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Local GOP Hosts Monthly Meeting 6 p.m. Thursday

on April 2, 2019 - 8:42am

RPLA News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in Wallace Hall at UNM-LA.

All registered Republicans are invited to attend the Central Committee Meeting 6-6:50 p.m., followed by a break for refreshments.

Starting at 7 p.m., the public is invited to attend a special presentation: “Fatal Flaws:  Legalizing Assisted Death” Part 2. Physician-Assisted Suicide legislation, HB 90 and SB 153, failed to pass in the 2019 Legislative Session.

Stop The Madness Of Negative Self-Talk

on April 1, 2019 - 8:00am
By ELIZABETH GRANT, LPCC
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

“A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” –Mahatma Ghandi

If you had a friend that said you’re not smart enough, good enough or lovable, would you keep this friend? I would hope not, and yet people often give themselves free reign to routinely employ such negative self-talk.

Thoughts and beliefs are the operating systems that navigate our lives. If we don’t monitor these thoughts and beliefs, we can unconsciously create undesirable life consequences. 

Negative self-talk makes us tentative and

Thank You Los Alamos From Haiti!

on March 31, 2019 - 8:03am
Katie Fry of Los Alamos holding a Haitian baby during her recent mission trip. Courtesy photo
 
Friends of the Children of Haiti Founder Richard Hammond talking to a patient who was overjoyed to see him. Courtesy photo
 
By CATHERINE 'KATIE' FRY, RPh
Los Alamos
 
Dear Los Alamos community,
 
Thank you so much for your support! Your financial donations went a long way in funding our March clinic with Friends of the Children of Haiti, FOTCOH.org.  
 
Your physical donations helped me bring needed supplies for the March clinic and future clinics.

Udall Presses FDA Commissioner For Strong Protections To Address Epidemic Of Youth E-Cigarette Use

on March 30, 2019 - 11:40am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), questioned U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on the alarming national increase of high school students using e-cigarettes and pressed the commissioner to take meaningful action to address the epidemic.
 
“I am pleased that this budget gives additional funding to help evaluate e-cigarettes – but I remain deeply concerned about the skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes by our nation’s youth.

Global Health Expert Richard Skolnik Evaluates U.S. Healthcare For Cost, Coverage, Fairness

on March 30, 2019 - 9:35am

Global health expert Richard Skolnik. Library. Courtesy photo
 
By REBECCA CHAIKEN
LWV

Richard Skolnik, an expert on global health, spoke to the League of Women Voters at a recent “Lunch with a Leader” talk at Mesa Public Library. 

His topic was “56 Countries Later – A Global Perspective on Healthcare in the United States”.

Skolnik has nearly 40 years of experience at the World Bank and has lectured at George Washington and Yale universities. 

Skolnik explained that the goal of a health system is to maximize the health of the population, in fairly distributed ways, and at the least

State Shows Desire To Enhance Public Health Office

on March 28, 2019 - 9:41am

LAHS students Sophia Vandenkieboom, Gracie Swensen and Isabella Hodges speak to council about the need to extend hours at the local health office. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County may once again have a fully-functioning Public Health Office.

County Manager Harry Burgess provided an update on the state funding of the public health office during the March 19 Los Alamos County Council meeting.

He said Rep.

School Board Work Session Update: March 21

on March 25, 2019 - 12:43pm

Bailey McVay, a 5th grader at Mountain Elementary School, is pictured with her parents, Troy and Tina McVay, and Mountain Principal Jennifer Kieltyka, left, at the School Board work session. Bailey recently had her head shaved to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. She was recognized by the School Board for being an inspiration to her classmates and the community. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School’s Board met for a work session Thursday, March 21 in the library at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.

This was the first work session

LAMC Releases Community Benefit Report

on March 21, 2019 - 7:42am

Con Alma Invites Nonprofits Improving Health To Apply For Grants Through April 24

on March 21, 2019 - 7:28am
CAHF News:
 
SANTA FE Con Alma Health Foundation invites nonprofits that improve health in New Mexico to apply for grants that support their work toward sustainable solutions to their communities’ health challenges.
 
Con Alma, the state’s largest private foundation dedicated solely to health, opened its annual grant cycle today.
 
Nonprofits can apply for grants starting March 20 until 5 p.m. April 24. Last year Con Alma awarded $665,000 to nonprofits working toward a healthier New Mexico.
 
