Monthly Archives: September 2009

Coyote Fire: Sept 22-Oct 1, 1964: Forty-five Years Ago A Faulty Muffler Brings Our Worst Fears

THE CANYON WALLS IN THE MOUNTAINS behind Santa Barbara are steep and narrow, and where the sandstone cuts across the creekbeds, there are refreshing pools that are clear and crisp in springtime. Thick clusters of alter filter the sunlight, providing a soft cathedral-like setting that is beautiful. …  Some of the men lumber into the fire trucks which will take them up treacherous, narrow, winding roads to situate them above the fire. Others climb into helicopters which are taking off from the athletic field at Westmont College, where the base camp is located, readying themselves to be dropped into the midst of red-hot spots of fire. … Westmont College has become a small town, springing to existence only yesterday. Today it is a bustling, crowded city, bursting with a population of more than 800. It is known simply as “Fire Camp.” The day is split neatly: for 12 hours they are on the fire lines; the other 12 they are in camp, eating, sleeping, and waiting. more

Ohio Wesleyan Receives Physics Instrumentation Grant for Study of Highly Exotic Nuclei

For the first time at Ohio Wesleyan University, physics students will have the opportunity to assist in the construction of a large neutron detector array used to study short-lived (exotic) atomic nuclei through funding from a $145,753 Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation. … In summer 2010 the detector modules will be transported to Michigan State University, where they will be combined with modules constructed at eight other undergraduate institutions to fabricate the Large area multi-Institutional Scintillator Array (LISA). The other MoNA institutions include: Central Michigan University, Concordia College, Gettysburg College, Hope College, Indiana University-South Bend, Rhodes College, Wabash College, and Westmont College. more

Order in the court . . . y'all!

A campy, Texan version of “Trial by Jury” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Road, Montecito. The Gilbert and Sullivan musical comedy features a cast of more than 40 actors, accompanied by a chorus and orchestra. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County’s Domestic Violence Program and Westmont College Music Department scholarships. more

Miracle League gives disabled children a chance to play ball

There was a field of dreams today in Ventura, but it wasn’t perfectly smooth and green and there were no professional baseball players. Instead, dozens of youth players crowded the field at once in what seemed like barely controlled chaos, and they all had one thing in common: Everyone was smiling and cheering. This was a Miracle League game — an event that pairs physically and mentally challenged young people with volunteer buddies who help them experience the joys of America’s national pastime. … Around 100 volunteers, many of them baseball players from Ventura and Westmont colleges, helped more than 30 children and young adults learn the game today. more

U.S. Needs Affordable Education

Welcome back, Gauchos! I hope all of you had a great summer and I offer a special welcome to all the new UCSB students…In my Congressional District alone – which includes UCSB, Cal Poly, Westmont and other schools of higher education – over 6,800 additional students will be eligible to receive Pell Grants because of this legislation. more

Local business develops new iPhone app

Some online sellers have just given up trying to use services such as eBay because they may believe there must be a better way to sell items. Maybe there is. “I like gadgets that solve problems,” said Tyler Gildred, owner of Santa Barbara-based Zuujit, a firm that develops software applications. … A Santa Barbara County native, Gildred is about to launch an iPhone application that he said takes most of the hassle out of selling on eBay. After four years in development, the user-friendly application known is expected to be available in the Apple Store by mid-October. Gildred was born in Santa Barbara and raised in Santa Ynez Valley. He has a bachelor’s in art from Westmont College and was the lead designer for People Helping People in 2003. more

Planned Parenthood’s World of Wacky Titles Planned Parenthood’s Annual Book Sale; Still Waiting on El Encanto Construction

CLEAN WATER: Hillary Hauser tells me that the 5th Annual Benefit Concert for Heal the Ocean—Saturday, September 26, at the Coral Casino—is happily sold out. Thanks to this relentless warrior for working so long on behalf of our beaches and ocean. But producer/director Marilyn Gilbert assures me that there are plenty of tickets left for Trial by Jury, the Gilbert (is that a coincidence?) and Sullivan spoof of the legal system. It benefits the Legal Aid Foundation and Westmont music scholarships. It’s set not in jolly old England but Texas in the 1920s. There will be three performances at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall: October 2 at 8 p.m., and twice on October 3. more

Soccer: South Kitsap senior puts together quite a Boddie of work

Scoring in soccer is not as simple as smacking a ball over the fence or putting it through an orange cylinder. It takes footwork as graceful as an artist’s paintbrush and the vision of a boardwalk developer. South Kitsap senior midfielder Christina Boddie brings both to a team that hopes to reach the state tournament for a second straight year. … First-year South coach Julie Cain, who previously was an assistant at California’s Westmont College and Seattle Pacific University, said Boddie is versatile enough to play midfielder or defender at the collegiate level. more

ART REVIEW : For art's and sport's sake – Tennis Club of Santa Barbara's 'Printmakers Show' demonstrates the diversity of the printmaking medium

Extra-gallery and public access art venues can pop up in surprising places, as we’ve seen in many Santa Barbara eateries and, for example, in the makeshift gallery space lining the hallways of the Rehabilitation Institute of Santa Barbara. To that local list of art spaces that might catch public eyes unawares we can now add the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara, the picturesque spot where suburbia yields to the wilds of Mission Canyon, on upper Foothill Road. … Two of the artists have Westmont connections, having taught art there. R. Anthony Askew taught at Westmont for many years and helped greatly in developing the art department and on-campus gallery. more

U.S. Needs Affordable Education: Congresswoman Lois Capps

Welcome back, Gauchos! I hope all of you had a great summer and I offer a special welcome to all the new UCSB students. Pursuing a college degree and selecting a university are major life decisions, and I think your choice of UCSB is a great one. UCSB has always been a special place for me and my family. My husband Walter was a professor here for many years, my son graduated from the university and I am a proud alumna of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. In my Congressional District alone – which includes UCSB, Cal Poly, Westmont and other schools of higher education – over 6,800 additional students will be eligible to receive Pell Grants because of this legislation. more