Monthly Archives: June 2011

Byrne, Hayden face each other in U.S. Open Cup

A couple of former UCSB soccer stars met up in a U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday in Ventura. more

AppFolio, Control Point Make the Move to Castilian Tech Center in Goleta

South Coast companies Control Point and AppFolio have leased 29,000 square feet of space at the Castilian Technical Center in Goleta. more

Space Invaders

You may not know that Santa Barbara is becoming a center of gravity for the world’s astronomical community. We didn’t know that either until reporting on the following stories, which include the international network of telescopes headquartered in Goleta and our award-winning stargazing club to Westmont College’s Keck Telescope and the experimental cosmologists out at UCSB. Read on to learn more about our region’s quiet rise to galactic domination. more

Stand-Out Star Club: Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit

Now it’s official: The Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU) is one of the world’s best astronomy clubs, for the July issue of Astronomy Magazine honored the SBAU with the “Out of This World” Award for outstanding programming. more

Super Scope: Westmont College Observatory’s Keck Telescope

One of the most powerful stargazing tools on California’s Central Coast hides in the hills of Montecito, and you are invited to come check it out. This is the Westmont College Observatory’s 24-inch Keck Telescope, which is already credited with confirming the existence of one supernova and is used by students to research meteorite trajectories, variable stars, and other phenomena. Every third Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m., dozens of amateur astronomers and just curious onlookers converge on the Keck to peer into deep space during an open-to-the-public Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit event. See or call the telescope hotline at 565-6272. more

Unconventional graduates say farewell to Laguna Blanca

Backdropped by their school’s picturesque Hope Ranch campus, 51 Laguna Blanca School seniors graduated Wednesday. more

Woman of the House: New congressional district presents big challenge to Rep. Lois Capps

Lois Capps doesn’t tweet. “I have drawn the line at Twitter,” Santa Barbara’s congressional representative said with a smile. “Now I can tell you why.” In an interview with the Montecito Messenger, Capps said the scandal surrounding the “atrocious behavior” of New York congressman Anthony Weiner, and the now infamous and, um, narcissistic Twitter messages he sent to women not his wife, have badly hampered efforts by fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives to focus on more substantive issues. … “The other issues that are Montecito issues are not unique to Montecito,” she added. “I try to stay out of local school boards and other hot topics, Westmont and use permits and all that.” more

Lompoc Pops performs last concert of the season

Completing its 14th season, the Lompoc Pops Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Lompoc’s First United Methodist Church. … Also on the program will be one of Westmont College’s premium soloists, Kylie Castro, who will be singing “America,” “Misty,” and “Over the Rainbow.” more

Graduation: SYHS graduates win honors, scholarships

Members of the Class of 2011 at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School won a number of awards, grants and scholarships from a variety of sources — collectively, the graduates earned 225 scholarships totaling $1.5 million. … Provost Scholarship, Westmont College: Kaci Mexico … Westmont College Grant: Leslie Bazan, Kaci Mexico … Westmont College Music Scholarship: Nicholas Kennedy more

“Not Another Bloody Chicken!” Britain between 1945 and 1957

Like many people living overseas, I like to keep up on events back home. A subscription to The Economist gives me the pulse of English politics, theLondon Review of Books helps me keep my English academic feet wet, and regular visits to the BBC Sport website allow me to follow the disappointments of the England football/soccer team. But there is nothing like a trip home to find out how home is really doing. … Elliott for drowning squirrels. Alister Chapman is associate professor of history at Westmont College. more