Nonprofits can apply for grants online at www.conalma.org. This year applicants need to select from a

Youth Across New Mexico Join National Day Of Action Advocating Tobacco-Free Schools

on March 20, 2019 - 8:32am

NMDOH News:

ALBUQUERQUE Today, youth leaders at 15 schools across New Mexico are hosting “Kick Butts Day” events to raise awareness about their schools’ tobacco- and e-cigarette-free policies.

Increased awareness of tobacco-free school policies helps students, staff, and visitors comply with these standards and ensures that schools are truly tobacco-free environments. The youth leaders are part of Evolvement, a youth movement promoting a tobacco-free New Mexico.

"It feels great being a part of such an important day that joins youth all over the country in the fight against tobacco," said

NMMNHS: 2019 Workshops For Adults And Families

on March 19, 2019 - 5:26am
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE As part of the programming associated with the traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story and the exhibition from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Drugs: Costs and Consequences the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is hosting a series of workshops for adults and families. Associated programming also includes the Curator’s Coffees, and Lecture series.
 
Brain: The Inside Story draws on research and technology to present recent findings in neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to

Udall Meets With VA Secretary Robert Wilkie Regarding Help For Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits...

on March 19, 2019 - 5:07am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall met with the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie to discuss the urgent need to enact bipartisan legislation to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, address staffing shortages and decreasing capabilities at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, and other issues critical to health and wellbeing of veterans in New Mexico and across the country.
 
Udall has long worked to ensure that New Mexico veterans receive better access to the medical treatment they need.

Lunch With A Leader: Skolnik Presents ‘Fifty Countries Later – A Global Perspective On Healthcare In The US’

on March 17, 2019 - 9:54am

Richard Skolnik

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters’ monthly Lunch with a Leader event for the community is 11:45 a.m., March 19 at Mesa Public Library.

Featured speaker Richard Skolnik, who moved to Los Alamos a few years ago, will present “Fifty Countries Later – A Global Perspective on Healthcare in the US”.

During his presentation, Skolnik will address the fact that although the United States spends 50 percent more of its national income on health than any other country, its citizens are not living longer or healthier.

Skolnik has given scores of guest lectures and in 2011was the

LARC Endowment Fund Created To Support Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Center And Aspen Ridge Lodge

on March 11, 2019 - 11:35am

Los Alamos Retirement Community Board President Gillian Sutton presents LACF Board Chair David Izraelevitz with an initial check for $10,000 to establish the LARC Endowment Fund. LACF Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz and LARC Treasurer Tom Alexander join Sutton and Izraelevitz at the check presentation. Courtesy/LACF

LACF News:

Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) and the Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) have teamed to initiate a permanent endowment fund to support the long-term financial health of nursing and assisted living options in Los Alamos.

LARC is an independent,

Depression: How To Sit With Someone Who’s Suffering

on March 11, 2019 - 9:57am
By ELIZABETH GRANT, LPCC
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

It is socially acceptable to be physically ill; it happens to everyone and there’s no real reason to hide your sniffles from others.

Depression on the other hand holds a stigma that can cause people to hide their suffering. This hiding can energize pain and exacerbate depressive symptoms.

If you’re close to someone who’s suffering with depression, there are several ways that you can help transform their depression into an illness of connection rather than an illness of isolation.

First of all, one must understand depression

House Democrats Pass Measure To Protect New Mexicans With Pre-Existing Health Conditions

on March 8, 2019 - 9:44am
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to protect health care coverage for New Mexicans with pre-existing conditions.
 
House Bill 436, sponsored by Reps. Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), William B. Pratt (D-Albuquerque), Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque) and Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla) would add core pre-existing conditions protections into New Mexico law.
 
Currently, 332,000 New Mexicans under the age of 65 live with pre-existing conditions, including asthma, cancer, diabetes, and heart

NMDOH: Flu Activity In New Mexico Higher Than National Average

on March 6, 2019 - 4:16pm
NMDOH:

Rates of children hospitalized high; still not too late for flu vaccination

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that flu activity remains high across the state with the rate of flu-related hospitalizations in New Mexico being the second highest among states that participate in CDC’s influenza hospitalization tracking.

 

 

The rate of hospital admissions among children aged four and younger is particularly high.

