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First Responders Assist Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves

on December 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and first responders. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp

Santa visits with a local resident. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp

Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves visit local residents. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos County Chaplain Corp organized the Los Alamos First Responders and Friends to help Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elves give gift packages Saturday to all of the residents of Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge Lodge.

Los Alamos Medical Center graciously donated slipper/socks, Classic Air Medical made homemade cookies, Barranca Elementary School 3rd and 4th graders made

NMDOH Releases Top Baby Names For 2018

on December 28, 2018 - 8:19am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health has released the top New Mexico baby names for 2018.

The most popular girl names are Isabella, Mia and Sophia. The most popular boy names are Noah, Liam and Elijah.

Making their debut in the top 10 are Camila, Mila and Sofia, another way of spelling Sophia. For the boys, those debuting on the list are Mason, Benjamin and Julian.

Canceled: Vitalant Blood Drive At Smith's Friday

on December 26, 2018 - 7:39pm

COMMUNITY News:

The Vitalant blood drive planned for Friday at Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos has been canceled due to bus and weather issues.

Upcoming Vitalant Community Blood Drives:

Thursday Jan. 3

  • Los Alamos First Baptist Church Hall
  • 2200 Diamond Dr.
  • Noon to 6:30 p.m.

Friday Jan. 4

  • Los Alamos First Baptist Church-Hall-Friday
  • 2200 Diamond Dr.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome or call 505.246.1457 to schedule an appointment. Donors will receive a t-shirt. Thank you for saving lives.

Exhibit On Human Immune System Opens At Bradbury

on December 21, 2018 - 6:57am
The new exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum includes an interactive touch table. Courtesy photo
 

LANL Director Thom Mason addresses the ctowd at the opening reception Tuesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy photo
 
Laboratory Fellow and computational biologist Bette Korber cuts the ribbon on the new exhibit. Courtesy photo
 
BRADBURY News:
 
How the immune system works to fight diseases and viruses like HIV and influenza is the focus of a new exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum.
 
“Building Immunity: How Fighting HIV and Other Viruses Helps Us Understand Our Immune System”

Life Flight Crew Visits With LAHS Students

on December 20, 2018 - 3:33pm
LAHS Senior Elizabeth Dimick sits in the helicopter while members of the Air Methods Life Flight crew, left, Challen Clarke, Jennife Valdez and Ashley Lobsinger answer questions from students in Becca Jones Life Smarts class. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos High School students in Rebecca Jones Life Smarts class were able to learn firsthand about careers in emergency medical services as staff from Air Methods Life Flight landed (literally) on the practice field at the high school.
 
Students watched as the medical helicopter landed on the field with a crew consisting of the

‘Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day’ At Legislature Jan. 30

on December 20, 2018 - 9:16am
Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter has announced details of its Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the State Capitol during the upcoming legislative session.
 
The New Mexico Chapter will host legislators, caregivers and people diagnosed with the disease, along with concerned members of the community, 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 30 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building.
 
This event will provide a valuable opportunity for all who are, or have been, affected by the disease to discuss, advocate and increase awareness of Alzheimer’s with

NMDOH: First Flu Death In New Mexico This Season

on December 20, 2018 - 9:00am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) recently announced the first flu-related death reported for the 2018-2019 flu season.

The death occurred in a woman 65-years or older from Lincoln County. Her death is a important reminder that flu can cause serious illness or death, particularly among persons at risk for flu-related complications.

“As flu infections increase across the state, it is important to get vaccinated if you haven’t already received the flu vaccine this season”, NMDOH Secretary Lynn Gallagher said.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus: Systemic Failures Contributed To Child’s Death In U.S. CBP Custody

on December 19, 2018 - 9:06am
Congressional Hispanic Caucus News:
 
LORDSBURG — Chairman Elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Joaquin Castro led a delegation Tuesday to Antelope Wells Port of Entry and Lordsburg Border Patrol Station to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin in U.S. CBP custody.
 
