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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Share Your Story

on January 26, 2017 - 4:14pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I recently attended one of the Los Alamos County Brand Action Plan presentations.

Los Alamos - Where Discoveries Are Made was a great presentation and I think holds a lot of promise for moving our community forward. One of the participants mentioned the difficult stigma the community of Los Alamos has with some people. I certainly understood this because once upon a time I was one of those “some people.”

I met my now-husband, then a geologist with LANL, 26 years ago at the Midsummer Music Festival in Telluride.

Panel Focuses On Real Life Teen Problems Discussed In LALT Play

on January 26, 2017 - 3:50pm
Elisa Enriquez, left, moderates a panel discussion Sunday on problems facing teens  following a performance of the play ‘Dog Sees God’ at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Little Theatre hosted a panel discussion for the community on issues facing teens Sunday, following a performance of the play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead”. The play dealt with suicide, violence, bullying, sexual identity and other issues teenagers face. 

Participating in the panel discussion were Brian Haigh, a

ScienceDaily: Link Between Concussions - Alzheimer's

on January 26, 2017 - 7:42am
SCIENCEDAILY News:
 
New research has found concussions accelerate Alzheimer's disease-related brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are at genetic risk for the condition.
 
The findings, which appear in the journal Brain, show promise for detecting the influence of concussion on neurodegeneration.
 
Moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury is one of the strongest environmental risk factors for developing neurodegenerative diseases such as late-onset Alzheimer's disease, although it is unclear whether mild traumatic brain injury or concussion also increases this risk.
 

LALT Hosts 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion Following 2 p.m. Performance Of ‘Dog Sees God’ Today

on January 22, 2017 - 10:08am

The cast of 'Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead', perform at 2 p.m. today and will participate in panel discussion at 3:45 p.m. following today's performance. Photo by Larry Gibbons

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will host a panel discussion open to the community at 3:45 p.m. today, Jan. 22. The discussion will address suicide, violence, sexual identity and other issues teenagers face as evidenced in the play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” and also as manifest in the local community.

The panel discussion will follow today's 2 p.m.

Daffodils Are Starting To Bloom For LAVNS Hospice

on January 22, 2017 - 8:33am

From left, LAVNS volunteer Debbie Baca, Lead Certified Nursing Assistant Lindsay Baca and Office Manager Debbie Weber. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

LAVNS News:

The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service (LAVNS) Hospice Program is hosting its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale. Proceeds from the sale support the LAVNS Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.

Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 3:

  • Single bunch (10 stems) is $5;
  • Small glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) is $15; and
  • Large glass vase with three bunches (30 stems) $20.

Delivery is free with any $10 minimum

Panel Discussion Following 'Dog Sees God' Sunday

on January 19, 2017 - 5:05pm

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will host a panel discussion open to the community at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. The discussion will address suicide, violence, sexual identity and other issues teenagers face as evidenced in the play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” and also as manifest in the local community.

The panel discussion will follow a matinee performance of Dog Sees God, but the discussion is open to anyone interested in attending. The event will be held at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. in Los Alamos.

Participating in the panel discussion will

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Sleep Better

on January 19, 2017 - 9:07am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I can think of very few things that are more rewarding than a deep, undisturbed, restful night’s sleep. The kind of profound slumber where you lay your head on the pillow, fall instantly to sleep and wake up eight hours later filled with energy and ready for the day.

There is nothing worse than tossing and turning all night, looking at the alarm clock every 10 minutes, counting down the amount of sleep you are NOT getting and wondering how you are going to make it through the day.

Research, as well as our own life experience, tells us that inadequate sleep

Rio Grande Foundation: Experiences From Other States Show Merit Of Dental Therapy

on January 13, 2017 - 7:23am
Courtesy photo
 
Rio Grande Foundation News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — With Santa Fe deeply divided between a Democrat-controlled legislature and a Republican-led executive branch, the potential for stagnation and stalemate is high as lawmakers convene for the 2017 session.

One issue that has generated support from across the political spectrum, won’t break the bank, and will result in both jobs and improved lives for thousands of New Mexicans is dental therapy.

The Rio Grande Foundation and Health Action New Mexico rarely see eye-to-eye, but on the issue of mid-level dental providers, both

¿Dónde Le Duele? Where Does It Hurt? Spanish For Medical Professionals Begins Wednesday Jan. 18

on January 12, 2017 - 11:16pm

UNM-LA Instructor Patty Moore. Photo by Nancy Coombs

 

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is offering the class Spanish for Medical Professionals I and II beginning Jan. 18.

Each one hour credit session will meet from 7-7:50 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, with Part I meeting Jan. 18-March 10, and Part II meeting March 20-May 12. This course will give health professionals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn medical Spanish in order to communicate with their Spanish-speaking patients more effectively.

