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Fire science program draws in students far and wide

The call that came in early March was the sort of thing Michael Bender had spent months training for. In a Columbia home five minutes from the fire station, a person had stopped breathing. Bender, 26, and the two partners who were on duty with him reviewed their plan as the truck sped toward the home. This was the rehearsed part: One of them would hook up the AED, one would apply the Bag Valve Mask, and one would begin compressions. What they hadn’t rehearsed, and what Bender could never have prepared for, was how he would feel. It was...

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40th Wine Tasting Celebrates Foothill Tradition – A Look Back at Forty Years of Tastings

The Columbia College Foundation will host its 40th Annual Columbia Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 9. It’s an event with a rich history. “It was 1977 and the California wine industry was coming of age after having won the now famous Judgment at Paris wine tasting competition against the French the year before,” remembers Tom Bender, long time organizer of the Annual Columbia Wine Tasting. “The growth in small Northern California wineries was under way and the time was ripe for inviting a selective number of them to Columbia State Historic Park for a Columbia College Culinary Department fund raiser.”...

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