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Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Laguna Beach police and park rangers pre-emptively closed off emptying public parking lots at Aliso Beach for last Saturday’s Full Moon Drum Circle due to predictions of a large turnout, and drummers say the decision put people in peril by forcing them onto the highway. A dozen...

Sports Swap Set for Saturday

Sports enthusiasts are invited to shop for gently used sport gear at the fourth annual sports swap planned at Thurston Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Trade out for a different surfboard, paddleboard, bodyboard, wetsuit, bike of snowboard. Items will...

Gear Sale Allows Tryouts at Low-Cost

Sports enthusiasts are invited to bring their gently used gear to the fourth annual sports swap planned at Thurston Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Organizers welcome sports equipment, surfboards, paddleboards, bodyboards, wetsuits, bikes, golf clubs,...

Dropping in On a Homegrown Sport

Words and Images by Mitch Ridder   Skimboarding originated in the late 1920’s when Laguna Beach lifeguards used flat sheets of wood to skim across the wet sand. In the ‘60s as the surfing craze took off, skimboarding’s popularity grew and began evolving toward its...

Younger Guns Grab Skimming’s Top Prize

  Vacationing in Laguna Beach with her family from Fredericksburg, Va., Catherine Squilliante delighted a surprised crowd as she out maneuvered more experienced riders in flat conditions at Aliso Beach on Sunday.   In her first event as a pro, the 14-year-old  went on...

Younger Guns Barrel Into Skimboarding’s Top Ranks

Results from Victoria Skimboards 35th annual World Championship of Skimboarding put South Laguna’s Stinnett brothers for the first time at the top of the men’s professional division, beating previous defending champions. Results follow. Look for more details in...

Once Historic Cottages Scrapped for Scrap Lumber

Laguna Beach’s City Council sent the three Third Street cottages being stored in an open field in Laguna Canyon to the wrecking crew Tuesday night, denying local landowner Scott Tenney’s offer of financial support to move at least one to open space in Bluebird Canyon for...

Field of Broken Promises

This letter was addressed to the City Council and city manager. Editor, It is a very sad feeling to realize that you don’t matter; you don’t count. No mention of the fact that these cottages are right smack dab in the middle of my  view (“Open Space Prevails at Big...