Health Care

LAPD: West Nile Virus Has Been Confirmed In Dead Bird In Los Alamos County

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department’s (LAPD) Animal Control Unit has responded to multiple calls for service related to dead ravens and crows. 

Approximately seven reports have been made to the Los Alamos Consolidated Dispatch Center (CDC) of dead birds in the downtown and western area of Los Alamos over the past week.   

As a precaution Los Alamos County Animal Control sent one of the deceased birds to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Veterinary Diagnostic Services on July 31 to test for the presence of West Nile Virus. The results of the test were received on Aug. 3 and confirmed Read More

New Mexico Fight For Life Gala Ball Fundraiser: Empowering Hope For Suicide Prevention Sept. 16


New Mexico Fight for Life is proud to present its inaugural Gala Ball Fundraiser, an empowering event to benefit survivors of suicide, promote suicide awareness, and foster suicide prevention in New Mexico communities. Please join us starting at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, at the beautiful Cities of Gold Hotel Ballroom, located at 10 Cities of Gold Rd # A, Santa Fe, NM 87506.

A Night of Hope and Resilience

Our Gala Ball Fundraiser is a celebration of hope, resilience, and the spirit of coming together to make a difference. This event will serve as the kickoff for our newly founded nonprofit, Read More

NMED: 154 Enforcement Actions Initiated In July 2023

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released updates for the month of July 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 July, 154 new entries were added to the Active Matters listing Read More

NMRLD Files Petition For Preliminary Injunction To Cease Operations Of Albuquerque Cannabis Business  

NMRLD Superintendent Linda Trujillo


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department (NMRLD) announced today that it has filed a Petition for Preliminary Injunction and is seeking an order from the Second Judicial District Court to require Sawmill Sweet Leaf, LLC to immediately cease and desist all cannabis-related activities at the company’s sole business location, 1501 Mountain Dr. NW in Albuquerque.

The petition lays out evidence showing the business has been unlawfully selling out-of-state cannabis products and manufacturing cannabis extracts using volatile Read More

DEA And FDA Issue Joint Letter Updating Public On Actions To Address Shortages In Prescription Stimulants

DEA News:

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a joint letter today, updating the public on the ongoing prescription stimulant shortages impacting patients across the United States and actions to resolve these shortages. 

The DEA and FDA are committed to working together on this issue and providing up-to-date information to the public. 

They will continue to do all they can to prevent stimulant drug shortages, limit their impact, and resolve them as quickly as possible.

To view the letter, visit Read More

100 Percent Of Northern New Mexico College’s Spring 2023 ADN Class Pass Nursing Licensure Exam

NNMC News:

ESPAÑOLA — Northern New Mexico College’s Department of Nursing & Health Sciences has something to crow about. Every one of this year’s graduates from the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam on their first try.

Several of the 11 graduates have already been offered jobs in the local healthcare industry, including three employed by Presbyterian Española Hospital.

“We’ve never had 100 percent pass rate, ever in this program. so that’s a big deal for us, a real big deal,” Interim ADN Program Director Theresa Lopez said. “The students have Read More

Personal Trainer Carrie Garcia Offers Fitness Expertise For Clients At Los Alamos Chiropractic Center

Personal Trainer Carrie Gracia helps Los Alamos Chiropractic Center Owner Dr. Charles Lenz with his form while he utilizes the fitness room at the center, 557 Oppenheimer St. 100, on July 27. Garcia has offered her expertise as a personal trainer at the Los Alamos Chiropractic Center since Feb. 1. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Personal Trainer Carrie Garcia joined the Los Alamos Chiropractic Center team. Garcia has offered her services to Los Alamos Chiropractic Center, 557 Oppenheimer Ste. 100, since Feb. 1.

As Read More

CHFA Awards $2.8 Million In Grants To 17 Nonprofits To Improve Health Outcomes In Northern New Mexico

CHRISTUS St. Vincent President/CEO Lillian Montoya

CHFA News:

SANTA FE —  The Community Health Funder Alliance (CHFA) awarded 17 nonprofit organizations a total of $2.8 million to support improved health outcomes in northern New Mexico.

This is the second cycle of multi-year funding, increasing available funds by more than 50 percent from last year.

Since its launch in 2019, the Community Health Funder Alliance has invested more than $8.4 million to enhance the health for northern New Mexico residents.

Through grantmaking and vital partnerships, the Alliance helps further solutions Read More

Low Vision Support Group For All Ages To Meet Aug. 8

Low Vision Support Group News:

Canes & Canines Low Vision Support Group for all ages meets 10-11 a.m., every 2nd Tuesday of each month in Room 1 on the 3rd floor of Mesa Public Library.

The next meeting is Aug. 8.

Guest speakers include Los Alamos County Transportation Board Member Matt Heavner along with a representative from the Atomic City Transit bus service.

Everyone is invited.

Direct questions to Janet Montoya at 505.672.9626. Read More

Los Alamos Medical Center Named Lifepoint Health National Quality Leader

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Tracie Stratton receives the prestigious award Friday from Aaron Lewis, Executive Vice President, Growth & Integrated Solutions, Lifepoint Health. Courtesy/LAMC

LAMC News:

  • Los Alamos hospital recognized for achievements in patient and family engagement, quality care and patient safety

Los Alamos Medical Center today announced that it has been named a Lifepoint Health National Quality Leader. This prestigious designation recognizes hospitals within the Lifepoint Health system that have enrolled in the Lifepoint National Quality Program and succeeded Read More

Sen. Heinrich On Inclusion Of ‘FEND Off Fentanyl Act’ In Senate Defense Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. , U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) on Wednesday welcomed the inclusion of the FEND Off Fentanyl Act in the Senate’s annual defense bill.

