Health Care

Topper Girls Soccer ‘Kick For The Cure’ Fundraiser Oct. 24


LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Girls Soccer Teams “Kick for the Cure” games scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Sullivan Field – including the 4 p.m. Varsity game against Taos and JV Game against Santa Fe – will raise funds for breast cancer through a raffle and chance to shoot on the goalkeepers.

It was previously announced that funds raised from these “Kick for the Cure” games would go to the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, but there has been a change in charity donation due to unforeseen circumstances.

Diane Hammon, vice president of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, expressed gratitude Read More

Local EMT Brian Kliesen Honored For 20 Years Of Service

The 525 Independence All Stars. Courtesy/Brian Kliesen


Brian Kliesen of Los Alamos, former wildland firefighter with the US Forest Service, was recently recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for achieving 20 consecutive years of National EMS Certification.

This distinction is an honor held by few EMS professionals.

To maintain his status as a Nationally Registered EMT, Kliesen completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for EMS professionals in America.

By maintaining his National EMS Certification Read More

Los Alamos County Launches Vaccine Availability Webpage


Los Alamos County (LAC) Social Services Division has launched a Vaccine Availability webpage on the County’s website that provides a list compiled by LAC Health Council to help navigate finding vaccines in the county.

Community members can utilize this new resource to find locations providing COVID, RSV, and/or flu vaccines; ages the location is serving, clinic hours and contact information, as well as registration information.

For the week of October 16, 2023, vaccines are available at Nambe Drugs, both Smith’s Pharmacy locations, Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico, Read More

Los Alamos Retirement Community Announces Sale Of Sombrillo And Aspen Ridge To OPCO Skilled Mangement

From the Board of Directors
Los Alamos Retirement Community

The Los Alamos Retirement Community is pleased and proud to have served the Los Alamos community for the last few decades through the Sombrillo Skilled Nursing Facility and the Aspen Ridge Assisted Living Facility.

However, the business model which had been successful in the past is no longer sustainable. Labor shortages and the general liability situation in New Mexico have made it impossible to operate the facilities as a community non-profit with a small to mid-level management contractor.

For this reason, we have sold the facilities Read More

Celebrating LAMC Employee Milestones: Adam Trujillo

Pharmacist Adam Trujillo has worked at Los Alamos Medical Center since 1996. Courtesy/LAMC

Los Alamos Medical Center News:

At Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC), we are blessed to have so many fantastic team members who are committed to our mission of making communities healthier and who live our core values each and every day.

The following is the latest in a Q&A series highlighting several dedicated LAMC employees who have served our communities for decades. This week, we’re featuring Pharmacist Adam Trujillo who has worked at our hospital since 1996.

Question: Can you tell us a little Read More

Canceled: Santa Fe Community College Oct. 18 Flu Clinic

SFCC News:

The Flu Vaccine Clinic scheduled at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) by the Human Resources Department for Wednesday, Oct. 18 has been canceled due to a pharmacy staffing issue.

That clinic will be rescheduled.

Please note: As previously announced there will be a free COVID and Flu Vaccine Clinic 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 30 at the college. Read More

First Born Program To Host Prenatal Retreat Friday Oct. 20

First Born Program News:

The First Born Program is excited to once again be hosting a prenatal retreat for first time parents to be. This event will cover information about newborn feeding and sleeping, short demonstrations on infant massage, infant CPR and choking first aid, plus some parent-to-be wellbeing and self-care tips. This free event will include healthy snacks and a light lunch.

This month, the event with be hybrid – in person 1-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at the First Born Program offices at 190 Central Park Square and virtually on Zoom. This retreat has some capacity at this point. Read More

Los Alamos Police Hold 2023 Fall DEA Drug Take Back Day

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) will be conducting its biannual DEA Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

The drop off location will be in the north parking lot (off Central Avenue) of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Items that have not been accepted in the past include: Needles/sharps, any liquids or creams, and aerosols/compressed medications. For this event, LAPD will have supplies available for people to dispose of their liquids, creams and aerosols on site. A sharps container also will be available for injectable medications.

This drug diversion Read More

LAMC To Host Annual Women’s Spa Day Saturday Oct. 28

LAMC News:

Don’t miss work, be pampered and complete your annual mammogram at Los Alamos Medical Center’s (LAMC) Annual Spa Day, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 28.

Women who set up their appointment on this day will not only receive personalized care close to home but receive extra privacy and comfort. Snacks will be provided, and patients will receive a free goodie bag before leaving.

