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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kenneth Robinson, educator, best-selling author, speaker and international advisor on education, was in the Malibu area on Wednesday, May 27, to talk about his vision and to tour MUSE, the school developed by Malibu resident and environmental activist Suzy Amis Cameron and her sister, educator Rebecca Amis, that embodies many of the ideas advocated by Robinson. 

Ashleigh Fryer

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