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Therapeutic Riding Program Comes To Los Alamos

on May 30, 2019 - 9:57am
TGH Program Director Miranda Parga and Founder and Executive Director Kristin Tobias instruct students at the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Jenn Bartram/
Kristin Foree Tobias shows location of future ramp from donations to allow access for everyone. Photo by Jenn Bartram/
Kadin Hansel, 10, receives a hug from Eli the horse. Photo by Jenn Bartram/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Owner and founder Kristin Foree Tobias describes her therapeutic riding program as “a dream come true”.

“It really is my passion …

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Announces Increased Medicaid Hospital Reimbursement Rates

on May 30, 2019 - 9:55am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday announced her plan to increase Medicaid hospital reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient services by $168.7 million effective July 1.
The hospital reimbursement increases are part of a multi-phase strategy to address the low Medicaid reimbursement rates for those who deliver care and services to the most vulnerable New Mexicans and help rebuild and protect New Mexico’s health care delivery network.

Mental Health Awareness Month And Kognito Training

on May 28, 2019 - 5:03pm

LAPS News:

Every year, May is recognized nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month.

The statistics are clear: approximately one in five children and adults in the U.S. will experience a mental health challenge every year, and the national rate of suicidal ideation in teens is on the rise.

Staff and students in the Los Alamos Public Schools have been strengthening the community’s network of support by taking part in a new training opportunity.

Three of the most effective ways that a community can increase support for mental health are to:

  • know and be able to recognize the warning signs

New Mexicans To Raise Awareness And Funds To Fight Alzheimer’s On ‘The Longest Day’ June 21

on May 27, 2019 - 8:01am
ALBUQUERQUE People around the world, including numerous teams in New Mexico, will participate Friday, June 21, in The Longest Day, the Alzheimer’s Association’s “do-it-yourself” creative fundraiser.
June 21 is the longest day on earth, the day with the most light — the summer solstice. On that day, thousands of participants across the world come together to raise funds to fight Alzheimer's through an activity of their choice. The theme in 2019 is: “Do something you love, for someone you love.”
The Longest Day symbolizes the challenging journey of those living

BeWellnm Chooses Vendor For Move From Federal Technology Platform To State-Based Marketplace

on May 26, 2019 - 7:33am
BWNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE The beWellnm Board of Directors voted unanimously to award to hCentive, a healthcare technology and services company, the contract to transition the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange from a federal technology platform to a State-Based Marketplace.
“The move to a state-based marketplace will enable us to better serve the residents in New Mexico and allow us to collect data that’s necessary to better care for our patients and make sure that we are providing the right services that they need,” board chairman David Shaw said.
Jeffery Bustamante, Interim

Udall, Torres Small, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Enable All Military Women To Count Maternity Leave Toward Years Of Service

on May 26, 2019 - 7:17am

  • Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act would ensure women serving in National Guard and Reserves receive pay and points toward retirement during time spent on maternity leave

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Xochitl Torres Small introduced bipartisan legislation to support military mothers by ensuring that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service. Their bill, the Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act, would

On The Job In Los Alamos: Dr. Robert McClees

on May 25, 2019 - 6:19am

On the job in Los Alamos Friday afternoon is Dr. Robert McClees, owner of Trinity Urgent Care at 1460 Trinity Dr. Suites A & B. Dr. McClees opened Trinity Urgent Care Nov. 30, 2015. He also volunteers as medical director of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol. Trinity Urgent Care is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week and provides up-to-date expert evaluation and treatment covering a wide range of minor emergencies, illnesses and injuries. Call 505.412.6033 or visit #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

International Jet Aviation Honors Make-A-Wish NM

on May 24, 2019 - 7:25am
International Jet Aviation is honoring Make-A-Wish New Mexico today in providing critically ill children scenic flights over Albuquerque in this specially designed eight passenger LearJet, in an effort to lift their spirits and brighten their day. Courtesy photo
International Jet Aviation's ‘Dream Chaser 5’, the eight passenger LearJet model 35 is parked today at Atlantic Aviation in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo
IJA News:
International Jet Aviation is honoring Make-A-Wish New Mexico and its wish kids today with scenic flights over Albuquerque in its specially designed “Dream Chaser

Luján On Improving Health Care For American Families

on May 21, 2019 - 1:51pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the passage of the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act:
“Health care is a right, and yet too many Americans are struggling between providing for their families and affording life-saving prescription drugs. This is fundamentally wrong. This legislation sends a strong message to the American people that we won’t waver in the Trump administration’s efforts to steal health care away from millions of families.

