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Los Alamos Clients Get Fit At TopNotch Pilates

on August 26, 2016 - 1:29pm
TopNotch Pilates owner Sabrina Svard, right, works with a client. Courtesy photo
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sabrina  Svard opened her Los Alamos facility, TopNotch Pilates, in April 2016 and tripled its size  June 1. The studio now occupies a spacious suite on the second floor at 127 East Gate Dr.

Svard also teaches Pilates in Santa Fe and has taught in Los Alamos prior to opening TopNotch.

“My clients in Los Alamos urged me to open a studio here,” Svard said.

Prior to moving to Santa Fe three years ago, Svard owned a studio in New England.

Alert: Multi-agency Emergency Exercise At LAMC Today

on August 26, 2016 - 8:45am

ALERT:

This is a reminder there is a multi-agency Emergency Exercise today at Los Alamos Medical Center.

If you see a lot of activity, such as emergency vehicles and the like, it is because of the Emergency Exercise.

LAMC is working with LANL, Los Alamos County, and emergency responders as part of our work to be wholly prepared in case of a true crisis.

Should there be demand for real patient care that requires ED staff attention, the exercise at LAMC will be suspended to care for patients. 

Blue Sky Pilates Transitions To New Owners

on August 25, 2016 - 4:37pm
Alex Ignacio, left, and Leci Langille, right, have purchased Blue Sky Pilates from Mary Lutes, center. Lutes will continue to be involved with the business as an instructor. Courtesy photo
 

BUSINESS News:

Mary Lutes, founder of Blue Sky Pilates, is excited to announce that ownership of the studio has transferred to “two amazing, energetic highly motivated individuals, Lecie Langille and Alex Ignacio, both from Santa Fe.”  

The transition of ownership began Aug. 15, 2016, and will be completed by the end of the month.
 
Lutes decided to sell the studio due to medical issues.

“I am giving

Cone Zone Extra: LANL Exercise Friday Aug. 26

on August 23, 2016 - 4:35pm

COUNTY News:

Motorists at or near the Diamond/Trinity intersection may see activity in the parking lot of the Los Alamos Medical Center this Friday. This is only a LANL emergency exercise, no cause for alarm.

Read the LANL news release below for details. Traffic should not be impeded, but, curious drivers may be more interested in looking at "what's going on at the Medical Center..." - so be alert if passing through this busy intersection!

LANL News Release:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency preparedness exercise Friday, Aug. 26. It is only an exercise.

UNM-LA Cuts Ribbon On Newly Renovated Fire & EMS Training Facility

on August 22, 2016 - 5:50pm
UNM-Los Alamos CEO Dr. Cynthia Rooney and UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Steve Boerigter cut the ribbon placed in front of the ambulance simulator Aug. 11, officially opening the renovated Fire & EMS Training Facility on campus. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Interior of the simulated ambulance used for training at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By NANCY COOMBS
UNM-Los Alamos

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) hosted an Open House and ribbon cutting event Aug. 11 to celebrate the completed renovation of the Fire & EMS Training Facility.

Relay For Life Night At Ashley Pond Park Friday

on August 21, 2016 - 7:36am
Walkers circle Ashley Pond at Friday's Annual Relay for Life, which raises funds to fight cancer. This is the 30th annual event in Los Alamos. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Medical Center Marketing Director Mary Beth Maassen admires an item at the Silent Auction. Maassen is one of the organizers of the event. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Jim Lauderdale performs during Relay for Life Night at Friday's Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Two-steppin'. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
 
Silent auction treasures. Bonnie J.

100+ Women Who Care Celebrate First Year, Donate $5K To PAC 8 To Produce Anti-Suicide Videos For Teens

on August 20, 2016 - 10:01am

 

100+ Women Who Care celebrate their first year anniversary Thursday evening on the patio at Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos. From left, Marie Marroquin, Sopahn Kellogg, Marvel Harrison and Kathy Boerigter. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Julie Habiger, left, draws three names from a basket of a dozen local nonprofits vying for a chance to receive funding from 100+ Women Who Care. Kristy Ortega calls out the names selected. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kate O'Donnell, left, and Jean Gindreau of PAC 8 are selected to receive approximately $5k from 100+ Women Who Care

Letter To The Editor: Relay For Life Week

on August 19, 2016 - 2:25pm

By Los Alamos Resident
Name withheld by request
 
I am a breast cancer survivor. Many people have told me, “I just don’t know what to say.” So, let me try to offer some suggestions, in honor of Relay for Life Week – on what to say to your friend who has cancer. 