Report: Alzheimer’s Disease Rising In New Mexico

on March 6, 2019 - 1:33pm
Alzheimer’s News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Disturbing news for New Mexicans is indicated by the 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
Each year, the Facts and Figures report provides a look at the latest national statistics and information on Alzheimer’s prevalence, incidence, mortality and morbidity, costs of care and caregiving.
 
Nationally, an estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are now living with Alzheimer’s disease, which has no prevention, proven treatment or cure.
 
Here in New Mexico, the numbers are on the rise.

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Will Replace Old Computers With Donation From 100+ Women Who Care

on March 5, 2019 - 3:30pm

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Executive Director Wendi Wolf, left, receives a check for $3,250 from UWNNM Executive Director Mary Beth Maassen this afternoon as they gathered with 100+ Women Who Care Co-founder and UWNNM Board Vice President Carol A. Clark at the Los Alamos Daily Post. LAVNS was selected at a meeting last Thursday by 100+ Women Who Care to receive the donation, which Wolf said will be used to replace her organization's office computers that were purchased back in 2003. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Measure To Prevent Surprise Health Care Billing Passes New Mexico House Of Representatives

on March 5, 2019 - 8:23am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE ― The House of Representatives unanimously has passed House Bill 207 to protect New Mexicans from surprise billing costs.
 
House Bill 207, sponsored by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), protects people with health insurance from out of network and unexpected billing costs.
 
Surprise billing occurs when a patient goes for care to a hospital or clinic in their insurance network. But, if they are cared for by an out of network provider, the patient can receive a balance bill far above their regular deductible.

Letter To The Editor: End Of Life Options Act Shows True Compassion

on March 3, 2019 - 6:22am
By CARL A. NEWTON
Los Alamos

The now dying Vietnamese Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh admonished us for decades to be mindful and compassionate and I struggle to practice that. While listening to the just presented CON remarks, I’m aware that the compassion that I avow is different from their sense of compassion.

My daughter is the minister of a Massachusetts Federated Church, the First Parish Church of Berlin, and the parishioners are United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist worshipping together.

Former Lobo To Run Boston Marathon To Raise Money For New Mexico Chapter Of Alzheimer’s Association

on March 2, 2019 - 1:45pm
Former Lobo football player Ryan Mummert
 
Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Albuquerque resident and former Lobo football player Ryan Mummert has announced he will run the Boston Marathon April 15 as a fundraiser to benefit the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
After losing a family member to Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, Mummert says he will use this opportunity to raise money and awareness to combat the devastating disease.
 
For Mummert, a youth football coach and former offensive lineman for the UNM Lobos, his wife Brandi and teenage sons William and

New Mexico Senate Passes SB 131: Interagency Pharmacies Purchasing Council

on March 2, 2019 - 1:12pm
NM SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico has an opportunity to save millions of dollars a year in prescription drug costs for state agencies and its employees and retirees.  
 
Senate Bill 131, which passed Friday on the Senate floor, would create an interagency pharmaceutical council to coordinate prescription drug and pharmacy services for state agencies who purchase pharmaceutical drugs. The council would also look for cost savings opportunities for all New Mexicans who purchase prescription drugs.
 
“Using state buying power and bulk purchasing to negotiate for cheaper prescription

Update On LAVNS Annual Daffodil Sale

on March 1, 2019 - 4:23pm
LAVNS daffodil delivery is March 6. Courtesy photo
 
LAVNS News:
 
Due to freezing weather conditions at the daffodil farms, Los Alamos Visiting Nurses Service (LAVNS) will receive approximately one third of its usual daffodil order.
 
If interested in supporting the local hospice, daffodils can be purchased March 7-8 at Smith’s in White Rock and Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Bank and Uli’s. With so few daffodils to sell it is likely LAVNS will sell out quickly.
 
Also, the daffodils will be shipped earlier than expected, so delivery has been changed to Wednesday, March 6.
 

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100+ Women Who Care Donate Funds To LAVNS

on March 1, 2019 - 8:15am
Jennifer Bartram speaks on behalf of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, chosen by 100+ Women Who Care to receive donations raised at it's quarterly meeting Thursday night at Fuller Lodge. The Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos Daily Post co-sponsored the event in partnership with the United Way of Northern New Mexico. Learn more about 100+ Women Who Care at www.unitedwaynnm.org and LAVNS at www.lavns.com. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
100+ Women Who Care gather Thursday evening at Fuller Lodge.

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