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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

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
One year ago, their world was turned upside down. On Feb. 18, 2016, Malibu Sharks girls soccer defender Moorea Morrison was preparing for their Southern Section quarterfinal game against Simi Valley. Her mother, Cathy, was on her way to the game when she received a call that her husband of 18 years, Scott, had died of a heart-related issue while on a business trip in Oregon.
Erin Redmond

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

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

Ryan Sawtelle has not served in the Army, the Navy or the Air Force, yet his outreach has impacted many fallen comrades.

For Sawtelle, founder and executive director of White Heart Foundation, his contribution can be seen in one somber yet massive showing on Sept. 11. Such was the case this past Sunday, Sept. 11, when Sawtelle and roughly 1,000 others rumbled along Pacific Coast Highway in the Ride to the Flags IX Motorcycle Charity Ride.

Lauren Finkler

With Halloween just days away, fabric and paper ghosts are materializing in front of Malibu homes. But according to local tradition, there are rumored to be a number of more enduring, if less substantial spirits, in the neighborhood. 

The old Keller house in Solstice Canyon Park, which burned in 2007 and is now just a ruin of stone walls and empty windows, has a tradition of strange sounds and ghostly presences. 

Alex Vejar

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

About a year and a half ago, Malibu resident Julie Labin stood at the checkout line for Register 6 at Vintage Grocers while waiting to make her payment.

Behind her, she noticed a man place several natural food items on the conveyer belt. She recognized the products – several were those whose creators she met at recent food shows, while researching what it would take to launch her own natural food brand, and of what that brand would consist.

Alex Vejar
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated, Mahatma Ghandi once said. Last Chance for Animals — a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation and public awareness campaigns — is to honor Malibuite and animals rights activist Cindy Landon as Philanthropist of the Year Oct. 22 at its annual benefit gala.
Bill Jones

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