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Bear Resistant Dumpsters Delivered To LAMC

on January 4, 2017 - 11:53am

Los Alamos County Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule and NMG&F Assistant Chief of Private Land Programs Bob Osborn in front of the three new bear resistant dumpster delivered Dec. 29 to LAMC. Courtesy photo

NMG&F Assistant Chief of Private Land Programs Bob Osborn places a Bear Aware decal on the new bear resistant dumpster at LAMC. Courtesy photo


Three bear resistant dumpsters were delivered Dec. 29 to Los Alamos Medical Center.

These dumpsters are a safety measure in an effort to deter bears from feeding at these dumpsters and to minimize human-bear

Fundraising Dinner For Young Cancer Victim Jan. 7

on December 29, 2016 - 7:16pm

Valerie Martinez and her son son Xaedyn


Family, friends and co-workers of Valerie Martinez will host a Frito Pie Night fundraising dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge.

Martinez is a 28-year-old single mom who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in late November. She was immediately sent to University of Colorado Cancer Center in Aurora, Colo. to begin treatment for this very aggressive cancer. Her young son Xaedyn attends Pinon Elementary School and is being cared for by her parents during her ongoing treatment.

Keep Holiday Food Safe With Four Safety Steps

on December 24, 2016 - 9:18am
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukah all fall within three days of each other this year.
As friends and families gather together this season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service has four food safety tips to ensure a healthy and safe holiday.
Even on Holidays, Always Follow the Four Steps to Food Safety 
Clean hands before food preparation by following these simple steps: wet hands, lather with soap, scrub for at least 20 seconds, rinse with clean warm water and dry hands with a clean towel.

Local Chiropractors Host Annual Holiday Luncheon

on December 22, 2016 - 10:18am

From left, local chiropractors Dr. Nancy Savoia, Dr. Merry McIntyre and Dr. Gary Storkan gathered for their annual luncheon Wednesday at the Blue Window Bistro to celebrate the holidays. They expressed their thanks to the Los Alamos/White Rock community for its continued support and extend their blessings of love, peace and vibrant health to all in 2017. Courtesy photo

LANL: DNA Markers Distinguish Between Harmless And Deadly Bacteria

on December 21, 2016 - 8:16am
Scanning electron micrograph of a murine macrophage infected with Francisella tularensis strain LVS. Macrophages were dry-fractured by touching the cell surface with cellophane tape after critical point drying to reveal intracellular bacteria. Bacteria (colorized in blue) are located either in the cytosol or within a membrane-bound vacuole. Courtesy/NIAID
LANL News:
The virulent pathogen that causes the disease tularemia, or “rabbit fever,” was weaponized during past world wars and is considered a potential bioweapon.
Through a new study of the coccobacillus Francisella, Los

New Mexico DOH Announces New Hours Beginning Monday At Los Alamos Health Office

on December 16, 2016 - 6:09pm

DOH News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that it is changing the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office due to staffing changes. These new hours go into effect Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.

The local clinic at 1183 Diamond Dr. #D will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (closed noon to 1 p.m.), but will be closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Services provided at this clinic will include Children’s Medical Services (children and youth with special health care needs), and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

LAMC Hosts Annual Holiday Gathering For Physicians

on December 14, 2016 - 12:37pm

Los Alamos Medical Center hosts a holiday party Tuesday evening at the hospital for its physicians and staff that includes a buffet and music. Photo by Jennifer King

LAMC Interim CEO John Whiteside, center, chats with doctors and staff at Tuesday's holiday party. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Guests are treated to a musical medley at Tuesday's annual event. Photo by Jennifer King

Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO Vicki Martinez chats with doctors and staff at the annual physician's holiday gathering Tuesday evening at LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Udall, Heinrich Welcome Critical Funding To Combat Opioid Epidemic In New Mexico

on December 11, 2016 - 6:27am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting 94-5 for a bill that includes critically needed new resources for New Mexico and other states struggling to treat and prevent the growing prescription opioid abuse epidemic.
The funding was included in bipartisan health care legislation called the 21st Century Cures Act and now will be sent to the president's desk to be signed into law.
The bill sets aside $1 billion for competitive grants to supplement ongoing efforts by states to combat the opioid crisis, giving preference to

Attorney General Congratulates New Mexico Law Enforcement On Successful Movember Results

on December 11, 2016 - 6:22am
Office of the Attorney General’s Movember team. Courtesy photo
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas congratulates New Mexico law enforcement on successful Movember event results.

Movember is a movement for men's health. For 30 days in the month formerly known as November, team members rally to support the cause, get people talking and raise funds for men’s health projects. Aside from some amazing mustaches, the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Movember team came in third place for funds raised out of 11 teams in the New Mexico Public Safety Network.


Thousands Of New Mexicans Stand To Gain Financial Help Buying 2017 Health Coverage, But May Not Know It

on December 10, 2016 - 8:56am
DHHS News:
Already, about 8.8 million Americans, and 32,703 New Mexicans, who buy health insurance through receive tax credits that help make coverage more affordable.
But about 12 million more Americans, including 45,700 New Mexicans, may also be eligible for help during this Open Enrollment, but not know it. This group includes:
  • Current consumers: 3,700 New Mexico consumers who didn’t get tax credits last year could be eligible for tax credits in 2017, even if their income remains the same, because financial assistance moves along with rates.