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Community Invited To Re-Opening Of Rio Grande Orthodontics Underway Until 4:30 P.M. Today

The community is invited to the re-opening of Rio Grande Orthodontics underway today until 4:30 p.m. at 3250 Trinity Dr. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Michael Kellet samples the food at the re-opening of Rio Grande Orthodontics underway today until 4:30 p.m. at 3250 Trinity Dr. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Dr. Ryan Gardiner and Dental Assistant Karina Tavarez with patient Hannah Gartz today at the re-opening of Rio Grande Orthodontics underway today until 4:30 p.m. at 3250 Trinity Dr. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Dr. Ryan Gardiner with assistant Maria Roybal


Toxic Blue-Green Algae In Cochiti Lake: Santa Cruz Day-Use Area Closed To Swimming Effective Immediately

Army Corps of Engineers News:
COCHITI LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, announced today that effective immediately the Santa Cruz day-use area is closed to swimming due to the presence of toxic blue-green algae in Cochiti Lake.
The Cochiti Swim Beach remains closed.
“The safety of our visitors is our top priority, so we are monitoring conditions at the lake closely with visual spot checks and water sampling,” said Trevor Wallin, USACE-Albuquerque District Cochiti Lake project office manager. “While blue-green algae is found naturally


On The Job In Los Alamos: At Vitalant Blood Drive

On the job in Los Alamos are recruits from the Los Alamos Fire Department Recruit Academy #28 donating blood today for the Battle of Badges blood drive at the First Baptist Church. As the board behind them shows, it has been a close battle as Los Alamos community members show their appreciation for the First Responders by donating blood and voting for their favorite team. Photo by Ana Martinez/LAFD


New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Seeks Congressional Support For Autism Services

Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that he is joining a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES Act of 2019.
This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum disorders (“ASD”) and services to those affected by these conditions.
“We must protect vulnerable New Mexicans and provide them all of the services possible to ensure their safety and well being,” Balderas said. “I am calling on Congress


Closure Notice: DaVita Los Alamos Dialysis


DaVita Los Alamos Dialysis at 3917 West Road Suite G-02, behind Los Alamos Medical Center, is withdrawing its participation in the Medicare program and permanently closing its doors effective Sept. 30, 2019.

Direct all medical record inquiries to:

  • Del Norte Dialysis at 5201 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109; or
  • Sandia Peak Dialysis at 10410 Copper Pointe Way NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123.


NMED Seeks Information About Illegal Dumping

Aug. 23 Rio Pueblo sewage spill. Courtesy/NMED
NMED News:
PICURIS PUEBLO — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) needs the public’s help in reporting and identifying illegal dumping into water bodies.
Last week, Picuris Pueblo found evidence of raw sewage in the Rio Pueblo, including toilet paper and other solids.
Within an hour, the Pueblo restricted access to the river as a precautionary measure. After the Pueblo contacted NMED, Surface Water Quality Bureau and Pueblo staff jointly sampled the river at the Pueblo and several miles downstream.


New Mexico Human Services Department Reaches Settlement With Two More Behavioral Health Providers

HSD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department has reached settlement agreements with two more behavioral health organizations to whom Medicaid payments were frozen in 2013 by the Martinez administration. Settlement agreements were reached with:
  • TeamBuilders Counseling Services, Inc.; and
  • Counseling Associates, Inc.
Last month HSD announced it had settled with:
  • Hogares, Inc;
  • Valencia Counseling Services, Inc.; and
  • The Counseling Center, Inc.
HSD has now settled half of these agreements, which were made in the interest of amicably resolving all


NMDOH Warns Of Vaping-Associated Lung Disease



SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is investigating possible cases of lung disease that are associated with vaping.
A 29-year old male from Bernalillo County was determined to have vaping-associated lung disease and three additional cases are under investigation. All have reported use of vape cartridges, possibly containing Tetra hydro cannabinol (THC). There have been similar cases reported in at least 14 other states.
All cases under investigation have been hospitalized with severe breathing problems after vaping including cough,


Red Cross Offers Students Back To School Safety Tips

American Red Cross News:
ALBUQUERQUE — The school bells are calling students back to the classroom, and the American Red Cross wants to make sure students are safe as they head back to school for the upcoming year.
“While safety is a top priority for all students, there are special steps for parents of younger kids and those headed to school for the first time,” Regional Communication Manager Jim Gilloon said. “Make sure the child knows their phone number, address, how to get in touch with their parents at work, how to get in touch with another trusted adult and how to dial 9-1-1. Teach


Upcoming Events For Former Los Alamos, Sandia, DOE Workers And Hiring Events For Nurses

NCP News:
ALBUQUERQUE Former Los Alamos and Sandia laboratory and Department of Energy workers are invited to upcoming events in Los Alamos and Albuquerque hosted by Nuclear Care Partners.
Former workers can find out whether they qualify for benefits through DOE’s EEOICPA as well as meet the local Nuclear Care Partners care team and Co-Founder/CEO Jenna Noem.
The Filing Forum is designated for former workers needing help filing a claim or who have never applied for EEOICPA benefits.
The morning session will feature information on:
  • Details of the EEOICPA;
  • How


Virginia Tech Researchers Receive $2.9 Million Grant With China To Study Infectious Diseases

College of Science researchers Kate Langwig, right, and Joseph Hoyt, left, received a grant to understand the long-term host and pathogen dynamics of white-nose syndrome in bats. Courtesy/Virginia Tech
NSF News:
Sometimes, scientists have to look to the past to better understand the present. 
Researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science received a $2.9 million dollar award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to understand the long-term host and pathogen


APA: Majority Of Adults Stressed By Mass Shootings

APA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A large majority of adults in the United States are stressed by mass shootings, and a third of U.S. adults say that fear of mass shootings stops them from going to certain places and events, according to a new survey on stress and mass shootings by the American Psychological Association. 
“It’s clear that mass shootings are taking a toll on our mental health, and we should be particularly concerned that they are affecting the way many of us are living our daily lives,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, APA’s chief executive officer. “The more these events


Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Has New Home!

Members of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. (LAVNS) team gather this morning at their new home at 109 Central Park Square, formerly occupied by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Members include Executive Director Wendi Wolfe; Office Manager Jade Lovato; Julie Banaszek, RN; Alaina Cole Beardslee, RN; Tanny Larson, billing; Zandra Hall, RN; Sherry Destromp, LPN and Jenny Pena, medical records. LAVNS moved Saturday from 2202 Canyon Road after that property sold. ‘We’re happy to be more centrally located,’ Wolfe said. ‘We’re near Nambe Drugs who we partner with and we like the central


Dr. Richard Honsinger And Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic Celebrate 50 Year Anniversary!

Dr. Richard Honsinger, center, and his staff gather for a 50th anniversary celebration photo Wednesday morning in front of Los Alamos Care Clinic at Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Care Clinic is celebrating 50 years in practice to the local community.

Dr. Richard Honsinger opened the practice Aug. 18, 1969 in Los Alamos Medical Center. He now has a staff of 35 professionals who provide services at the multi-specialty clinic at 3917 West Road, Suite 150, which offers primary