Ventura County Reporter

Art Throb

Remember the Montecito Tea Fire of 2008?  It was the first of several wildfires that burned through the region destroying hundreds of homes.  Westmont College, a Christian Liberal Arts College in Santa Barbara, suffered considerable damage in that fire. After such devastation, Westmont still managed to build — with the generosity of the Adams Family (not the finger-snapping one) — its brand-new Ridley Tree Museum of Art and the Adams Center for the Visual Arts, only two years later. more

Calculating for college: Hidden costs

When parents figure out how much college is going to cost, they usually factor in tuition, room and board, and books, but sending a child to college has hidden costs. This fall, Shannon Hickey, 19, a junior at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, will study abroad in England. more

Hall's camp helps juniors hone skills for high school baseball

Ventura’s Rocky Hall and his college player counselors are getting Junior Division 13-14-year-old baseball players ready for high school. Hall’s camp featured Westmont College’s Peter McCarthy. more

Kokkonen takes on Capps: Republican to take on Democratic incumbent in November

Republican Matthew Kokkonen, a graduate of Westmont,  has started laying the foundations for his race against Congresswoman Lois Capps this fall on the premise the former school nurse lied to voters about how long she would stay in office. more

Kokkonen takes on Capps: Republican to take on Democratic incumbent in November

Kokkonen, a graduate of Santa Barbara’s Westmont College, has run his financial planning business in San Luis Obispo for more than 30 years. He said he has begun to make contacts in Ventura County and more distant parts of Santa Barbara County in a congressional district spanning the tri-county coastline, a district he said was shaped to benefit Capps.
“It’s a textbook example of the egregiousness of gerrymandering,” he said. more

Words, words, words: Ojai welcomes literary rock stars to its third biennial Poetry Festival

Rummel is just one of a half-dozen regional poets who will read at the festival Saturday afternoon, one of whom, David Mason, is flying in from Colorado. Paul Willis, a professor at Westmont in Santa Barbara will read, along with Enid Osborn, also from Santa Barbara. Florence Weinberger will come from Los Angeles, and Kimberly Young, formerly of Ojai, will come from the San Fernando Valley. Young credits Taggart and the Ojai journal Rivertalk for helping her “to continue to place poetry in the center of my life.” more