Health Care

SFNF: Forest Service Partners With Neighbors Helping Neighbors To Distribute Firewood To Local Communities

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest is partnering with the Santa Fe Community Foundation and the United Methodist Committee on Relief/Neighbors Helping Neighbors to provide firewood directly to those impacted by the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires.

An agreement was recently signed that provided $200,000 dollars to support this locally based organization in providing fuelwood to communities. As part of the agreement, hazard trees from the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fire areas will be cut and delivered directly to households in Mora and San Miguel Counties.

“The funds from Read More

Rep. Vasquez Urges Social Security Administration To Assist Seniors And Resolve Wait Times

U.S. Rep. Gabe Vasquez


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Gabe Vasquez (NM-02) has urged the Social Security Administration (SSA) to address mounting concerns about prolonged wait times for New Mexicans on the SSA’s 1-800 phone service line.

In a government shutdown, thousands of SSA workers will be furloughed, further extending the wait times for New Mexicans. Vasquez proactively called for immediate steps to resolve this issue that impacts constituents awaiting crucial benefits decisions.

“Waiting on hold can be frustrating, but when it comes to getting help with Social Security Read More

LAHS NJROTC Raises $7,500 For Veterans Charity

NJROTC color guard presenting the colors before the ’til Valhalla 5k run. Courtesy Photo

’til Valhalla participants get started. Courtesy Photo

From left, Cadet Miera, Cadet Crawford, Cadet H. Kim, Cadet Hornberger and Cadet Parry-Jones stand in front of the til’ Valhalla banner showing their support. Courtesy Photo

By C/ENS Alana Hinojosa
Public Affairs Officer
Los Alamos NJROTC

Every day 22 Veterans commit suicide. In order to bring awareness to this important issue, last year Los Alamos NJROTC ran a combined 22 miles to let our Veterans know their lives are important. Read More

September 2023 Enforcement Watch Alert: 129 Enforcement Actions Initiated, 15 Enforcement Actions Resolved

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released updates for the month of September 2023 on the Enforcement Watch.

The Enforcement Watch is a listing of all active and resolved enforcement cases. Active cases involve an alleged violation of a regulation, rule, permit, license, etc. Resolved cases are those that were adjudicated in court of law or administratively resolved.

The Enforcement Watch also provides tools for the public to report alleged environmental or workplace safety violations.

In the month of September, 129 new entries were added to the Active Matters Read More

SFCC Free Flu Vaccine Clinic Wednesday Oct. 18

SFCC News:

Santa Fe Community College’s (SFCC) Human Resources Office will offer a free flu vaccine clinic with Albertson’s Pharmacy, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the SFCC Campus Center at 6401 Richards Ave., in Santa Fe.

All shots are free to insured recipients. All ages: Senior flu shot also available.

Please bring insurance card with Bin, ID, Group and PCN numbers.

Albertson’s Pharmacy will give a 10 percent discount on groceries to current Albertson’s Reward Card Members.

Free event, first-come, first-served (no reservations required).

For information, call 505.428.1228. Read More

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tests Positive For COVID-19

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Sunday tested positive for COVID-19. 

She is experiencing some minimal symptoms and will continue working virtually throughout this week. Read More

Celebrating LAMC Employee Milestones: Charlene Padilla

Charlene Padilla has worked at the Española primary care clinic for 31 years. 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 third in a Q&A series highlighting several dedicated LAMC employees who have served our communities for decades. Next in our series is Charlene Padilla, Office Manager at Española Family Care, who has worked at our Española primary care clinic Read More

EEOC Sues Res-Care For Pregnancy And Disability Discrimination And Retaliation

EEOC News:

SOCORRO — Res-Care and Equus Workforce Solutions (Res-Care), nationwide job-assistance companies doing business in New Mexico, violated federal law when they discriminated against an employee with a high-risk pregnancy and disabilities, and retaliated against her for requesting a reasonable accommodation, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed Friday.

