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Questioning Motives of Local Democrats

Questioning Motives of Local Democrats

Editor, We have heard for years that in Laguna Beach one person can create havoc. Is it true that Audrey Prosser, a member of the local Democrats, does not like Mayor Jane Egly and caused the group to refuse endorsing her for election? Is it true that county Democrats never contacted Bob Whalen, a long-time […]

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Can’t Dodge the Dodgeball Tournament

Can’t Dodge the Dodgeball Tournament

Due to popular demand, SchoolPower’s third annual Dodgeball tournament will match up 30 junior division teams to compete Wednesday, Oct. 17, starting at 3:15 p.m. The 24-team adult division tournament will begin at 5:30. Teams comprised of students, teachers, parents, fireman, lifeguards, policemen, and local businesses will compete for the championship. Spectators are free and […]

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Swooping in to Aid Ground Personnel

Swooping in to Aid Ground Personnel

Emergency personnel in Laguna Beach turned to helicopter medical evacuations more than once over the Labor Day weekend, rescuing injured swimmers in South Laguna and an injured cyclist in Laguna Canyon on Monday. On Sunday, a man in his 20s and a teenage girl were airlifted from Three Arch Bay after both swimmers suffered minor […]

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Dive Instructor Ignored Warning

Dive Instructor Ignored Warning

Editor,   The multi diver rescue mentioned in your April 13 article “Instinct Saves a Life” shows the value and courage of people like Mr. McErlane and our lifeguards.   I personally met the bald and bearded dive instructor standing to the right of center in the picture on page 16.  He and his group […]

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'Instinct' Saves a Life

‘Instinct’ Saves a Life

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   As is his habit, Laguna Beach resident and surfer Ian McErlane, 37, was out walking his two dogs in Heisler Park recently when red-flag surf conditions transformed the routine into life-saving heroism.   McErlane’s attention was drawn to people on Picnic Beach, who were watching the waves […]

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Follow-Up to ‘Diver Rescue’

Follow-Up to ‘Diver Rescue’

Editor, Re: the picture on the front page in the April 6 issue.   The woman shown on the beach was actually rescued by my son, Ian McErlane.  I know this because he came home that morning with his clothes completely wet up to his neck, somewhat in shock over what had just happened.  He […]

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Try Outs for the Best Spot on the Beach

Try Outs for the Best Spot on the Beach

More than 50 rookie and first-year lifeguard hopefuls lineup under near perfect conditions for the city’s annual 2012 summer tryouts last Saturday, which included the first cut 1,000-yard swim in under 20 minutes. Those who succeed went on to two more run and swim competitions.   Newport Beach’s Ally McCormick reaches for the No. 1 marker […]

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Bigger Lifeguard HQs Underway

Bigger Lifeguard HQs Underway

Costs on the rise Main Beach’s basketball players are dribbling elsewhere, forced off the beach in recent weeks by a new crew. The popular basketball courts now covered in plywood lie beneath mounds of dirt and gear as excavation for a new sewer pump station next to the lifeguard headquarters is at full throttle. Demolishing […]

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Laguna Lifeguards Take Third in Stacked Competition

Laguna Lifeguards Take Third in Stacked Competition

By Scott Diederich, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach’s 110-person lifeguard force more than held their own at the California Surf Lifesaving Association Regional Championships, placing third of 13 teams last month. Laguna was only bested by Los Angeles County’s lifeguards, drawing from 600 on the job, and California lifeguards, which also has a […]

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Summertime is Anything But Easy for Guards

Summertime is Anything But Easy for Guards

 The summer season that lures sun-seekers has seen multiple overhead south swells lighting up local beaches, and lifeguards making 220 rescues last weekend, far more than the 25 to 75 average. Lifeguard Chief Kevin Snow, describing “a very busy weekend,” said it was due in part to warmer ocean water luring beach goers from the […]

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Lifeguard HQ OK’d by Coastal Commission

Lifeguard HQ OK’d by Coastal Commission

The city’s long-awaited plan to build a $5-million lifeguard headquarters at Main Beach finally got a preliminary go-ahead from the California Coastal Commission after putting the entire bottom floor underground and reducing its above-ground footprint. The City Council Tuesday unanimously approved re-crafted wording for a new subterranean blueprint, added as an agenda item at the […]