The “rule” is  listening is the language of love. Cancer is a tough diagnosis, so your friend needs some compassion. So ask, how is it going – you can do this in person, you can do this thru an email, you can do this in a card. But, only ask, if you are willing to listen.

Isotope Research Opens Possibilities For Cancer Treatment

on August 19, 2016 - 7:49am
The triumphant research team during the acquisition of the first actinium X-ray Absorption Fine Structure analysis (on the screen). From left, Thomas Hostetler (SSRL), Chantal Stieber (former Los Alamos), Maryline Ferrier (Los Alamos), Juan Lezama Pacheco (Stanford) and Stosh Kozimor (Los Alamos). Courtesy photo
 

LANL News:

  • Computer models supporting spectroscopy unlock behavior of actinium-225

A new study at Los Alamos National Laboratory and in collaboration with Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource greatly improves scientists’ understanding of the element actinium.

Infinity Wellness Opens In Los Alamos

on August 18, 2016 - 10:21am
Dr. Carmen Solano at her new office Tuesday afternoon at 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite 8. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Dr. Carmen Solano is the healthcare provider at Infinity Wellness, a new premier healthcare center at 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite 8, that delivers functional medicine to Los Alamos and surrounding communities. 

The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the practice with a ribbon cutting event at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at Infinity Wellness, directly behind Trinity Urgent Care. 

Dr.

LAMC’s New CEO Embraces Community

on August 17, 2016 - 5:00pm
LAMC CFO Steve Winegeart, right, welcomes new LAMC CEO John Whiteside. Courtesy photo
 

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
LAMC

 
It has been a busy week at Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC). Former CEO Feliciano Jiron was spirited away to manage another LifePoint Health hospital in Arizona and John Whiteside, a veteran healthcare administrator stepped up to manage LAMC and assume the role of interim CEO.

Whiteside most recently served as COO of a two-hospital system in Louisiana that also is part of the LifePoint Health system.

Luján And White House Drug Policy Director Hold Conference Call Today; Community Forum Thursday

on August 16, 2016 - 8:59am
National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli will travel to Albuquerque Thursday, Aug. 18, to host a community forum on evidence-based programs to prevent and treat prescription drug misuse and heroin use.
 
This is one of a series of forums across the country that will continue the conversation that President Obama began in West Virginia in October of last year, when he announced new public and private sector efforts to address the opioid overdose epidemic.

Director Botticelli will

State’s Largest 'Walk To End Alzheimer’s' Sept. 17

on August 16, 2016 - 8:42am
HEALTH News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter has announce that at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Albuquerque will host the state's largest Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 
 
The event is at Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza and more than 2,000 residents from Albuquerque and surrounding communities are expected to participate to raise awareness and promote research for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer’s Association’s flagship fundraiser, and its largest event, with Walks scheduled across the country from Summer through Fall.

Heinrich Launches Online Zika Resource Center

on August 15, 2016 - 1:24pm

Courtesy image

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen.  Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is providing New Mexicans with critical resources and raising awareness about the health threat posed by the Zika virus. 

Today, he launched a Zika Resource Center on his website to provide information about the virus and tools to help New Mexicans stay healthy.

“While the Zika crisis grows, it’s more important than ever that New Mexicans have access to critical information about how to keep themselves and their families safe during the summer months and while traveling.

Los Alamos Kiwanis Keeps Project Eliminate Promise

on August 14, 2016 - 3:07pm
Don Casperson, center, spoke at Los Alamos Kiwanis recently, updating the club on the organization’s national and regional conventions and on Project Eliminate, a campaign to wipe out maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide. He is shown holding a t-shirt from the regional convention in Albuquerque. At left is Cheryl Pongratz, who presented him with a Secundino Sandoval print—a gift from the club. At right is Los Alamos Kiwanis President Lisa Wismer, who holds a plaque saying that the club’s donations have saved the lives of 20,800 babies. Photo by Morrie Pongratz
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Los

National Sinus Institute: Allergies

on July 30, 2016 - 8:08am
NSI News:
 
If you are like many of our patients, and suffer from allergies, then you know the miserable side effects: itchy eyes and skin, sneezing, congestion, a runny nose or postnasal drip down the back of your throat.
 
