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Spring is in bloom in Malibu, despite the drought. Although it isn’t one of those stellar years when wide swaths of the Santa Monica Mountains are transformed into a living tapestry of color, there are still many places to experience the sight and scent of spring flowers.

Ashleigh Fryer

They say that when one door closes, another opens.  

Kristy’s Restaurant, a Malibu staple, closed as of Jan. 1. However, the restaurant’s patrons and fans should not despair. That old adage about new doors opening has prevailed.

Kristy’s has merged with Le Village Café to form a new establishment, Kristy’s Village Café, 30745 Pacific Coast Highway, Building B, at Trancas Country Market.

Lauren Finkler

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

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

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

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

Longtime Malibu artist and surfer Warren Long has died. He was 62. 

Long, best known for his whimsical paintings and furniture that featured fish, mermaids, angels and flying pigs, was also a teacher. He worked at the Malibu Garden School in the 1990s and his Big Rock beach studio — full of paintings and sketches of the found objects collected along the shore that he used as sculptural elements in his work — was always open to students and visitors.

Alex Vejar

Malibu officially welcomed its very own, fully-licensed radio station — 97.5 KBUU-LP FM — to the airwaves last week, a project which Malibu resident and KBU general manager Hans Laetz has championed for more than a year. 

Ashleigh Fryer

California Wildlife Conservation board members will consider at their Sept. 3 meeting in Sacramento allocating a grant of $610,000 to the California Department of Parks and Recreation to fund completion of the feasibility study and environmental impact report for the removal of Rindge Dam in Malibu Canyon.

The removal project was first proposed in 2002 by the Southern California Steelhead Coalition. Plans for the project were released in 2013, and scoping began. 

Chris Bashaw

Sitting high on a mountain in Malibu overlooking Serra Retreat, the Malibu lagoon and views up the coast to Point Dume, Eric Wright resides on the 24 acres of land his father purchased in 1956.

Wright — much like his father Lloyd Wright, and grandfather, legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright — is a third-generation architect, and a well-respected one in his own right.

At 83 years old, Wright still practices his craft. His offices are located at his home in Malibu. 

Alex Vejar

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