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It’s a record year for gray whale sightings, and Malibuites have many opportunities to observe the annual migration of these giant marine mammals.

Ashleigh Fryer

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

Making its debut at Trancas Country Market, luxury home furnishings and décor store Malibu Beach House is a new retail venture by lifelong friends Lisa Houge and Laura Burdge. Known for their Malibu-based interior design firm, Quintessential Designs, as well as their Bloody Mary mix, Malibu Mary, the pair has set their sights on sharing their love of “home” through entertaining and design, by launching Malibu Beach House.

Chris Bashaw

Design/build firm Classical Progression, Inc. – founded by Malibu resident Kevin Cozen – completed on Feb. 11, the world headquarters of the World Surf League, formerly known as the Association of Surfing Professionals.

Chris Bashaw

Live rattlesnakes were among the stars of the show at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area’s first ever reptile and amphibian show on May 18 at King Gillette Ranch. The event, sponsored by the Western National Parks Association, also offered participants a chance to learn how to be safe now that peak snake season has arrived. 

Karl Miller, an animal trainer and handler for the entertainment industry, and longtime snake wrangler Bruce Freeman teamed up to give a rattlesnake awareness talk.

Chris Bashaw

A dead body was found washed up on the beach in the 20500 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The body of what appeared to be an adult male was spotted on the shore at 1:24 p.m., said Malibu/Lost Hills Sgt. Tui Wright. All units responded, along with members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Wright said homicide detectives are currently investigating the incident and the body has not yet been identified.

Check back with the Surfside News as the story develops. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Vintage Grocers, a new independent market created for the Malibu community and the surrounding area, will launch its Grand Opening Celebration on March 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and special events throughout the store, including gift bags for the first customers, custom-made Malibu Gift Baskets and much more.

The public is invited to join the celebration beginning with the 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at Vintage Grocers located in the Trancas Country Market. The first 250 customers will receive gift bags filled with Vintage Grocers’ products.

Chris Bashaw

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the Merrick family announces the sudden and untimely death of longtime Malibu resident and surfing legend, Shelley Merrick.  

Shelley was the eldest daughter of the late honorable Judge John J. Merrick and Roberta Roberts Merrick. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu resident Jadwiga Kofin suffers from anxiety and intermittent restless legs and hands. These ailments cause her distress and the only way she has been able to get relief from these symptoms has been with medical marijuana.
“It’s changed my life completely,” Kofin said. “I’d probably be a little ball of anxiety and chaos if it wasn’t for marijuana in my life.”
Kofin has had to travel to other cities such as Venice to get what she calls her medicine. But that changed last week with the grand opening of a marijuana dispensary where she lives.

Chris Bashaw

Following a series of heavy rains throughout Malibu and Southern California in recent weeks, Pacific Coast Highway near the Ventura County line — between Yerba Buena Road and Las Posas Road — will remain closed for three to four more weeks, according to CalTrans. 

“Last week’s heavy rains caused 12-15 mud, rock and debris slides along Pacific Coast Highway ... The mud came from the May 2013 Springs Fire burn area,” a press release from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriffs Station states.

Chris Bashaw

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