The allergic reaction you experience is your body’s response to the allergen, which it sees as harmful, even though it really isn’t. Your immune system responds by creating inflammation in your sinuses, skin, airways or digestive system. Your environment has a lot to do with allergy symptoms. Hot, dry and windy weather can hold more allergens in the air.

Healthy Hearts Class Mondays And Wednesdays

on July 30, 2016 - 7:21am

State Crisis And Access Line Helping More New Mexicans Connect With Needed Services And Support

on July 25, 2016 - 9:33am

HSD News:
SANTA FE — New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) Secretary Brent Earnest announced that the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) is helping more New Mexicans find the help, services, and support they need for mental health crises such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and others.
 
NMACL fielded 2,952 calls last month alone, 16,000 in the first six months of this year, and more than 21,000 calls in 2015.
 
“The hotline helps connect our most vulnerable family members, friends, and neighbors with the help they need,” Governor Susana Martinez said.

New Viruses: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly July 29

on July 25, 2016 - 9:30am

AIA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The Albuquerque International Association (AIA) will host a public lecture by Dr. Terry McNearney, M.D. titled “New Viruses: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 3 p.m., Friday, July 29, at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center (1634 University Blvd NE).
 
Dr. McNearney served on the faculties of Washington University School of Medicine and University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, specializing in rheumatology and retrovirology. A long-time research focus of her lab has been how viruses evolve and adapt.

LAMC's Employee Picnic Honors First Responders

on July 25, 2016 - 9:26am

Thanks LAFD, Thanks LAPD and Thanks Classic Air Medical! Los Alamos Medical Center hosted an employee and community picnic Saturday to honor local first responders. The event was packed with family-friendly activities including a bouncy house, water slide, suds pool and the ever popular dunk tank from Party to Go. There also was a photo booth, obstacle course, face painting and animal balloons. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, standing at right, chats with firefighters at Saturday's picnic hosted by LAMC to honor first responders. Photo by Carol A.

Local Therapists And Psychiatrists Host Open House

on July 23, 2016 - 9:49am

A group of psychiatrists and therapists have joined together in a suite of eight offices in downtown Los Alamos. The group hosted an open house Friday evening to celebrate their new endeavor. From left, Therapist Heather McCoulloch, LMFT; Dr. Brian Haigh, MD, child and adolescent emphasis; Dr. Deepa Nadiga, MD., adult psychiatry emphasis; Therapist Georgina Mesibov, LPCC, adult emphasis; Therapist Galen Sanchez, adolescent emphasis; Therapist Kris Raber, LSW, adult and couples emphasis; Clinical Psychologist Reva Heron, PhD., adult and adolescent emphasis; Dr. Julia L.

Gov. Susana Martinez Announces New Initiative To Improve Services To NM Women Veterans

on July 21, 2016 - 4:02pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced a new targeted initiative today to improve access to services and benefits for women veterans in New Mexico.
 
Martinez also announced that Melanie Suazo, a retired New Mexico Army National Guard non-commissioned officer, will lead the effort.
 
“New Mexicans have always stood ready to answer the call to serve our state and nation in the U.S. Armed Forces,” Martinez said. “Ms.

A Mountaineer’s Story: Wild, Edible Plants July 26

on July 20, 2016 - 9:52am
Jesse and Johanna Boudreau at PEEC’s Earth Day Festival. Listen to their edible wild plants talk Tuesday, July 26 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Ever wonder which wild plants are safe to eat? Come to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, July 26 to find out which wild plants are edible and which ones are poisonous.
 
Permaculture experts Jesse and Johanna Boudreau will be leading the talk at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings.
 
Jesse

Benefit For Connie Salazar At Ohkay Convention Center

on July 19, 2016 - 2:37pm

The community is invited to attend a fundraising event for Connie Salazar who is the administrative assistant to the chief of police in Los Alamos. She is undergoing treatment for cancer in Texas and her medical expenses are mounting and she needs the community's help. Courtesy image

'10 Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s' Class Aug. 19

on July 15, 2016 - 7:42am
COMMUNITY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Los Alamos offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter at 12:45-1:45 p.m., Friday Aug. 19. The event is  hosted by the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row. The class is free and open to all citizens of Los Alamos and surrounding communities.
 
To register or for more information, contact Tina De La Luz at 505.473.1297 or tdelaluz@alz.org.
 
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