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El Nino Forecasts Propel Storm Readiness

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Due in part to higher-than-normal ocean temps, monsoon weather normally blocked by the mountain ridges managed to cross into Southern California this summer. The resulting thunderstorms created lightning that killed a man in Venice Beach in July and...

Real Choices in Southern California’s Primary Election

Editor, As a resident of Southern California I feel compelled to address an issue that should be of grave concern to us all. It’s about the perversion of the political process and a cynical attempt by one candidate to manipulate her way into public office. I am speaking of a...

Die-Off Spawns New Sea Stars

After a monumental die-off of millions of adult sea stars from Alaska to Baja California over the last year, scientists on the Central California coast are now seeing a massive influx of baby sea stars. The “reproduction bout” may spring up in Southern California waters soon,...

Sea Lion Strandings on the Rise

By Carisa Carlton, Special to the Independent A die-off of starving sea lion pups in Southern California last year was partly caused by a change in their food supply as sardine spawning grounds shifted to deeper water, scientists announced Tuesday. The findings come even as...

Leslie Caron Dances into Playhouse

By Pamela Diamond | NB Indy She may play “formidable” onstage, but in person Leslie Caron exudes a down-to-earth charm and gracious warmth. Candid and clear on subjects ranging from early ballet dreams and partners to the steely backbone necessary to achieve longevity, the silver...

Himalayan Festival Comes to Laguna Beach

Visitors to the first Himalayan Festival held in Southern California will have a chance to experience a sampling of culture from four different Asian countries over two days while in Laguna Beach. On Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, the Festival of Arts’ grounds, 650 Laguna...

Another Unresolved Nuclear Risk

Editor, Thank you Rita Robinson for covering San Onofre nuclear power plant woes for the year of 2013 to its celebrated shut down (“Looking Back on 2013’s Top Stories,” Jan. 3 edition). As your interview with activist Gary Headrick reveals, we are far from safe from a nuclear...

David Campbell Winckler

David Campbell Winckler passed in peace and comfort on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from Alzheimer’s dementia. Born in Long Beach on Feb. 4, 1937 to his parents Richard and Elizabeth, Dave spent his youth in both the avocado fields of Tustin and the sunny sands of Newport Beach.  In these...

Debra Deem

Debra Healy Deem, 58, of Laguna Beach passed away on Aug. 28 after succumbing to injuries received in a tragic bike accident on Aug. 27, 2013. Debra was born in St. Paul, Minn., and grew up in Southern California. She received her bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from...

Eye on Nature: Hummingbird Haven

By Ellen Girardeau Kempler   The battle begins every morning at the hummingbird feeder outside my bedroom window.  Even before I’m fully awake, I’m aware of the shrill, aggressive chirps of hummingbirds battling it out over the sugar water nectar. Our resident warriors are...

Eye on Nature: A Flowering Invader

By Ellen Girardeau Kempler   California’s original gold arrived long before the prospectors.  Each spring, tall swaths of European black mustard cover the Golden State’s coastal wilderness in bright blooms. According to many sources, starting in the 1630s the Spanish padres ...

There is Still Hope for a Big One

Editor, My name is Taylor Mellinger and I have enjoyed growing up as a local and regular visitor of Laguna Beach.  Ever since a young age I would see spear fishermen make their way out into the water and would watch them disappear into the vast blue in awe.  Then in seventh grade...

Emergency Status Unlocks Sea-Lion Aid

With the federal government declaring the extraordinary number of starving sea lion pups along the Southern California coastline an “unusual mortality event,” the door is opened for possible emergency funding for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a center spokesperson said this...

Flooding: Learning to Live with It

Massive 100-year floods, like the one Laguna Beach experienced two years ago that raged through Laguna Canyon neighborhoods and sent overflowing runoff and sediment through downtown shops, will happen every year in less than 40 years, according to an expert in flood-water...

Sound Advice: To Visit La Casa

Casa Laguna Inn and Spa was chosen as one of the nation’s top 10 hotels in the romance category by TripAdvisor in its 2013 Travelers’ Choice awards. Five California hotels were listed in the top 10 category, and Casa Laguna, , listed in seventh place as the sole Southern...