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Grant Application Deadline Nears

Sept. 21 is the deadline for applications to the Laguna Beach Community Foundation’s annual grants program. Tax-exempt organizations in good standing that provide services or programs in the Laguna Beach area are eligible. Donations to the program can be from individuals, private...

Jr. Master Gardeners Dig In

Master gardener and instructor Sharael Kolberg provides gardening education for grades three to five in a session that began Sept. 13 and runs through Dec. 20. The cost is $225 per session along with a $30 supply fee. Apply at SEEDS Arts and Education, Inc., 949-322-9597 and...

Hot Wheels Racers Welcome at Scout Derby

Cub Scout Pack 35 will host a Hot Wheels Grand Prix for families interested in learning more about Cub Scouts on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church’s Tankersley Hall. The pack will provide a Hot Wheels car collection for kids to race on  ...

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Obituaries

Greg Bartz

Greg Bartz, a 30-year Laguna Beach police officer, died May 1, at his home in Madison, Conn. He was 61. Bartz, who apparently was battling health issues, was recently hospitalized. He retired as as a sergeant in 2004 after serving more than three decades with the department.

John Curtis Ware

John Curtis (“Cactus”) Ware, a Laguna Beach native, passed away Easter weekend. Ware had an unmistakable voice, magnetic smile, and was well-known in Laguna. His family contributed to the original development of Laguna Beach, beginning in the early 1900s when Coast Highway was a...

Arno Chauvel

Arno Chauvel, a fourth-generation Californian, grew up hiking and fly fishing in the Sierra Nevada and developed a life-long love of all things wild. His enthusiasm for outdoor sports made him legendary among friends he cajoled into 100 mile bike rides, marathon backpack trips,...

Columns

Taking Stock

Flying Around Clouds The overcast is lifting over the markets. It’s hardly ceiling and visibility unlimited but stocks are beginning to shed their negative bias toward news of earnings reports and other developments. Investors still need patience, bearing in mind the advice of...

Guest Column

Why We Need Coyotes in Our Wildlands   They are known to biologists as keystone species– an animal that keeps the ecosystem intact by what it eats and what it doesn’t eat. The name comes from the top piece in a Roman arch, a wedge that is the last stone hammered into place....

The Kibitzer

  Is Cuba the next Costa Rica? I have seen the future of Cuba, and it’s Costa Rica. At least if America has anything to do with it. I started my extraordinary winter sabbatical in Cuba and ended in Costa Rica. I might as well have started in Venus and ended in Mars. The only...
Posted On 18 Feb 2016

Green Light

The Day Grandmother Ocean Cried “Grandmother Ocean and this coast” have been sacred and life-giving to my people for thousands of years, declared Fred Collins, administrator for the Northern Chumash Council, who went on to praise Dr. Charles Lester, executive director of the...
Posted On 18 Feb 2016

Heart Talk

Read Widely, Buy Locally I have done it. Most likely you have, too. It is so easy. Maybe you’ve heard about a book that sounds interesting and you find it on Amazon, read some reviews by people who are often paid to give their opinions, and with one click you have bought...

Guest column

A Treat for Your Heart February is heart health awareness month and heart disease remains the top killer of men and women in this country. I’m a local physician and a member of our beloved community and I want to help you reduce your risk of dying from this disease. Heart disease...