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Books For Babies Project Exceeds Expectations

on April 27, 2016 - 12:43pm
Barranca Elementary School students gather with hospital staff this morning at Los Alamos Medical Center to celebrate the student's success in raising $622 for their ‘Books for Babies’ Service Project. Photo by Chris Clark/

LAMC Chief Financial Officer Steve Winegeart congratulates students this morning on the success of their service project. Photo by Chris Clark/

Staff Report

Barranca Mesa Elementary School 1st through 4th grade students set a goal of $500 for their “Books for Babies” Service Project.

DPNM Commends Balderas For Working To Protect Access To Health Care Services In Northern New Mexico

on April 27, 2016 - 7:38am
DPNM News:
SANTA FE  The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) commended Attorney General Hector Balderas for working to protect access to health care services for women in northern New Mexico.

“We are proud that Attorney General Balderas is standing for women who have lost access to services that keep our families healthy,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Ensuring all New Mexicans have access to quality health care is the right thing to do, and women in rural New Mexico should not have to jump through hoops to get the care they need.”

Recently, Alta

EPA Must Act Now To Protect Public From Teflon Chemical In Drinking Water

on April 27, 2016 - 7:22am
EPA News:
Investigations Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency was first alerted 15 years ago to contamination of drinking water by PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon that has since been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, heart disease and other serious health problems. Since then, PFOA pollution has grown from a regional problem to a national crisis.
Yet EPA still has not set a legal limit for the compound in drinking water, even in the face of repeated appeals from state officials and representatives of the public interest community.
Today EWG, which has

LAHS Graduate Dr. Leslie Hayes To Be Recognized At White House As ‘Champion Of Change’ April 29

on April 24, 2016 - 12:16pm

By White House Media Affairs:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House is recognizing 10 individuals from across the country Friday as “White House Champions of Change for Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery” including 1982 Los Alamos High School graduate Leslie Hayes, MD.

Dr. Hayes is the daughter of longtime Los Alamos resident Ann Hayes and works for El Centro Family Health in Espanola as a family practitioner. El Centro Family Health is a community health center with clinics located throughout northern New Mexico, a rural, underserved area. While Dr.

Hemorrhoid Removal: THD Procedure Reduces Pain And Recovery Time

on April 21, 2016 - 7:57pm

Drinking plenty of water can help with hemorroids. Courtesy photo

LAMC News:

Dr. Salim Amrani, MD is now offering a non-excisional surgical technique for the treatment of internal hemorrhoids. Transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD) is a minimally invasive surgery that does not require incisions or removal of the hemorrhoidal tissue. For most patients, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis and normal activities can be resumed two to three days post-operatively.

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are necessary, normal, vascular veins found in the anal canal.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Action On Zika Virus, Call On Congress To Approve Emergency Funding

on April 19, 2016 - 3:07pm
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have joined Senate Democrats in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran calling for immediate passage of President Obama’s emergency supplemental funding request of $1.9 billion for prevention and treatment of the Zika virus outbreak.
Specifically, the new letter calls for the Senate Appropriations committee to mark-up the president’s emergency funding request as soon as possible to ensure swift passage by the full Senate and House.
“It would be

Allergy Season Is Upon Us: Tips To Keep Your Sniffling And Sneezing In Check

on April 15, 2016 - 11:04am
Espanola Family Care

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. But they also bring pollen, ragweed and a slew of other wheeze-, sneeze-, and sniffle-inducing allergens.

First of all, what causes springtime sniffling and sneezing? According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), allergies develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that does not cause a reaction in most people.

For an estimated 40 million Americans, that “something” is often one of Mother Nature’s

Today Marks Final Winter Farmers Market

on April 14, 2016 - 6:35am
LAFM News:
Today is the final winter market of the season before moving outside to the Mesa Library parking lot starting in May. The community is invited to check out the products available 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Crossroads Church 97 E. Road. 
Market includes:
Salad greens, jams, pork, beef, apples and apple products, tortillas, locally raised honey, cheese spreads and cow cheeses, plants, certified organic seeds, baked goods, jellies, lavender body products, eggs, market baskets, aprons, market bags and more.
Los Alamos Farmers Market also will be at Earth Day April 23 at the Los Alamos

Sunday’s Run For Her Life Race Results

on April 11, 2016 - 9:28am

Sunday's Run For Her Life race winners, from left, Tammie Nelson, 5K female winner; Daniel Santistevan, 5K male winner; Erica Baron, 10K female winner and Mike Engelhardt, 10K male winner. Courtesy photo

The race is on to help find a cure for breast cancer. Courtesy photo


The 6th Annual Run For Her Life 5K and 10K Run was held Sunday at East Park to benefit Breast Cancer Research.

Daniel Santistevan was the top male in the 5K with a time of 20:24. Tammie Nelson was the first 5K female finisher recording a 22:33.

Erica Baron was the top female finisher in the 10K at

Letter to the Editor: New Report On Fort Bayard Medical Center Raises Concern Over Other State Facilities

on April 8, 2016 - 11:25am
D-28-Catron, Grant & Socorro


It is no exaggeration to say that the most vulnerable citizens in New Mexico, as in the broader society, are largely invisible and rarely heard. Among these are the elderly and the ill, children from broken homes in the juvenile detention system, and desperate people struggling with severe mental illness and behavioral problems. When such individuals are being abused and neglected, we must, as citizens, extend compassion, and as public officials, act swiftly.

A new report assembled by staff of the New Mexico Legislative Finance