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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

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

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

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

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

A woman was rescued from a crashed vehicle in Malibu Canyon Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

Around 9:10 a.m. July 1, passersby reportedly heard screams coming from down the cliff, looked down to see a white SUV at the bottom of the canyon and called local authorities.

22nd Century Media Staff

The Backbone Trail, which traverses the entire length of Malibu following the spine of the Santa Monica Mountains from Point Mugu to Will Rogers State Beach, was one of 10 trail systems nationwide to receive a grant from the recreation and sports equipment retailer

REI’s “Every Trail Connects” program marks the first time the Backbone Trail has been in the national spotlight. 

Alex Vejar

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

Scott Stewart, a Malibu native, will serve as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States from 2015-2016.

Stewart has lived most of his life in Malibu. He attended pre-school at the Malibu Presbyterian Church and then Webster Elementary School. Stewart enjoyed many fun years at Webster, but none was more memorable than his third-grade year, when his teacher was his mother, Kris. At Webster, Scott first learned about the Supreme Court in a class taught by Principal Phil Cott.

Ashleigh Fryer

A new consignment shop in Malibu opened last week, offering a mixture of vintage and modern items to spice up buyers’ lives.

CoCo Consign is the creation of co-owners Liza Whitcraft and Kristen Nelson, and the shop provides an opportunity for Malibu residents to buy or sell their modern or antique vintage clothing, glasswear, art, furniture and other such items.

“There may also be Malibu residents who have a great amount of Hollywood history that they can bring to the public at our shop,” Whitcraft said.  

Alex Vejar