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Los Alamos County Council Proclaims May 21-27, 2017 'Emergency Medical Services Week'

on May 23, 2017 - 11:13am

County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, right, presents a proclamation declaring the Week of May 21-27, 2017 as 'Emergency Medical Services Week' in Los Alamos County to, from left, LAFD Safety Division Chief Wendy Swervey, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and LAFD EMS Division Chief Ben Stone. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Staff Report

 

The Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation at its May 16 meeting, declaring the Week of May 21-27, 2017 as "Emergency Medical Services Week" in Los Alamos County.

 

County Councilor Antonio Maggiore presented the proclamation on behalf of the

Call For Pets To Visit Los Alamos Teen Center

on May 23, 2017 - 9:28am

Courtesy/LATC

Courtesy/LATC

LATC News:

Los Alamos Teen Center is hosting de-stress activities for teens over the next couple weeks as Los Alamos High School heads into finals week and wraps up the school year.

The Teen Center is seeking puppies, kittens and any other cute, socialized animals to visit the Teen Center May 23, May 25, May 30 and June 1. Pet owners are asked to accompany their pets for the entire visit.

The Teen Center is looking for animal visits 3-4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. or 3-5 p.m. on the dates listed above.

What better way to support local teens through this time of

National Senior Health & Fitness Day May 31

on May 23, 2017 - 7:04am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is partnering with Los Alamos Senior Centers and Los Alamos Retirement Community to celebrate the 24th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day Wednesday, May 31,  “With Movement… There’s Improvement!”

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is all about showcasing what local groups are doing to help keep seniors healthy and fit. Why not try out a dance, music, and physical fitness class at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, White Rock Senior Center, or the Aquatic Center?

William O'Donnell Of Los Alamos Receives MD Degree

on May 22, 2017 - 6:08pm

Northern New Mexico College Nursing Student Soraida Sanchez Awarded 2017 Nightingale Scholarship

on May 22, 2017 - 8:01am
Ellen Trabka, Dean for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, presents 2017 Nightingale Nursing Scholarship recipient Soraida Sanchez with a $1,000 check. Courtesy/NNMC
 
NNMC News:
 
ESPANOLA  Northern New Mexico College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) student, Soraida Sanchez, was one of five associate degree nursing program students in the state to be awarded this year’s $1,000 Nightingale Scholarship. 
 
Nightingale scholarships are funded through a grant from the Nurse Excellence Fund of the New Mexico Board of Nursing, and are based on academic achievement, professional

Column: Your New Reality

on May 21, 2017 - 7:21am

By Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service

How do you start a new life after the loss of a significant person? Your life is changed forever. You have lost the experience of spending time with your loved one.  

Your loved one’s presence in your life is now based on memories, photos, writings and shared experiences. Pictures, letters, cards, videos and dreams keep that person alive in a secondary fashion, but how do you fill the space that was occupied by that person in real time? Does this mean letting go of some of your activities that were shared exclusively with that person?

Children’s Grief Center Hosts Free Summer Activities For Grieving Youth And Families

on May 21, 2017 - 6:06am
COMMUNITY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico, which offers free support groups during the school year, is providing free summer activities for children and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one.
  • Good Grief Day Camp: June 17 – The Children’s Grief Center is hosting a six hour day camp for children aged seven to high school senior who have had someone they love die. Good Grief Day Camp offers fun and healing through outdoor activities/challenges, sharing circles/crafts, a closing presentation and butterfly release.

Smith’s In Los Alamos Hosts Frito Pie Fundraiser Today

on May 20, 2017 - 9:36am
Smith’s in Los Alamos is hosting a Frito pie fundraiser 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to benefit the UNM Children's Hospital in Albuquerque. A drink and Frito pie will be available for $6 and a silent auction will be held, too. Both Los Alamos and White Rock Smith’s will be taking donations at the registers.

Smith’s Motto: ‘Making Hope For Kids’ Through May 27

on May 20, 2017 - 7:26am
Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
“Making Hope for Kids,” to benefit UNM Children's Hospital is the motto of the local Smith’s Food and Drugstores through May 27.
 
Smith’s‘Making Hope For Kids’ logo. Courtesy photo
 
The goal is to bring hope to children in New Mexico and Smith’s hopes to locally do that by raising $12,000. Last year the Los Alamos and White Rock stores raised just over $8,000.
 
“It is easy to donate at the cash registers and donation boxes are located at the wine bar, customer service and the pharmacy,” said Smith's Associate and

United Way And LANL Partner To Make A Difference

on May 19, 2017 - 5:57am
UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega, left, presents a plaque to Carole Rutten of the LANL Community Partnerships Office. Courtesy photo
 

UWNNM News:

This is part of a series that will run throughout the month of May as part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative.

United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) are embarking upon an exciting new partnership through the UWNNM Cornerstone Program!

NNMC Awards Gilberto Romero With Honorary Degree

on May 18, 2017 - 9:37am
Long-time mental health advocate and former NNMC faculty member Gilberto Romero receives an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities. Photo by John Denne
 
NNMC News:
 
Northern New Mexico College awarded long-time mental health advocate and former NNMC faculty member Gilberto Romero with an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities May 13, in recognition of his services to the communities of northern New Mexico.
 
