Tea Fire: One year later

It has been exactly one year since the devastating Tea Fire began burning on the South Coast. Friday, a commemoration will be held by students of Westmont College. The Tea Fire demolished eight buildings and 15 faculty homes on the Westmont campus. The reception begins at 3:30p.m. at the Voskuyl Prayer Chapel on the campus. more

Goleta man tests his luck on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Talk about a cliffhanger moment as Ron Smith of Goleta steps up to the wheel on Thursday night’s “Wheel of Fortune” show.

Smith is the sports information director at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

Long road ahead for volunteers and evacuees of the Jesusita Fire

The American Red Cross shelter remains open as of Monday morning. Ken Warkentin says the generosity of the community never ceases to amaze him.Warkentin knows firsthand that disaster can strike when you least expect it. His own granddaughter was directly affected by the Tea Fire in November, when her dorm burned at Westmont College. more

Westmont College students return to class after Tea Fire closure

Students return to class at Westmont College for the first time since the Tea Fire burned parts of the Montecito campus. The college said the fire destroyed eight buildings and 15 faculty homes. Over 60 students, faculty and staff lost their residences because of the fire. more video


Westmont College men's soccer team rises from Tea Fire ashes to clinch championship spot

We have a heartwarming story to tell you about from a place that has seen its fair share of devastation. The Westmont College in Montecito was badly damaged in the Tea Fire. Dozens of students and faculty lost everything. But when the men’s soccer team clinched a championship title on Monday, new hope was born in Westmont.  more video

Westmont College says no current students started Tea Fire

Investigators say 10 young adults started the Tea Fire accidentally by failing to put out a bonfire. Wednesday, Westmont College released a statement denying any of its students were involved. more

School still out at Westmont College due to Tea Fire

School is still out at Westmont College in Montecito, where crews are busy cleaning up the mess the Tea Fire left behind.

Flames destroyed several buildings on campus, including the physics, psychology, and old math buildings. The fire also damaged faculty offices and four residence halls. more

Ashley Greenawalt of Santa Margarita crowned Miss California Mid-State Fair

Eighteen-year-old Ashley Greenawalt of Santa Margarita won the judges’ hearts and took home the crown at the Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant. A dancer and freshman at Westmont College, Ashley said she never expected to win. more