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Letter To The Editor: Thank You From Nancy & Annette

on January 12, 2017 - 7:25am
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
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
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
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

on January 9, 2017 - 6:05am
CMS News:
In New Mexico, 50,683 residents have signed up for coverage through 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/

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

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.

Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic Reaches Agreement With Blue Cross Blue Shield!

on December 8, 2016 - 3:00pm


Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic (LAMCC) is pleased to announce that it has come to an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield and will be contracted in 2017.

LAMCC thanks the community for its support.

Los Alamos Medical Center, at 3917 West Road #150, provides medical care in Allergy, Asthma, Immunology, Dermatology, Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Wound Care.

For more information, call 505.662.4351 or visit

DEA Releases 2016 Drug Threat Assessment: Fentanyl-Related Overdose Deaths Rising At An Alarming Rate

on December 7, 2016 - 1:24pm
DEA News:
WASHINGTON D.C.  DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg announced results from the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), which details the extent to which illicit drugs are affecting the United States.
Most notably, the 2016 NDTA continues to illuminate the nationwide opioid epidemic, which is fueling a growing heroin user population and resulting in a greater amount of overdoses. In 2014, approximately 129 people died every day as a result of drug poisoning and 61 percent (79) of them are pharmaceutical opioid or heroin related.
This opioid epidemic has been

Udall, Heinrich Urge Passage Of Foster Care Reforms

on December 6, 2016 - 12:05pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 23 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to include strongly supported reforms to the foster care system in any end-of-year budget agreement.
The Family First Prevention Services Act would allow states to use federal foster care funds to pay for programs that improve home life, such as mental health services and in-home parenting programs, which are crucial in light of the growing number of children in the foster care system whose families are affected by

Reception For Photographer Theodore Greer At Fuller Lodge Art Center Today

on December 3, 2016 - 9:52am

Loco Falls is one of the photographs by Theodore Greer on display in the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Theodore Greer

FLAC News:

Jemez Springs photographer Theodore Greer has a one-man show in the Fuller Lodge Art Center, with a reception 2-4 p.m. today, Dec. 3.

The show is called “The Healing Arts”, and features 14 photographs on canvas that were chosen to be in the new Presbyterian Hospital Rust Medical Center, as well as other facilities, including Presbyterian Main, Anna Kaseman and the New Mexico Cancer Center.

The show includes quotes from some of the many people

Luján Hails Inclusion Of Opioid Funding In 21st Century Cures Act

on December 3, 2016 - 8:34am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District on Wednesday spoke on the House floor in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, which included language Congressman Luján championed that authorizes $1 billion in funding to combat the growing opioid epidemic.
Earlier this year, Luján introduced the Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act, which reflected President Obama’s request for much-needed resources to increase treatment programs that will help address the drug crisis.

Advocacy Group Develops Resources For Mental Health

on December 2, 2016 - 1:46pm

From left, Stephanie Koch, MA, LMHC, Counselor at Mesa Vista Wellness; Sara Pasqualoni, M.D., Medical Director at LANL; Lori Coffelt, RN, Emergency Services at LAMC; Christine Hazard, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist at LAPS; Cate Nickless, coordinator for Los Alamos PHO; Kristine Coblentz, Healthy Schools Program director at LAPS; Tina Goldsmith, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Clinical Psychologist at Southwest Center for Child and Family Development; Andrea Cunningham, RN, BSN, program coordinator for JJAB; Patrice Goodkind, LISW, LCSW, Social Worker in Private Practice; and Kristy Ortega, Executive Director

Savvy Caregiver Seven Session Course Jan. 10

on December 2, 2016 - 8:57am
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. The course will be offered as both an afternoon and evening course.
“The Savvy Caregiver” a FREE seven-session course presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. The afternoon course option is 1-3 p.m., once a week, beginning each Tuesday, Jan. 10 through Feb. 21. This afternoon option will be held at Brookdale Santa Fe Assisted Living located at 640 Alta Vista in Santa Fe.

Udall Joins Senate In Passing ECHO Act To Increase Rural Access To Health Care

on December 1, 2016 - 8:53am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the full Senate in voting 97-0 to approve the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act -- a measure based on the University of New Mexico's successful Project ECHO program -- to increase access to high quality health care in rural communities.
Udall is a cosponsor of the bill and, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, has been a strong supporter of funding for the program.
The ECHO Act would expand the successful Project Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO), a model program founded at the