Yearly Archives: 2017

Westmont Women Lose on Last-Second Shot

A three-point shot by Sierra Bignell with 1.6 seconds remaining on the game clock resulted in NAIA No. 12-ranked Montana Western (9-3) posting a 49-46 win over No. 11 Westmont Women’s Basketball (6-4). more

Westmont’s Jackie Lopez Named 2nd-Team NAIA Soccer All-American

Westmont senior midfielder Jackie Lopez of Santa Barbara has been named a second-team NAIA Women’s Soccer All-American, while senior defender Alanna Richards of Oceanside and senior midfielder Destinee Adams of Rancho Cucamonga received honorable mention All-American recognition. more

In Memoriam: Silvio Dante DiLoreto, 1925-2017 Santa Barbara Businessperson, Mentor, Philanthropist

Silvio Dante DiLoreto died peacefully in the company of family on March 17, 2017, at age 91. He had been an active member of the Santa Barbara community for 61 years. … He also worked with the March of Dimes, Project Concern, and Direct Relief International. He supported the Community Prayer Breakfast, SBCC Culinary Arts, S.B.Scholarship Foundation, Westmont College, Museum of Natural History, S.B. Maritime Museum (where he was a docent), Cottage Hospital, Sansum, Prime Time Band, American Institute of Food and Wine, and Alpha Resource Center. more

United Premier Soccer League Announces Redding Royals FC as Wild West Conference Expansion Team

The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is excited to announce Redding Royals FC as a new member starting with the 2018 Spring Season. … Owner of Bietz Fitness and Massage in Redding, Calif., Daniel Bietz, 33, also is a certified massage therapist specializing in personalized fitness training and massage therapy since 2006. He graduated from Fort Bragg (Calif.) High School before earning a BS in Kinesiology from Santa Barbara (Calif.)’s Westmont College. more

Santa Barbara Schools Closed Until 2018 Due to Thomas Fire: The Santa Barbara Unified School District has been closed since last Thursday as many of its students and teachers live in mandatory evacuation areas.

By the end of this week, schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District will have been closed for seven days, making it the longest closure in the district’s history since the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 that killed 20 to 40 million people worldwide. … Westmont College remains closed as it’s within the mandatory evacuation zone and is being used as a staging area for hundreds of firefighters. more

Santa Barbara marks ninth anniversary of destructive Tea Fire

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – This November 13 marks the ninth anniversary of the destructive Tea Fire in Santa Barbara County.

The flames broke out at 6:30 p.m. in the hills above Westmont College back in 2008 in an area known as the old Tea Gardens. more

Westmont Fire Brigade stands guard on campus as Thomas Fire rages on

MONTECITO, Calif. – A group of volunteer firefighters have been standing guard over Westmont College since the Thomas Fire broke out.

They are called the Fire Brigade, which was started after the devastating Tea Fire. more

WESTMONT FIRE BRIGADE ACTIVATED FOR THOMAS FIRE

Members of the Westmont Fire Brigade, created following the 2008 Tea Fire, have remained on campus in case the Thomas Fire reaches the college. The Westmont volunteers, most of whom work at the college’s Physical Plant, will not be involved in battling structural fires but may be activated to extinguish spot fires on campus. more

Thomas Fire rages, could become fifth largest in state’s history, as UC Santa Barbara cancels finals

Strong winds fueled the massive and erratic Thomas Fire as it continued to flare up, moving west into Santa Barbara County and triggering new evacuations in Carpineteria and Montecito on Sunday afternoon. … The new mandatory evacuation zone includes Westmont College, a small Christian liberal arts college in Montecito. more

Westmont Fire Brigade Activated for Thomas Fire

Members of the Westmont Fire Brigade, created after the 2008 Tea Fire, have remained on campus in case the Thomas Fire reaches the college. The Westmont volunteers, most of whom work at the college’s Physical Plant, will not be involved in battling structural fires but may be activated to extinguish spot fires on campus. more