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Officer’s Memory Sparks a Family Affair

On Sept. 11, 2001, as Jon Couchie watched on television as planes obliterated the Twin Towers, he bade his co-workers farewell. “I am going to join the Army,” his mother, Luciana Coutchie, of Laguna Niguel, recalled him telling her. At age 30, Couchie enlisted and two years later...

Schools Reopen with New Staff, New Classes

A record number of new teachers opened their doors to 3,037 students enrolled in four Laguna Beach Unified District schools this week. Since July 1, the district has hired 43 new regular employees, a record at least in recent history for the district, according to Leisa Winston,...

Laguna Lifeguard Rescues Reach a Record

Guards Brace for a Hurricane Swell this Weekend After playing in the tidepools with his 9-year old son on Labor Day, actor Shane Brolly took a swim in the surf off Victoria Beach. He swiftly was swept 100 feet from the sand, caught in a rip tide and boxed in by rocks on both...
Posted On 12 Sep 2015

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At Work on a Different Court

By Cindy Obrand, Special to the Independent  Former Laguna Beach basketball standout Jesse Obrand, who recently passed the California bar exam, among just 37 percent who made the mark this year, has joined the family business. He has teamed up with his father, Michael Obrand, and...

Song’s Subject Resonates Worldwide

Local singer-songwriter Dennis Lockwood hasn’t done much traveling, but a song he wrote two years ago is finding fans from Bulgaria to Saudi Arabia. The lyrics of his twangy country tune “Lonely Boy” satirize the wasted lives and futile efforts of young Middle Eastern suicide...

College Siblings Take Up Ski School

Laguna Beach High School alumni Laure and Noah Michelon spent two weeks of their winter break from college at Mammoth Mountain teaching skiing. They both started skiing at early ages and continue to enjoy the cold temperatures.  Laure is a junior at Columbia University and will...

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Another Take on Protest

Editor, I was heartened to read “Where Are the Young Activists” in the Oct. 9 edition of the Indy. The gist of the letter was women of a certain age berating the generation of younger women and men for not joining in a support Planned Parenthood demonstration. The...

A Cause That’s Lost Its Way

Editor: After having donated art consistently in previous years and not receiving an invitation to do so this year, I anticipated the Laguna College of Art and Design’s Collector’s Choice event with trepidation. That increased when I was invited to attend at a cost of $350 per...

Envisioning an Off-Season Art Scene

Editor, I recently returned from a trip to Michigan.  One of the highlights was a visit to Grand Rapids.  Yes, it is the home of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.  It also is the host of ArtPrize.  Now in it’s seventh year, the city was ablaze with over 1,500 works...

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