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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

Fireworks bursting over Don Wildman’s Malibu beach on the Fourth of July worked as a metaphor for the evening that preceded the magnificent sky show. 

Wildman generously hosted the holiday bash benefitting RainCatcher, which welcomed Saturday dozens of supporters for the nonprofit’s largest and third annual fundraiser.

Alex Vejar

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

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

Bill Miller, owner of Malibu Kitchen, likes things a certain way.

“What’s my go-to order?” he said. “I take grilled chicken with some prosciutto, put some truffle cheese in there, add pesto and a little mustard in a whole wheat wrap. I melt that together then I add cold coleslaw and roasted tomatoes.”

The meticulous nature of Miller’s taste buds has earned Malibu Kitchen special distinction as one of the only eateries in Malibu to make it to its 14th birthday, which Miller is celebrating this week. 

Ashleigh Fryer

For a few hours following the highest night tide of each full or new moon during spring and early summer, the California grunion leave the water to lay their eggs on Southern California’s sandy beaches from Point Conception north of Santa Barbara to Punta Abreojos in Baja California, Mexico.

Chris Bashaw

Most folks don’t get to ride down Main Street, USA in Disneyland for their birthday, but that’s just what Malibu resident Dick Van Dyke — a.k.a. chimney sweep Bert in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” — did on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Van Dyke’s 90th birthday celebration included a special presentation inside the Mary Poppins-themed eatery, Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, and a cavalcade down Main Street, USA, where thousands of Disneyland park guests serenaded the entertainment icon with “Happy Birthday.”

Alex Vejar

Charlou Larronde, who moved to Malibu in 1951,  died peacefully in her Carbon Beach home, surrounded by family on Jan. 26. She was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 1921, and recently celebrated her 94th birthday.
She traveled the world making memories and her most important priorities were her family of 25 and her friends.  
Charlou leaves three daughters — Kristeen, Nita and Janine Larronde — a son-in-law — Brian Asher — eight grandchildren and eight great-
grandchildren.  

Chris Bashaw

Honoring Malibu native Johnny Strange is very important to his dad, Brian — so much so that he has put a $1 million matching donation behind City plans to build a skatepark in Malibu in commemoration of his late son. 

Brian said a skatepark was an obvious fit, as his son — who died Oct. 1, 2015, during a BASE jumping excursion in the Swiss Alps at the young age of 23 — was an avid skateboarder who traveled the world to share the sport. 

Lauren Finkler

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