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  • Young pilot completes his first solo flight

    In his young life, Hudson Davenhall hasn’t been one to shy away from anything that looked interesting.
    Davenhall, a recent graduate of Los Alamos High School, made a name for himself in two sports and academics. Now he’s decided to tackle a new challenge: flight.
    Inspired by an impromptu plane ride a couple of years ago, Davenhall recently went on his first solo flight in an older model Cessna 172 N – which he refers to as the Volkswagen Beetle of airplanes — successfully taking off and touching down.
    He now wants to do more with that newfound interest of his.
    “The feeling of being able to go anywhere at anytime, it’s super-cool,” he said.
    Flying, of course, is a serious business and Davenhall said he’s unsure exactly of where he wants to go now that he’s taken his first step to becoming a pilot. He said he may join the Coast Guard at some point.
    For now, he will attend the University of New Mexico and work on a mechanical engineering degree, which he may use to study airplanes and their construction to learn more about what it takes to be a full-time pilot.
    Davenhall said his first introduction to the piloting world came from a bi-plane. Specifically, a stunt bi-plane.

  • Art Center shows student work

    There will be a Summer Art Camp Showcase at the Fuller Lodge Art Center Wednesday.
    This year’s art campers at the Art Center will have their work displayed from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The campers varied in age from 4-16.
    This summer, there were seven weeks of art camp for youth.
    There is no charge for admission to the showcase. For more information, call 662-1635, or email info@fullerlodgeartcenter.com.

  • Michalske earns business award

    AIKEN, S.C. — Savannah River National Laboratory’s Terry Michalske has been selected as National Laboratory Director of the Year by the Department of Energy’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).
    According to the DOE, the award was given to Michalske for his work encouraging and promoting small businesses at SRNL, which is EM’s national laboratory.
    “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Terry, and I appreciate his hands-on leadership in SRNL’s support of small businesses,” said OSDBU Director John Hale III. “He uses collaborative approaches to engage small businesses so they can help the laboratory perfect its technologies and processes in the nuclear environment.”
    Hale, who introduced the laboratory director award as a new category this year in OSDBU’s Small Business Program, chose Michalske for the honor.
    According to the DOE, the award recognizes successful directors who display leadership and commitment to maximizing small business utilization through policies, procedures, outreach and the creation of an atmosphere of “small business first” in their organizations.

  • LANL projects named as award finalists

    A group of Los Alamos National Laboratory projects have been selected as finalists for the 2015 R&D 100 awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.
    The Los Alamos finalists include LARS: Lab-scale Asynchronous Radiographic System, PipeLIBS: A Self-Contained Elemental Analysis Tool for the Oil Industry, MDHIM: Multidimensional Hashed Indexed Middleware and SHMTools: Structural Health Monitoring Software for Aerospace, Civil, and Mechanical Infrastructure.
    “The ingenuity of Los Alamos scientists and engineers is remarkable, and it is exciting to have their potential for impact recognized in this way,” said Carol Burns, the deputy principal associate director of the Science, Technology and Engineering directorate, in a press release announcing the selections. “These finalists show the depth of scientific and technical capabilities that the laboratory offers, with the potential to provide game-changing solutions.”
    The winners will be announced at the R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference Nov. 12-13, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    Here is a look at the projects:


  • An LA Original: First Rodeo Queen will lead this year’s County Fair Parade

    Barbara Jean Wilson has been associated with the Los Alamos County Rodeo for about as long as there has been a county rodeo.
    Wilson is the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade, which will be Aug. 8, was the very first Rodeo Queen of Los Alamos County. She won her title in 1955, and she still has the silver belt buckle to prove it.
    Unfortunately, the crown is another story.
    While she was living in California, a no-goodnik broke into her house and stole the rodeo queen’s crown, made partially out of leather.
    “I can’t imagine why anyone would want to steal something like that,” Wilson said.
    The stealing of the crown was an unfortunate sidebar in a long story of her time as the first Rodeo Queen.
    Wilson, whose maiden name in 1955 was Hillhouse, was one of nine girls vying for the title that year, along with one of her friends, Polly Richardson. Wilson said it was an interesting mix of candidates, including one young woman who knew virtually nothing about rodeo or being around horses — she attended the event in a skirt and struggled to ride a horse.