Following their investigation of Jakelin’s journey, the Members briefed the press on how these stations are equipped to protect the health and safety of those seeking refuge at our borders:
 
Highlights from today’s press conference:

 

Chairman Elect Castro

United Blood Services Is Now Vitalant; New Name, Unified Brand For 127 Nationwide Donation Centers

on December 19, 2018 - 8:47am
VITALANT News:
 
Blood Systems has announced that its 10 blood center brands, including United Blood Services, will unite as one cohesive brand under the new name Vitalant.
 
As one of the nation’s oldest and largest comprehensive transfusion medicine organizations serving local communities across 40 states including New Mexico, Vitalant’s 127 nationwide donation centers and 30,000 mobile blood drives welcome more than 780,000 donors who supply 1.8 million donations per year.
 
“Our organization has grown to encompass blood donation centers and specialty services from coast to coast.

Scenes From 2018 First Responders Christmas Dinner

on December 18, 2018 - 8:18pm

Local first responders including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, 911 dispatchers, police chaplains and fire chaplains and their families were treated to a Christmas Dinner Saturday night sponsored by several churches to thank them for all they do throughout the year to take of and protect the community. The event was held at the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from annual first responders Christmas Dinner Saturday night at the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from annual first responders Christmas

City Of Las Cruces Advocates ‘Medicaid Buy-In’

on December 18, 2018 - 9:21am
NMTH News:
 
LAS CRUCES The City Council of Las Cruces, after hearing testimony from NM Together for Healthcare family leaders who live in Doña Ana County, has unanimously passed a resolution in favor of continuing the state’s efforts in pursuing a Medicaid Buy-in plan – an innovative policy that would give New Mexicans the option to buy into Medicaid even if they are not currently eligible.
 
“I have been a promotora, a community health worker, for 15 years in Doña Ana County and have seen the great impact that lack of medical coverage has on New Mexico’s families,” said Maxi Urrutia,

New Mexico Approved For Centennial Care 2.0

on December 17, 2018 - 10:20am
HSD News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Human Services Department announced Friday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved its Section 1115 waiver renewal that authorizes the Medicaid managed care program, known as Centennial Care.
 
The renewal, effective Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec.

New Mexico Schools Rewarded For Nutrition Efforts

on December 15, 2018 - 10:24am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and Public Education Department report 41 public elementary schools in seven New Mexico counties are being awarded a total of $30,500 for their efforts in the Healthier US Schools Challenge (HUSSC) award from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The HUSSC is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing schools that created healthier learning environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. A complete list of New Mexico schools recognized can be found below.

“Healthy eating and physical activity are

Health Security For New Mexicans Campaign Director Pitches Its Plan To Los Alamos Business People

on December 13, 2018 - 9:59am
Dr. Mary Ray Cate, left, and Mary Feldblum, executive director of the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign explain the benefits of the Health Security Plan at the Chamber Business Breakfast Tuesday at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Established in 1992, the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign is nothing new, but political changes have brought it more support for its proposal, the Health Security Plan.

Chamber Breakfast: NM Health Security Act

on December 10, 2018 - 7:45am

Learn How To Live Allergy Free At Seminar Dec. 20

on December 8, 2018 - 8:43am
AllerPops founder Cliff Han hosts a seminiar on alleviating allergies Dec. 20 at projectY. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Are your allergies making you miserable? Cliff Han, PhD, will offer a seminar 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in projectY, where allergy sufferers will learn how to gain control over their allergies, improve their overall health and enjoy life more.
 
Han is the inventor of AllerPops, a prebiotic lollipop that gives lasting allergy relief.

Police And Firefighters Ensure Safety Of Potentially Suicidal Man On Omega Bridge Tonight

on December 7, 2018 - 10:39pm

Police and firefighters assist a potentially suicidal male subject tonight on the Omega Bridge. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos police officers and firefighters responded tonight to the scene of an adult male subject who was potentially suicidal on the Omega Bridge.

