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By Cindy Frazier | May 23, 2008
Orange County officials are issuing a warning that West Nile Virus is now present throughout the county. Thirteen birds collected recently in Orange County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, said officials with the Orange County Vector Control District. Nine American crows, two house finches, a hermit thrush and a black-headed grosbeak, all collected between May 1 and 9, were tested. The birds were reported in various areas of Orange County, from San Clemente to Huntington Beach and inland.
By Cheryl Pruett | May 14, 2010
Unsure if Orange County is noir-challenged? ?Orange County Noir? explores the underbelly of Orange County locales with the noir treatment, complete with danger, cynical characters and the antithesis of Orange County pretty. The book, released in April, features Orange County and Southern California writers who take a hard-boiled look at Orange County. The collection of 14 short stories carries on in the tradition of the greats such as Raymond Chandler?s ?The Big Sleep,?
July 22, 2010
Jeanina Esparza of Laguna Beach was honored as one of the most stylish people in Orange County at Orange Coast Magazine's third annual OC LOOK party benefitting the Dream Guide of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Fifteen of Orange County's most stylish were honored at a party Wednesday and were featured in the August issue of Orange Coast, which hits stands July 29.
April 2, 2004
Andrew Edwards A 16-month-old girl died Monday, one day after being checked in to South Coast Medical Center, and authorities suspect child abuse. The child's mother, Maria Guadalupe Bucio, 21, and her mother's boyfriend, 34-year-old Jose Manuel Corona are being held at Orange County Jail, police said. Bucio and Corona, Los Angeles residents, were arrested and charged with willful injury of a child. Authorities have not yet decided whether the pair will be charged with murder, Sgt. Darin Lenyi said.
October 29, 2004
Suzie Harrison Mass media has put the "OC" on the map of popular culture and turned Orange County into a scene to be seen -- but perception is often different from reality. Laguna Art Museum's upcoming exhibit, "The OsCene: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC," looks at things from a different point of view. The OsCene, which will open on Nov. 7, is a collective look at Orange County artists covering the spectrum from painting and sculpture, to video and film, sound and music, architecture, fashion and even tattoo art. "We wanted to open up an exhibit with a variety of artists out there," Laguna Art Museum chief curator Tyler Stallings said.
November 20, 2012
Employees of Gorjana & Griffin, a Laguna Beach-based jewelry and accessories company, loaded up donations of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County on Monday. The Gorjana and Griffin Foundation's Team Hunger gathered 10,857 pounds of food and nearly $2,000 in cash donations Saturday and Sunday for the food bank. "The team at Gorjana and Griffin believes in giving back to the community that has supported their growth over the years," a company statement said. "Following the success of our initial Holiday Food Drive in 2008, Team Hunger was created to strengthen our efforts to eliminate hunger in Orange County.
By Barbara Diamond | July 18, 2008
Some of the county’s most influential women met Monday in Laguna Beach with Orange County’s new sheriff, Sandra Hutchens. More than 200 members of the California Women’s Leadership Association and guests attended the gathering at Sapphire Restaurant, where newly appointed Sheriff Hutchens was introduced. “The purpose was to have the CWLA members and South County get up close and personal with the new sheriff,” said Laguna Beach resident Kristine Thalman, chief executive officer of the Building Industry Assn.
March 12, 2014
The Laguna College of Art + Design will host an exhibition from March 16 to 22 at its campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. Titled "Color It Orange," the show will feature the work of high school students and teachers from around Orange County. An opening reception will take place from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. March 16. During the exhibition, guests will be able to view the work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit
By Katie Metzger | March 6, 2014
A former Orange County prosecutor, who successfully prosecuted serial killer Rodney Alcala, survived a plane crash near Lake Tahoe on Monday, but his wife died at the scene, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The pilot, former Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Farnell, 70, was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. His wife, Darla Sue Farnell, 55, was found dead at the crash site, which was on the California side of Lake Tahoe. The couple owned a home in Laguna Beach for several years and also lived in Tahoe.
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.
By Bryce Alderton | January 9, 2014
Whizzing drills and pounding hammers have mostly replaced yelping sea lions these days at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Staff and volunteers who help rehabilitate sick and injured pinnipeds were caring for only three sea lions the first week of the new year, a far cry from the hundreds in the first half of 2013. The Laguna Canyon Road center is embarking on an expansion that will add a new intensive care unit, public restroom, multipurpose room and an observation deck. Crews have been putting down roofing shingles, painting outdoor trim and preparing to install drywall.
By Mike Sciacca | January 2, 2014
The final tuneup prior to the start of the Orange Coast League boys' basketball season will present Laguna Beach Breakers one final, big nonleague test, before the Breakers can begin its league title defense. Laguna will meet Brethren Christian at 1:30 p.m. Friday at El Toro High. The matchup is the opener of the 15th annual Orange County North/South Challenge at El Toro. The 10-game event features five matchups Friday and Saturday at El Toro. Other Friday games: 3 p.m.: Tesoro vs. La Habra; 4:30 p.m.: Aliso Niguel vs. Westminster; 6 p.m.: San Clemente vs. Edison; 7:30 p.m.: Mission Viejo vs. Servite.
By Hannah Fry and Bryce Alderton | November 7, 2013
While the benefits of vaccines in preventing certain diseases is well-documented, a growing number of parents in coastal Orange County school districts, including Laguna Beach and Newport-Mesa, are excluding their children from certain recommended immunizations via a provision in current California law. Parents may opt their children out of immunizations for diseases such as polio and chicken pox by citing personal beliefs, according to a California...
By Emily Foxhall | October 3, 2013
California weather has long attracted out-of-state visitors looking to spend time outdoors. They flock to the golden coast to surf, bike and rock climb and, as it happens, "play bowls. " More than 300 players took to the greens last week for the U.S. Open of Lawn Bowls, an annual tournament for national and international players that ended Saturday at the Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club. The only qualifications? Membership in a lawn bowling association and a small tournament fee. This fall marks the fourth consecutive year that Orange County clubs have hosted the competition, and they plan to do so again next year.
September 4, 2013
Debra Healy Deem Debra Healy Deem, 58 of Laguna Beach passed away on August 28th after succumbing to injuries received in a tragic bike accident on August 27th 2013. Debra was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and grew up in Southern California. She received her BA, Magna Cum Laude at California State Polytechnic of Pomona and JD from Loyola Law School. She practiced Business Law at Buchalter Nemer LLP. Debra was selected a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2004 and 2007. She had a strong commitment to Pro Bono work and community support, and was a member of the Public Law Center Board of Directors.
By Bryce Alderton | August 14, 2013
The Laguna Beach Police Department is seeking to have criminal charges filed against a mother who allegedly left her 4-year-old son at Main Beach on Sunday, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. The department filed a report of felony willful cruelty to a child with the Orange County district attorney's office, Kravetz said. If the district attorney files a charge, police can release the mother's name, he said. She is from south Orange County but Kravetz declined to mention the city.
By Bryce Alderton | May 22, 2013
Cousins Mason Bennett and Kenton Durfee are skateboarders on a mission. Bennett, 23, from North Salt Lake City, and Durfee, 23, from Mesa, Ariz., are nearing the end of a 650-mile skateboarding trip along the California coast to raise money for the nonprofit Bridge of Love, which raises money for abandoned and orphaned children in Romania. The two started on longboard skateboards in Santa Rosa on April 29 and were set to be in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach on Wednesday.
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