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LAFD Co-Sponsors Third Annual Resuscitation Academy

LAFD News:
The Los Alamos Fire Department along with New Mexico Resuscitation Academy (RA) has announced that they are conducting two consecutive one-day Resuscitation Academies.
These full day RAs are Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
The Academy is a one-day academy, and people need only to register for Friday or Saturday. This course is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast and working lunch. Tuition is free and 8 hours of continuing education hours will be issued to all attendees at the


Blue-Green Algae Closes Access To Abiquiu Lake

Example of blue-green algae bloom. Courtesy/
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers News:
ABIQUIU LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, announced today that effective immediately the Cerrito Day-Use Recreation Area, including the boat ramp and the swim beach, are closed after tests showed the presence of a blue-green algae bloom in the reservoir.
The closure will last until levels no longer pose an increased threat to humans and animals.
Closure signs are posted at the lake’s public access points.
The lake is still open for camping


Los Alamos Medical Center Unveils Student Artwork

An ‘Unveiling’ of new murals to be placed in the front foyer as well as one of the Imaging rooms took place Thursday in the lobby of Los Alamos Medical Center. The murals were created by students in the Los Alamos High School Honors Art Program. Photo by John McHale/

From left, Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, LAHS Art students Gabriella Tepley and Erin Scott and LAMC CEO John Whiteside at the mural unveiling event Thursday in the lobby at LAMC. Courtesy/LAMC

Gabriella Tepley is a member of the LAHS chapter of the National Art Honor Society. She explained


Udall, Khanna: Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill To Improve Health Care Access For Native American Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) have announced introduction of the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act, a bill to improve health care access for Native American Veterans by providing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) coverage for care that Native American veterans receive at urban Indian health centers.
This legislation would help Native American veterans acquire culturally competent care, while at the same time helping


New Mexico Congressional Delegation Announces $6 Million To Combat State Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. Friday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $6 million in funding to New Mexico to combat the opioid epidemic in communities across the state.
The funding will go toward treatment, prevention, recovery, and research efforts throughout New Mexico.
A breakdown of the HRSA awards is below: 


LA Cares Celebrates 25 Years Of Service!

Los Alamos Cares celebrates 25 years of service to Los Alamos County residents who qualify for the food pantry and all residents in need of rent and utilities assistance. Food distribution is the second Thursday and Friday of the month at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on North Road in the Gibson Fellowship Hall. LA Cares has more than 50 volunteers serving more than 70 families. For more information, call 505.661.8015. Photo by John McHale/


Senior Centers Host Presentation On The Five Wishes

Executive Director

The White Rock and Betty Ehart Senior Centers will each host a presentation on The Five Wishes.

The presentations, done in conjunction with Tim Rivera of Rivera Funeral Homes and Jenn Bartram of Final Wishes Known, will take place at each center.

The purpose is to foster discussion for those who need a boost to create such documents. Often many find the process time consuming or financially limiting, and these events hope to solve both issues.

“After all the years of meeting with families under what could be described as the worst day of their


Santa Fe Holds 3rd Annual Overdose Memorial Aug. 28

SFOM News:


Recovery Santa Fe, the Friendship Club, Santa Fe Prevention Alliance, Berardinelli Family Funeral Service and Santa Fe Recovery Center will host the third annual memorial commemorating the 26 people who died from accidental drug overdoses during 2018.


The memorial is 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Old Church Courtyard, 417 Agua Fria St. at the corner of Guadalupe and Agua Fria in Santa Fe.

The purpose of this memorial is to provide a space and time to gather and publicly acknowledge loss.

“Even one person lost to drug overdose is too many,”


Local Members Attend International Women’s Forum

International Women’s Forum (IWF) members from Los Alamos, Linda Deck, Nancy Bartlit and Carol A. Clark attended the organization’s 3rd quarterly meeting Saturday at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe. CHRISTUS St. Vincent CEO Lillian Montoya is a member of IWF and hosted the 4-hour event, which included a program on women and aging. Dr. Trent Sensiba, Dr. Lily Love and Dr. James Green presented talks as part of the program. From foreground center, Montoya, Bartlit, Sandra Evenson visiting from Washington, and Deck, who serves as board secretary for IWF. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Fr. Glenn: Au Revoir, Little Dove … Too?

By Fr. Glenn Jones

What is it about babies? To see them in distress strikes to the very core … the very fiber of the core … of the heart. To see them in distress sounds the instinctive primal tocsin: “Save! Protect!!”

