Monthly Archives: May 2009

'It's just stuff, as long as you get the dogs out' – Santa Barbara couple escapes Jesusita Fire with little other than their best friends

Daisy Bryant, a 40-something-year-old Santa Barbara resident, returned to her Tunnel Road home Saturday for the first time since the Jesusita Fire tore through the area earlier this month, and she sadly surveyed the pile of ashes and debris in front of her. Ironically, Bob’s son, Shanon, 46, a firefighter from Salinas, California, was dispatched to help fight the Jesusita Fire. While on the fire line, Shanon protected Westmont College from burning in the blaze. more

Raider Gives Speech to Student Athletes: Tim Brown Touts Benefits to Sober Living

“Those who demonstrate their best in sports recognize something bigger than themselves,” said Westmont basketball coach Kirsten Moore at Providence Hall’s Heart of a Champion night, which also featured keynote speaker Tim Brown, famed football star known as “Mr. Raider.” This was among the messages that attendees took away from the Thursday night event. Brown gave the Raiders 16 years of positive energy during which the team made it to numerous playoff appearances. Brown focused his speech on his abstinence from alcohol and the father who led him to make that decision. more

National Merit Scholarship Program winners

Students in the eleventh grade also enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation competition when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This year, 15 students from our district made the list of finalists and two of those finalists have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship Award. Mark Skovorodko. San Marcos High School, will attend Westmont College and his probable career field is civil engineering. more

'Horrific' event was providence for Raiders' All-Pro receiver

The Boy Scout of the old, bad-boy Oakland Raiders didn’t take an easy path to his merit badges. Tim Brown, a nine-time All-Pro wide receiver, told a packed audience at Santa Barbara Community Church on Thursday night about “one horrific event” at age 13 that led him onto a road of righteousness. Westmont College coach Kirsten Moore also spoke about the “Champions of Character Award” that her women’s basketball team received from the NAIA this year. more

Flame-Proofing the Neighborhood: Fire Is Inevitable, but Disaster Is Not

My heart goes out to all who lost their homes to fire in the past year (including 15 of our friends), and to those who will lose their flammable homes in the future (could be us and most of our wildland neighbors) … Enough fireproof structures to shelter trapped residents: small, attractive adobe residences built to last centuries, with such excellent fireproofing details they serve as code-required fire bunkers. We already have one large fireproof bunker, the Westmont Gym, which safely harbored 800 people during the Tea Fire. more

Big Move, Bigger Game: S.B. Breakers Change Home Courts, But Keep the Action Alive

MAYOR’S GOT GAME: Westmont College has landed Kevin Johnson, three-time NBA All-Star and mayor of Sacramento, to be the featured speaker at a fundraising banquet on Sunday night (May 31) at the DoubleTree. Call 565-6107 for reservations. more

Samantha Dodson commits to play at Redlands: Former Lady Tiger will play volleyball and walk on to tennis team

Samantha Dodson knew she wanted to go to school in California and knew she didn’t want her athletic career to end. The University of Redlands, an NCAA Division III school in Redlands, Calif., gave Dodson just the opportunity. Dodson committed earlier this month to play volleyball at Redlands and said she was going to try and walk on to the tennis team. Dodson chose Redlands over National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics schools Azusa Pacific University , Westmont College, Biola University and Cal-Baptist University. more

JOHNSON, Gordon (Gordy)

JOHNSON, Gordon (Gordy), 79, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, May 16, 2009, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He grew up as one of 10 children in Rockford, IL, but moved west for his college education, graduating from Westmont College in 1957. He taught for 13 years at Cold Springs School, during which time he helped train several student teachers. more

Everyday Tweeple : A look at some of Santa Barbara's Twitter users

When the Jesusita Fire was burning and some 30,000 Santa Barbara residents were evacuated earlier this month, for some, the most precious commodity was information. Local colleges have begun building a presence on Twitter, Facebook and other sites. Twitter-savvy schools include Westmont College (@WestmontNews), Brooks Institute (@BrooksInstitute), Santa Barbara City College (@lurialibrary for the library) and Antioch University (@antiochsb). more

Sidelines: Lions all-star teams named

The Chico Breakfast Lions Club has announced coach-selected rosters for its annual high school all-star softball game on Saturday at Chico’s Hooker Oak Field. The Chico State men’s basketball team signed three transfers last week. Sean Park will transfer in as a freshman from Westmont College, Terence Pellum is a transfer from Foothill College and Darren Nye is a senior transfer from Alaska Anchorage. more