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  • Have a five star burger

    The next time you’re in Santa Fe and craving a good burger, drop into Five Star Burgers on Guadalupe Street. The name says it all.
    The location can be a bit tricky to find because it’s part of a strip mall. However, it’s across the street from the Santa Fe National Cemetery, in a parking lot right next to Albertson’s grocery store.
    The restaurant is small and simple. Gold and purple hues grace the walls, which will suit Los Angeles Lakers fans just fine. There is a TV above the bar and the tables are small, but sufficiently spaced apart.
    The menu is not very extensive, but it doesn’t need to be. The restaurant does a few things, but they do them well. They offer burgers, but also different kinds of sandwiches, along with salads.
    On a recent visit, the appetizer of choice was fried pickles. These aren’t your thinly sliced pickle chips. These are spears — four to be exact. They are dipped in batter and fried and served with ranch and green chile ranch dipping sauce. At $3, they might seem a bit pricey, but they are well worth it. The batter is crispy and the pickles retain their flavor through the frying process.

  • Mills to perform at UNM-LA

    The Jim Sagel Memorial Lecture Series at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, presents the award-winning poet David Mills, who will perform an excerpt from his show, “Dreamweaver: The Works of Langston Hughes,” on March 4.
    Actor and writer Mills’ one-person dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes poems and short stories journeys through the Harlem Renaissance — from the 1920s through the 1960s. Mills will also read his own work and participate in a Q&A session. As a prelude, Mills will perform his complete show at the Lensic in Santa Fe on Feb. 27, for the Lannan Foundation.
    The reading is free, open to the public, and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Building 2 Lecture Hall at UNM-LA. Mills will also visit Zandree Stidham’s classes (English 100 and 101) the same day as the performance.
    Mills studied economics and theater at Yale before spending three years as writer-in-residence at Hughes’ landmark home. Author of a collection of poems, “The Dream Detective,” he has performed on stages around the country and overseas.
    Hughes was first recognized as an important literary figure during the 1920s, a period known as the “Harlem Renaissance” because of the number of emerging black writers.

  • Talent show

    Los Alamos landscapes, events around town and a plethora of other subjects have all been photographed and will on display at Mesa Public Library during the Los Alamos Photography Club’s show.
    Photographers of all ages, who live or work in Los Alamos, are invited to submit their photos for the 18th annual non-juried show. The pictures should be dropped off at Mesa Public Library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 2. They will remain on display through March 29. Photographers may pick up their photos on March 30. The opening reception will be at 5:30 p.m. March 4.
    The show is held each year in March, because according to LAPC member Doug Coombs, “there’s more light in the gallery” during that time.
    Coombs said last year’s show featured 125 entries, which was “just about right.” He said the group encourages young people to show their work.
    “A past participant is majoring in fine arts and photography,” Coombs said. “Her mom said the show was a good influence.”
    The subject matter can be as varied as the size of the photos. There is only one rule for submissions: they must be presentable for the library. There is also a limit on how many entries an individual may submit.

  • LA's state swimming preliminary entries

    Here are the preliminary meet entries for the 2012-13 state swimming and diving meet. Los Alamos entry qualifying times are listed. Top seeded entries are in parentheses.


    200 medley relay

    Los Alamos, 2:00.41. (Eldorado, 1:49.49)

    200 freestyle

    Justine Yang, 2:08.91; Anna Wermer, 2:08.37; Sarah Lott, 2:03.22; Kaitlin Bennett, 2:08.00. (Nika Fellows, La Cueva, 1:55.24)

    200 individual medley

    Isabelle Runde, 2:21.88; Ashlynn Bennett, 2:21.75. (Cassaundra Pino, Albuquerque, 2:10.12)

    50 freestyle

    Sydney Schoonover, 26.16. (Olivia Morrell, Volcano Vista, 24.29)

    1 meter diving

    Madeline LeScourenec, Laura Wendelberger, Amy Neal.

    100 butterfly

    Ashlynn Bennett, 1:03.87. (Cassaundra Pino, Albuquerque, 58.11)

    100 freestyle

    Kaitlin Bennett, 57.70; Maria Venneri, 57.42. (Anika Apostalon, Albuquerque Academy, 51.24).