Mammograms have been proven to help reduce deaths from breast cancer by identifying the disease early when treatment is most effective. Most women should get their first mammogram at age 40 and repeat annually or Read More

Updated Fall 2023 Vaccine Summary

White Rock

The US has just authorized the use of another updated COVID vaccine, Novavax. This vaccine is a protein-based, non-mRNA vaccine, and on a different platform than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

In light of this, and our approaching “flu season” and a possible “winter COVID wave,” Katelyn Jetelina and Caitlin Rivers, the authors of two popular public health newsletters, have just updated the summary vaccine chart above, which they first prepared about a month ago. Read More

Domestic Violence Month: Know Red Flags Of An Abuser


LAPD News:

It’s not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive. Many abusers may seem perfect on the surface–as if they are the dream partner. Possessive and controlling behaviors don’t always appear in the early stages of a relationship, but rather emerge gradually as the relationship grows.

The best way to protect yourself from getting into an abusive relationship is by knowing what to look for. If you recognize any of these RED FLAGS, you may be heading down a dangerous road into an abusive situation and you may want to reach out to a therapist Read More

United Church To Host Wellness Conversations For Local Parents, Guardians, Youth And Children Post-Eclipse Oct. 14


Post-Eclipse this Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14, United Church Minister for Youth Keith Lewis and Director of Children’s Ministries Laura Loving will facilitate an afternoon of sharing concerns and opportunities for mental health, social awareness and support.

Conversations will take place 1-3 p.m. at the United Church at 2525 Canyon Road, and will focus on issues in the community based on what ideas are brought up in the sessions. Possibilities can include teen pressure and academic concerns, the surge of fentanyl use, depression and mental health, along with support Read More

LAPS: October Is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia FAQs

How many people have dyslexia?

We do not really know how many people have dyslexia. Since there has not been a generally accepted definition until recently, estimates have varied widely. The National Institutes of Health have estimated that 15% of the population may have dyslexia.

What causes dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a consequence of the way a person’s brain is organized. Learning to read requires making the association between printed symbols and spoken words and spoken sounds. These associations must become firmly fixed in memory for reading to be fluent. People with dyslexia Read More

Con Alma Health Foundation Seeking Hero Nominations


SANTA FE — Con Alma Health Foundation asks for health hero nominations of people who have made a significant difference in the health of their community.

This year, Con Alma is accepting nominations in two age categories: adult (age 26 and older) and youth (age 25 and younger). Fill out a brief form here.

Heroes can work in any field, including advocates, volunteers, clinicians, administrators, teachers and policy makers. The strongest candidate is an unsung hero who is passionate about improving health in New Mexico. Con Alma will accept nominations until 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

Con Alma, Read More

SFCC Hosts Covid And Flu Vaccine Clinic Monday Oct. 30

SFCC News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) will host a free Covid and flu vaccine clinic, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30.

The shots will be administered in the Jemez Rooms at SFCC main campus, 6401 Richards Ave.

Shots will be provided by Best Buy Drugs, an independent pharmacy in Albuquerque. 

Clinic Recap:

  • Covid and Flu Vaccination Clinic
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30
  • Jemez Rooms, SFCC, 6401 Richards Ave.
  • 505.428.1000

No preregistration required. Please bring your insurance card. There will be no co-pay for recipients. While an insurance card is preferred, everyone is eligible. No one will Read More

Wildfire Preparedness Is Year-Round: Prescribed Fire Smoke Is In The Air – Be Prepared

Forest Stewards Guild News:

SANTA FE — Due to the cooler weather conditions and higher moisture, fall is an important time for land managers to complete prescribed fire projects.

Prescribed burning is a fire management tool used to reduce fuel loads and decrease fire behavior in the case of a wildfire – among other benefits. Prescribed fire and associated smoke may lower the chances of a much longer smoke event from wildfire. Still, despite careful planning to conduct prescribed fire in ways that minimize harmful smoke exposure, smoke from prescribed burning does have an impact on air quality

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Los Alamos Medical Center Welcomes Family Medicine Provider Maya Lessen

Maya Lessen, FNP

LAMC News:

Experienced FNP now accepting new patients at Los Alamos Family Care

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) welcomes Maya Lessen, FNP, and announces that she is now accepting new patients at Los Alamos Family Care.

Lessen is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with 20 years of healthcare experience, including five years as an emergency department provider and another five years providing primary care. She specializes in primary care for ages 15 and up, lifestyle medicine, preventive care, geriatrics and acute/chronic health conditions.

Appointments can be made Read More

Rollover Accident Halts Traffic On N.M. 502 Near N.M. 4

A vehicle flipped over at 9 a.m. today on N.M. 502 near the exit to White Rock. One person was transported to LAMC with injuries. The cause of the accident is under investidation. Photo by Delbert Romero/

Scene of vehicle flipped over at 9 a.m. today on N.M. 502 near the exit to White Rock. Photo by Delbert Romero/


At 9 a.m. today, a rollover accident occurred on N.M. 502 near the N.M. 4 intersection. One person sustained injuries and has been transported by Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs to Los Alamos Medical Center.

The incident has prompted an immediate Read More

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