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Chief Stone: How The Los Alamos County Ambulance Service Works

Los Alamos County ambulance fleet. Courtesy/LAFD
 
By BENJAMIN S. STONE, NRP
Division Chief  Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department
 
When someone calls 911 for a medical emergency, emergency medical technicians and paramedics respond to your call. Often, this results in an ambulance transport to the emergency room.

Such a transport raises many questions for the patient and the family. Who is in charge of determining whether the emergency trip to the hospital was necessary? Who pays for the ambulance, the crew, and the equipment during the trip to the Read More

Save A Life With CPR/First Aid Class At UNM-LA

Students perform CPR on dummies. Courtesy/UNM-LA
 

UNM-LA News:

There’s no better time than the present to learn to save a life.

UNM-LA Community Education is offering a one-day certification course on CPR and basic first aid called EMS 193 AED/CPR/First Aid Training, taught by Joe Candelaria, 9:30-4 p.m. Saturday, July 11 in room 612 at UNM-LA.

Candelaria is director of the UNM-LA Fire Science Program and a Los Alamos Fire Department certified instructor. The class fee is $95 and may be taken for one hour of credit.

Cardiac arrest strikes more than 300,000 people every year in the Read More

Brain Cancer Survivor BethAnn Telford Carries Hope With Her In Today’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races

From left, marathon runners Michelle Hall, BethAnn Telford and Sarah Domnarski visit the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters Friday to talk about the need to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. The trio is running in today’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Like hundreds of other competitors in today’s 10th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races, BethAnn Telford got up this morning, put on her running shoes and hit the trail with a couple close friends. But there’s something special about Telford. She’s
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Zia Credit Union Scholarship Winners Announced

ZCU News:

Zia Credit Union is very pleased to announce the winners of the Zia Credit Union Education Foundation Scholarship program for 2015. This year, $25,500 has been provided in scholarships to 28 members who are graduating high school from the Española, Los Alamos, Pojoaque, and surrounding communities. 

“For the past two years, we have presented the majority of our Scholarship award recipients to our members at our Annual Business Meeting. This is an exciting time for the graduates as well as their families,” Zia Credit Union President/CEO David Woodruff said, “and we hope this Read More

CIR Portrait Of Turkey With Authentic Turkish Buffet

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque. Courtesy/wikipedia

CIR News:

The Council on International Relations (CIR) was accepted for a sixth consecutive year to participate in the Teacher Study Tour of Turkey. 

The program will begin with a workshop scheduled Read More

Construction Progresses on New Nature Center; Engraved Bricks & Pavers to Display Donors’ Messages

The front view of the Los Alamos County Nature Center under construction on Canyon Road. On the right are the staff offices and towering above is the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

If you’ve driven past 2600 Canyon Road lately, you’ve probably noticed a lot of progress being made on the construction of the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.

The land has been cleared, the slab has been poured, and the building is starting to take structure. At the same time, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hard at work raising funds to outfit the new center with exhibits and gardens. Read More

Dr. Rebecca Hammon From Los Alamos Running Boston Marathon to Raise Funds for Her Hospital

Rebecca Hammon and her dad, Duncan Hammon, at the Los Alamos Dog Jog last summer in White Rock. Courtesy photo
 
Rebecca Hammon, left, and a Team Eye and Ear teammate posed with Bill, the Heartbreak Hill Gorilla, during a 20-mile training run.Courtesy photo
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rebecca Hammon grew up in Los Alamos watching her dad, Duncan Hammon, run marathons. As a bored kid, she swore she’d never be a runner. That changed in the summer of 2012 when Hammon took up running as a way to get some exercise. Now she’s slated to run the Boston Marathon April 21 as part Read More

Local Occupational Therapists Share Skills With Nicaraguan Children

A Nicaraguan child practices sorting skills. Photo by Hannah Bloom
 
Play is therapy for students with diabilities in Nicaragua. Photo by Hannah Bloom
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

In mid-March, three occupational therapists, six OT students, and a physical therapist will spend two weeks in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, where they will collaborate with Nicaraguan teachers and therapists in a cultural exchange. Students will live with host families in a full-immersion environment, where they will speak Spanish and learn about Nicaraguan culture.

Two Los Alamos OT students Read More

Los Alamos Man and His Brother Experience Life and Death in Botswana

Bill Gattis, Adrian Chishimba and Tom Gattis. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: Two brothers, Tom Gattis of Los Alamos and Bill Gattis of Gunnison, Colo., had an eye-opening experience in the third world when their mother, who lived in Botswana, became terminally ill. This is their story.

By BILL GATTIS

Our mother, Mary Lindsey (Gattis) had been spending her retirement in Africa, specifically Zambia, and later in the small, dusty town of Maun, Botswana. Mary was a math teacher at Santa Fe High School and Santa Fe Prep, and up until 2002, lived in a self-constructed plywood casita in Pojoaque and cared Read More

Designer Suzette Fox’s Green Passion

Interior Designer Suzette Fox at the Smart House in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

Designer Suzette Fox’s Green Passion

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Interior Designer Suzette Fox created the modern ambiance that greets tourists visiting the renowned Smart House in Los Alamos.

“It was so much fun to work with Julie Williams-Hill on the Smart House project,” Fox said. “Julie is the public relations manager of the Department of Public Utilities. She was open to the contemporary design I had in mind for the furniture and accessories at the Smart House.”

Fox began the decorating Read More

Bandelier Volunteer George Best Gives Back

George Best. Photo by Kirsten Laskey

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

George Best may be retired but he still has a job. Every Monday, he dons a uniform and heads to Bandelier National Monument to work as a volunteer.

