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Chamber Hosts Business After Hours May 11

on May 9, 2016 - 9:04am

LAMC Breaks Ground On Auxilian Memorial Garden

on May 6, 2016 - 4:42pm
LAMC hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today for the Auxilian Memorial Garden. Back row from left, LAMC Human Resources Director Jacqui Carroll, CEO Feliciano Jiron and staff member Danny Romero. Front row from left, Auxilians Carol Pyburn, Ruth Lier, Doreen Marsh, Judy Dudziak and Jane Robertson. Photo by Chris Clark/
Ground is broken today on the Auxilian Memorial Garden at LAMC. Photo by Chris Clark/

Staff Report

Auxilians and staff broke ground this afternoon on the Auxilian Memorial Garden at Los Alamos Medical Center.

The Auxilian Memorial Garden has

Hayes’ Physician Daughter Honored At White House

on May 6, 2016 - 8:32am
Ann Hayes
Los Alamos

What do you do when you hear that your doctor daughter is going to be honored in a White House ceremony? You make arrangements to be there, of course.

A news release from the White House on April 24 announced that Dr.

Council Declares May 8-14 National Hospital Week

on May 5, 2016 - 10:22am

Los Alamos Medical Center officials from left, Human Services Director Jacqui Carroll, Lab Director Joselene Montoya, Physician Market Manager Jennifer Foster King, Marketing Director Mary Beth Maassen, CEO Feliciano Jiron, CFO Steve Winegeart, receive a proclamation from Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Staff Report


Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron briefed the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening in Council Chambers on the importance of National Hospital Week and the accomplishments and honors Los Alamos Medical

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

on May 4, 2016 - 2:12pm
LAPS Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
LAPS News:
Los Alamos Public Schools and the community of Los Alamos have been mindful of Mental Health throughout the year. In noting the significance of May as national Mental Health Awareness Month, I would like to share some of our focused work for creating positive Mental Health throughout LAPS.
In July 2015, the School Board appointed a Mental Health Design Team and tasked them with preparing a report about the current status of mental health services, a gap analysis, and a set of recommendations for the preferred future of mental health programs in Los Alamos

In Praise Of Los Alamos Schools

on May 4, 2016 - 8:53am

Emily Johnson, Los Alamos High School Class of 2016. Courtesy photo


Gig Harbor, Wash.

It was a little more than a year ago (Jan. 29, 2015) that the Los Alamos Daily Post did a nice story on the appointment of our oldest son, Kevin Johnson (LAHS, 1978), as President and Chief Operating Officer of Starbucks (link). If you will forgive our presumptiveness, it just occurred to us that there might be another story connecting Kevin, his sister Kerry Johnson Hinsch (LAHS, 1981), Kevin’s younger brother Dr.

Pegg: Breaking Plateaus

on May 4, 2016 - 8:33am
Los Alamos

If you’ve been working out for a long time, there’s no doubt you’ve experienced a plateau from time to time. A plateau occurs when you are continuing your regular workout regimen but you’ve stopped making progress and gains.

While plateaus can be frustrating and even cause a person to abandon their workout routine, they can be overcome by temporarily changing your workout routine to trick your body into responding again.

There are several methods that can be used to break free from a plateau.

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos Racewalk Clinic A Success!

on May 3, 2016 - 4:00pm
President of New Mexico Racewalkers
Los Alamos
The New Mexico Racewalkers Club hosted a racewalking clinic April​ 30 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
A total of 14 people attended from Los Alamos, White Rock, Albuquerque and Belen. The clinic began at 10 a.m., with a lecture, video and demonstration of the rules and technique of racewalking.
Despite a rather foreboding start to the day with a mix of snow/rain and strong winds, the skies cleared and the sun came out just in time for clinic participants to move outdoors to practice what they had learned.
This was the first

Amrani: That Lump Might Be A Hernia

on May 2, 2016 - 8:30am

Hernias occur when the stomach, intestines, or other organs in your abdomen poke through a tear or weak spot in the muscle. A hernia might feel like a lump in your groin or belly. The bulge often hurts or get bigger when you cough, lift something heavy, or strain to go to the bathroom.

Some people are born with hernias. Others develop them because they are overweight, lift heavy objects, have chronic coughs or constipation, or play sports involving fast twists and turns such as hockey and tennis.

Living Well Los Alamos: Pressure Canner Care And Maintenance

on April 30, 2016 - 7:34am
Los Alamos
Well maintained equipment is key to a successful canning season. This is especially true for pressure canners. To begin, check any rubber gaskets for cracks.
Rubber that has dried out, cracked or broken can result in a loose seal and not being able to reach the appropriate pressure. New gaskets can be purchased from the manufacturer or at our local hardware store. With metal-to-metal canners this is not a concern. Check that all vents and parts are working properly.
Tighten any loose handles if necessary.

Martinez Announces Expansion Of Child Care Services

on April 28, 2016 - 8:10am
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced that hundreds more low-income families will now have access to child care services through CYFD at an affordable cost. Martinez announced that the Child Care Assistance Program, which serves nearly 18,000 families, will expand its eligibility requirements through the end of May.
Now, New Mexico families earning as much as 200 percent of the federal poverty line – an increase from the previous 150 percent – may apply for the child care assistance program.

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

LAMC's Feliciano Jiron Receives National Recognition

on April 7, 2016 - 3:22pm
LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, left, is honored for his national recognition by the Amercan Hospital Association, with a special gathering by staff including Mary Beth Maassen and Steve Winegeart Tuesday at at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAMC staff celebrates CEO Feliciano Jiron's, left, national recognition Tuesday at the hospital. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The American Hospital Association has named Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron its 2016 Grassroots Champion. 

Jiron has received a string

Fall Prevention: Simple Tips to Prevent Falls

on April 7, 2016 - 1:21pm


Falls put you at risk of serious injury. Prevent falls with these simple fall-prevention measures, from reviewing your medications to hazard-proofing your home.

Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it’s important. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions — and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions — make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Still, fear of falling doesn’t need to rule your life. Instead, consider six simple fall-prevention strategies.

1.   Make an

Nuclear Workers Challenge DOL’s Proposals For Compensation Program

on April 7, 2016 - 12:20pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Labor Department officials announced Tuesday that they would reopen the comment period for a proposed set of rule changes that have not been well received by the community of nuclear workers eligible for a federal compensation program for workers with certain occupational illnesses. DOL’s Office of Workers' Compensation Programs has responsibility for adjudicating and processing employees’ claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, (EEOICPA).

A 60-day comment period, which was already extended an extra 30 days

Domestic Violence: Power And Control

on April 7, 2016 - 9:40am
Los Alamos

The many incarnations of power and control that manifest as domestic discord and violence are generally traceable to a need for by individual in a relationship to be totally in charge of another. Historically, major events and incidents can be attributed to one of two things: need and greed. So it is in the domestic arena as well.

The need for power may emanate from some long-ago experience of helplessness, some occurrence that has demonstrated a notable advantage to the stronger over the weaker partner, a workplace or social situation in which one is reminded of