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Naturalist Seeks the Wild Things Here and Afar

Naturalist and author Allan Schoenherr discusses his work, “Wild and Beautiful: A Natural History of Open Spaces in Orange County” at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner Monday, April 3. The public is welcome to join the presentation by the local outdoorsman, who has...

Native Americans Celebrate a Historic Site

The 11th annual Panhe, a daylong Native American gathering that celebrates protection and preservation, starts up at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 26 at the San Mateo campground on San Onofre State Beach. Panhe is the 9,000 year old historic village of the indigenous Acjachemen o...

Noted Architect’s Works Return to the Spotlight

Aubrey St. Clair, the prolific architect responsible for many government buildings and private homes in Laguna Beach designed in the Mediterranean colonial style, is the subject of a talk by architectural historian Ted Wells on Saturday, March 18. A prix fix menu will be served...

Limelight

Parade Winners

Winners in the 50th Patriots Day Parade are as follows: Grand Marshal’s Trophy: Pageant of the Masters. President’s Trophy: Laguna Beach County Water District. Band Sweepstakes: Bassett High School of La Puente. Elementary Band: L.B.U.S.D. Elementary School Band. Military Color...

Winning Images Evoke Nature’s Best

Laguna Bluebelt Coalition announced winners in amateur and professional categories in its fifth annual photo contest this week. Local Rich German, known for capturing video of marine mammals from his paddleboard, won in the amateur category with an image of a gray whale’s flukes....

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Obituaries

Dennis Junka, Jan. 1, 1949 – March 28, 2017

Laguna Beach artist and business owner Dennis Junka died at home March 28. He was 68. Junka, a native of Ohio, but spent most of his life in Southern California. He attended Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts). Junka’s commitment to Laguna Beach was...

Unorthodox Leader’s Imprint is Read All Over Town

Vernon R. Spitaleri, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, war hero and entrepreneur, died in January at the age of 94. Born Aug. 2, 1922, in Pelham, N.Y., Vernon was the son of immigrant parents Rosario and Martha Spitaleri from Italy, who taught their three children life lessons,...

Donald Shoemaker

Aug. 14, 1937 – Feb. 20, 2017 Donald Shoemaker died Feb. 20, 2017, at his home in San Juan Capistrano after a four-year illness. Don was born Aug. 4, 1937, in New Castle, Penn., to Wendell and Doris Shoemaker. In 1971, he formed Shoemaker Films, a production company specializing...

Columns

Taking Stock

Bad News Gets Higher Ratings “Don’t sell on strike news” is one of Wall Street’s oldest adages. This appeared in the 1880’s, reflecting a period when the newspapers put labor disputes in bold headlines. The slogan persisted until about fifty years ago as strikes against...

Pet Peeves

Ancestry.com(e) I can vouch for the Indy’s “Study Confirms 6.3 Million Visitors.” My wife and I have had 6.3 million relatives since January. That’s how many it felt like. I’ve met relatives I didn’t even know I had. I asked one fellow crashing on our couch in March, “What side...

Village Matters

Not Even Noticing   The ultimate in not being racist is to not even notice. My neighbor and office assistant Ann Henry told me about a video of a kindergartner who asked his mom for a new, very short haircut. He wanted his hair to match his friend’s exactly. “That way our...

Pet Peeves

Good Luck, Neophytes I felt exhausted after reading the Indy’s “The New Activists Emerge” in the Feb. 26 edition. Political neophytes are coming out of the woodwork to form political groups to get their voices heard with elected officials. Years ago, I heard a similar story about...

Heart Talk

Teaching in the Time of Trump “Do you miss teaching?” That question has been asked of me so many times since my retirement. I first stood in front of a classroom on trembling legs in 1969 at the age of 22. Too young, too inexperienced; enthusiasm would only carry me so far. My...

Taking Stock

Market Tuning Beats Market Timing The financial media pump up fear and greed, often agitating investors to trade on emotions. This week, Tesla (TSLA-$297) hit a hot streak on news suggesting eventual profits. This sparked the rookies into thinking that it was time to get into the...