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The Lead

Finding Fun in the Past

In the spirit of the first Thanksgiving, young Native Americans and colonists worked together. Dressed in character, El Morro students learned simple skills and enhanced their understanding when the school was transformed earlier this week for Colonial Days.

LBHS Volleyball Coach Out after Four Seasons

Darren Utterback is out as the boys volleyball coach after completing his fourth season as both the indoor six-man coach and the sand program, the school’s athletic director confirmed. Utterback first joined the Breakers as JV coach in 2013 after a nearly 20-year history at...

District Presses on With Desalination

The South Coast Water District voted to take another step towards building a $100 million plant that converts ocean water into drinking water for its customers by 2021.

Schools

Class Notes

Rotary’s Student of the Month Laguna Beach Rotary Club recently honored Benjamin Sharp as student of the month in the foreign language department. Ben is enrolled in AP classes in calculus, economics, English and Spanish. He also enjoys varsity golf, is a tutor and is a...

Students Discover Art as Social Commentary

By Amy Orr, Special to the Independent Amy You, a Laguna Beach High School senior and treasurer of the Art Club, had just finished her AP art portfolio on environmental issues when she and other students began to gather information about sea level rise. Students reviewed data...

Teacher Receives Outstanding Educator Award

High school government and economics teacher Mark Alvarez recently received an outstanding educator award from a top university thanks to a commendation by a former student. James G. Nondorf, vice president of enrollment for the University of Chicago, informed the district of the...

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Street Beat

Streetbeat

Monday, Nov. 13 Disturbance. 200 block of Wave St. 11 a.m. Maximillian Kevyn Benegas, 31, Costa Mesa, arrested for two outstanding warrants. Tuesday, Nov. 14 Burglary. 2100 block of Catalina St. 8 a.m. Art valued at $40 was taken by a suspect known to the victim. Lifeguard...

Streetbeat

Monday, Oct. 30 Grand theft. N. Vista de Catalina. 9:10 a.m. A bike and helmet valued at $2,900 was stolen over the weekend. Verbal threats. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Road. 1:20 p.m. A 46-year-old Laguna Beach was arrested for suspicion of making threats. Drunk driving. Legion...

Streetbeat

Monday, Oct. 23 Stolen vehicle. 400 block of Brooks St. 7:18 a.m. The owner of a Ford Edge believes she left a set of keys in her vehicle, spotted on video outbound on Laguna Canyon at 2:10 a.m. Welfare check. 32100 block of Virginia Way. 4:25 p.m. A 71-year-old resident was...

Letters

Think Globally, Shop Locally

Editor, Joni Mitchell’s familiar refrain, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone,” warns against taking the things you love for granted. And while at the time Joni was referring to paradise, trees, pure food and her boyfriend, her message...

Make a Real Difference in Water Quality

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to council members.) After reviewing the previous City Council meeting outlining the Aliso Mainstem Restoration, it is obvious the infrastructure buried alongside Aliso Creek will continue to be at risk regardless of any...

Time to Rein in Toll Road Authority

Editor, We are beyond disgusted in Orange County that the Transportation Corridor Agencies is an out of control joint powers authority; their debt could bankrupt Orange County again. There are less than 75 employees earning $6.5 million; the agency keeps refinancing the bonds and...

Videos

Video Inspires Underwater Awe

An educational video featuring Laguna Beach’s Marine Protected Areas was released this week by the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, five organizations whose mission aims to protect and restore marine life. Short, fun and informative, it features local personalities Patsee Ober, Mike...

Community Datebook 7/26/13

Master Gardener Sows SEEDS City Council member Toni Iseman awarded junior master gardener certificates recently to Laguna Beach elementary school students Katelyn Kolberg, Keala Henry, and Olivia Markman. The girls completed a yearlong program taught by master gardener Sharael...

A ‘Twisted Blessing’ Works to Save Lives

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy Laguna resident Holly Morrell was going under the knife again, the sixth procedure in nearly a decade. A defibrillator planted in her chest required repair. Two wires, or “leads,” were fractured, meant to connect to veins near her heart that monitor...