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Free Lecture on Proposed Aliso Creek Estuary Project

The city of Laguna Beach will host a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, to present proposals for an estuary restoration project at Aliso Creek and its implications for the future. The lecture will be held in the community room at the Laguna Beach Community Center...

Catmosphere Laguna to Open Next Week

Catmosphere Laguna, the first cat café in Orange County, is slated to open Monday, Aug. 13. Founded by Gail Allyn Landau, Catmosphere Laguna will serve as both a community café and a foster home for adoptable cats and kittens. Catmosphere Laguna has partnered with the Laguna...

Tip-a-Cop Raises Over $23K for Special Olympics

  Laguna Beach Police Department employees worked along Ruby’s Diner staff on Saturday, July 28, to raise funds for the Special Olympics Orange County Region at the annual Tip-a-Cop event. Sgt. Jim Cota reported that the event raised $23,787 this year, with 100 percent of...

Limelight

Art & Nature Raises the Bar

Slender and 10-feet tall, the four-sided posts shone in the sunlight, reflecting the moods of the ocean and hillsides and at evening dramatically mirrored cloud banks and at least one brilliant sunset. Come darkness, they mirrored staccato bursts of light coming from car...

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Obituaries

John Christian Watson

Feb 28, 1972 – July 29, 2018 The world dimmed, and the stars became much brighter, as John Christian Watson passed away in Laguna Beach, California, on July 29. Born outside of Rochester, New York, John called many places home throughout his 46 years—raised in Southern...

Laguna Bids Farewell to Local Volleyball Legend

Rolf Julius Engen-  Aug. 5, 1929- July 31, 2018 Rolf Engen passed away peacefully at his home in Laguna Beach, surrounded by his loving family. He was five days short of his 89th birthday. Rolf was raised in Santa Ana, California, and was a life-long athlete, playing basketball...

Susan Lyons Pons

July 13, 1946 – July 16, 2018 Susan Lyons Pons, known to friends as “Laguna Sue”, passed away on July 16, 2018 at the age of 72. She was born in Long Beach, California on July 13, 1946 to parents, Jack and Theora Lyons. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas,...

Columns

Finding Meaning

Meaning in Midway I’m writing, for the third and last week, as a self-appointed Indy correspondent to little Midway, a.k.a. the Switzerland of Utah. The temperature is dropping into the 40s at night, the maples on the mountain are turning red, which means it’s time for—Swiss...

Pet Peeves

Legacy These are exciting times we live in. The City Council gave approval for the Village Entrance. It took four decades. That’s longer than the first knock-knock joke. Laguna children didn’t understand knock-knock jokes because there wasn’t anything to knock on. This made...

Wisdom Workout

Have You Lost the Magic? Can you remember back to an earlier time, somewhere around age 14 or 15, when great expectations lived in your imagination about what your future would hold? Love, romance, adventure, freedom to express and to chart your own course, were all contained...

The Kibitzer

An Easier Way Around The tourists are gone, and summer can finally freaking begin. More hot, dry weather. Better sunsets. And less noise, with only the din of a dozen council candidates filling the air. Like Hollywood, our summer is crowded with big-budget, mainstream fare. But...
Posted On 06 Sep 2018

Heart Talk

Laguna to Las Vegas and Back Last summer, after finally taking the advice of family and friends, I fled my beloved Laguna Beach to escape its flood of tourists and sea of choking cars. My younger son lives in Roy, population 800, about an hour outside of Seattle. There, tall...

Just for Laughs

MATLOCK FAN – I would like to sell my big-screen TV for a sacrifice price – make an offer. I would also consider exchanging my huge TV for a smaller one that will let me watch my favorite TV show – Matlock. If your TV is smaller than mine, it’s okay. #PlayMatlock4Me HAVE A...