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Retrospective Revels in Local Lore of a Certain Era

Bill Ogden has often been labeled a “surf artist,” but judging by a current exhibition of his works at the Laguna College of Art and Design gallery, that oversimplifies an artist skilled in many mediums and genres. Titled “The Art of Bill Ogden,” this first solo exhibition...

Festival of Arts Opens Despite Wild Fire

The Festival of Arts opened despite a brush fire breaking out less than a mile away in Laguna Canyon last Friday, July 3. The quick response of firefighting resources extinguished the 3 p.m. blaze within three hours, though state Highway 133 and Laguna Canyon Road were closed due...

Skateboard Park Still a Pipedream

The idea of an in-town skateboard park has gone from a promise made 25 years ago to what supporters today say may be a pipedream. Three possible sites are the focus of a study this summer by a city recreation subcommittee: the electrical plant across from the Sawdust Festival on...



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Coutchie Went in Harm’s Way to Protect Others

Editor, I respectfully differ with the letter published in the July 24 edition regarding LBPD Officer Jon Coutchie’s tragic death in the line of duty. Officer Coutchie was indeed a hero, deserving of our profound gratitude and respect.   He was responding with appropriate urgency...

Lonesome Death of Sandra Bland

Editor, Living in our small town by the sea, headlines about nation-wide breakdown of police-community relations may seem like a big city problem.  Yet, the recent arrest and jailhouse death of Sandra Bland in Texas, after she failed to signal a lane change, hits close to home....

The Tune ‘Sharing Economy’ Strikes a Familiar Note

Editor, The marketing name for it is the “sharing economy,” but a popular country song from a few years back (about a cowboy’s divorce) better describes just how the “sharing economy” works when it comes to controversial short-term transient rentals like Airbnb, VRBO, and others....