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LOCAL ROUNDUP: Vaqueros stumble in return home

In their first home game in more than two months, the Vaquero women found it hard to find the basket in a 52-39 basketball loss to Hancock College on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. … Warrior senior guard Gerald Karczewski narrowly missed a three-point attempt at the end to give Westmont a shot in overtime in a road loss at The Master’s. more

Westmont Men Fall Short at Fourth-Ranked Master’s

Olisa Nwachie poured in 26 points and pulled down eight rebounds, but NAIA No. 20 Westmont came up bit short at No. 4 The Master’s, falling 74-71 in a first place men’s basketball showdown in the Golden State Athletic Conference. more

Westmont Women Block 10 Shots in Win at Master’s

Westmont Women’s Basketball remained tied for first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference after defeating the Mustangs of The Master’s on Saturday night, 62-56. The 12th-ranked Warriors (11-5, 4-1 GSAC) held the Mustangs to 26.9 percent shooting and produced 10 blocks. more

Betty Lou Ferguson

Betty Lou Ferguson passed away peacefully at her home in Atascadero, on Wednesday evening, Dec. 27, 2017. … During her freshman year at Cheney, Betty Lou was invited by her aunt Maria Wolff to visit Westmont College in Santa Barbara – where Maria served on faculty. She accepted the invitation, visited that beautiful campus and subsequently transferred to Westmont. more

Urban Hikers: ‘Magnificant 7’ Recount Intense Day of Rescues in Montecito Floods

On the morning of Jan. 9,  a team of seven Montecito Fire Protection District firefighters, led by indomitable Division Group Supervisor Maeve Juarez, worked selflessly to help rescue and evacuate hundreds of victims of the Montecito flooding disaster. … Daniel Arnold, a 2003 graduate of Westmont College, is an engineer at the Montecito Fire Protection District. He is also married and the father of two young children. more

Seeking a light in the darkness

Anniversaries are meant to be warm and cuddly affairs. I’d just passed a career milestone when last week’s deadly mudslides in Montecito triggered the memory of my muddled start at the News-Press 40 years ago. … That includes the strength of courage. Dave Odell, the director of athletics at Westmont, became one of the rescuers after receiving a distress call from family friend Kathi King. She was forced to escape her car and climb a tree after getting caught in the torrent. more

Thomas Joyce to Perform Solo Concert on Historic Pipe Organ

The public is invited to attend the 38th annual Santa Ynez Valley Classical Music Series featuring renowned artists performing at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos. … He teaches organ lessons at Westmont College as well as private lessons at Trinity in organ, piano and voice, and is a piano accompanist with Adelfos Ensemble in Santa Barbara and choirs at Santa Barbara City College. more

Student Profile: Emily McBride Finds the Awesome in Awkward

Emily McBride, who is working on her single subject teaching credential (well, actually two) in UCSB’s Teacher Education Program, loves the awkward middle school years! The perfect attitude for teaching middle-schoolers. Before coming to the Gevirtz School, Emily studied at Westmont College in Montecito and graduated with a degree in Spanish and a minor in English. more

Westmont College Students Return to Campus Tuesday After Evacuation

Westmont College students will be back on campus Tuesday afternoon with limited access to drinking water and an adjusted academic schedule for the spring term. more

Ray Ford: Montecito Mudslides, Flooding Have Huge Impact on Local Trails

The hike up Cold Spring Canyon has always been one of my favorites. The deep canyon walls, lush riparian vegetation and stream flow that always seems to last longer than in other canyons makes Cold Spring a great place to visit any time of the year. But as I drove up past Westmont College last Tuesday afternoon after covering the heart-breaking destruction in the lower areas, I wasn’t sure what to expect. more

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