Suzanne Guldimann
Suzanne Guldimann

Suzanne Guldimann is an author, artist, and musician who lives in Malibu and loves the Santa Monica Mountains. She has worked as a journalist reporting on local news and issues for more than a decade, and is the author of nine books of music for the harp. Suzanne's newest book, "Life in Malibu", explores local history and nature. She can be reached at suzanne@messengermountainnews.com

Poisoned Hawk Receives Life-Saving Transfusion

A red-tailed hawk has received a second chance at life after receiving a blood transfusion. On December 3, 2019, California Wildlife Center received an adult female red-tailed hawk with evidence that she…

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Hiking Santa Monica Mountains Back Country

A Hike in the Santa Monica Mountains Backcountry offers an uplifting start to the New Year. Above, hidden much of the year in coastal fog, the western Channel Islands appear like a…

Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation

The Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act is back, and this time its authors are optimistic that the odds are in their favor.  If approved by the Senate and signed into…

Malibu Bans Killer Toxins

The entire Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Zone will soon be poison free. Los Angeles County banned pesticides in the unincorporated Santa Monica Mountains in 2014 as part of its Local Coastal Plan…

CCC Adresses Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise dominated the California Coastal Commission (CCC) meeting in December, while other, long-standing issues were also addressed and finally resolved. The Commission met at King Gillette Ranch in the Santa…

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Trancas Canyon Continues to Recover One Year After Woolsey

We visited upper Trancas Canyon just one week after the Woolsey Fire was officially contained. A year later, this National Park Service property is already in the process of transforming from wasteland…

Christmas in the Santa Monica Mountains

The earliest account of Christmas in the Santa Monica Mountains appears to be one published by Frederick Hastings Rindge in his 1895 book, Happy Days in Southern California. Rindge describes his ranch…

Toyon Decorates the Canyon with Festive Red Berries

All over Topanga Canyon and throughout the Santa Monica Mountains, toyon bushes are ablaze with red fruit. It’s a bumper year for this California native, which appears to be making up for…

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Malibu Creek Walk Offers Winter Solitude and Autumn Color

In the second feature in our special three-part holiday hiking series, we look for the ‘Road Less Traveled’ in Malibu Creek State Park. If the scenery in Malibu Creek State Park seems…

Coastal Commission Meets in Santa Monica Mountains

The California Coastal Commission’s December meeting took place in the Santa Monica Mountains at King Gillette Ranch, with a tour of Malibu Bluffs Park scheduled at the conclusion of the December 13…