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Be Careful What You Wish For

Editor, This summer has been unusual. The thousands who lovingly watched the Poncho Sanchez concert the last day at the Festival of Arts. Free admission at the Art A Fair the last two days and Jheri St James and the belly dancers celebrating at the Sawdust Festival. Fantastic...

Guards Endure a Daunting Tryout

Photos and story by Mitch Ridder Last Saturday morning, 50 men and six women pushed themselves through three physical events to begin their journey to become Laguna Beach lifeguards. First, competitors had to successfully complete a 1,000-meter swim under 20 minutes in 58º water,...

Fatigued Diver Dies Returning to Shore

A scuba diver died from cardiac arrest after surfacing from an afternoon dive with his son in one of Laguna Beach’s most popular coves on Sunday, Sept. 29, lifeguards said Monday. Paul Peto, of Yorba Linda, became unresponsive while diving, according to a coroner’s office...

Tracking Releases From Afar

Two recuperated sea lion pups equipped with expensive satellite tags to monitor their progress were returned to the sea and are faring well and foraging afar, officials at Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center said this week. The tags, which cost from $1,700 to $3,000...

A Second Influx of Sick Animals Arrives

  By Rita Robinson | LB Indy To exacerbate the deluge of emaciated sea lion pups at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, adult sea lion females with chronic and often-fatal domoic acid poisoning are also being rescued along the local coastline. Last week, 21 starving young sea...

Starving Sea Lion Pups Flood Rescue Center

Coastal animal services officer Dana Friedman slipped a bony and listless 20-pound sea lion pup out of his rescue truck and into a portable dog cage and carried it into the Pacific Marine Mammal Center here early Wednesday afternoon. Forty pounds underweight, the sickly sea lion...

Stranded Marine Mammals on Increase

Pacific Marine Mammal Center has received 38 sea lion pups needing medical attention since Jan. 1, compared to only six a year ago. Among those rehabilitating at the center now is a sea lion pup nicknamed “Rigby,” found hiding in a flowerpot on the deck of a home in Capistrano...

Ocean Creatures In Hot Water

People might be frolicking in the warmer ocean waters lapping along Laguna Beach’s coastline in recent weeks, but for some ocean plants and creatures, they’ve been too long in the stew. According to Laguna Beach’s Ocean Foundation, which strives to protect the town’s ocean...

A Natural Eye for Art

Photos and text by Danielle Robbins Festival of Arts exhibitor Casey Parlette spends daylight hours as a fulltime Laguna Beach lifeguard, dispensing first aid, advising beach-goers and grabbing a float buoy and fins for rescues and preventative contacts. At night, he takes up...

Summertime is Anything But Easy for Guards

 The summer season that lures sun-seekers has seen multiple overhead south swells lighting up local beaches, and lifeguards making 220 rescues last weekend, far more than the 25 to 75 average. Lifeguard Chief Kevin Snow, describing “a very busy weekend,” said it was due in part...