    500 freestyle

    Anna Wermer, 5.55.98; Justine Yang, 5:48.51; Sarah Lott, 5:27.08. (Nika Fellows, La Cueva, 5:05.96)

    200 freestyle relay

    Los Alamos, 1:48.70. (Academy, 1:40.02)

    100 backstroke

    Sydney Schoonover, 1:05.21; Isabelle Runde, 1:05.17; Maria Venneri, 1:03.26. (Tyler Wickesberg, Eldorado, 57.69)

    100 breaststroke

  • LA has almost full slate for state meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming and diving teams qualified plenty of athletes for the upcoming state swimming and diving championship.
    The state championship meet will be Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium. Diving preliminary competition starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday while swimming preliminary heats get going at 3 p.m. Both diving and swimming finals are Saturday.
    At the 2011-12 state meet, the Hilltopper girls finished eighth overall with 114 points. The Hilltopper boys were well back in 22nd place.
    Last season, the Albuquerque Academy girls were the big winners in team competition, racking up 339 points to runner-up Las Cruces’ total of 267. Eldorado dominated the boys team standings, topping Academy by 99 points.
    Heading into this weekend’s competition, Los Alamos has entries in all but two events, the girls 100-yard breaststroke and boys diving.
    Individually, Los Alamos’ swimmers will have some ground to make up if they have their sights set on a state title.
    Among those Los Alamos athletes within striking distance of the top qualifiers this season are Maria Venneri in the girls 100 backstroke, Sam Harris in the boys100 butterfly and Nick Greenfield in the boys 100 freestyle.

  • 'Toppers expect big things at 4A tourney

    When the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling program’s coaching staff sat down Tuesday night to crunch the numbers, the group figured it had a good shot of getting five individuals seeded.
    Los Alamos will take part in the Class 4A state championship tournament. The tournament gets going Friday morning and continues through Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
    The Hilltoppers are going into the state tournament fresh off their victory in the District 2-4A tournament last weekend. In what might be a first for the Hilltopper team, it qualified its entire contingent of 14 wrestlers for state.
    Heading in, Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said he and the rest of his staff sat down Tuesday to figure out where his wrestlers may end up when the official draw is released tonight.
    Taking into account winning percentages and head-to-head results with other Class 4A competitors, Los Alamos likes its chances of getting five individuals tagged with top-four seeds.
    “It would be nice to be opposite the No. 1s more often,” Geyer said. “But I think we’ll be OK.”
    Among those the team figures will be likely seeds are Chandler Lauritzen at 132 pounds, Lane Saunders at 152 pounds, 160-pounder Cory Geyer, 170-pounder Arnoldo Ortiz and Brian Geyer at 182 pounds.

  • Boys basketball team drops its 2-4A finale vs. Capital

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team attempted a comeback after falling behind big after three quarters.
    Los Alamos, which trailed the Capital Jaguars by 24 with just one quarter remaining, chopped that lead down to 11 with 4:22 to play Wednesday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, that would be as close as they would get as the fell to the Jaguars 63-50 in their final District 2-4A game of the season.
    The Hilltoppers (1-24 overall, 0-8 in district) have one more game remaining, that coming Saturday night at Albuquerque Academy, a makeup game from their Joe Armijo Invitational game that was snowed out.
    The Jaguars, the No. 3-ranked team in Class 4A, dominated the first three quarters of play. In the third quarter, the Jaguars outscored the Hilltoppers 20-9 on the strength of 8-for-14 shooting in the frame.
    But Los Alamos, led by guard Skyler Veenis, held Capital scoreless for more than half the quarter, going on an impressive 13-0 run. Veenis finished the fourth quarter with 10 of his game-high 18 points.
    Simon Heath finished with 11 points coming off the bench for Los Alamos.

  • Police: Altercation at hotel sparked deadly Vegas crash--Video Extra

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police investigating a deadly car-to-car shooting and fiery crash at a major Las Vegas Strip intersection believe a previous altercation at a hotel prompted the attack.

    Three people were killed and at least six injured.

    Police are also talking to authorities in three neighboring states about a black Range Rover Sport that fled about 4:30 a.m. Thursday from Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road.

    The intersection is the site of some of the most famous casinos on the Strip, including Bellagio, Caesars Palace and Bally's.

    Authorities say at least one person in the Range Rover shot at people in a Maserati that then crashed into a taxi cab.

    The taxi cab burst into flames, and the driver and passenger were killed. The male driver of the Maserati also died, and his passenger was shot.

  • Today in History for February 21st
  • Be There 02-20-13

    Relay for Life Los Alamos will hold its monthly committee meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr. Individuals who are interested in helping and/or participating are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact gloria.martinez@cancer.org.
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” at 6:30 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    “Land Water People Time” film showing. PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater team up to show this award-winning documentary film about Northern New Mexico. See storytelling by New Mexicans who talk about fusing relationships, cultural identity, nature and places in Northern New Mexico. 7 p.m. The event is $10 for adults, $5 for children at the door. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.