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May 13, 2005
Lauren Vane After walking from Tijuana to Laguna Beach, Nathan Auerbach was tired. Sitting on the tailgate of an SUV parked in a lot off the highway, Auerbach unlaced his athletic shoes and rubbed his feet. Instead of taking a nap, Auerbach took a box from the back, pulled out a fresh pair of shoes and laced them up. He had been walking for days, but Auerbach was not finishing up -- he was just getting started. Friday was day six of Auerbach's quest to walk the West Coast from Mexico to Canada in the name of eradicating polio worldwide.
By Cindy Frazier | October 15, 2009
Strolling the sands or tide-pooling in Laguna Beach — not to mention fishing, surfing, scuba diving or kayaking — could be subject to future restrictions if the city’s coast is designated as a state marine reserve, as city officials are proposing. A state-appointed blue ribbon task force will meet next week in Long Beach to recommend boundaries and rules for new marine protected areas, which encompass the coastal stretch of Orange County. A proposed set of restrictions under the 1999 Marine Life Protection Act range from a 3-mile no-fishing zone to a citywide ban on fishing and lobster catching.
November 23, 2011
Sunday Advent Night Advent Night, an evening of crafts and carols, is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Drive. Come create Christmas-themed crafts. Dinner is provided. For more information, call (949) 499-3088 or visit Tuesday Marine Protected Areas Forum The Surfrider Foundation and Reef Check California are hosting a forum about the new marine protected areas in Southern California that will go into effect Jan. 1. There will be several MPAs off the Laguna Beach coastline.
March 11, 2005
The more we learn about Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and his proposal to allow El Morro mobile home park dwellers to stay at the Crystal Cove site another 30 years, the more we agree with DeVore that "it's about the money." But we have to wonder which money it's about. DeVore has proposed two bills that would extend some 300 long-standing leases on state park land for as long as 30 years, and use the rent money -- some $30 million -- for various state financial needs.
August 30, 2002
Mary A. Castillo Janine Arendsen remembers spending summers at El Morro Village in a mobile home that has been in her family since 1927. The 22-year-old recalls growing up with some of the children who now bring their own children to the secluded cove just south of the Crystal Cove village. It was a time when parents would look out for each other's children in the water and friends would explore the tide pools at low tide. "Our trailer has washed away twice and we've rebuilt it twice," she said.
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | October 17, 2008
Emily, Terry?s daughter, loves breakfast for dinner and so does Elle?s sweetie, Tim. In fact, lots of people like this rearrangement of the daily dining ritual, but in this town there doesn?t seem to be any place that caters to these antipodal appetites, except for The Pacific Whey Café in Crystal Cove. So, while you might chow down on old-fashioned meatloaf or chicken Florentine marinara, they can dig into bacon and eggs or buckwheat hotcakes. Not only can you have breakfast for dinner, but also you can get homemade chili or beef stroganoff at 10:30 a.m. In addition to the fact that you can order just about everything all day long, the food is pretty tasty, portions are generous and their burger is one of the best in town.
April 26, 2002
Loss of El Morro may be more than we think Ed Merrilees gives credit to "strong organized groups . . . nipping in the bud" John Campbell's legislation to extend leases at El Morro and raise rents to pay for restoration at Crystal Cove. What he fails to recognize is the causal relationship between John Campbell's initiative and the state Park Department's recent position that the Historic District will be "among the top projects for park implementation."
By Cherril Doty | July 18, 2008
I was lost in reverie as I walked the sands of Crystal Cove on a recent morning. There was much on my mind and this long walk was designed to bring clarity as well as renewed energy for the day ahead. Writing in my journal earlier, I had set in motion the idea that the day would be filled with abundance of beauty and its counterpart — beauty of abundance. Vague enough and yet purposeful, too. There had been too much loss touching my life the past couple of months, and it seemed important to refocus.
January 28, 2005
CHERRIL DOTY It could have just been a Monday kind of thing. Whatever the reason, I found myself in a dumpster of my own design and creation. I needed to get out so, putting on tennis shoes and shorts, I followed my own oft-repeated advice and set off on a walk. Low tide at Crystal Cove seemed like the landscape of some other planet as I walked the tide line far from the bluffs. As greedy gulls loudly fought over tasty morsels, I found myself hoping to again see the pair of Caspian terns I'd seen at the north end of the beach just last week.
January 14, 2005
Note: Wilderness parks are closed for two or more days after significant rainfall. Call before your visit to confirm accessibility. Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel Park Information: (949) 923-2200 or The park is open daily all year from 7 a.m. to sunset for hiking, bicycling and equestrian use. Parking is $3. No dogs. The ranger gives a free 30- to 45-minute Discovery Nature Talk suitable for all ages the second and fourth Saturday.
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