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A former Malibu resident is crowd sourcing funds for a monetary award she hopes will lead to the prosecution of the person who shot and killed an albino raven.
Madena Bennett, who now lives in Thousand Oaks, discovered on May 13 a rare albino raven she cared for escaped from its cage and was shot to death in a Thousand Oaks neighborhood near the intersection of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Hampshire Road.

Chris Bashaw

The Ranch at Solstice Canyon — a four-part, food, drink and fashion destination — has now opened on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on the five-acre property that formerly housed the BeauRivage restaurant.
Purchased from Daniel Forge two years ago by Morris Gerson Family, Inc. — creator of Malibu Cafe at the Calamigos Ranch off of Kanan Road in Malibu — renovations and improvements to the property were halted by a fire that caused $400,000 in damage less than a week after property was sold.

Chris Bashaw

The golden era of roadside attractions is long gone, but there was a time when Cape Cod cottages and Tiki kitsch were a key part of Malibu’s mojo.
The restaurants and hotels are all gone, or remodeled past recognizing, but ephemera like postcards, matchboxes and menus preserve a record of Malibu’s gloriously goofy past, and in many cases, TV and films shot on location offer a glimpse of vanished local landmarks.

Chris Bashaw

Many Malibu residents have never seen one, but scorpions are surprisingly common in Malibu and while none of the local species are considered dangerous, they can deliver a painful sting.

Often described as bugs, scorpions are actually arthropods, and are more closely related to spiders than they are to true insects. 

Scorpions occasionally turn up inside a house or garage, but most encounters occur outdoors and sting reports tend peak in late summer, when humans are more likely to be outside at night and to go barefoot.

Chris Bashaw

A wealthy Guatemalan man was charged Aug. 4 with the July 29 Cape Town, South Africa murder of his girlfriend Gabriela Kabrins, the 39-year-old daughter of a Malibu restaurateur.

Diego Dougherty Novella, 41, was charged with Kabrins’ alleged murder, and was still in police custody Monday, Aug. 9, although expected to apply for release on bail Aug. 21.

Alex Vejar

The official start of spring is still three weeks away, but all along the California coast record numbers of sick, malnourished and dying sea lion pups are washing ashore, and rescue facilities are already overwhelmed. 

The Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, the largest local center for marine mammal rehabilitation, is reporting five times as many sea lion pups as usual and more than twice as many for the same time period in 2013, when the number of sea lion deaths was officially declared an unusual mortality event.

Ashleigh Fryer

Longevity is an interesting thing. A concept that breeds youth, vigor, fun and all the things that make life actually life. Longevity is time, and time well spent. 

Sure, your face and body may change a bit, but longevity is an adopted attitude. A lifestyle, and a belief.

This week’s Ride of the Week shrinks to two wheels and says that less is more — way more. And when I met up with actor/musician/producer Bill Allen and his 2015 Eddie Fiola Proformer BMX Bike, I was reminded that longevity can come in many forms.

Chris Bashaw

The Sycamore School, an independent elementary school featuring a curriculum rooted in collaboration, innovation and learning through play and creativity, will open in Malibu on Sept. 1 for 20 children ages 6-8. 

Ashleigh Fryer

The new year is less than a week old, but 2015 is already shaping up to be another record-breaker for gray whale sightings, and Malibu residents have a front-row seat for observing the annual winter migration.
Every year, from December until late April, gray whales migrate from their arctic feeding grounds to Baja California to give birth and then return north with their calves.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu, are you ready to Zap Those Cows?

If you are, whip out your iPhones and iPads and type that title into the App Store to download Malibu resident Sam Burton’s new game, which launched on Monday, Sept. 15. 

Burton – a 14-year-old Malibu High School sophomore – spent approximately four months writing Zap Those Cows, with the hope that the game could help support two charities: the United Kingdom-wide Anaphylaxis Campaign and the worldwide Child’s Play.

Chris Bashaw