• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Medicine and Health
    Junior Division

    Second place
    Tommy Merl, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $50

    Third place
    Anna Lemke, Chamisa Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Honorable mention
    Marina Espinosa, LANL Participation Award $10
    Presley Gao, Mountain Elementary, Mountain PTA $10

    Charolette Gonzales, Aspen Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Medicine and Health
    Senior Division

    First place
    Esteban Abeyta, Los Alamos Hig School, LA Elks Lodge #2083 $25, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union $10
    Junior Division

    First place
    Sarah Shipley, Los Alamos Middle School, Preceptor Beta Chapter $25, Superintendent’s Choice Award, Haagen Dazs certificate

    Second place
    Priyanka Velappan, Los Alamos Medical School, Elks Participation Award $10

  • The New Mexico Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the state government agency that distributes specialized telecommunications equipment, is now offering New Mexicans with hearing loss a first-of-its-kind amplified phone that allows users to read as well as hear conversations.
     Clarity — a division of Plantronics — and ClearCaptions joined together to develop Ensemble, a phone that captions conversations in real time through its seven-inch tablet display, while amplifying incoming sound up to 50 decibels.  Launched in January, Ensemble provides the most accurate phone conversation possible for people with hearing loss.
     “Our agency works to provide New Mexico’s deaf and hard of hearing community with the best possible solutions for their needs, and Ensemble is precisely what we need,” said Shannon Smith, NMCDHH’s director of Telecommunications and Technical Assistance/relay administrator. “With Ensemble, we’re bringing our program participants the latest in phone technology — precise text coupled with amplified voice—so they have the ability to communicate with friends and family, which is critical but often taken for granted by those of us who do not have from hearing loss.”

  • The Lads of Enchantment Quartet 4 Praise, were seen making the rounds with sounds, around White Rock Thursday. The funds raised help the group send youth to music programs.


  • A graduate of the Espanola Valley Humane Society Class of 2011, Minka, wants to help her alma mater.

    In conjunction with Catalyst Conditioning, the community can also help the shelter.

    On Saturday, a one-hour, all levels, fitness boot camp benefit for the Española Valley Humane Society will be at 10 a.m. at 278-A DP Road. The cost is by donation. All participants have to do is bring something from the list below, to help out the shelter.

    There is a also a list of needed items at Pet Pangaea.


    Items needed:

    • Dry cat food

    • Dry dog food

    • Canned cat food

    • Canned dog food

    • Non-clumping cat litter

    • Cat/dog collars

    • Paper towels

    • Kleenexes

    • Bleach

    • Gloves

    • Office/copy paper

    • Office supplies

  • I hope last weekend gave you a taste for spring break.

    As we get closer to that time, I hope you take the opportunity to recharge your batteries and celebrate the successes along the way.

    Last week, Chamisa Elementary School celebrated their 45th birthday with two events.

    Earlier this year, Principal Debbie Smith fired up some Facebook frenzy and launched a ton of memories.

    Smith created a Chamisa Elementary School page that has more than 355 members. The members include former students, former and current staff and a few parents, too.

    Chamisa alumni post everything from favorite memories to what they are doing today and where they are now.

    Max Katko posted some really great old photos of the original move.

    Former principals including Cookie Halsted, Kate Thomas and Cindy Montoya, came to one of the two celebrations. Principal Grimes sent his fond memories via email, read by current staff member Rachel Wehner. It was said that she had visited his office a time or two as a student, but those details are still pending.

    Even our current School Board President Dr. Kevin Honnell was a Cheetah that fall of 1968, arriving after the start of the school year.

    Back in the day (as the kids say) the students at Chamisa went home for lunch.

