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Many Malibu residents have never seen one, but scorpions are surprisingly common in Malibu and while none of the local species are considered dangerous, they can deliver a painful sting.

Often described as bugs, scorpions are actually arthropods, and are more closely related to spiders than they are to true insects. 

Scorpions occasionally turn up inside a house or garage, but most encounters occur outdoors and sting reports tend peak in late summer, when humans are more likely to be outside at night and to go barefoot.

Chris Bashaw

Steve Steere was in his 90th year, when he passed away on Oct. 20, 2014.  A Malibu resident for 54 years, Stephen Douglas Steere was a Southern California native, born in Santa Monica on June 20, 1925.  His parents, Fred and Gertrude (Gigi) Steere, moved from London, Ontario, Canada, where his two older sisters were born. He was the first in his family to be born in California, followed by his younger sister and brother. His father was known for running Wilson’s Sporting Goods on 3rd Street and Wilshire in Santa Monica.

Ashleigh Fryer

Records were meant to be broken.

The daughter of Malibu High School high jump coach Anthony Shafer, Kayleigh, held the record for high jump height for 15 years. But on Wednesday, April 30, junior Michaela Cosentino jumped 5 feet, cementing her name in the record books. 

“I have mixed emotions,” Anthony Shafer said of his daughter’s record being broken. “It’s the last of the records that my daughter held here.”

Kayleigh Shafer held five records at the high school over the years, her father said. But Anthony Shafer was glad it was Cosentino who set the mark. 

Ashleigh Fryer

The Malibu Sharks tennis team lost 10-8 in a round-robin tournament Wednesday, April 2, against the Oak Park Eagles. 

Senior Gabe Rapaport won all three of his matches against his opponents, only losing four out of 18 total games. His first match was against his rival David Goulak, and this was Rapaport’s first win against him in high school play. 

“David and I are best friends, pretty much,” Rapaport said. “We hit together all the time and we play doubles together. It was a good win for me.”

Chris Bashaw

Everyone knows the adage that “the only sure things in life are death and taxes,” but the  maxim neglects to mention another equally inevitable occurrence: change. 

The graduates of Malibu High School celebrated finishing four years of school on Friday, June 6, in a ceremony where “change” played central role in the celebration.

Chris Bashaw

A woman was rescued from Point Dume State Beach by officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30. 

Sergeant Philip Brooks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Malibu-Lost Hills station said a 9:56 a.m. call came in to the station regarding the hiker, Olivia Kristen, who Brooks said the caller told authorities was “stuck on a rock and could not move or else she would fall.” 

Danielle Tabor

Members of a Malibu High School creative writing class recited their original poetry in front of friends, family and members of the community on Wednesday, May 28, and Thursday, May 29, for the Kids on Coffee event inside the Bank of Books bookstore in Malibu. 

Pamela Eilerson, manager of the bookstore, said it is important for teenagers to have an outlet for their feelings during their adolescence. 

Ashleigh Fryer

As the sun set over the horizon in Bluffs Park, young residents of Malibu lined up just outside the Pony baseball field in hopes of finding glowing eggs filled with prizes.

After the last glimmer of light flickered away into the night, the gates opened and dozens of children scrambled to gather as many eggs as they could. 

Jackie Valencia brought her 11-year-old son Nicolas to the glow-in-the-dark event, as well as her two younger children. She said her favorite event was the egg hunt. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Bohm is a junior player on the Malibu High School volleyball team.

How did you get involved in volleyball and when did you get started?

I first started playing volleyball on the beach. The more I played the more I fell in love with the sport. I wanted to get more serious about volleyball and decided to play club.

What’s your favorite thing about volleyball?

Ashleigh Fryer

Freddy Keith is a player on the Malibu High School water polo team.

When did you start playing water polo?

I started playing water polo in my freshman year.

What do you enjoy most about water polo?

It would have to be the team aspect. When the entire team starts working with a fluid momentum, it creates a connection between the players, both in and out of the pool.

Who’s someone you look up to a lot?

Ashleigh Fryer

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