Westmont Athletic Director Dave Odell helps rescue a friend during mudslides

Dave Odell answered the call for help from his friend Kathi King. She had to escape from her car that was floating down the road during the deadly mudslides in Montecito on Janauary 9, 2018. more

Santa Barbara marks ninth anniversary of destructive Tea Fire

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – This November 13 marks the ninth anniversary of the destructive Tea Fire in Santa Barbara County.

The flames broke out at 6:30 p.m. in the hills above Westmont College back in 2008 in an area known as the old Tea Gardens. more

Westmont Fire Brigade stands guard on campus as Thomas Fire rages on

MONTECITO, Calif. – A group of volunteer firefighters have been standing guard over Westmont College since the Thomas Fire broke out.

They are called the Fire Brigade, which was started after the devastating Tea Fire. more

Local Roundup: UCSB Hoops wins opener, DP falls in water polo, Hancock football wins

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Local Sports Roundup for Saturday, November 11, 2017. Watch highlights of UCSB, DP water polo, Hancock and Cal Poly football. … Westmont women’s volleyball won the GSAC Tournament championship defeating Vanguard in five sets. They earn an automatic berth into the upcoming NAIA National Tournament. more 

Six female athletes sign NLI at Santa Barbara High School

Girl power was on full display at Santa Barbara High School. All six athletes that attended National Signing Day were females. Basketball star Cassandra Gordon signs with Georgetown University. … Linnea Skinner signs with Cal Poly for beach volleyball and soccer player Payton Wolf is off to Westmont College. more

Perfect 10: San Marcos HS has ten athletes going to the next level

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – It was a busy National Signing Day at San Marcos High School as ten athletes inked their National Letter of Intent. Track star Allie Jones signs with Stanford University. .. Three soccer players will continue their athletic careers. Addie Furrer commits to Portland State, Sydney Hess signs with Westmont College and the lone male signing at San Marcos Owen Bates is headed to Westmont as well for soccer. more

Culinary Herbs 101 Workshop

Join us at Art From Scrap to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Culinary Herbs with Farmer and Chef Michelle Aronson! You’ll walk away with awesome new skills, a handy recipe packet, homemade herb butter, and your own potted herb seedling to take home. … Michelle Aronson is a farmer, chef, and teacher who is the Garden Manager and Sustainability Coordinator for Dining Services at Westmont College. more

Vargas’ record-setting rushing night at Carpinteria nets him Athlete of the Week

CARPINTERIA, Calif. – Carpinteria’s Leo Vargas scored six touchdowns and rushed for a school-record 315 yards against Trinity Classical Academy in a 44-12 Warriors victory. … The Female Athlete of the Week was awarded to Westmont College women’s soccer player Maddi Berthoud. more

Emergency volunteer group responding in Montecito for 30 years

MONTECITO, Calif. – A Montecito volunteer group that has helped the community for 30 years gathered and celebrated Friday. Members came together at upper Manning Park to reflect on their efforts and plans ahead. They are known as the Montecito Emergency Response and Recovery Action Group or MERRAG…. MERRAG was part of a rapid response team during the 2008 Tea Fire which spread rapidly out of the hills above Westmont College into populated areas.  Thousands evacuated in a moments notice. more

How a total solar eclipse affects life on earth

Have you ever wondered how a solar eclipse affects life on earth? Two local experts explained how everything from animals to changes in weather are affected by this event. … “I was down in Baja for the [1991] eclipse and we had a clear sky. Then the last 15 minutes, clouds started condensing because the temperature dropped and hit its dew point. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, we got clouds,” said Ken Kihlstrom, a physics professor at Westmont College. more