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South Laguna biological preserve recovery could take years

Under a mid-day sun, turkey vultures and crows were the only signs of life on a trail running along the edge of the Pacific...

Indy nabs top breaking news prize among state’s weeklies

The California News Publishers Association awarded The Independent first place in the breaking news category for similarly-sized weekly newspapers, recognizing its coverage of the...

Spared from wildfire, The Ranch returns to life. But charred hills are around the bend

Birds were singing and golfers drove balls down the fairway at Ben Brown’s Golf Course on Wednesday. Amid the serenity of The Ranch at...

Mountain lion has departed Laguna Greenbelt, biologist says

A male mountain lion spotted in Laguna Beach departed the South Coast wilderness before the Coastal Fire started Wednesday, a state wildlife biologist said. The...

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Sen. Dave Min keynotes Laguna Board of Realtors membership meeting

The Laguna Board of REALTORS held its 98th annual membership meeting on May 13. Each year, the REALTOR members and their affiliates get an...

Laguna Beach police to host expo promoting bike safety

The Laguna Beach Police Department will host a bike safety expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at Top of the World...

Laguna Beach to install more water bottle filling stations

Laguna Beach will convert 25 existing outdoor drinking fountains into stations designed to refill water bottles. The City Council appropriated about $237,000 to Horizons...

Firebrand Media moves to Glenneyre office

Firebrand Media LLC, the parent company of The Laguna Beach Independent and its sister publications, moved to a new Laguna Beach office on Friday. For...

SchoolPower hosts Three Clubs Barefoot golf tournament

The sixth annual Three Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic was held May 9 at The Ranch at Laguna Beach to benefit SchoolPower. The event sold...

Letter: In Response To Billy Fried’s “We Can’t Handle The Truth” Column

I don’t know if we can’t handle the truth, as Billy Fried states, but I do know he sure can’t. His column reads like...

Letter: Regarding Michael Ray’s Hawthorne Road House

I was passing by 337 Hawthorne Road this morning and saw that the City’s Stop Work Order saying “Stop All Work Until Permit is...

Letter: Parking Structure at Presbyterian Church

If what I’m hearing is true, I’m appalled that this plan and concept have been so concealed from the residents of Laguna. I’m outraged...

Letter: Regarding Musings on the Coast

Could Michael Ray find something positive to say in his columns? He has more than exhausted the Village Laguna theme. He and his family...

Letter: Concerning Musings on the Coast

After a most welcome respite, Michael Ray is once again in the pages of The Indy (May 13) pummeling away on his favorite punching...

Gallery Q animal art show to support Blue Bell Foundation for Cats

Gallery Q’s latest show, Animals Wild & Not So Wild, will open with a reception from 5 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the...

Laguna Beach composer’s work brought to life by CSUF Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Chorus

Pamela Madsen, a Laguna Beach resident and music composition professor will debut her latest work at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Meng Concert Hall,...

Laguna Live! to showcase bluegrass, barbecue

Bluegrass and BBQ with Americana group The Barefoot Movement will kick off from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 12 at Laguna College Art...

Community concert band to showcase western-themed concert

The Laguna Community Concert Band opens its 22nd season at The Artists Theatre at 2 p.m. on May 15 at 2 p.m. with a...

Laguna Beach Arts Alliance to host gala, Marrie Stone tapped as guest speaker

The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance announced writer and podcaster Marrie Stone will be the honored guest speaker at the 14th Annual Art Star Awards to be...

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Sports Update: Melanie Falkowski Places 5th in 3,200 Meter Run at CIF

The Laguna Beach High School sports season concluded this past weekend with team banquets and post season awards to be issued over the next...

Sports Update: Jana Jocic Qualifies for State

The Laguna Beach High School spring sports season is winding down this month and will switch to summer mode very soon. Fall Sports will...

Sports Update: Breakers baseball survive Edison but miss the playoffs

Baseball (13-13, 4-5) Laguna outlasted Edison in a nine-inning thriller last week but were denied a spot in the playoffs due to a Southern Section...

Sports Update: Damato off to USA Water Polo, ending era at Laguna

Ethan Damato who built Laguna Girls Water Polo into the most successful high school program in the nation announced last week he has accepted...

Laguna Sports Update: Baseball still alive in playoff hunt

Baseball (12-10, 4-3) Griffin Naess pitch a complete game on April 14 at Skipper Carrillo Field scattering four hits and striking out eight for the...

El Morro Elementary to celebrate retirement of veteran teacher

After a 31-year career, third-grade teacher Tamara Wong will say goodbye to El Morro Elementary School. Community members are invited to join a retirement celebration...

Laguna Beach USD recognized with state award for COVID-19 response

Laguna Beach Unified School District was recently named among 121 school districts by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond for its dedicated response...

Laguna Beach High School recognizes Armenian Genocide Awareness Week

Laguna Beach High junior Ashton Azadian has coordinated the return of Armenian Genocide Awareness Week at the campus. Last year, the High School for the...

Shrinking enrollment continues at Laguna Beach USD, sparking parent discussion 

By Megan Miller, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Unified School District has seen a decline in school enrollment in recent years, leading some...

TOW student recognized for perseverance

Top of the World student Carlee Harrell recently received the Association of California School Administrators’ Every Student Succeeding Award during a regional event at...

Laguna Beach High hosts Harlem Renaissance lecture by USC professor

Laguna Beach high school students recently attended an interactive lecture with Ron McCurdy, a music professor at USC’s Thorton School of Music, that coincided...