  • 2015 County Fair Schedule

    Thursday, Aug. 6
    Exhibits check-in
    Mesa Public Library,
    2-6 p.m.
    Friday, Aug. 7
    Pool Tournament
    Betty Ehart Senior Center, 8 a.m.

    Fair Exhibits
    Mesa Public Library, Handicapped viewing, 4-5 p.m.;
    General public viewing, 5-8 p.m.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series
    The Derailers
    Ashley Pond,
    7-10 p.m.
    Saturday, Aug. 8
    Festival and Fair
    Ashley Pond, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Arts and crafts fair
    Fuller Lodge,
    9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    County Fair parade
    Central Avenue,
    10 a.m.

    Fair Exhibits
    Mesa Public Library,
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.

    4-H Livestock Exhibit
    Mesa Public Library parking lot,
    10 a.m.-noon

    Brewer Arena,
    2-5 p.m.

    Cowboy Dinner and Dance
    Posse Lodge,
    5 p.m.
    Sunday, Aug. 9

    Brewer Arena, 1-3 p.m.

  • Art and Crafts returns to Fuller Lodge

    One of the main attractions of the Los Alamos County Fair is the Arts and Crafts Fair.
    The Arts and Crafts Fair is an all-day event scheduled for Saturday. It’s held on the lawn at Fuller Lodge.
    Numerous tents are set up for artists to display their wares on the lawn where artists from all throughout northern New Mexico and even further will be showing off their latest creations.
    According to the Fuller Lodge Art Center, nearly 100 artists are scheduled to have work on display.
    Among those are local artists MaryAnn Somers of Moon Eyes Designs, Kathy Hjeresen of Kathy’s Natural Designs and Michael Harvey of Mike’s Glass Art.
    Numerous other artists from Santa Fe and the Albuquerque area are also scheduled to have creations on hand.
    One of the more popular displays with the younger crowd are the sock monkeys that are from Sandra Frentzel’s Cotton Alley Crafts.
    For the older — and more skeptical — crowd, there is also Cindy Boe’s creations, entitled “Sweet and Snarky,” a collection of greeting cards with vintage images and not-so-vintage slogans, such as “My inner child thinks that you are a great big poopy head.”
    About two-thirds of the artists that are scheduled to participate this year also took part last year.

  • Plenty for the Cowpokes

    The Los Alamos County Fair was practically designed for cowboys.
    A big part of the fair this year, as it is every year, is the Los Alamos Rodeo. The rodeo is spread over two days, Saturday and Sunday, at Brewer Arena, located behind the county’s horse stables on North Mesa.
    The rodeo is part of the Bad Bull Series and is operated by the Wiseman Rodeo Company, which provides the livestock used.
    The Los Alamos Rodeo is an open event, meaning anyone wishing to can participate. There are several different events to choose from and different divisions from novice on up.
    There are fees charged per event. Fees are cash only. Those wishing to participate should call this week to pre-register and all pre-registered participants will get complimentary entry to the rodeo.
    Saturday’s rodeo starts at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s events start at 1 p.m.
    Following Saturday’s rodeo, there will be a Cowboy Dinner and Dance at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge. The dinner and dance is presented by the county’s sheriff’s department.
    The Posse Lodge is located at 650 North Mesa Road. Dinner starts at 5 p.m.
    Price for participation is $15 for the dinner and $10 for the dance, with couples and combos discounted.
    The Rifters country band will play at the dance, which will go from 7-10 p.m.

  • County Rodeo Fees

    For registration information, call 575-374-9833.

    Mutton Bustin’ (6 and under), $10

    Barrels, 8 and under, $10

    Rescue Race, $10

    Jr. Steer Riding (14 and under) $30

    Chute Doggin’, $40
    Girls Breakaway Roping, $40

    Ribbon Roping, $40

    Novice Bull Riding, $60

    Calf Roping, $60

    Open Barrels, $60 

    Bronc Riding, $75

    Bull Riding, $75

    Draw Pot Team Roping, $50 each

    Open Team Roping, $80/team

  • Pool tourney is Friday

    The first major event of the Los Alamos County Fair gets going bright and early on day one.
    As has been the case for several years, the fair will kick off with a pool tournament at 8 a.m. Friday. The pool tournament will be at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Anyone interested can register for the tournament. Price for participation is $4.
    For more information, call 662-8920.