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Longtime Malibu resident and natural history artist Dawn Navarro Ericson has been selected to be one of four 2014 Artists in Residence for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

“This Artist-in-Residence program focuses on youth who have limited exposure to nature, despite living relatively close to it,” SMMNRA AIR project coordinator Tori Kuykendall told the Malibu Surfside News.

Ashleigh Fryer

In the fall of 2008 a group of disenchanted middle schoolers sat in Gene Bream’s seventh-grade world history class, rolling their eyes at his lecture on ancient China. 

Emily Shane’s hand shot in the air from the second seat of the first row in the classroom, where she sat every afternoon. 

Emily’s urgency showed on her face as her hand waved side to side and rose from her seat.

Chris Bashaw

It was a lucky find; a battered old book with a green cloth cover embossed with an illustration of a mountain lion and a mule deer, and the title “Malibu.”

The novel, published in 1931, is a fictionalized account of author and naturalist Vance Joseph Hoyt’s experiences raising an orphaned mule deer fawn with a mountain lion kitten in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Ashleigh Fryer

Cebe Loomis leaned against the wooden pilings of a Khmer house in rural Cambodia. Her finger hovered on the shutter release of her camera, poised to document a group of children lounging under a stilted structure, escaping the sun. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Condominium values have been in steady ascent for the past two-and-a-half years, increasing in Malibu from a median value of $528,000 in 2011 to $827,000 so far in 2014. That calculates to a 57 percent increase.

The median prices during 2012 and 2013 were $665,000 and $795,000, respectively. Price appreciation has been steady and consistent.

Sales units have been about average during the first half of this year, projected to approximately 72 sales after last year brought 79 transactions.

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu Canyon Road is reopened to traffic following a pair of accidents that occurred approximately 15 minutes apart during the afternoon of Tuesday, April 15.

According to Sgt. Jeff Slutske of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Malibu/Lost Hills Station, traffic on both sides of Malibu Canyon Road closed between the road’s intersections with Harbor Vista Drive and Malibu Crest Drive following an initial single-vehicle accident that was reported at approximately 3:45 p.m.

Chris Bashaw

On the west side of Los Angeles, the prevailing cry from real estate agents is that there is no inventory of homes to sell. There seems to be plenty of buyers, even with tight lending policies still in place, and plenty of cash to pump into prime real estate. If only more owners were selling.

Chris Bashaw

A new Malibu-based group called Paint, Wine N’ Dine hosted a fundraiser for breast cancer research non-profit Susan G. Komen at the Malibu Roadhouse on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The group is led by the mother-daughter team of Sarah Levy and Tova Fagan, who instructed the 35 attendees of Wednesday’s event on how to paint an abstract rose.

Chris Bashaw

Tensions over Malibu’s Measure R escalated at the Malibu City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 13, when residents sought answers for claims put forth in a letter Monday morning, signed by Rob Reiner of the Yes on R campaign.  

Ashleigh Fryer

Lessons learned from the Conejo Classic tournament two weeks ago played a role in the Sharks’ 13-6 victory over the Rio Mesa Spartans on Wednesday, Sept. 10, head coach Mike Mulligan said.

“We came out with a lot of spark that I haven’t seen before,” Mulligan said. “In the tournament we didn’t move defensively as well as I would have liked, but we were doing that against Rio Mesa.”

Ashleigh Fryer

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