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Interest in the workings of the human body may lead student to pharmacy, medicine

Jeff Midgley was on his way to California on Thursday but not for the sun or the surf. The senior at Fruita Monument High School planned to visited Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., and hopefully find his first steps on the way to a medical-related field while touring the campus. more

Opinion: Much can be done to increase fire awarenes

Keeping in mind that the residents of Santa Barbara have endured three terrible and worrisome fires in the past year or so, I believe I accurately reflect and represent the current state of mind of us all as being “fire-weary.” This approach also can hold true for students attending UCSB, SBCC and Westmont. I already have spoken with Nancy Phinney at Westmont and know they have wildland fire awareness as part of their orientation program. more

Tour of California has roots in Santa Barbara

As a youngster growing up in Santa Barbara, Andrew Messick’s life was wrapped up in all things sports. Reared in a home near Barker Pass Road and Sycamore Canyon, he was a ballboy for the Westmont College soccer team. In junior high, he watched the Santa Barbara Spikers professional volleyball team. And as a student at Santa Barbara High School in the early 1980s, he ran track and cross country. more

Who's Who in Advertising, Marketing & PR

Scott Craig, Westmont College manager of media relations, has been the face and voice of the Montecito college for nearly four years. Craig, a Santa Barbara native, worked long, hard hours during the November 2008 Tea Fire, updating local and national news organizations while flames destroyed eight structures  on the Westmont campus and 15 nearby faculty homes. more

DA Names Tea Fire Suspects

Yesterday, after months of investigation, the District Attorney’s office released the names of the 10 individuals believed to be responsible for November’s wildly destructive Tea Fire. Additionally, the fire burned through Montecito’s Westmont College and gutted the Mount Calvary Retreat House & Monastery. more

“Tea Fire Ten” Named:DA Uncertain Group Started November Blaze, However

While the naming of the Tea Fire Ten—the group assumed by many to have started the Tea Fire 97 days earlier in the hills above Westmont College—came weeks too late for critics of the investigation, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney took the occasion on Tuesday to explain that the group’s actions did not assuredly cause the devastating fire. more

Storm hits, but with less rain than expected : Area so far free of serious flooding

Despite heavy rainfall and the potential for flash floods in the areas that were ravaged by the Tea Fire, Westmont College junior Hillary Trainor donned her running shorts and T-shirt Monday and completed her normal four- to six-mile jog through the Mountain Drive community. more

10 Charged with Misdemeanors in Tea Fire Investigation

After three months of investigation, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday released the names of the 10 individuals charged with misdemeanors as a result of the Tea Fire probe. The fire burned through the Westmont College campus and left the renowned Mount Calvary Retreat House & Monastery in ruins. more

On Stage : Bilingual play to have world premiere

A bilingual play, “Muèveme, Muèvete” (Spanish for “Move Me, Move You”), will have its world premiere this month. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 26-28 at Westmont College’s Porter Theatre, 955 La Paz Road in Montecito, and 8 p.m. March 5-7 at Casa de la Raza, 601 E. Montecito St. more

Leading Off: How We Came to Publish ‘The Names’

The Tea Fire was still raging out of control when investigators began gathering evidence of the source and circumstances of its origin. Speculation sparked almost as quickly as the blaze. Out in cyberspace, including the part Noozhawk occupies, there was no shortage of “informed” theories implicating — in rough order of appearance — Westmont College, Santa Barbara’s “Anglo elite,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, investigators, prosecutors, District Attorney Christie Stanley and Santa Barbara Fire Chief Ron Prince. more

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