Groundwater well No. 1, foreground, is 128 feet deep and 8 inches wide and extracts up to 800 gallons of raw water per minute at South Coast Water District groundwater recovery facility in Dana Point.  Sand in the groundwater is removed through a filter here.  SCWD board of directors last week approved a construction contract for a pipe that will connect a second well, No. 2, which will be 10 ft. deeper, to the district's groundwater facility.

Water districts scramble to find own sources

Reduced dependence on imported water is the goal of local districts, which must continue to supply customers in a parched state.

Orange County Sheriff's Department personnel collect marijuana plants found in the Muddy Canyon area of Laguna Wilderness Park at Coastal Peak Park in Newport Beach on Friday.

Marijuana plants worth $3 million yanked from Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park has less vegetation among the hiking trails, oaks and sycamores.

From left, Stephen Orlick, Michelle Mercado, Vanessa Holliday, Kim Malachowski, Yoshi O'Connor, Rachiel Macalistaire, and Rebecca Judy of Sourced Collective in Laguna Beach, which celebrated its one-year anniversary.

Gathering of creative minds hits one-year mark

Tucked into an A-frame cottage on Glenneyre Street in Laguna Beach is a business that feels like a home run by entrepreneurs who seem like a family.

Ralph Rodheim, who was diagnosed with ALS, left, dumps a bucket of ice water on his friend Bill Jacoby after a group of community members participated in an ALS ice bucket challenge at the Newport Beach Athletic Club.

Ice challenge warms hearts

Holding bright-orange buckets filled with ice water, Newport Beach community members began to count down from 10.

Ballerinas Zoe Monroe, center, and Luca Watson, left, both 3, participate in a demonstration of the upcoming summer dance camp, Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy,  at Studio Fusion Dance in Huntington Beach on Tuesday.

Young dancers find inspiration from mouse

Angelina Ballerina, the dancing cartoon mouse from a PBS Kids television series, is quite the big cheese these days.

Some Costa Mesa seniors concerned about where foundation money will be spent

A group of Costa Mesa seniors is concerned that money from a non-profit memorial foundation could be used in the coming months to benefit the outgoing Costa Mesa Senior Center Corporation instead of the center itself.

Costa Mesa councilwomen call toll-lane ballot measure political

In Costa Mesa, even what should be a kumbaya political moment has a way of becoming contentious.

Connie "Jinkie" Modnick blows a kiss after swimming across Newport Bay on Friday in Newport Beach. Swimming across the bay is one activity Modnick can now cross off her bucket list. She will celebrate her 80th birthday in September.

Bay swim is woman's 80th birthday gift to herself

For 28 years, Connie Modnick vowed that she would one day swim across the Newport Bay channel outside her condominium complex on the Lido Peninsula.

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal star in "Once," coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Aug. 19.

An unusual musical cherished more than 'Once'

In portraying a Czech pixie pianist in the Broadway musical "Once," Dani de Waal has a hard task: playing piano onstage.

Participants gather around the fire and dance to a tribal drum beat at sunset at Aliso Beach on Sunday.

Laguna drummers try to keep mellow vibe as growth creates spiritual tug-of-war

As the daytime crowds at Aliso Beach packed up and the sun started its descent into the sea Sunday evening, the beat rose.