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NMDOH: Wildfire Smoke Health Hazards

on June 15, 2018 - 8:03am

Wildfire smoke can present hazards to people’s health. Courtesy image


With the Ute Park Fire burning in Colfax County, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) are monitoring air quality in areas of Northern New Mexico affected by smoke from the wildfire, including Cimarron, Eagle Nest, and Raton.

Over the weekend, NMED set up air quality monitors in Raton and Cimarron. A third monitor is being placed in the Eagle Nest-Angel Fire area today by the US Forest Service.

The monitors will allow the State to gather information about

Marie Combs Launches White Crane Acupuncture

on June 14, 2018 - 10:26am
Acupuncturist Marie Combs uses an Acugraph to measure skin conductivity at certain point on the hands and feet. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Licensed Acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine Marie Combs is welcoming residents of the Los Alamos area to her new business, White Crane Acupuncture.

Clients are offered a wide variety of treatment options including:

  • Acupuncture;
  • Traditional Chinese Herbalism;
  • Auricular Acupuncture;
  • Microstim for Non Needle Treatments;
  • Tuning Fork Treatments; and
  • Cupping treatment.

Combs has spent years studying these treatment methods and

Three Luján Bills To Combat Opioid Crisis Pass House

on June 13, 2018 - 1:30pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Three bills authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) aimed at curbing the ongoing opioid crisis have passed the House of Representatives. All three bills were passed unanimously earlier this year by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Luján’s first bipartisan bill directs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide labeling guidance for non-addictive pain medication. The labeling guidance provided by the Better Pain Management Through Better Data Act of 2018 (H.R.

Española Mayor Javier Sanchez: Federal Government Should Set An Example On Opioids

on June 13, 2018 - 9:41am
Mayor of Española
The fact that we are living with an opioid epidemic in this country, in this state, and in the Española Valley is not news to anyone reading this letter—we have all been impacted in some way by this epidemic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there were 42,249 deaths attributed to opioid overdose in this country—115 deaths every day. In New Mexico, we have been hit especially hard.

Join Michelle Harkey And Sandra West For A Women’s Experiential Hiking Series

on June 12, 2018 - 3:16pm
Michelle Harkey, Mental Health Counselor, Body-Connection Coach and massage therapist. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The next outing in the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's new outdoor program, Inside-Outside Adventures is coming up June 16.
Inside-Outside Adventures is a series of experiential outings for women led by Body-Connection Coach Michelle Harkey and Posture Alignment Coach Sandra West. Registration for the June 16 hike closes on June 8.
Harkey and West designed the outings to use natural settings and outdoor activities to facilitate self-exploration, share the

Charity Golf Tournament Fights Alzheimer’s Disease

on June 10, 2018 - 7:27am
Alzheimer’s Association News:
ALBUQUERQUE Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is hosting its annual charity golf tournament to raise funds for the battle to end Alzheimer’s disease: The UnFOREgettable Golf Classic.
The tournament is Monday, June 25 at the Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Road in Albuquerque. Check-in and breakfast are 8 a.m., shotgun start is 9 a.m. For more information, pricing inquiries, or to reserve tickets now, contact Nika Lawrie, 505.266.4473,
The Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter encourages golfers and concerned citizens

Scenes From Project Heart Start At Fuller Lodge

on June 9, 2018 - 5:48pm

CPR mannequins lie beneath the trees at Fuller Lodge this morning during the Project Heart Start Hands-Only CPR  event. This is the fifth year the Los Alamos Fire Department has sponsored the program, which aims to teach CPR to as many New Mexicans as possible. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Community members of all ages took advantage of the free Heart Start class this morning. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Dr. Justin Hazen, medical director for the Los Alamos Fire Department and his daughter Addison watch the hands-only CPR class this morning at Fuller Lodge.

LAFD Offers Free Project Heart Start Course In Hands-Only CPR At Fuller Lodge Saturday

on June 8, 2018 - 8:42am


Los Alamos Fire Department invites the community to participate Saturday, June 9 at Fuller Lodge in a crash course in saving a life with hands-only CPR.

This is the fifth year LAFD offers Project Heart Start to County residents. Three free sessions will be presented at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. by trainers.

Project Heart Start is a program that trains as many individuals in New Mexico as possible to save a life of someone who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, might be having a heart attack or is choking to death.

NMDOH: Reporting Abuse, Neglect And Exploitation

on June 7, 2018 - 8:48am


The Division of Health Improvement (DHI) provides oversight for home and community-based Medicaid waiver programs and health facility licensing. DHI routinely conducts investigations into allegations of Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation (ANE) and complaints about health facilities.

The first step is to identify which program the incident should be reported to.

Where Did the Incident Occur? The process to follow for filing a report depends on the where the incident occurred.

Home and Community-Based Medicaid Waiver Programs
To report abuse, neglect, exploitation, suspicious

'Pints And Pours For Polio' At UnQuarked Sunday

on June 2, 2018 - 7:02am