CONGRATULATIONS this time go to Mike Langness, who flew his first glider solo last week.   Well done Mike!

Speaking of last week, our prediction of stellar cross-country conditions didn’t quite pan out…  So here’s what the soaring was like locally (each day about the same, actually):  thermals starting just before noon, spotty low but soon booming above mountaintop level to around 12K.   Then shearline north of the mountains a mile WIDE midafternoon – morphed to peculiar blue waves flowing through late in the day with lift 6Kts or better to above 10K.    Not bad, really, for a blown forecast.   Makes you wonder why folks bother to fly anyplace else.