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Mary Louise Ferguson

Mary Louise Ferguson of Laguna Beach passed away peacefully at her home on Dec. 31, 2012 after 94 years of vibrant living. She had a smile on her face until the very end. Born in Detroit, Mich., Mary Louise spent her young years in Glendale and raised a family in Whittier and...

Plant Isn’t Worth the Risk

Editor, Thank you Rita Robinson for your timely article, “Group Calls for Keeping San Onofre Closed,” Jan. 18 edition. Many signs show SCE plans to restart one reactor dome in March. I have attended all of the NRC meetings held here in Southern California.  At the last one in...

Making Community By Hand

The Buy Hand store celebrates its grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 670 S. Coast Highway, Unit B. The storefront offers handcrafted gifts and treasures, including work of local Southern California artisans. Owner Kavita Reddy will unveil “The Handmade...

Art Seen

Museum Hosts March Events   Laguna Art Museum hosts a free family day on Sunday, March 11, in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Victor Hugo Zayas: Mi Obra, and a panel discussion on Sunday, March 18, about rethinking the birth of art in Southern...

Lawmaker Opposes Anti-Corruption Bill

Editor,   I rarely see coverage of our local legislators and their voting records in the Independent.  However, because Southern California sends so many politicians to Washington, the bigger newspapers don’t usually single out any of them for scrutiny either.  ...

Local Company Lights up New York Fair

Laguna Beach-based LED lighting manufacturer Cerno lit up the New York International Gift Fair at the Javits Convention Center recently, when they exhibited their current line of modern LED light fixtures from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2. Established in 2009 in the hometown of its three...

Dreaming of a Green Laguna

Editor, Green architect Chris Prelitz’s proposal to transform and revitalize Laguna Beach as an eco-destination is right on the money (“Eco-Trade Not to be Ignored,” Nov. 28). In the face of economic uncertainty, art and other luxury items are the first thing to go; this...

McWeather or Not

Sea and Sky Energy! With last Sunday’s generous helping of rain, nearly ¾ of an inch, we’re on a pace for an 18 inch season, a little over 4 inches above the seasonal normal of 13.95. So far there’s been good distribution of rain with a 5-7 day dry period between storms. As of...

‘Homeless in Paradise’ Exhibit Opens

BC Space Gallery hosts a public reception for the art exhibit “Homeless in Paradise” Saturday, Nov. 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m., offering a penetrating look into life on the streets of sunny Southern California.

Unbowed by Cancer, a Nurse Turns to Advocacy

“This can’t be cancer, because I had a mammogram,” Laguna Beach resident Sol Roberts recalled thinking when she found a lump in her breast in December 2006. Though the uncomfortable test intended to detect cancer found none just five months earlier, Roberts’ self-examination...

Firefighter Competes in Police, Fire Olympics

Jarrett Jensen, a Laguna Beach firefighter, was invited to compete in men’s indoor volleyball at the 2011 World Police and Fire Olympics in New York, Aug. 26-Sept. 5.   With 18,000 competitors from over 70 countries, he will be on a team with other firefighters from Southern...

McWeather or Not

Hurricane Season Touches Down You can’t ask for a nicer Memorial Day than today. Notoriously cloudy, today is quite the wonderful exception thanks to yesterday’s Aleutian blaster, which swept things clean, so clean that Catalina Island looks like you could almost reach out and...

McWeather or Not

Hurricanes Continued! Only about a month from the beginning of summer, but try telling this week’s weather. A pair of March-like storms are bearing down on California with one to two feet of snow in the Sierras and one to two inches of rain along the entire coast. Laguna’s normal...

Local Currents

Duty, Strangers and Family “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.” The old mission statement at the Grand Haven (Mich.) Lifeguard Station. James Pribram saved a woman’s life last weekend near the blowhole on the Pearl Street reef. It was a difficult rescue in cold...

Rate Hike for Water Turns On

Laguna residents north of Nyes Place are paying more for water as a result of a rate hike that went into affect Jan. 1. The Laguna Beach County Water District, which serves that area, raised their rates in anticipation of an impending increase from their wholesaler. The typical...