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New Ocean Protections Come Ashore

In a win for ocean conservationists, the state Fish and Game Commission earlier this month finalized marine protections for Southern California, preventing fishing or taking anything from the shorline along most of Laguna Beach, effective Jan. 1 Fishermen are adjusting more than...

A New Crew Ascends Department’s Ladder

  Five retiring Laguna Beach firefighters set the stage for promotions for six members of the staff and five new hires, who emerged from a field of a thousand applicants. The five new firefighters who made the cut were sworn in this past Monday, given their turnout gear and...

Canyon Carvers Perfect Their Chips

Photos by Ted Reckas Expert and novice alike take advantage of the long-running stone carving class taught by master stone carvers and longtime college instructors Marvin Johnson and Joseph Sovella.   At the Saturday sessions, held at Laguna College of Art & Design, 2222...

Activist Portrays Himself in Historical Society Talk

The next Laguna Beach Historical Society program will feature long-time Laguna Beach resident Arnold Hano sharing a personal history, entitled “History Not Always Made by a Committee.” The program Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will be held at the Laguna Beach City...

A Lobster Hunt Unlike Most

By Ted Reckas, Special to the Independent   Three weeks before the sanctioned start of the local lobster-hunting season, Rodger Healy motored out of Dana Point Harbor in his boat, loaded with traps. They were rigged with special mesh, small enough to catch everything,...

Newcomer Reinterprets a Local Icon

Polish-born photographer Art Zdanowski’s first visit to Laguna Beach provoked an instant reaction: he recognized his future home. Even more significantly, he found the artistic inspiration of its atmosphere and people profound. To express his appreciation to his adopted hometown,...

Grads Rewarded With Scholarships

Local organizations showered soon-to-graduate high school seniors with more than 100 scholarships cumulatively worth thousands of dollars last Friday during the annual honors convocation. Check out the full list 2011 Honors Convocation. Look for more details in Friday’s edition.

Lucky 11 Showcase Their Moves

Laguna Beach High School’s dance department performs in its spring concert, Eleven, at 7.30 p.m. May 5-7 in the Artists’ Theatre. The show showcases 11 choreographers, who fuse their visions in the styles of ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and tap. Two graduating seniors,...

Neighbors Seek Beach Access

Property Owner Says It’s A Bluff When an iron gate with security camera went up across the driveway at 2425 S. Coast Highway, so did a figurative door slam on public coastal access to a beach stairway, claim two neighbors contesting design elements of a large-scale bluff-top home...

Domoic Acid Kills Marine Animals

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon has received 27 sea lions and eight dolphins with signs of domoic acid poisoning from a harmful algal bloom over the last two weeks. Just two sea lions survived. “We clearly have an event taking place. There have been dozens of...