Romero, who was born and raised in Santa Fe, is renowned for his nearly five decades of tireless work and activism for underprivileged and underrepresented

Responders Rush To Distress Call On Blue Dot Trail

on May 14, 2017 - 3:17pm

Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs on the scene near the Blue Dot Trail in White Rock where a call was apparently made this afternoon by a hiker in distress. Initial reports indicate that EMTs are now walking the hiker out to safety. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

An LAFD ambulance and fire engine stand ready this afternoon at Overlook Park in White Rock to assist a distressed hiker on the Blue Dot Trail. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Classic Air Medical helicopter lands at Overlook Park this afternoon after making several passovers searching for a distressed hiker along

UWNNM Mental Health Month Education Continues

on May 13, 2017 - 7:04am

AG Balderas Calls For Federal Policy Change To Expand State’s Medicaid Fraud Authority To Address More Home Healthcare Abuse Cases

on May 12, 2017 - 10:34am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
LAS CRUCES Attorney General Hector Balderas and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter urging the U.S. government to change its policy so that state attorneys general can use federal funds to investigate and prosecute a wider range of Medicaid abuse and neglect cases, including those that happen at home.
 
Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides free or low-cost medical benefits to millions of Americans. More than 6.4 million people enrolled in the Medicaid program are age 65 or older.

Udall Secures Commitment From Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin Not To Close Facilities That Provide Care For Veterans

on May 12, 2017 - 10:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questioned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin on the steps he is taking to ensure veterans are getting the health care and coverage they have earned.
At the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies hearing, "Reducing Burden & Increasing Access to Healthcare: Improving VA Community Care," Udall asked Secretary Shulkin for clarification on his statements about "realigning" the VA and reports of planned closures of various

Chamber Take Out Talk Noon Today

on May 12, 2017 - 8:06am

CHAMBER News:

The monthly Take Out Talk is noon to 1 p.m. today in the Chamber Conference Room at 109 Central Park Square.

The featured speaker is Cynthia Goldblatt who will talk about "​Dementia Friendly Business Practices".

The community is invited to this free talk.

Healing America’s Heroes Fights PTSD With Outdoor Adventures

on May 11, 2017 - 3:48pm
 
From left, Healing America’s Heroes Board Member Don Brooks, Volunteer Shae Reinecke and Healing America’s Heroes Founder Eddie Crain discuss the nonprofit organization with the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may find aid in an unconventional place: the great outdoors.

Healing America’s Heroes Founder Eddie Crain said he started the nonprofit organization eight years ago. To date, there have been 40 veterans who have completed the program.

Alzheimer's Association, NM Chapter And UNM Memory & Aging Center Present Healthcare Conference

on May 11, 2017 - 7:51am
Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is very pleased to announce the 6TH Annual Professional Conference: “Breaking Down Barriers,” co-sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter and the University of New Mexico Memory and Aging Center.
 
The two-day event is May 18-19 in Albuquerque at the Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Place NE. Healthcare Professionals from all communities in the state are highly encouraged to attend. CEU’s & CME’s will be offered.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Bridge Care For Women

on May 11, 2017 - 7:18am

On the job in Los Alamos: Medical Assistant Tonya Sprouse-Mullins, left, and Office Manager Lian Williams Wednesday at Bridge Care for Women at 3917 West Road, Ste. 210. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Youth Resiliency Committee: Mental Health Awareness Month

on May 10, 2017 - 1:43pm

Washington, D.C. Avon Walk Raises $4.8 Million

on May 9, 2017 - 2:59pm

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Partridge participates over the weekend in the annual Avon Walk in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Partridge at last weekend's Avon Walk in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

AVON FOUNDATION News:

  • More than 1,900 Women and Men conquered 39.3-miles to crush breast cancer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer continued its 14th annual event series in Washington, D.C.

LAFD Responds To Medical Emergency Near MVD

on May 8, 2017 - 7:38pm
Los Alamos Fire Department Station 6 responded to a medical emergency of an elderly man this afternoon outside the New Mexico Motor Vehicles Department on Central Avenue. Details are not being released at this time. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew, left, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris assist Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs during a medical emergency this afternoon outside the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles on Central Avenue.  Photo by Maire O'Neill
 
Los Alamos Police Department officers assisted LAFD personnel by securing the area around

UWNNM: First Born Program Of Los Alamos Supports Mental And Behavioral Health In Young Families

on May 8, 2017 - 10:15am

UWNNM News:

Editor's note: This is part of the series for the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative.

Ask any parent you meet, and they will all agree: parenting is one of the most rewarding and challenging relationships in life. Every child is different, and every stage in life is different.  

There are many changes and adjustments that occur in the family dynamic during pregnancy and the first three years of the child’s life.

Council Honors LAFD Station 4, B Shift Crew For Receiving Phoenix Award For Saving Lives

on May 8, 2017 - 9:05am

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, briefed members of the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening on the fact that his B Shift crew at Fire Station 4 has been awarded the Phoenix CPR Award for saving the lives of Los Alamos residents suffering cardiac arrest. The heroes of the B Shift crew include, Captain/Paramedic Joseph Baca, Driver Engineer/Paramedic Van Leimer and Firefighters Matthew Austin, Zachary Shriver and Kenneth Martinez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County staff and community members give a standing ovation to the B Shift crew at Fire Station 4 for saving

County Council Proclaims Hospital Week May 7-13

on May 8, 2017 - 7:12am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside addresses the Los Alamos County Council during Tuesday night's meeting in Council Chambers. Whiteside conducted a PowerPoint presentation in which he updated the councilors on new accomplishments achieved at LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, center, presents LAMC CEO John Whiteside and his staff with a proclamation on behalf of the Council recognizing the week of May 7-13 as Hospital Week in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

During Tuesday's County

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