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Laguna Fest Dances Across the Natural World

“Biophony” may have entered into the lexicon of music, but not common usage. It describes the myriad sounds made by animals, from roaring lions to humming bees, to a sea anemone munching or a river otter pining for its lost mate. Introduced by musician, composer, ecologist and...

Diver Dies Off Crystal Cove

Authorities say the body of a diver was found offshore Crystal Cove State Park about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The coroner’s office identified the man as Wesley Kim, 27, of Reseda, who was unresponsive in the ocean while snorkeling or free diving. An autopsy will be conducted , the...

Can Bikers, Hikers and Habitat Co-Exist?

Admitting that the open-space trail system is a car wreck, as one trail is aptly named, hikers and mountain bikers were asked to ditch any antagonism and work together to improve everyone’s outdoor experience in the South Coast Wilderness, 22,000 acres of open space around Laguna...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Aug. 2 Art a Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. Free entry to locals. Festival of Arts exhibit, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily; Pageant of the Masters, 8:30 p.m., 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-6582. Thru Aug. 31. Sawdust Art...

Laguna Plans to Ban Short-Term Rentals

Laguna Beach is moving closer to enacting a total ban on short-term rentals and on Tuesday extended a moratorium on granting new permits for another year. In order to iron out details, the City Council didn’t act to impose a ban, but unanimously signaled their intent to draw up...

Beauty, Creativity Abound at Fashion Show

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The momentous 2015 Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show will be remembered for breath-taking fashion worth savoring. “Oh,” exclaimed the audience, taken by surprise at the artistry that adorned each of the seven models....

Diver Loses Consciousness in Laguna’s Crescent Bay

A 29-year-old Anaheim man in an early morning diving class at Crescent Bay Beach ascended too rapidly and lost consciousness Sunday, Aug. 16, police said. The diver was brought ashore by an instructor about 8:58 a.m. and treated by fire personnel before being transported to...

Police Surprise Bar Patrons With Vouchers

Local police are trying a tactic other than handcuffs to discourage drinkers from getting into the driver’s seat. Test-driving a program called “Know Your Limits,” officers managed to convince 50 bar patrons, one third of whom were locals, to take an alcohol...

‘Enchanted Garden’ Loses Its Sorcerer

Customers juggling intended purchases and wine-filled glasses stood eight-deep at the Laguna Nursery cash register last week. Such a sight apparently proved as rare at the nursery in recent years as a Dudleya stolonifera, a threatened succulent species native only to Laguna...

Activists Claim Lapses in San Onofre Security

Local activists documenting what they say is a lack of security at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will present their findings this month to FBI officials who investigate domestic terrorism threats, according to a county official. Laguna Beach resident and activist Rita...

Updated: Homeless Man Dies in Crash

A roadside shrine on Laguna Canyon Road near the dog park now marks the location where a homeless man was struck and killed by an outbound motorist about 1 a.m. last Friday, Aug. 7, police said. The death is the fourth traffic fatality within the city this year, all of which have...

Updated: Relay Swims into Record Books From Catalina

Despite strong winds and choppy seas, the open water swimmers and support team 33.5 Miles Across the Sea reached their home shore at Main Beach Saturday, Aug. 8 just after 3 p.m., which they believe is the first channel crossing from Catalina Island to Laguna Beach. Their...
Posted On 14 Aug 2015

Art Festivals Light Up With Special Events

Two of the summer’s most popular art festival events take place this weekend at the Festival of Arts: the recycled materials fashion show Saturday, Aug. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. and the 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 award ceremony for young artists. Cristina Ferrare hosts the fashion show...

City Defends Its Fire Defense

As fires rage in other parts of the state, Laguna Beach Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse Tuesday stressed the strategic importance of thinning dense brush in an interior canyon, flanked by Arch Beach Heights homes. The fuel modification plan, approved by the city’s Design Review Board...

Relay Team Celebrates Crossing the Catalina Channel

Team 33.5 Miles Across the Sea lived up to their name, swimming 33.5 miles and into the record books by crossing the Catalina Channel to Laguna Beach just after 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. A crowd of about 50 welcomers was distinct among the throngs of sun bathers that crowded Main...
Posted On 10 Aug 2015