According to the EEOC lawsuit, Res-Care knew about Cheyenne Benavidez’ high-risk pregnancy and associated disabilities, punished her for pregnancy-related medical absences, Read More

Scenes From Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic At LAMC

Drivers line up their vehicles at the Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Saturday at Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) at 3917 West Road. LAMC staff administered free flu shots to the community in the hospital parking lot. LAMC representatives said that the best way to prevent the flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting a yearly flu vaccine, adding that studies indicate while flu vaccination does not always prevent illness, it has been shown to reduce severity. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LAMC’s Therese Whither, RN, administers a dose of the flu vaccine to a community Read More

La Familia Health Statement On Physicians Vote To Unionize

La Familia Health News:

SANTA FE — La Familia Health issued the following statement regarding the vote Wednesday by La Familia Medical Center Physicians, Providers and Dentists to be represented by the Union of American Physicians and Dentists:

“At La Familia Health, our mission is to provide exceptional care to everyone in our community regardless of ability to pay. Our providers play a critical role in our mission, and we respect their collective decision to unionize.

“We value and share their commitment to delivering the highest standards of care to our patients. It is our shared commitment, Read More

Los Alamos Police Resume Fingerprint Services For Licensing, Certification, Employment Beginning Today!

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) has announced that fingerprint services have resumed as of today. Individuals requiring fingerprint services to complete federal, or state background checks can schedule an appointment by registering on the IdentoGo website at: or call 877.467.9215 for assistance.

Last May, the LAPD was notified by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS) that it had changed vendors for fingerprint background checks and support. The change at the state level required LAPD to halt services immediately until Read More

Senators Heinrich, Brown And Casey Call On FDA To Take Action To Prevent Another Infant Formula Shortage


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action to prevent another infant formula shortage.

In a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf, Heinrich and colleagues urged the agency to ensure that production levels for domestic infant formula remains constant and that store shelves continue to be stocked. 

As the Read More

‘El Art de Ser Padres’ Free Workshop Sept. 30 At SALA



Spanish Speaking families in the communities of Los Alamos and Rio Arriba are invited to join a community workshop Saturday, Sept. 30. If your family, or a family you know are interested in this workshop, keep reading to find out more.

Este 30 de Septiembre del 2023 de 9:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en colaboración con las agencias LA Family Council y First Born Program, estaremos ofreciendo dos presentaciones informativas para familias hispanohablantes en SALA. Invitamos a las familias hispanas de Los Alamos y Río Arriba a que se registren a este evento gratuito, donde tendremos Read More

Senators Luján, Thune Announce Bicameral Effort To Evaluate Universal Service Fund

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and John Thune (R-S.D.), Chair and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband, respectively, announced U.S. Reps Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), Chair and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, respectively, have joined the Universal Service Fund (USF) Working Group.

Launched earlier this year in the Senate, this bipartisan working group was established to evaluate and propose Read More

Reminder: LAMC Flu Shot Drive Thru Event Saturday!

LAMC News:

Reminder: Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is hosting a free community flu shot clinic from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the hospital at 3917 West Road.

The flu vaccine will be administered in a drive-thru configuration that will not require people to get out of their vehicle. This clinic is for ages 18 and older only; children will not be inoculated. High-dose vaccines will be available for those who are 65 and older.

Attendees are asked to follow the signage at the hospital and follow instructions to receive their free vaccination. While this is a first-come, first-serve clinic, Read More

LAMC: Breast Cancer – Be Aware And Take Action

Los Alamos Medical Center News:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed nationally every October to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer and to provide education regarding the most common symptoms and associated risk factors for the disease.

By staying informed and taking preventive action to fight breast cancer, we can help to minimize the effect this disease has on women in our communities.

In recognition of this important health observance, we asked Glendon Cook, MD, a Family Medicine Physician at Los Alamos Medical Center, to answer some of the most frequently asked questions Read More

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Physical Therapy Plus

On the job in Los Alamos where even physical therapists need to stretch! Here Physical Therapist Ariel Davila helps fellow therapist Josh Konnolec stretch his ham strings Monday at Physical Therapy Plus, Inc., 1350 Central Ave., Ste. 105. Some of the services provided include Pediatric physical therapy, Pediatric occupational therapy, Developmental Delays, Gross Motor Difficulties, Fine Motor Difficulties, Sensory Integration Difficulties. Dysgraphia, and Neurological and Genetic Conditions. To learn more, visit Photo by Connor Hoch/ Read More

Skolnik: Fall Vaccine Season – Valuable Summary Information


White Rock

Ideally, members of our local community would already have had a chance to discuss with their primary care providers the recommendations for who should get the RSV, COVID, and influenza vaccines and when. However, this is highly unlikely. In addition, some people do not have a primary care provider or lack the financial resources to seek such advice on this matter.

In this light, please see the graphic above that summarizes information about who is eligible for the RSV, influenza, and COVID vaccines, the “protection” they provide, and what the Read More

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