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When the starting gun sounded at the June 29 2024 USA Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, nine of the country’s best female sprinters set off to join an elite club: the United States Olympic Team, with the top three finishers in the 200 meter event heading to Paris for the Summer Olympic Games. Among the extraordinary athletes was Brittany Brown, a 2013 Claremont High School graduate hoping to qualify for her first Olympics. Brown more than rose to the occasion, finishing second with a personal best time of 21.90. Photo/by Taylor Sims

“This is not a screed against that favorite aspect of our Fourth of July celebrations, the boom-sizzle-pop of countless fireworks and the elongated “oohs” and “ahhs” that accompany a gorgeous, multi-hued pyrotechnic display. Who doesn’t like those technicolor pinwheels? What concerns me, however, is the toxic aftermath of the countless legal and illegal skyrockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers — what one friend described, after the window-rattling, sleep-disturbed night this Fourth, as World War III.” Photo/by Char Miller

By Tuesday afternoon, the Vista Fire had burned over 1,300 acres near Lytle Creek, up to and including the evacuated Mt Baldy Ski Resort. This video taken Monday show the firefighting efforts below the notch area at 7,800 feet. Photo courtesy of Mt. Baldy Ski Resort

The hot weather has closed the Claremont Wilderness Park, above, until further notice, leaving unhealthful air quality (high ozone levels) from heat and fires to the west, especially in the afternoon hours. Courier photo/Peter Weinberger

City of Claremont celebrated a happy Independence Day Thursday, July 4 with its traditional fixings. Festivities began at 7 a.m. with the Claremont Kiwanis pancake breakfast, followed by a flag raising ceremony and remarks by city, regional and state dignitaries at Memorial Park. More coverage and photos on the link. Courier photo/Andrew Alonzo

“The Through Road,” a solo show by Rebecca Hamm that also features works from her students Meg Lee, Aedylaine Santos and Shelby Rubalcava, will be on view at Ahmad Shariff Art Gallery, 107 Harvard Ave., Claremont, July 6-27.

The Claremont Art Walk is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Here’s what’s on tap:

Claremont Courier event calendar: July 5-13, 2024

Pictured (L-R) are special Olympics athlete Juan Hardgrow, coach Janine Williams, and athletes MacKenzie Willis and Nick Millard who took part in last month’s 2024 Southern California Special Olympic games […]

In 2026, Route 66 will turn 100. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has developed an initiative, Preserve Route 66. The National Trust is inviting anyone, community members, travelers, historians, or enthusiasts, to share their stories and photos about Route 66. They are asking for submissions about roadside attractions, treasured businesses, pieces of family history, or a personal memories. The contributions will become part of the archive of the history of Route 66, and will tell a more complete story of the iconic highway. Photo/courtesy of Claremont Heritage

Congratulations to Hung Le, who was chosen at random among the 16 readers who correctly identified last week’s “Where Am I?” as “Arbor” by sculptor Sijia Chen, on the east side of Claremont City Hall. Hung is now entered into the year-end drawing to receive a copy of the Courier’s new coffee table book of photography, “Timeless Claremont.” So “Where Am I” this week? Please email your answers — and suggestions for future mystery photos — to contest@claremont-courier.com for your chance to win. Courier photo/Tom Smith

Ten Claremont kids from the nonprofit Claremont Nighthawks running club will compete against the best young track and field athletes in the nation July 22-28 at the United States of America Track and Field National Junior Olympics T&F Championships at Texas A&M University’s E. B. Cushing Stadium. Courier photo/Andrew Alonzo

Etched on Samantha Bosco’s right forearm is a colorful hummingbird tattoo, its wings spread, surrounded by small blue flowers. It’s more than just a beautiful piece of body art. For Bosco, a world champion in para-cycling — the sport of cycling adapted for athletes with disabilities — it’s a reminder of what she overcame when a bike accident, and subsequent traumatic brain injury, prevented her from cycling in the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021. Courier photo/Matt Weinberger

“I’ve always been a puzzle geek and kept this idea in my head. I started creating puzzles and texting them to my nephews about 15 years ago. Then in 2020 when Covid hit, my wife and I started a nightly thing with our friends, six couples. They would all be by their phones at 8 p.m. sharp, at which time would post the puzzles to our group text and they would race to answer it first.” Photo/courtesy of Gerald Gornik

Claremont Graduate University has named Jeanne Holm as its elected board of trustees chair, succeeding Rudolph I. Estrada. Photo/courtesy of CGU