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A Glimpse of a Coastal Jewel

Photos by Ron Chilcote With the reopening of the Emerald Canyon Trail in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park this month, we figured readers might enjoy...

Recapturing Laguna’s Early History

by Ronald H. Chilcote   Adapted from “Nature’s Laguna Wilderness”   Before the Spanish Originally the Laguna Wilderness was home to Native Americans. Remnants of their cultures are...

Captured in His Lens

Museum’s exhibit on Hollywood portrait photographer George Hurrell taps into local history    By L.F. D’Elia   Florence Leontine Lowe Barnes had money -- big money – having...

Touring Santa’s Southern Workshop Outpost

Dear Santa:  Let’s skip the mall and take in the Laguna Beach Artist Open Studio Tour instead. I hear there’s so much neat stuff there...

Always a Hit, Hospitality Night!


Pioneer Families Lay Foundation of Aldeita Court

By Jane Petty Janz, Special to the Independent The history of 422 North Coast Highway involves several of the families that came to Laguna very...

Design House Crowns a Laguna Hilltop

Welcome lookie-loos! Tis the season for house and garden tours and here’s one for a good cause. The annual Philharmonic House of Design, now...

An Unlikely ‘No’ to Prop 19

Editor, Fifty-seven percent of Laguna voters voted “no” for Proposition 19, the so-called “legalization of marijuana” initiative. Forty-two percent voted “yes.” Northern California voters, where lots...

Tell Tale, Part 1

  By Mark Chamberlain, Special to the Indy Veterans Day is a special day of remembrance for many in Laguna Beach and Orange County because the...

Lending a Hand to Assistance League

About 20 members of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach recently put their finishing touch on the renovation of the Assistance League’s...

Creativity Flourishes on the Runway

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent A hushed crowd of appreciative attendees nearly forgot to applaud as models strutted the runway at the annual...

Patriotism Steps Beyond Red, White and Blue

By Charlie Warner, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association float featuring a roller-skating mime and dancers whirling in traditional Mexican costumes...

Local Football Club Sees Unprecedented Success In Its Inaugural Season

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and timing is everything, so forming a new soccer club in January 2020, just as a global pandemic was...

‘Gnome Home

On the corner of High Drive and Cedar Way in North Laguna stands a little tiny village of welcoming and kitschy gnomes. The gnome village...

Indy on Vacation

The proliferation of online social media platforms has understandably depressed the number of vacation photos submitted to the Independent in recent years. So has...