The horsemanship contest was part of the annual “Western States Police and Fire Games,” which pits cops and firefighters from throughout the region against each other in an Olympic-style series of sporting events held June 13-20.
The games were started in 1967 as the California Police Olympics,
Police officers and firefighters from throughout the Western United States are competing at the Industry Hills Expo Center this week for the equestrian portion of the Western States Police and Fire Games.
Cops and firefighters will don western clothing and trade their squad cars and fire engines for horses as they compete in various equestrian events from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the center, 16200 Temple Temple Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Vicki Gregory.
Vendors will be on-site, and the snack bar will be open, officials said. The event is free to the public.
The event is part of the Western States Police and Fire Games, which is an Olympic-style competition for law enforcement and fire personnel. Most of the events this year are being hosted in Santa Clarita between June 13 and June 20.
The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Personnel Commission held its 22nd annual Classified Employee Service Awards ceremony at the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights.
Classified employees serving 10 years or more were honored; 138 employees were recognized, for a total of 2,215 years of service. Four employees celebrated 35 years of service.
Congratulations to Nolene Beauchamp, director of purchasing and warehouse; Lucy Flores, instructional aide; Karen Gensler, media center clerk; and Elsie Johnson, human resources office manager. Johnson is retiring on June 30.
Five employees marked 30 years of service: Albert Avalos, Helen Escalera, Maryellen Guerrero, Mary Lisenbe and Alfred Velasquez.
Awards were presented by personnel director Scott Pilch and personnel commissioners Anita Ford, Sharon Aguilar and Cecilia Yu.
Board of Education President Dr. Joseph Chang commended the employees on their dedicated service.
In addition to recognition of those serving 30 and 35 years, the commissioners also honored those serving 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.
The Rowland Unified School District has consolidated its elementary summer school program to seven primary schools. The intermediate and high school programs remains unchanged.
Spokeswoman Gina Ward said the budget deficit has forced the district to make the cuts. Approximately, 1,500 students in grades K-5 are enrolled in summer school, though there is a waiting list at several sites.
The Hacienda Heights Library will offer three summer reading programs.
“Read and play” is for children up to 4 years old, while “Be Creative @ Your Library” is for kids entering Kindergarten through sixth grade. “Express Yourself @ Your Library” for tweens and teens entering sixth through 12th grade.
Kids may sign up at the library to get a game card, then read on their own time. Kids can read whatever they like to earn some fun prizes.
Sign-ups begin Wednesday, June 17, at 1 p.m. and end on Wednesday, July 29, at 7 p.m.
The library is at 16010 La Monde St. For more information, call Paula Vannucci or Kathia Ibacache at (626) 968-9356.