One of the saddest (and most difficult) duties of priests and ministers is to try (most often vainly) to comfort parents with a little one in medical distress. Such was the case the other day when called to Pediatric ICU at Presbyterian Hospital.

Of all persons to request a presence there was none other than the commanding general of the New Mexico Army National Guard—kudos to him for his concern


Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined House and Senate Democrats in unveiling a resolution that would roll back the “1332 waiver” rule, which is another Trump administration effort to sabotage Americans’ health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans who rely on the critical pre-existing condition protections the administration is trying to eliminate. 
The Trump administration rule, if left in place, would allow states to greenlight substandard, junk insurance plans that don’t fully


American Red Cross Response To El Paso Tragedy

From the American Red Cross:

EL PASO – At this time our team is on the ground, focused on supporting the community, and will not be providing interviews related to the tragic shooting in El Paso.

Our hearts go out to all those who are affected by the tragic shooting in El Paso, Texas. The Red Cross is working in close coordination with emergency officials to provide comfort and support now. The Red Cross is supporting the family assistance center and mobilizing mental health volunteers.

Over the coming days, the Red Cross will continue to coordinate closely with local officials and community partners


Health Commons Opens In Los Alamos

During a tour Wednesday with local officials and media, Andrea Sandoval of the Las Clinicas del Norte opens the door to the newly remodeled Health Commons, formally known as the Public Health Office at 1183 Diamond Dr., Ste. D. The new clinic was made possible by the joint effort of Los Alamos County, New Mexico Departent of Health and Las Clinica del Norte. The Clinic will offer full services for family planning, immunizations, mental health and primary care and services that the former Public Health office provided. Services will be available to teens and patients who may not have insurance


HSD Encourages Medicaid Presbyterian Health Plan Members To Report Any Suspicious Activity

HSD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) was notified Friday by Presbyterian that June 6, 2019, Presbyterian discovered anonymous, unauthorized access gained through a deceptive email to some of Presbyterian’s workforce members around May 9, 2019.
HSD takes the privacy and security of client information seriously. As a steward of our Medicaid members’ information, we are working with leadership at Presbyterian Health Plan to protect any information that may have been compromised. We encourage Medicaid members who have received health


Health Commons Opens In Los Alamos Thursday


The Health Commons will open for business Thursday, Aug. 1.

The Health Commons is designed to serve the community’s health needs, under contract with Las Clinicas del Norte and the State Public Health Office.

The Health Commons offers a multitude of services for all ages and schedules at 1183 Diamond Dr., Suite D in Los Alamos (across the street from Los Alamos High school, southwestern end of the building).

 For more information, visit the Los Alamos County Social Services Website:


Balderas Charges Albuquerque Nurse Practitioner Alleged To Have Caused Deaths Of Three Patients

Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas filed charges last week against Andrei V. Marchenko on nine felony charges including Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Death, Involuntary Manslaughter, Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Physical Harm and Medicaid Fraud in Excess of $2,500.
The Defendant allegedly defrauded the State’s Medicaid program and overprescribed opioids to his patients, which ultimately led to three deaths and two overdoses.
“The opioid epidemic continues to ravage our communities and devastate


Santa Fe Animal Shelter Blood Drive Aug. 4

SFAS News:
The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, which saves thousands of animals every year is now ready to save humans through a Vitalant Blood Drive 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.
Vitalant (formally United Blood Bank), one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states.
Everyone who donates blood during the event will receive a voucher for a fee-waived animal and a 25 percent off coupon for


Pentagon Announces PFAS Task Force To Address Contamination At Military Bases

EWG News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Defense Department will establish a new task force to address drinking water contamination from the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS at military facilities and in nearby communities, according to a news release by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
The announcement of the task force comes days after Defense Secretary Mark Esper pledged to Shaheen during his July 16 confirmation hearing to “approach the (PFAS) problem in an aggressive and holistic way.”
EWG has identified and mapped 206 military sites in the U.S. where drinking water


Governor Establishes Fitness And Wellness Initiative For More Than 17,000 State Employees

SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Thursday signed an executive order providing for the establishment of fitness and wellness programs for state employees, a means of incentivizing healthy lifestyle practices and a genuine work-life balance for the more than 17,000 New Mexico government workers.
The governor directed the State Personnel Office to develop fitness and wellness guidance for state employees, including a policy template for agencies and departments to implement. Per the order, each agency and department will implement a fitness and wellness