The officers and firefighters ensured the subject was safe and cleared the scene.

LAPD Cmdr.

Council Discusses Youth Services In The Community

on December 6, 2018 - 9:28am
Los Alamos County Councilor Morris Pongratz listens to the presentations regarding local youth services during the Tuesday night council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 

Los Alamos Public Schools Healthy Schools Initiative Director Kristine Coblentz discusses the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey with council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos isn’t immune to homelessness, suicide, abuse or drug use; in fact there are a multitude of local programs and agencies working to address and

AG Balderas Secures Jail Sentence For Woman Who Stole Thousands Of Dollars From Elderly Patients

on December 6, 2018 - 9:01am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that Leanne Bennett was sentenced to one and a half years in the department of corrections for stealing from elderly patients who suffered from dementia.

The Office of the Attorney General secured 11 felony convictions against Bennett for stealing more than $30,000 from elderly residents while working as an office manager at the Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque between 2012 and 2013.

Bennett was sentenced by Judge Charles Brown to one and a half years

Meet Los Alamos Fire Department’s New Paramedics

on December 6, 2018 - 2:19am
Courtesy/LAFD
 
By BENJAMIN STONE and DONNA MCHENRY
LAFD EMS Division

A paramedic is a health care professional responsible for providing emergency medical assistance to patients in their homes and while transporting to a hospital. Paramedics are the first line medical personnel that treat everything from heart attacks to injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

LAFD paramedics respond to our community’s 911 calls. As the first healthcare providers at the scene of emergency situations, they collaborate with local emergency physicians and the police to evaluate critical situations.

Udall, Hatch Introduce Smoke Free Schools Act To Combat E-Cigs In Schools

on December 5, 2018 - 11:03am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced The Smoke Free Schools Act of 2018 to help school districts and local education agencies combat the surge of e-cigarette use in schools.
 
The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities, and clarify that state and local education agencies can use grant funding for e-cigarette prevention programs.

Letter To The Editor: Assumptions Regarding New Mexico Health Security Plan Are Incorrect

on December 5, 2018 - 9:18am
By Tyler Taylor, MD
Los Alamos

In his letter “Council’s Action on Health Care” (link) of Nov. 17, 2018, Richard Nebel made several assumptions regarding the NM Health Security Plan, which I believe are incorrect. One is that this statewide co-op style plan would be run by “the same people who brought us DMV“. In fact, the HSP would not be run by a state government department. Instead, it would be managed by an independent, geographically-representative commission of 15 citizens serving on a per diem basis.

The transparency requirements for this commission are very high, and it’s members

Governor-Elect Lujan Grisham Announces Additional Members To Health & Human Services Transition Teams

on December 2, 2018 - 6:48am

From the Office of Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced new members of her government transition teams. These teams will be responsible for providing the Governor-Elect with detailed reviews of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, Children Youth and Families Department, Department of Health and Human Services Department as part of the gubernatorial transition process.

The transition teams will engage with key stakeholders and current government agency personnel and provide detailed strategic recommendations on improving state

SFCC Nurses Pinning Ceremony Dec. 5

on November 30, 2018 - 9:53am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College hosts a Nurses Pinning Ceremony at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Jemez Rooms on campus at 6401 Richards Ave.
 
The pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition that dates back to the 1860s when Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition for her service during the Crimean War. To share the honor, she in turn presented the medal of excellence to her brightest graduates. By 1916, the practice of pinning new nursing graduates was standard throughout the U.S.
 
Of Note:

Heinrich Fights To Improve Care For Military Families Covered By TRICARE

on November 30, 2018 - 9:40am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held Thursday to consider the nomination of Thomas McCaffery to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) pressed McCaffery on improving delivery of care for TRICARE West, which serves military retirees, service members, and military families – including 83,800 TRICARE beneficiaries in New Mexico.
 
 
During the hearing, Heinrich raised concerns over

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