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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

Throughout his life, Freddy Keith has had options. 

When he was younger, he worked as an actor and was also approached to be a model. But he shifted focus when he came to Malibu High School and started his stint as a water polo player. 

Keith quickly grew fond of the sport, and started working hard at improving his game. He looks at water polo as the only thing that got him through four “tiresome” years at MHS.

Alex Vejar

It’s official: the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority has closed escrow on 703 acres in Puerco Canyon, the largest remaining privately owned open space in Los Angeles County. 

The property, comprised of 24 parcels, was sold to the Conservancy by filmmaker James Cameron for $12 million, and will be named the Cameron Nature Preserve, a press release from the MRCA states.

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

An audience of approximately two dozen braved the rain on Saturday, Jan. 10, for the debut of the Malibu Playhouse’s new interview series,  “A Conversation With.”

“It’s like a Malibu version of ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio,’” series producer Diane Namm told the Malibu Surfside News. The series will feature one-on-one talks with actors, directors and writers.

“It’s a great way to involve people in the playhouse,” Namm said. “It’s just an hour but the best hour ever.”

Chris Bashaw

More than 400 members of the public participated in a Caltrans scoping meeting to discuss the proposed Liberty Canyon wildlife bridge, and not one person present openly opposed the project. 

Instead, the plan to build a wildlife corridor over the 101 Freeway received universal acclaim from officials and the public at the two-hour event at King Gillette Ranch. 

A few participants commented that the unanimous approval was unprecedented.

Alex Vejar

The 2015-2016 gray whale migration is well on its way to being the second busiest season on record and Malibu beachgoers have a ringside seat.

“It’s difficult to compare anything to last year because it was way off the chart, but this year we’ve already seen double the average number of southbound gray whales,”  Alisa Schulman-Janiger, gray whale census director for the American Cetacean Society, told the Malibu Surfside News.   “We are within 20 or 30 whales of catching up with the second best year,” she said.

Alex Vejar

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

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. 

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

Alex Vejar

It’s often important to remember your roots and not forget where you came from. It’s something the owners and staff at Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch believe in firmly, as they use the cafe’s menu as a way to acknowledge the cowboy lifestyle the Malibu ranch was once known for. 

“It’s super casual here and our menu is very country kitchen,” said Valentino Caceres, general manager of Malibu Cafe. 

Ashleigh Fryer

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