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is offering a class where students can learn the process of starting a successful company from someone who has both academic training in entrepreneurship and the experience of turning his garage-invented technology into a business.
    “Everybody has an idea,” said Nicholas Seet, who will teach Introduction to Entrepreneurship at UNM-LA during the spring semester. “This class will be a roadmap to making it happen. I will give you the steps you need to take. There is nothing mysterious about it. You just have to follow your bliss and do it.”
    The class begins Feb. 22 and ends May 3. It’s open to everyone and the schedule, from noon-4 p.m. every Friday, may appeal to UNM-LA students, LANL employees, parents, retirees and professionals.
    Seet is an entrepreneur and founder of Auditude, a venture backed online video advertising platform that was acquired by Adobe in November 2011. In 2005, he won the Rice University Business Plan Competition for his business concept. Auditude grew from an MP3 identification company to become the fourth largest video ad network in the world. Entrepreneurship let Seet leave his “day job” and eventually lead a company of 50 people, earning a return for himself and his investors.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

  • The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars announces that Bryan Huysman will present a talk, “Life at the MSFC,” during the Feb. 19 MOWW Chapter 229 dinner meeting. Huysman’s talk has been rescheduled from the November 2012 meeting that was unavoidably canceled.
    The meeting will be at the Hilltop House, third floor and will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m.
    Huysman’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The dinner entrée is meatloaf with mashed potatoes and brown gravy, sautéed zucchini, salad and roll. Cost of the dinner is $23 per person.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to the general public for the dinner and program, or the program only at no cost.\
    Note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s).
    RSVP for the dinner is needed by today. Call Lt. Col. Gregg Giesler AUS retired, chapter commander at 662-5574 or email g.giesler@computer.org; or Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson USAF retired, chapter adjutant, 662-9544, email NrmWil5@cs.com.

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss “Networks of Support” at their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Teen Room at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.
     All interested, pregnant or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding. A lending library with books and audio tapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available. Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.
    For more information, contact Cathleen at 661-4033 or Gina at 661-8740.

  • This is the last call to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. at the current price. The price will increase next week due to an increase in airline flights. The trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth grade students. It’s a private trip and not school-sponsored. It has been a three-decade tradition for eighth graders in Los Alamos .
    The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Md. Highlights of the trip include the White House, the International Spy Museum, the National Aquarium, the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Korean Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Newseum, the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and much more.
    The trip will be four days and three nights in duration. The group will stay at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, Va., minutes from the Washington, D.C. area and sightseeing opportunities.


    On Jan. 26, two Los Alamos First Lego League teams competed in Albuquerque for the State  FLL Championship. 

    Team one was the Atomic Flying Pickles, comprised of sixth grade Girl Scouts, under the direction of Susannah Rousculp and Scott Doebling.   

    Team two was a mixed fifth and sixth grade girl team (also Girl Scouts), under the direction of Karen Doebling and Vicki Erikkila, called the Banoona Skunk Band. Their teams competed against 27 other mixed teams from across the state and one from Durango, Colo.   

  • CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot thank you
    The 2012 Los Alamos CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot was a great success thanks to the many individuals, businesses, churches and organizations that contributed funds, time, and talents.  
    We had approximately 220 walkers/runners participating in the event and raised $13,055, an increase of more than $4,000 from 2011, and were yet again one of the top CROP Hunger Walk fundraisers in New Mexico (second to Albuquerque).
    2012 was the first year we attempted a logo contest, with Sarah Worley being our young artist with a very creative design.  Thanks to Sarah and the many other third through sixth graders who submitted wonderful logos, and to the many youth in town who participated in hunger banquets to raise awareness of national and global hunger issues.
    The money raised is used at the grassroots level for worldwide relief efforts, with 25 percent of the funds locally disbursed to LA Cares and the remainder to Church World Service (CWS).
    LA Cares provides services to those in Los Alamos County at risk of being homeless via monthly food distributions that support an increasing number of Los Alamos County residents.