Instructor Patty Moore has been teaching Spanish at UNM-LA since 1996.

Letter To The Editor: I Have Never Been So Disappointed In Los Alamos

on January 12, 2017 - 5:02pm
By PAIGE RAMSEY
Los Alamos

I have never been so disappointed in Los Alamos as I am now. Dog Sees God is not a play about promoting bullying. This play brings insight into what high schoolers and even adults have to deal with when it comes to bullying.

It is a sad story of a boy who is coming to terms with who he is and how brutal high school can be.

As a cast member I am frustrated with mental health professionals in this town who are acting like we are “giving teenagers ideas”. The hard truth is that this type of bullying, drug use, rebellion, eating disorders, etc.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You From Nancy & Annette

on January 12, 2017 - 7:25am
By NANCY & ANNETTE
Los Alamos
 
Thank you to our dear neighbors, friends and family for all your help during Nancys bout with cancer. Thank you for taking care of our house, for the food, cards, calls and your very generous and kind gestures.
 
Thank you to the wonderful medical poersonnel in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico Hospital for your knowledge, experience, patience and caring.
 
Thank you to the anonymous Angels who contributed to the cost of the excellent care and medical needs our cats Luigi and Fellini received during their stay at the Animal Clinic of

Healthy Schools Initiative, UWNNM Host 'Risk Factors For Suicidal Behaviors Among Los Alamos Youth'

on January 11, 2017 - 8:41am
COMMUNITY News:
 
At 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, the Los Alamos Public Schools Healthy Schools Initiative and United Way of Northern New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Initiative are hosting a presentation entitled, 'Risk Factors For Suicidal Behaviors Among Los Alamos Youth.
 
Nicole Middaugh from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assigned to the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and Tierney Murphy, Kelly Gallagher and Francisco Chavez will present their findings regarding suicidal behaviors among Los Alamos youth during the event in the Student Center, Building 2 at

Heinrich Launches Online Portal To Collect Health Care Stories From New Mexicans

on January 10, 2017 - 11:45am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) launched a new tool on his website for New Mexicans to share their stories about the critical importance of having access to quality, affordable health care.
 
The online portal will enable people across the state to share their experiences gaining access to health care and how repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impact their lives.
 
“It’s criminal for Republicans to strip millions of Americans of their health care.

NMDOH And NMDVS Propose Streamlining State Veterans Home To Improve Services For NM’s Vets

on January 9, 2017 - 6:11am
NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE The Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and the Department of Health (DOH) have proposed streamlining the State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences to improve services for New Mexico’s veterans.
 
The proposal, if approved by the legislature, will move management of the State Veterans Home from DOH to DVS, aligning both state and federal resources to better serve our veterans.
 
“The Department of Health and Department of Veterans Services have had a long-standing working relationship and have developed this plan to serve our veterans and their families in

New Mexico: 50,683 Residents Have Signed Up For Coverage Through HealthCare.gov

on January 9, 2017 - 6:05am
CMS News:
 
In New Mexico, 50,683 residents have signed up for coverage through healthcare.gov since open enrollment began Nov. 1. 
 
Nationwide 8.8 million Americans have signed up for coverage compared to about 8.6 million plan selections last year at this time. Total plan selections as of Dec. 31, which include auto reenrollments, consist of 2.2 million new consumers and 6.6 million returning consumers. Among returning consumers, two thirds, or 4.4 million, actively selected a plan, an increase from last year’s already high levels of consumer engagement.
 
“With 8.8 million Americans

K2 Women’s Weekend At Pajarito Mountain Feb. 10-12

on January 8, 2017 - 6:06am
Pajarito Mountain and K2 Skis present the Women's Weekend Feb. 10-12. Courtesy photo
 
K2W News:
 
For the eighth consecutive year, the ladies at Pajarito Ski Hill in Los Alamos are planning northern New Mexico’s best ski party that benefits Northern New Mexico communities!
 
In carrying on the tradition, Pajarito Mountain and K2 Skis are once again presenting the Women's Weekend Feb. 10-12. To date, this non-profit event has raised more than $70,000 in financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast and women diagnosed with cervical cancer.

LAMC’s New Year’s Baby Is Nomi Chang

on January 5, 2017 - 4:03pm

Los Alamos Medical Center's New Year’s Baby is Nomi Chang. She is the daughter of mother Misa Cowee and father Jae Chang, was born at 5:55 a.m. Monday and weighed 5 pounds and 4 ounces. The baby and her parents are all doing fine. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Father Jae Chang holds his New Year’s Baby Nomi Chang, born Monday morning at Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

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

COUNTY News:

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

COMMUNITY News:

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/ladailypost.com

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/ladailypost.com

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