Heinrich is a co-sponsor of the FEND Off Fentanyl Act and has been fighting for measures to tackle the opioid epidemic through this and other efforts. The Senate voted yesterday to begin debate on the defense bill. 

“The heartache of losing a loved one to the opioid epidemic is not new to New Mexican families. But its danger has grown with the lethality and magnitude of fentanyl making its way into our schools and communities,” Read More

Op-Ed: Zero Childcare Copays … A Lifeline For NM Parents


I became a mom when I was 15 years old, which is the same age when I first began to struggle to access childcare. I was born in Chihuahua, México and later immigrated to the United States.

Being a young mother is a huge challenge, and being undocumented and having language barriers made it even more difficult for me, especially when it came to accessing childcare. I didn’t understand what was available to me and my children because I didn’t understand what my rights were. I raised five kids on my single income, and there were times where finding childcare for my children felt Read More

LAPS Foundation: 2023 Kristin Kosiewicz Substance Abuse Awareness Scholarship Recipients Norah Gartz, Logan Perez

Los Alamos High School graduating seniors Norah Gartz and Logan Perez are recipients of a 2023 Kristin Kosiewicz Substance Abuse Awareness Scholarship. Courtesy/LAPS Foundation


LAPS Foundation announces Norah Gartz and Logan Perez as the Los Alamos High School graduating seniors selected for the 2023 Kristin Kosiewicz Substance Abuse Awareness Scholarship this year.

This is the second year for the scholarship, which is awarded in memory of Kristin Kosiewicz, a 1993 graduate of Los Alamos High School who passed away Sept. 26, 2021.

The scholarship’s purpose is to Read More

MANNM Is Now Accepting New Patients

Jason Hayes, CFNP


Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico (MANNM) announces Family Nurse Practitioner Jason Hayes, CFNP, has joined their medical team.

Hayes earned his Master’s degree in Nursing from Hawaii Pacific University. He has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for 9 years and is now accepting new patients at MANNM. MANNM is at 3917 West Road # A at the Los Alamos Medical Center.


Susan Skelton, CFNP

Susan Skelton, CFNP, has been a Family Nurse Practitioner provider in MANNM’s Walk-In Clinic since 2018. She is now accepting primary care patients.

MANNM also announced Read More

Sen. Heinrich Cosponsors ‘Convenient Contraception Act’


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday, U.S. Sen. Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) and more than a dozen of his Senate colleagues, along with U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.), to introduce the Convenient Contraception Act, legislation that would improve access to contraceptive products, including over-the-counter contraceptives. 

The bill provides individuals covered by private health insurance with the option to receive up to a full year of contraception at the time their prescription is issued instead of the current three-month supply or less that Read More

Heinrich, Markey, Capito Applaud Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services For Heeding Call To Expand PET Scan Coverage For Alzheimer’s Patients


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Wednesday(CMS) for heeding their call to provide more comprehensive coverage for amyloid PET scans, a critical tool in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

If finalized, this week’s announcement by CMS would mark an important step toward ensuring patients with Medicare coverage can access the best medical services available in the course of their treatment without Read More

Los Alamos First Responders Rescue Female Juvenile From Fall Off Cliff At Overlook Point In White Rock

Los Alamos first responders on the scene of a rescue early Monday evening of a female juvenile from a fall off a cliff ledge at Overlook Point in White Rock. First responders extracted the juvenile after several hours in a treacherous location and Classic Air Medical transported her to Albuquerque for treatment. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD), Los Alamos Fire Department and Classic Air Medical staff responded at approximately 6:33 p.m. Monday, July 17, to Overlook Park in White Rock in reference to a female juvenile falling from a cliff ledge at Overlook Point. Read More

Senators Ben Ray Luján, Susan Collins Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Native American Children


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) reintroduced the Native American Child Protection Act (NACPA), bipartisan legislation that authorizes three programs that ensure Tribes have the tools needed to treat, prevent, investigate and prosecute Native American child abuse and neglect.

These programs were originally authorized in 1990 as part of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to fill funding gaps in Tribal child welfare services, but the programs were never truly funded and have not been reauthorized Read More

Skolnik: Open Letter To LAPS School Board On Its July 11, 2023 Meeting

White Rock

During the last school year, the LAPS faced an exceptionally high rate of absenteeism, at least an important part of which appears to have been due to health issues, such as COVID, RSV, and a range of other viruses.

In addition, COVID is not over, much of the US population has waning immunity to COVID, and the latest studies make clear that children are major spreaders of COVID and can suffer both short-run and long-run consequences from it.

Moreover, Los Alamos seems to be in the grip of a fentanyl epidemic, which has led to the tragic deaths of a number of young people.

In Read More

LAHS Student Emily McLaughlin Completes Girl Scout Gold Award Project … ‘Being Human: A Down Syndrome Story’

Cover of ‘Being Human: A Down Syndrome Story’, written & illustrated by Emily McLaughlin. Courtesy photo


Emily McLaughlin, an incoming senior at Los Alamos High School, has just completed her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, which includes the writing, illustrating and publishing of her children’s book “Being Human: A Down Syndrome Story”.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve with only 5.4 percent of eligible Girl Scouts fully achieving their award. To be eligible for the Gold Award, scouts must be of the senior or ambassador level (11th-12th Read More

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