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LAHS Girls Soccer Kick For The Cure Fundraiser Oct. 19

LAHS goalkeeper Annika Fox. Photo by Nate Limback

One in eight American women—more than a quarter of a million women and men this year—will likely develop breast cancer.

The Los Alamos High School Girls Soccer Program aims to help halt this deadly disease through their annual Breast Cancer Awareness month fundraiser.

Teams are collecting donations and hosting halftime penalty kick fundraising shootouts at boys’ and girls’ home games Saturday, Oct. 19 at Sullivan Field.

No registration is required for shootout participation—just show up and shoot against our Topper


Registration Now Open For Parenting University Featuring The Film Screenagers Next Chapter

JJAB News:

Is your elementary aged child begging for a smartphone? Is your tween glued to Snapchat or their endless Instagram feed? Is your teen suffering from sleep deprivation? This movie and discussion may help you and your family navigate the digital age.

Parenting University is a free workshop for parents and caretakers. This session will feature a viewing of the film Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience followed by solution focused discussion and activities.


  • Saturday, Oct. 19
  • UNM-LA Campus, Building 2
  • 8:30-9 a.m. Sign in and light


Food Products Recalled For Possible Contamination

NMED News:
E.A. Sween Company has announced the recall of multiple food products due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.
The recall was initiated by Tip Top Poultry, Inc., which provides ingredients to two of E.A. Sween’s suppliers: The Suter Company, Inc., and Baja Foods LLC, which provide chicken salad products and burritos, respectively, to E.A. Sween. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not received any reports of Listeria-related illnesses related to these products.
Listeria is an organism that can cause serious


The Fight Against Breast Cancer Doesn’t End Oct. 31

Los Alamos Medical Center Women’s Health Physician

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to review our knowledge of this disease, shine a spotlight on its risks and symptoms, and raise awareness of how we can help fight it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 245,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the U.S., and more than 40,000 women die from the disease. In fact, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women. So, it’s vital that we take the opportunity to focus on


DNCU Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Employees at the Los Alamos Del Norte Credit Union location are wearing pink on Fridays to raise breast cancer awareness and raise funds for cancer research. Kicking off this effort Friday, from left, Justin Blea, Riza Zamora, Mary Velasquez, Mandi George, Matt Waldschmidt, Priscilla Marquez. Cindy Martinez and Andres Valdez. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Michelle Moleres and Pricilla Marquez behind the counter Friday waiting to serve customers at the Los Alamos Branch of Del Norte Credit Union. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort In Project ECHO To Expand Telehealth Care

Congressional 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.) led a group of 39 lawmakers Wednesday in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telehealth mentoring model developed in New Mexico that enhances health care and workforce capacity in underserved areas.
Project ECHO provides community-based primary care teams


Council: October Is ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’

At the Tuesday Council meeting, from left, Los Alamos residents Carla Valentine and Nancy Partridge accept a proclamation from Los Alamos County Councilor Katrina Martin declaring October ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation during its regular meeting Oct. 1 declaring October as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.

Councilor Katrina Martin read the proclamation:

WHEREAS: According to the American Cancer Society, this year 271,270 people will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer


NMDOH, State Immunization Program Provides Families Access To Their Immunization Records

SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), in partnership with the New Mexico Immunization Program announce the launch of VaxViewNM, a new public portal for the New Mexico Statewide Immunization Information System (NMSIIS).
For the first time, parents and guardians will have access to official immunization records.
The website, allows families to see, save and print their child’s immunization records without a doctor’s office visit; and eliminates the need to carry multiple or outdated documents. The portal is accessible


NMDOH Reports First Five Flu Cases Of Season

NMDOH News: 

NMDOH Recommends Flu Vacines for People 6 Mos. & Older

SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the first laboratory confirmed cases of influenza (better known as flu) of the 2019-2020 season.
All five cases are adults; three cases reside in Sandoval County, one in Santa Fe County, and there has been one fatal case in Bernalillo County where the 90-year-old patient died.
“Flu can be fatal if left untreated or if a person – at any age – has a weakened immune system,” NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said. “Getting your flu vaccination


AG: Risk Advisory On Dangers Of E-cigarettes, Vaping

Attorney General Hector Balderas

ALBUQUERQUE –Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement and risk advisory to all New Mexicans in response to increased reporting about the rise of deaths and health risks related to e-cigarettes and the practice of vaping, and the federal Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement that it will begin working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to investigate criminal activity related to the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes. 

