One Year Ago
July 22, 2010 -- His buddies knew better than to ask K.J. McKenzie if he wants to go swimming or play video games.
Such is the life of a motocross racer, especially one who qualified for the American Motorcycle Association’s Amateur Motocross in Tennessee.
Twenty-thousand racers entered the qualifying race. McKenzie was among the 1,368 who will compete in the championships.
“I was three when my father got me my first dirt bike and I’ve loved it ever since,” McKenzie said. “I was 12 when I got a big (250cc) bikes and I wanted to go faster right away. I wanted to go for it.”
Five Years Ago
July 19, 2006 -- A behind-the-scenes side of the ski industry got an extra lift last week.
Sierra College brought its expertise and two tons of equipment to the mountain for a one-week ropeway mechatronics course.
The focus was on providing specialized training to those who repair and maintain the equipment that transports skiers up the slopes.
15 Years Ago
July 16, 1996 -- When matched up against more than 5,000 of the best wrestlers in the state at the 1996 Law Enforcement Police Olympics last month, Rocklin Police Officer Scott Horrillo came out on top.
“It is just something I enjoy doing and I am good at it,” Horrillo said.
The fact that he beat the guy who out wrestled him for the gold last year helped, Horrillo admitted.
40 Years Ago
July 22, 1971 -- Rocklin’s own Jane Duff, 17, was chosen last week as Maid of Placer County at the beauty pageant which highlighted opening night of the Placer County Fair in Roseville.
Roberta Tryor, 18, of Roseville, first runner-up, was also named Miss Congeniality by her running mates.
Second runner-up was Margaret Darling, 17, also of Roseville.
Duff will not only reign over the county fair, but will represent Placer County at Cal Expo in Sacramento.
Paula Mooney uses back issues of The Placer Herald to compile the Rocklin Chronicles.