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Mountaineer Dies Hiking Devil’s Backbone

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Updated: Just seven weeks ago, Lloyd Charton, 69, returned home to Dana Point after an ascent of 16,067-foot Mt. Vinson on the glacial ice of...

Laguna Beach Mourns Loss of Toni Leech

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By Donna Furey | LB Indy Word of longtime Laguna local Toni Leech’s passing on Monday spread quickly across the city this week. She and her...

Laguna Looks to Buy Library Property from County

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Laguna Beach will pursue purchasing a nearly 6,300-square-foot parcel of land underneath the Laguna Beach Library from the County of Orange.

Museum Hotel Plan Gets Cold Reception

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The Laguna Beach Planning Commission on Wednesday sent the developer of the proposed 118-room Museum Hotel back to the drawing board, saying the project should meet all requirements of the General Plan.

Artist Adds to Museum’s Collection

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Artist Wayne Thiebaud donated a painting and a group of six prints to Laguna Art Museum, which presented him the museum’s California Art Award...

‘The Bird’ Celebrates 50 Years

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Chuck Harrell is looking forward to seeing some “nice old faces” in the Sandpiper Lounge on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, when...

Huntington Beach Man Drowns While Attempting Rescue in Laguna Beach

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By Allison Jarrell | LB Indy A 27-year-old Huntington Beach man, Javier Vargas Cuellar, has been identified as the swimmer who died Sunday night after...

Saying Farewell to Those We Lost in 2019

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As the new year begins, we pause to remember the artists, patrons, nurturers and pillars of our community who left us in 2019.

Iseman Seeks Re-election

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Laguna Beach City Council member Toni Iseman, whose fifth consecutive term ends this fall, has announced that she will run for re-election in November....

Murder Trial Postponed for May

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Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Hanson agreed last week to postpone the murder trial of Michele Lynn Green until May at the request of her attorney.

Tide Pool Life Diminishes

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A virus wiped out sea stars along the entire west coast last year. This year, an eerie new phenomenon, urchin balding, is attacking purple-spined...

Year in Review: Top Stories of 2019

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The following is a compilation of stories that made headlines in Laguna Beach in 2019.

Montage Sold a Third Time?

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A Chinese company is negotiating to buy the company that owns Montage Laguna Beach resort.

Obituary: Ken Auster

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If you presented him with a creative idea, Ken Auster would pause in silence with a quizzical look on his face. Seemingly detached in a daydream, soon he would emerge from “painter’s planet” into the present moment with a critique so articulate it was as though he had been assessing your concept as you yourself were hatching it.

Indy Bids Farewell to Managing Editor

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After two years with The Laguna Beach Independent, Managing Editor Allison Jarrell is returning to her home state of Michigan.