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By Bryce Alderton | January 21, 2014
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center has a new set of wheels to help spread the word of its mission to nurse marine animals back to health. Kia Motors America donated one of its Soul models to the Laguna Beach center, a nonprofit organization that rescues, medically treats and rehabilitates pinnipeds and cetaceans, including sea lions, that become stranded along the Orange County coastline because of injury or illness. The car will be primarily used for community outreach and education, bringing more awareness about the center's mission and problems facing the ocean, the center's director of development, Melissa Sciacca, wrote in an email.
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NEWS
February 4, 2014
A malnourished sea lion with severe bite marks - possibly left by a great white shark - is making a strong recovery at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. The nonprofit that treats sick and injured marine mammals received a call from a beachgoer at Emerald Bay Beach on Jan. 22, according to a news release. Bruce, an adult male sea lion, was found on the rocks with bite wounds underneath his right front flipper and left chest area. The rescue team, led by Animal Care Supervisor Dean Gomersall, successfully captured the injured mammal and safely transported him back to the center for evaluation and treatment.
LOCAL
June 27, 2008
Sanchez to keynote Crosscultural event Rep. Loretta Sanchez will be the guest of honor at a benefit event supporting South County Crosscultural Council’s humanitarian programs from 4 to 7 p.m. July 20 at the home of Herb and Mary Rabe in Laguna Beach. The cost is $75 per person or $125 per couple. Sanchez will be speaking 6 p.m. For reservations, call David Peck at (949) 497-3936. Donations can be mailed to the Crosscultural Council, P.O. Box 520, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.
NEWS
June 2, 2011
Trager to be memorialized A "Celebration of Life" for Susan Trager, a 10-year Laguna Beach County Water Commissioner, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, at Tivoli Terrace on the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. The memorial is open to family, friends and colleagues of Trager, who died of cancer March 22 at the age of 63. FĂȘte de la Musique invites performers Volunteer musicians, singers and other performing artists are invited to participate in the fourth annual FĂȘte de la Musique presented by Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn.
NEWS
December 12, 2003
It's hard to say goodbye but in the case of Xander, Gilligan and Pearl, it was a bitter, but mostly sweet, event. The workers at the Marine Mammal Center had nurtured the pups since they were newborns. They were placed in a room with access to plenty of water and sun. Most important, they were cared for by experts with a lot of love. For some, it is a living, others volunteer their time. But it seems pretty clear when visiting the center that everyone is there for the animals.
NEWS
By Chad Nelsen | October 29, 2009
This corrects an earlier version. As a lifelong Laguna Beach resident I am really disappointed in your editorial “A coast off-limits to use,” (Oct. 16). I believe your stance is misguided and has fallen prey to some of the fear mongering being spread by opponents to the implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). You are correct that technically the Department of Fish & Game has the right to limit access to protect sensitive species or resources.
LOCAL
By Josh Aden | September 7, 2007
The first in a series of artistic educational signs has sprung up above the tide pools at Monument Point. Marine Protection Officer Calla Allison recognized a need to inform visitors of what makes the Laguna Beach?s ocean area unique. She said public understanding of why tide pool rules are in place cuts down on a need for enforcement. ?When it makes sense to them, it?s easier,? Allison said. In the true Laguna spirit, Allison integrated local art elements into the sign along with informational artist renderings of various creatures native to the area.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | April 2, 2013
Laguna Beach police Capt. Jason Kravetz confirmed Monday that the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is investigating an incident March 23 at Goff Island Beach when a bulldog escaped from its owner and mauled and killed a sea lion. Kravetz said city officials and NOAA representatives met last week for an hour and determined that the federal agency would look into possible civil or criminal charges against the owner of the 65-pound American bulldog mix. "We don't have power to enforce federal codes," Kravetz said, adding that the area where the attack occurred is within a federal marine protection area.
NEWS
March 12, 2004
For more than 32 years, longtime Laguna Beach marine mammal rehabilitation has gone by the name of Friends of the Sea Lion. Now, though their mission remains the same, the new name, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, better reflects what they do. Those involved feel it's more reflective of their work with all marine mammals, their expansion of responsibilities to include cetacean rehabilitation and the ever-growing realm of...
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