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Beware of Eclipse Eye Protection Only Certain Equipment will Protect You

As eyewitnesses gear up for the Great American Eclipse on Monday, August 21, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is responding to reports of unsafe solar-eclipse glasses and other viewing devices, urging buyers to double-check their equipment against its list of reputable vendors. … “The real danger of a partial eclipse is that, overall, the sun doesn’t seem as bright, so you look at it longer, and that crescent can really burn a mark into your retina,” said Ken Kihlstrom, a professor of physics at Westmont College, which will not be hosting a viewing event. more

UCSD Adds Two Californians to 2017-18 Roster

The University of California San Diego women’s basketball program has added two standout players that will join the team for the 2017-18 season. … Kayla Sato
Guard • 5’8″
Torrance • Westmont College/West Torrance High School

– Played in 67 games with 47 starts in two years at Westmont College
– Led Westmont with 81 steals in 2016-17, averaging 12.5 points and 6.4 rebounds more

Gauchos, Warriors kick off: UCSB women’s soccer team beats Westmont in exhibition, 3-1

Two late goals lifted the UCSB women’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Westmont in their annual exhibition match Wednesday night at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos don’t start school for over a month, and Westmont has only been in training camp for four days, but that didn’t stop the two crosstown foes from fiercely competing throughout the contest. more

Farewell to Fiesta

With the help of some very special guests, the West Coast Symphony performed an array of classical pieces for hundreds of concert goers on Sunday for the 51st annual Fiesta concert at the Courthouse Sunken Garden. People of all ages brought picnic baskets and blankets while the 45-piece ensemble of brass, woodwinds, percussion and strings serenaded hundreds of Fiesta concert goers with movie themes, concertos and Spanish guitar. After performances from the Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta, ballerina Emma Rodriguez, 5, also danced on the sunlit stage, but with a yellow dress and white tights. While Emma banged a tambourine on her tiny leg, the Cielo Foundation symphony opened with the theme from “Cowboys,” a movie starring John “Duke” Wayne. more

Weld County Tributes for Aug. 3

Hollice “Holly” Claypool

April 30, 1944-July 27, 2017

Age: 73

Residence: Greeley

Hollice “Holly” Claypool, 73, of Greeley, passed away July 27, 2017, at North Colorado Medical Center. She was born April 30, 1944, in Lancaster, Pa., to Richard and Meda. … Mr. Norbie married Edna Marie Adams on June 7, 1947, and graduated with honors from Westmont College in 1948. They moved to Wheaton, Ill., and he graduated with a master’s degree from Wheaton College in 1949.


San Diego State women’s soccer head coach Mike Friesen has added a pair of coaches to his coaching staff in Cole Schmit and Cameron Roget. Schmit joins the program as an assistant coach, while Roget will perform volunteer assistant coach duties. Schmit arrives at SDSU from up the coast in Santa Barbara where he was a women’s soccer assistant coach at Westmont College, which is an NAIA institution that competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). more

Westmont College plans to build 13 condos in Santa Barbara: Employees will move in late summer 2018

13 Westmont College faculty members and their families will become neighbors with Oak Park Drive residents in Santa Barbara. The private Christian college hopes its second employee housing project will help it retain and recruit employees. “Unfortunately, there are several instances over the years where we’ve had some folks who have not been able to come because of the housing prices,” said Doug Jones, vice president of finance for Westmont College. more

Weiss’ son also rises in another baseball comeback

Brody Weiss was too young to remember his first big moment in a baseball stadium. He wasn’t quite 4 years old when he waved at his dad from his mother’s lap at Denver’s Coors Field. Walt Weiss struggled to control himself as he waved back, the touching scene having stirred the largest ovation during the player introductions for Major League Baseball’s 1998 All-Star Game. Walt, then a shortstop for the Atlanta Braves, would later describe it as “a miracle” that his son was even there — or alive, for that matter — after having just recovered from a near-fatal infection of E. coli bacteria. more

Total solar eclipse coming in August

The sun will disappear behind the moon on August 21, creating the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1979. “The sky will go somewhat dark, you will see stars even through its 10 or 11 o’clock in the morning, and a sunrise or sunset in all directions,” said Ken Kihlstrom, head of the physics department at Westmont College. more


Linda Anne Lindberg, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away in Santa Barbara on July 14, 2017, at the age of 74. In the words of one of her granddaughters: “She taught me so much about the love of Jesus and will always be my best example of how God redeems brokenness and makes it beautiful.” Linda was born in New York City on June 20, 1943, the daughter of Donald and Barbara Raney. She graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California, and from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, earning a B.A. degree in sociology in 1965. more

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