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The 2015-2016 gray whale migration is well on its way to being the second busiest season on record and Malibu beachgoers have a ringside seat.

“It’s difficult to compare anything to last year because it was way off the chart, but this year we’ve already seen double the average number of southbound gray whales,”  Alisa Schulman-Janiger, gray whale census director for the American Cetacean Society, told the Malibu Surfside News.   “We are within 20 or 30 whales of catching up with the second best year,” she said.

Alex Vejar

Dean & DeLuca, a purveyor of fine foods, has announced its latest store opening in Malibu. The newest Dean & DeLuca development will be located in Malibu Village, located at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road, a recently repositioned shopping center with name brand outfitters, cafes and shops, that caters to the affluent community and year-round influx of visitors nearby. 

Lauren Finkler

The official start of spring is still three weeks away, but all along the California coast record numbers of sick, malnourished and dying sea lion pups are washing ashore, and rescue facilities are already overwhelmed. 

The Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, the largest local center for marine mammal rehabilitation, is reporting five times as many sea lion pups as usual and more than twice as many for the same time period in 2013, when the number of sea lion deaths was officially declared an unusual mortality event.

Ashleigh Fryer

Recently, I have been getting lots of emails and calls about avocado trees dropping all or almost all of their avocados.

Let me explain what I see is happening and what you need to do to correct it.

Lauren Finkler

A wealthy Guatemalan man was charged Aug. 4 with the July 29 Cape Town, South Africa murder of his girlfriend Gabriela Kabrins, the 39-year-old daughter of a Malibu restaurateur.

Diego Dougherty Novella, 41, was charged with Kabrins’ alleged murder, and was still in police custody Monday, Aug. 9, although expected to apply for release on bail Aug. 21.

Alex Vejar

The new year is less than a week old, but 2015 is already shaping up to be another record-breaker for gray whale sightings, and Malibu residents have a front-row seat for observing the annual winter migration.
Every year, from December until late April, gray whales migrate from their arctic feeding grounds to Baja California to give birth and then return north with their calves.

Chris Bashaw

Live rattlesnakes were among the stars of the show at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area’s first ever reptile and amphibian show on May 18 at King Gillette Ranch. The event, sponsored by the Western National Parks Association, also offered participants a chance to learn how to be safe now that peak snake season has arrived. 

Karl Miller, an animal trainer and handler for the entertainment industry, and longtime snake wrangler Bruce Freeman teamed up to give a rattlesnake awareness talk.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu High School senior Sam Burton is one of 2,235 Class of 2016 students nationwide to earn the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.

“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” stated a letter sent to Burton by the ACT National Office. “On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takers earns the top score. Among U.S. high school graduates in the class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.” 

Lauren Finkler

The Sycamore School, an independent elementary school featuring a curriculum rooted in collaboration, innovation and learning through play and creativity, will open in Malibu on Sept. 1 for 20 children ages 6-8. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Steve Karsh, a 40-year resident of Malibu, passed away Thursday, June 9, after a courageous year-long battle with esophageal cancer.

He is survived by his wife Sharone and their “almost perfect” 14 years together; his mother, Irene; daughter, Dawn; son-in-law, Mark Morgan; grandchildren, Cade and Samantha; brothers, William and Howard; and his beloved yellow Labrador, Lola.

Alex Vejar

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