Health Care

Shin: Concerned About Well-being; Eye Health Of Our Kids 

By LISA SHIN, O.D.
Los Alamos

Dear Friends:

With the news of Los Alamos Public Schools planning for a hybrid model and remote learning this coming fall, as a mom, I am very concerned about the well being of our kids!

While some families, such as homeschoolers, are well-positioned and equipped for this change, others are simply not. Without proper supervision, parental involvement, and social interaction, some will fall behind.

What about single, working parents who cannot afford to work part-time? What happens to small business owners who have school age children and cannot afford paid family


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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signs House Bill 1 Creating Framework For Recovery And Budget Solvency

House Democrats News:

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the recently passed House budget bill, bringing fiscal solvency to the state’s finances, and creating a budget framework for recovery in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

Sponsored by Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee Rep. Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup), House Bill 1 achieves fiscal solvency while prioritizing the education, health care, and public safety of New Mexicans. By sanding roughly 4 percent across most state agencies from their pre-COVID FY21 budgets


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JJAB Community Gift Card Program Has Impact During COVID-19

JJAB News:

At the start of the pandemic, Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) developed the Community Gift Card Program to assist community members in need, recognize helpers in the community, and support local eating establishments. 

Since starting, the program has received and delivered 72 gift cards, impacting 202 adults/youth in Los Alamos and White Rock. The goal was to provide each recipient with funds for a meal for the entire family.

The gift cards were purchased by community members or with donations received, directly from local restaurants.  Secret City Kitchen,


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 12,147 With 4 More Deaths And 5,393 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 168 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 4 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 36 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 5 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 10 new cases in Curry County
  • 21 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 2 new cases in Eddy County
  • 19 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 1

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Skolnik: Please Tell It Like It Is – Before It Is Much Too Late

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

Providing the public with regular, clear, evidence-based, and actionable messages has been key to successfully addressing every major public health problem. Successful messaging has also centered on creating a popular consensus around understanding outbreaks and taking the measures needed to deal with them. This has been true, for example, about messaging in the U.S. on tobacco and seat belts. It was also true for how governments dealt with HIV in Thailand and Uganda and with Ebola in West Africa. Messages in the above manner have also been at the core of the global


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Theater Continues In Santa Fe: Outdoors With The Crows

Upstart Crows of Santa Fe actors perform in a socially-distanced, small-audience, outdoor production of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth at 6 p.m. July 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12. Courtesy/UCSF

UCSF News:

A director’s debut, a cast disrupted by the pandemic, Zoom rehearsals to keep the play alive, a change of venue, the need to completely reblock and redesign the play, delays as they waited for restrictions to allow performance.

Despite the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune these intrepid young players have persisted and created a live theater experience worthy of this provoking tragedy


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American Red Cross Offers Ways To Stay Safe During Fourth Of July Celebrations Due To Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Red Cross News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Fourth of July is just ahead, a time when people typically enjoy the summer holiday with backyard barbecues, fireworks or water fun.

But this year, celebrating Independence Day will be different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Red Cross offers safety tips you can follow.

“If your community is reopening, it’s important to know which safety measures to take as you venture out in public,” said American Red Cross Regional CEO Kurt Kroemer. “Follow these coronavirus precautions.”

  • Continue to social distance by staying 6 feet away from others,

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Local Winners Of COVID-19 Poster Contest Announced

‘Use your Head’ poster created by Elektra Caffrey is the first place winner in the adult division of the Los Alamos Museum of Art and Los Alamos History Museum COVID-19 poster contest. Courtesy/LAMA

LAMA News:

The Los Alamos Museum of Art (LAMA) and Los Alamos History Museum announce the winners of the 2020 COVID-19 poster contest.

Adult Division:

  • First place winner is Elektra Caffrey with “Use Your Head. . .”
  • Second place winner is Deeanna Foster with “. . . Stay 6 Feet Away”
  • Third place winner is Debbie Merhege with “Work At Home”

Kids Division:

  • First place winner is Evelyn Fobes with “Somos Unidos”

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Han: We May Finish COVID-19 Pandemic With Less Fatality This Summer By Raising Curve

Proposal on how to avoid fall resurgence of the COVID-19 health crisis. Chart courtesy of Dr. Cliff Han

By DR. CLIFF HAN
Los Alamos

With all the talk of flattening the coronavirus pandemic curve of infections, we can also ask the question another way: When should we raise the curve?

This accompanying chart is one we’re all used to by now: showing the number of newly infected people during the course of a pandemic. The CDC is currently trying to flatten the curve with preventive measures so that the pandemic will not overwhelm the healthcare system. But, if the priority is saving lives, then actually


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 11,982 With 1 More Deaths And 5,296 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 173 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County now at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 1 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 45 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 6 new cases in Chaves County
  • 11 new cases in Curry County
  • 35 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 9 new cases in Eddy County
  • 3 new cases in Hidalgo County
  • 6 new cases in Lea County
  • 4 new cases in Luna County
  • 11 new cases

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LAVA Director Sarah Chandler Leaves Magical Mark

Sarah Chandler, 3rd from right, with her children from left, Ethan, Dean, Celeste, Alec, Olivia and Olivia’s husband Lee. Courtesy photo

Sarah Chandler with volunteers Thursday including Janet Montoya and Florence Riebe. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO

The lyrics from the old Mary Tyler Moore Show suddenly came to mind last Thursday, “She can turn the world on with her smile. She can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile”.

You see Thursday was the last official day for Sarah Chandler of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization


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Udall, Heinrich Join Push For $175 Billion Education Investment To Save 2021 School Year & U.S. Economy

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have joined a group of 41 Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), calling on Senate leadership to include at least $175 billion for the Elementary and Secondary Education Relief Fund in any future coronavirus relief package.

As health and education officials develop novel coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines, precautions, and restrictions for safely reopening schools this fall, Udall and Heinrich are urging Congress and the Trump administration to act with the same sense of urgency


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 11,809 With 1 More Deaths And 5,264 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 192 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County now at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 1 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 45 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new case in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Curry County
  • 27 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 3 new cases in Eddy County
  • 6 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 6 new cases

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New Mexico Delegation Applauds HUD Grant To Help Alleviate Risk Of COVID-19 Among Homeless Population

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $15,455,067 to the state of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in communities with at-risk individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homelessness assistance.

The funds are part of the $4 billion in grant funding for emergency housing solutions


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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signs Senate Bill 4 To Ensure Safe And Accessible November Elections

NMHD News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a new bill Friday meant to guarantee public health precautions will be in place for all New Mexico voters for the upcoming November elections.

Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque), and Rep. Linda Trujillo (D-Albuquerque), establishes clear guidelines for the Secretary of State and county clerks to conduct safe and efficient elections despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Responding to the hurdles of holding elections in an ongoing pandemic, Senate Bill 4 contains provisions that require Personal Protection


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New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 11,619 With 2 More Deaths And 5,251 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 209 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County remains at 7 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update announces 2 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases:

  • 37 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Curry County
  • 24 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 4 new cases in Eddy County
  • 7 new cases in Hidalgo County
  • 6 new cases in Lea County
  • 2 new cases in Luna County
  • 23 new

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