gorgeous!” exclaimed several passersby as Laguna Beach sculptor Terry Thornsley put the finishing touches on “Grace,” a mural commissioned by the city to adorn a wall adjacent to Main Beach’s lifeguard headquarters. Thornsley finished the metal mural on Sunday ...

Secret Cash Stashed Offshore

Although we seldom find evidence of them on the beach, many coves of Laguna Beach have a secret treasure residing on the sandy bottom just off shore. Getting its name from the similarity it has in size and shape to the silver dollar, it is the Pacific sand dollar (Dendraster...

An Appreciation

Editor, Many thanks for reporting on the new Aliso Creek Reclamation Facility (“Plant Prevents Runoff From Reaching the Sea,” May 2 edition). I especially appreciated remarks by SCWD staff linking this project to better ocean water quality. Last week’s visiting gray whales...

Plant Prevents Runoff from Reaching the Sea

Thanks to the acknowledged efforts of a local waterman for pressing local authorities to clean the creek water spilling onto Aliso Beach, the ribbon was officially cut on a water reclamation facility in Aliso Canyon last week. If creek levels allow, the $2.8 million Aliso Creek...

Greg MacGillivray: The King of IMAX

By Norm Baur | NB Indy Greg MacGillivray’s story goes back to 1959 when he began production on his first surf movie, “A Cool Wave of Color.” The 80-minute film was released in 1964 and turned a profit. With his parent’s best wishes and support, MacGillivray, who grew up in Corona...

Scouts ‘Help the Kelp’ Fest

More than 300 Girl Scouts from 5 to 18 will descend on Laguna Beach for Kelp Fest on Saturday, April 26, in hopes of having fun in the sun while also earning a popular scout patch. Tara Coffey, 18, of Huntington Beach, created the new Girl Scout patch with multi-colored kelp...

Questioning Proposed View Rules

About 150 angry, well-organized people have continued a writing campaign to go after the airspace of their neighbors. They make it look like the new view ordinance law is too lenient. A clever approach. They have attended each meeting while only a few stalwart people who love...

Slow Down, Mindful of Life’s Preciousness

Editor, Our hearts are broken over the lost of Nina Fitzpatrick. Our sympathy, while heartfelt, is little consolation for her friends and family. We wish it were the case that tragedy was not a prerequisite for learning how precious and fragile life is, but it seems we have a...

Unnecessary Complexity Over View Rules Silliness

Editor, Laguna’s famous and unique view sheds of the ocean, islands, hills, and valleys is one of the many things that makes living in Laguna a pleasure and adds dramatically to the value of homes and neighborhoods. Sadly, for a very long time these precious public and private...

Enforcement Needed Where Entreaties Fail

Editor, Imagine spending months or years searching for an affordable home in Laguna Beach with a beautiful ocean view. You invite family and friends to enjoy your little piece of paradise, and wake up in awe every morning over this gift. A few years go by. One day you notice that...

Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Before filmmaker Bruce Brown boarded a plane alongside two surfers to film what would become the 1966 break-out movie “The Endless Summer,” the man credited with devising the modern surfboard elicited a promise. Wear suits and ties to the airport, urged Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who...

Warship Games

It was a couple of Sundays ago. It was my seventh day of rest and I was minding my own business on my upper deck. My house looks like an ocean cruise liner. I’m not the original homeowner, but there’s definitely a nautical theme going on here. The house is battleship gray and the...

Why is Laguna Timid About Curbing View Blocking Trees?

Editor, I’ve recently moved to Laguna Beach and admit to having no senority in the adversarial subject of the view ordinance.  However, in my current residence, it’s clear (no pun intended) that our ocean view is significantly impaired by tall (as in very tall)...

Bugged by Litter

Editor, I walk a lot and our city is becoming one giant ash tray. I see cigarette butts everywhere. In fact, we’re becoming one giant trash can as well. Can nothing be done to eradicate all the butts and garbage? (Do you know that it takes 30 years for a cigarette to...