  • Taste what Rio Rancho restaurants have to offer at the Third Annual Taste of Rio Rancho, at 4 p.m. March 9. More than 25 local restaurants will take part in this year’s event, which will provide attendees with free samples of their signature foods while supplies last.  
    Due to the response to the first two years of the event, the restaurants will be moved off of the concourse and onto the main floor of the Santa Ana Star Center, creating Rio Rancho restaurant village in a spacious layout.
    In addition to sampling food, attendees will be treated to live music from Point Blank, CRB, as well as Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr.
    “I invite residents to join us for this celebration of restaurants to discover and re-discover the great diversity of eateries in our city,” said Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack.
    “Eating in Rio Rancho is just one way that residents can ‘Think Rio Rancho First,” in order to support their local community and economy.”
     This year’s participants will showcase a sampling of the diversity of Rio Rancho eateries.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Santa Fe

    Absolute Nirvana Tea Room, 106 Faithway St.
    Date inspected: Feb. 6
    Violations: None
    Notes: Temperatures good. Always store eggs (raw) on the bottom shelves in the refrigeration unit.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Babalou’s Cocina Cubana, 3810 Hwy. 14
    Date inspected: Feb. 7
    Violations: One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — the floor tiles by the ice machine are peeling and tiles are loose. Seal.
    Notes: All the temperature logs, cooling procedure temperature logs, recurring temperature logs are all kept. Facility kitchen looks extremely clean. Water test analysis is required in office by Feb. 28. Temperatures are very good. Dishwashing sanitizing solution is good at 50 ppm.
    Status of establishment: Approved

  • The Los Alamos branch of the American Association of University Women will show “The Invisible War,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, as a fundraiser for AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund. The film will be shown in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (building 5) at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.
    “The Invisible War” is an investigation into what Newsweek has called, “the most underreported crime in America,” the epidemic of rape in the United States military. The Department of Defense estimates that 20 percent of women in the services have been sexually assaulted — and that 80 percent of such attacks are never reported.
    Focusing on the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they reported their assaults, the film is an examination of the personal and societal toll of these assaults.
    AAUW is committed to improving the way the military deals with sexual assault by ensuring that victims receive adequate support for their cases. The LAF supports three class-action suits that charge the DoD and the military with creating a culture in which sexual assault is tolerated and people who report it face retaliation.

  • Physical Science
    Elementary Division
    Gus Yeager, Aspen Elementary, American Association of University Women $5, Glencoe/McGraw $25 gift card

    Michael Chigaev, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Superintendent’s Choice Award, CB Fox certificate $10, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $25

    Sruthi Garimella, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union $10

    Nicholas McGrane, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, CB Fox $20 gift card, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $10

    Emily Moulton, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Fourth place
    Neha Sadasivan, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union $10

    Hanna Stidham, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Kent Teshima, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Elementary Life Science Grand Award
    Rebecca Brug, Chamisa Elementary, Los Alamos Garden Club $15, Pajarito Environmental Education Center $20, Los Alamos Master Gardeners $10, Los Alamos Credit Union $10

    Amelia Duffy, Chamisa Elementary, Los Alamos Garden Club $10

    Second place

  • After flood, fire and the constant rumor of zombies or locusts, Chamisa Elementary turns 45-years-old today.
    Festivities have been set for Wednesday, with a school board meeting and the science fair dinner for regional qualifiers planned for tonight.
    Wednesday will host a short celebration at 11:30 a.m., complete with cupcakes, song and a salute to retiring teacher Kathy Kelly.
    A few surprise guests are slated for the events, which have been kept under wraps.
    The evening event takes place at 6 p.m. with a special color guard from the Los Alamos High School NJROTC program. The program will send Cheetah alumni to parade the colors, signaling the official event start.
    A community potluck is the fare for the evening, or special arrangements to order dinner can be done by calling Brian at the Bandelier Grill. The Apells, a Chamisa family, recently bought the grill.
    Sixth grade students will host a jewelry sale, thanks to the help of Chamisa art teacher, Renee Mitsunaga. Mitsunaga has worked with a variety of students during the lunch hour to have hand made gifts available. A veritable plethora of baked goods will be sold for those additional last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts.