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

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…

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Hiking for the Holidays

Whether it’s too much pie, or too much holiday stress, the Santa Monica Mountains and coast offer an antidote. In this special three-part holiday series, the Messenger Mountain News takes a look…

NPS Site Clean-Up Effort Begins One Year After Woolsey Fire

Testing for Hazardous Materials and Debris Removal Will Be Completed by June 2020. A new phase of the Woolsey Fire clean up and recovery is beginning on National Parks Service property in…

Activists Rally Ahead of Malibu Vote on Rodenticide Ban

Malibu City Council Will Decide If Malibu Adopts LA County’s Policy on Toxins. On December 9, the Malibu City Council will vote on a citywide ban on toxic rodenticides and other chemical…

Malibu State Park Sniper Indicted for Murder

Anthony Rauda, the man suspected of being the Malibu Creek State Park sniper, has been indicted for the fatal shooting of Tristan Beaudette, who was camping in the park with his two…

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Imperiled Monarchs Take to the Skies for Annual Autumn Migration

The monarch butterfly population has crashed in recent years but there is still hope of this much-loved long-distance traveler. There was a time not long ago when millions of Western monarch butterflies…

Vegetarian Cookbooks for the Holidays

The holidays can be a challenge for vegetarians, who often find themselves with nothing to eat but salad and potatoes at family gatherings. Holiday meals can be an even bigger problem for…