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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


Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church Fall Conference Features Simonetta Carr On Broken Pieces And The God Who Mends Them

Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church News:

Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church in White Rock is hosting a Fall Conference that will touch upon the difficult theme of mental illness in the church with the hope of encouraging families in similar situations. The conference is offered free of charge.
The Fall Conference is 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 for the first session and there will be two sessions at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. A lunch will be offered free of charge after the conference — but interested parties are asked to please RVSP to the church email at or call


On The Job In Los Alamos: At Float Los Alamos

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday is owner and float operator Linda Casias of Float Los Alamos at 927 Central Ave. Float Los Alamos provides floatation therapy. which involves lying in a spacious, dark tank floating atop a super saturated Epsom saltwater solution. The goal of floatation therapy is to limit sensory input and allow the body to shift into a parasympathetic state to achieve rest, relaxation and restoration of normal function and behavior. The community is encouraged to visit Float Los Alamos and the other small businesses in the shopping strip where the DMV is despite road


Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening Of Health Commons

House Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler snips the ribbon, officially opening the Health Commons, with from left, Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Pete Sheehey, New Mexico Deputy Secretary of Health Karin Rhodes, Chandler, Council Chair Sara Scott, Councilor Randall Ryti, Councilor Katrina Schmidt and Las Clinicas del Norte Executive Director Andrea Sandoval, Wednesday at the Health Commons site at 1183 Diamond Dr., Suite D in Los Alamos (across the street from Los Alamos High school, southwestern end of the building). The Health Commons opened for business Aug. 1 and is designed to serve


Tai Chi Sun Class Offered At BESC Monday

The the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row. Courtesy/LARSO


The Centers for Disease Control or the CDC recommends a seated, Tai Chi course for those with arthritis.

A Tai Chi Sun (pronounced soon) class, open to the community, will take place 10:30 a.m., Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The program is a kickoff to National Fall Prevention Week and designed for fall prevention and overall health and wellness. 

Many illnesses have considerable concern for falls and the addition of a few skills is beneficial, whether one is 30 or 90. 

Day Out Program Director


LAVNS Celebrates New Location With Ribbon Cutting

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services (LAVNS) staff, Chamber and  County officials and community members gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon at LAVNS’ new location at 109 Central Park Square. LAVNS moved into its new office in August. ‘We’re very excited about our new space. It increases our visibility and it’s sort of like a homecoming for us,’ Board President Rick Reiss said. Reiss said six years ago, LAVNS was located a few doors down from its current space. He added that the new location is near many of LAVNS providers including Nambe


Indian Affairs Department Awards Over $540,000 To Special Projects And Tobacco Cessation And Prevention Programs In New Mexico Tribal Communities

SANTA FE The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) has announced $297,324 in Special Projects funding and $249,300 in Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (TCPP) funding that was awarded across several tribal communities or tribal serving organizations by the Special Project Grant Program.
During the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session, IAD received a General Fund Appropriation to support special projects in Fiscal Year 2020 that benefit NM tribal communities. From this appropriation the department made funds available for projects that identify


Benefit Ride To The Springs Draws More Than 50 Riders To Support Injured La Cueva Teen Wyatt Taylor

Riders arrive Saturday morning in the parking lot at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 401 Trinity Dr. for the start of the Ride to the Springs, a benefit ride for La Cueva teen Wyatt Taylor seriously injured in a RTV accident in 2017. The effort raised more than $11,702 to help offset reconstructive procedures Taylor is facing and support the Catholic church in Jemez Springs. Taylor and the church will each receive a check for $5,851. Photo by John McHale/ 

Guest of Honor Wyatt Taylor and his mom Michelle were presented with prayer shawls from Nancy Kossar on behalf


Nurses With Heart: Parkinson’s And Movement Disorders Action Group Meets At BESC Wednesday

Nurses With Heart News:

The new Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Action Group will meet 2-3:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The 28-member group welcomes the community to attend this meeting to learn about resources and more.

The new group was established this past summer and coordinated by Nurses With Heart CEO Carolyn Moore.

“The newly formed Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Action Group got off to an enthusiastic start,” Moore said. “Attendees asked questions and shared experiences. We welcome anyone who has Parkinson’s or a movement disorder, or who is a caregiver,


Fuselier: The Seeking Emotional System

Los Alamos

Some thoughts from science, life, and ancient religious texts

Los Alamos

Some thoughts from science, life, and ancient religious texts

In an earlier essay, I touched on the choice that we share with all animals: either to go forward towards resources that sustain us or to draw away from that which can cause us harm. The emotional system that controls our forward motion has been labeled the Seeking emotional system by the noted neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp. While it’s needed for life, this emotional system can lead us into a lot of trouble.

Such is the way


LAHS Student Aims To End Malnutrition In The World

Havard University student Garyk Brixi and Los Alamos High School student Lillian Peterson at the International Science Fair in May in Phoenix, Ariz. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Malnutrition is the leading cause of death for children globally and Lillian Petersen, a senior at Los Alamos High School, along with her partner Garyk Brixi of Maryland, is doing something about it.

They created computer software that can help inform aid organizations on the most effective way to treat malnourished children. Malnutrition is a clinical