“I am warning all New Mexicans of the health and safety risks associated


New Mexico Delegation Announces HHS Grant To Taos For Rural Maternity And Obstetrics Development

Congressional 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 Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $2,982,779 to Taos Health Systems, Inc. in New Mexico as part of the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program.
A total of $9 million was awarded to address health disparities


MANNM ​Diabetes 1 mile/ 3.2 mile Walk/Run Saturday


Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico (MANNM), ​​, invites all members of the public to join in its second ​Diabetes 1 mile/ 3.2 mile Walk/Run.

The event is at ​9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Rover Park in White Rock​ to raise awareness for Diabetes while supporting two great causes – the ADA Camp 180 New Mexico program for kids with type 1 Diabetes and Self Help, Inc, ​​ as they celebrate their 50th year supporting people in need in Northern New Mexico

The ADA reports:

  • 1 in 11 Americans has diabetes today;
  • Every 23 seconds someone in


Scenes From 2019 Los Alamos Health Fair

The 2019 Los Alamos Health Fair drew a big crowd Saturday to Griffith Gymnasium. The Fair is organized by the Los Alamos Heart Council in partnership with Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by John McHale/ 

Gary Houfeck reacts to his flu shot Saturday at the Health Fair … oh come on Gary … as they say in the Marines: suck it up buttercup! Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside chats with Health Fair Chair Phil Gursky of the Los Alamos Heart Council, the organizations that partner to bring the annual Health Fair to the community.


Del Norte CU Creates Breast Cancer Awareness

DNCU News:  

SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) is creating awareness for breast cancer this October with a campaign to raise funds to be donated to the American Cancer Society, Inc.

The decision to raise funds and awareness began with a reflection on what credit unions are known for—giving back and being helpful community partners.

The credit union philosophy of people helping people goes beyond providing the right financial products for the membership.

“Our unwavering dedication to improving lives is carried out by every DNCU employee when they go that extra mile,” DNCU


New Mexico Delegation Announces $3 Million Grant For Youth Behavioral Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $3,000,000 grant to New Mexico’s Children, Youth, and Families Department’s Behavioral Health Services (CYFD BHS).
The CYFD BHS will use this grant to expand the existing infrastructure and capacity of the statewide behavioral health service system for children and


NMDOH: Alcohol-Related Deaths Rise In 2018

SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports an increase in alcohol-related deaths in New Mexico in 2018, when 1,544 New Mexicans died from alcohol-related causes.
That is up six percent from 2017, when there were 1,461 alcohol-related deaths. New Mexico has had the highest alcohol-related death rate of any state in the U.S. since 1997.
Alcohol-related deaths include all deaths from causes that are 100 percent alcohol-attributable (such as alcohol poisoning), and a fraction of deaths are due to causes that are partially alcohol-attributable


Triad Donates $150K Grant To UWNNM To Address Substance Abuse Issues In Northern New Mexico

Gathered at the United Way of Northern New Mexico 2019/20 Campaign Kickoff and Annual Meeting Tuesday evening in the Mision Y Convento in Española, from left, Board President Liddie Martinez, LANL Director Dr. Thom Mason wearing the cap presented to him in appreciation by United Way, 2019/20 Campaign Chair John Sarrao and Executive Director Cindy Padilla. On behalf of Triad, Dr. Mason presented a $151,500 grant to United Way to support the Rio Arriba Collective Impact Initiative to End Substance Abuse and Violence. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANL Director Thom Mason addresses