Best, 93, provides assistance to the staff at the visitor center, which includes answering questions and greeting visitors as they disembark the shuttle buses. Additionally, Best said he walks the trails to answer questions as well as point out archeological features. He added he also keeps an eye out for anyone who needs help.

Best has a lot of history with Bandelier; he first traveled to the park Read More

Modern Cataract Surgery: A Photo Essay

PHOTO ESSAY

Leland Lehman underwent cataract surgery at Eye Associates of Northern New Meixo recently. These days, cataract surgery is a  two-hour “out-patient” surgery with only 10 or 15 minutes of actual operation being performed. This is a photo essay of Lehman’s surgery. Lehman said not only was the operation “way cool,”  the best part is now he can see again!

 

Surgeon Dr. Kristin Reidy prepares for the operation. Courtesy photo
 
Leland Lehman in pre-op as the medical professionals prepare him for surgery. Courtesy photo
 
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Going Wild at Yellow Hills Ranch

Wild mustangs run free at Yellow Hills Ranch. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A sheep is sheared using traditional methods at the Tierra Wools Spring Fesitval. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

I recently spent the day in the Chama River Valley on a day-long adventure that took me to the Tierra Wools Spring Festival in the village of Los Ojos and then to Yellow Hills Ranch. I was part of a Yellow Hills Ranch Eco-Tour led by Deborah Stephens.

I joined a small group of fellow adventurers for the 1.5 hour drive, which landed us Read More

Pajarito Reads: Robert Fuselier Explores How Survival Strategies Rooted Deep in the Brain Control our Behavior

Column by BONNIE GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Robert (Bob) Fuselier may be the ideal person to tackle the subject of his new book, “From Violence to Freedom.”

Fuselier is a veterinarian, which of course gives him a lot of insight into animal behavior and a background in medicine and biology.

Bob Fuselier

He’s also a world traveler, having done volunteer work in Honduras and more recently, in Afghanistan, where he saw how different cultures cope with human behavior. Fuselier also has a lifelong fascination with exploring our spiritual nature and a passionate interest in the brain and how it functions. Read More

Pajarito Reads: Visit the Worlds of T. Jackson King

Column by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

This column will explore books that have something to do with Los Alamos and its surroundings, whether because the book is by someone who lives here, or lived here, or worked here or because of the subject matter.

Author T. Jackson “Tom” King

The sci-fi novels of T. Jackson King are a great place to start, because I met him signing books in, of all places, Smith’s Food and Drug Center in White Rock.

It doesn’t get much more local than that. It also just goes to show that interesting writers can turn up anywhere.

How did King end up in White Rock? Read More

Go ‘Behind the Scenes’ with Viennese Artist

Scoschi Friedel with her work at the opening reception for ‘Behind the Scenes’ at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Greg Kendal/ladailypost.com
 
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Artist Susanna “Scoschi” Friedel’s exhibit at Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Portal Gallery came about because of a happy accident.

Village Arts owner Ken Nebel noticed a number of very interesting works of art coming into the store for framing. They turned out to be the creations of a Viennese artist, the sister of local resident Reiner Friedel.

Paintings from ‘The Red Series.’ By Scoschi Friedel

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Bonnie Gordon Joins Los Alamos Daily Post

Bonnie J. Gordon has joined the Los Alamos Daily Post as lifestyles editor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Thanks to overwhelming community support, the Los Alamos Daily Post is growing in readership and revenues every day and is pleased to announce an important addition to its news team.

Longtime Los Alamos resident Bonnie J. Gordon has joined the online newspaper as lifestyles editor.

“Bonnie is well known and respected throughout the local artistic community,” Publisher Carol A. Clark said. “She is a talented writer whose experience reviewing Read More

Jammin’ with the Los Alamos Derby Dames

The Los Alamos Derby Dames practice at the Family YMCA. Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By Bonnie J. Gordon

It’s a cold winter night in Los Alamos, but at the Family YMCA, our very own roller derby team is generating plenty of heat as they spin around the gym at top speed.

The Los Alamos Derby Dames is a flat track roller derby league founded in April 2011. The league currently has one team, the M’Atom Bombs.

With some help from the 2009 movie “Whip It” roller derby, which is dominated by all-female amateur teams, has grown in popularity in recent years.

There are a number of teams around New Read More

Park Service Employees Cross Paths Between Bandelier and Dry Tortugas

At left, the ruins of Tyuonyi Village at Bandelier National Monument and Beach Day at Dry Tortugas. Photos Courtesy of the National Park Service

 

Park Service Employees Cross Paths Between Bandelier and Dry Tortugas
By Kirsten Laskey

In a perfect example of coincidence, Glenn Simpson, acting administrative officer at Bandelier National Monument, is preparing to leave the park’s canyons and mesas for the islands and coral reefs of Dry Tortugas, a National Park in the Florida Keys.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clark, an employee at Dry Tortugas, traveled to Bandelier National Monument for a temporary Read More

Posts From Abroad: The Gibson’s Travel Through Egypt

Los Alamos residents Robert Gibson and his wife Lori Heimdahl Gibson spent time traveling through Egypt earlier this month including a visit to the Khafre Pyramid, one of the three major pyramids at Giza near Cairo. Photo by Robert Gibson

Lori Heimdahl Gibson stands near the Great Sphinx at Giza. Photo by Robert Gibson

Staff Report

Longtime Los Alamos residents Lori Heimdahl Gibson, founder of JUNTOS, and her husband, former County Councilor Robert Gibson spent time visiting Egypt earlier this month.

After returning home to Los Alamos, the couple shared some of the photos from their trip with Read More

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