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As of Monday, July 3, Los Angeles County fire officials had gained the upper hand on two area brush fires which began Thursday, June 29. 

The Topanga Canyon fire was reported at South Topanga Canyon Boulevard about half a mile off of Pacific Coast Highway at 3:09 p.m. Thursday, June 29. As of noon July 3, it had burned 55 acres and was at 80-percent containment, LA County Fire Inspector Richard Licon said. On Friday, Licon had relayed that the terrain presented difficulties for the firefighters. 

Lauren Finkler

Malibu resident Tova Fagan said jewelry design came to her on her birthday eight years ago in Las Vegas.

“I was celebrating with my family when we walked by a particular shop with a bracelet in the window,” she said.

The bracelet transfixed Fagan with its thoughtfully beaded pattern and a diamond charm dangling from its center. Its only off-putting component was the “ginormous” sum of money scrawled on its price tag.

Ashleigh Fryer

The official website for the California Incline replacement project invites the public to “Be Excited, Be Prepared,” but for many Malibu commuters the prevalent emotion is trepidation, not excitement. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Cynthia Merritt passed away peacefully at her home May 8 with her husband, George, by her side.

“Cindi” braved a long battle with health issues but forever kept her keen sense of humor. 

Born Dec. 30, 1947, in Lakewood, California, she attended Orange Coast College.

A flight attendant for American Airlines for 35 years, she flew often to some of her favorite places — Honolulu, Tokyo, London and Rome.

Ashleigh Fryer

When wildlife biologist Stan Gehrt set out to study coyotes in Chicago, Illinois he thought it would be a quick “one-and-done” situation. He was wrong. Almost two decades of research on Cook County, Illinois’ coyotes — estimated to number not one or two, but 1500-2000 — continues to yield astonishing data about the lives and habits of this intelligent, ingenious and seldom seen urban carnivore. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring, owners of the 25-acre One Gun Ranch located a couple miles above Rambla Pacifico, have a solution for growing healthier food and living a healthier lifestyle: biodynamics.

“Biodynamics is like organics on steroids,” Bamford said. 

It’s a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food and nutrition. 

Lauren Finkler

When people ask Malibu resident Fred Walecki if he’s a luthier, he likes to tell them flatly that he’s been thinking about becoming a Presbyterian.
He’ll let the joke rest for a second or two, which is more or less the amount of time it takes for a bright, wide smile to betray his deadpan humor.

Chris Bashaw

Before chef Thommy Craig took over as executive chef at Vintage Grocers this summer, he spent the past 30 years building a name for himself as a personal chef for celebrity clientele. But Craig’s first gig in the kitchen was the far less glamorous role of a dishwasher.

Alex Vejar

On March 3, Malibu’s historic Adamson House and Museum temporarily closed its doors. California State Parks, which owns and administers the house and museum as part of Malibu Lagoon State Beach, initially announced that “the house tours program, garden tours, and the gift shop would be temporarily closed from March 3 through March 31, 2015.” That deadline passed two weeks ago, and a notice on the Adamson House website that states that the house will be “closed until further notice,” has raised concerns in the community that the closure may become permanent. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Under the leadership of coach John Meyers, for the third year in a row Our Lady of Malibu’s novice track team earned the title of league champions in their division at the Valley Catholic Sports League’s track championship meet on May 10 at Chaminade High School. 

Ashleigh Fryer

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