More Scenes From Emergency Management Active Shooter Based Full-Scale Exercise At UNM-LA Saturday

on May 20, 2019 - 9:35pm

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted an active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday, May 18 at UNM-Los Alamos. Los Alamos Police, Fire, Emergency Management and Classic Air Medical all participated in preparing for and responding to an active shooter event. The exercise provided valuable rescue task force training for those involved and gave each entity several ideas on how to improve their preparation and response. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from the OEM hosted

Scenes From Emergency Management Active Shooter Based Full-Scale Exercise At UNM-LA Saturday

on May 20, 2019 - 6:56pm

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram

From the Office of Emergency Management:

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted an active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday, May 18 at UNM-Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Police, Fire, Emergency Management and Classic Air Medical all participated in

NMDOH Confirms First Measles Case In State

on May 20, 2019 - 5:23pm
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced Friday that it has confirmed a case of measles in a one-year-old child from Sierra County. This is the first measles case in New Mexico since December 2014.
Measles is highly contagious and is easily transmitted person-to-person via droplets or through the air. Early symptoms of measles include: fever, red eyes, runny nose, and cough. Within a few days following the cough and runny nose, a rash will typically begin on the face and spread down the body.

LAMC Celebrates National Hospital Week 2019

on May 20, 2019 - 8:26am

As part of National Hospital Week, Los Alamos Medical Center held a celebration Friday that included a most beautiful and delicious cake competition. In addition to the cakes, there were sculptures created by various departments in the hospital and on display for staff to cast their vote for their favorite. The results of the contest were not available at press time. Photo by John McHale/

LAMC staff inspect the sculptures created by their co-workers prior to voting for their favorite. Photo by John McHale/

More sculptures on display before the voting begins.

NMDOH Probes Suspected Case Of Wound Botulism

on May 20, 2019 - 7:25am
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a case of apparent wound botulism.
A 30-year-old male resident of Santa Fe County is hospitalized with suspected wound botulism. This is the first case of wound botulism that NMDOH has been notified of this year.
The last in-state case of wound botulism occurred in 2018 in Doña Ana County. The suspected source of infection is contaminated black tar heroin.
Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

Aspen Ridge Presents Prepare To Care Course

on May 19, 2019 - 6:41am

Grant: Overcoming Compare-Despair Syndrome

on May 18, 2019 - 10:35am
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” –Steve Furtick

Open up Fakebook, I mean Facebook, and you’re bound to bump into a friend who’s parasailing in the Caribbean, another who’s just completed a marathon and the pièce de résistance; a couple of love birds professing their love from under the Eiffel Tower.

Social media is all about presentation and naturally we want to show our best selves.

‘A Matter Of Balance’ Health Program May 20-June 17

on May 18, 2019 - 7:24am

Los Alamos Medical Center Names Carlos Branch 2019 Mercy Award Winner

on May 16, 2019 - 8:36am

LAMC 2019 Mercy Award winner Carlos Branch

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center recently announced Carlos Branch has been recognized as the hospital’s 2019 Mercy Award winner.

The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.  
The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2001 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer.

‘A Matter Of Balance’ White Rock Senior Center May 20

on May 15, 2019 - 6:45am
WRSC News:
Monday, May 20, the White Rock Senior Center will host a course titled, “A Matter of Balance.”
The evidence-based program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The class includes; eight two-hour sessions, led by Master Trainers. The team includes; Maria Francis, Sharon Tolleson and Judith Rhodes.
The program is designed for adults age 60 and older who may be concerned about falls, have sustained falls in the past, restrict activities because of concerns about falling or for those who just want to improve their

Viome Researchers Visit Senior Center Friday

on May 14, 2019 - 10:52am



Viome’s research and development team members Ryan Toma and Nathan Duval, who work on product development and clinical studies, will be on hand 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to answer questions about their program and recruit participants for a study.

“We are currently recruiting for a study, which aims to understand how human gene expression varies across different populations,” Toma said. “Our study is trying to recruit participants from diverse populations, specifically over the age of 50.”

The participants will schedule a time

‘Forget-Me-Not’ Gala Promises To Be Fun-Filled Fundraiser To Help End Alzheimer’s Disease

on May 12, 2019 - 7:59am
Alzheimer’s Association News:
ALBUQUERQUE The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter announces its 9th Annual Forget-Me-Not Gala at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Albuquerque Convention Center at 401 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque.
This year’s “Garden Party” themed Gala promises to be an elegant, formal evening of gourmet food, auction, fun and entertainment for a very worthy, charitable cause: to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association as they continue to provide free services to the community and help further research to end Alzheimer’s disease.
Gala-goers can enjoy live and silent

Scenes From Teddy Bear Clinic At LAMC

on May 12, 2019 - 7:29am

Kindergarten students from the Los Alamos Public Schools were treated to the annual Teddy Bear Clinic Friday at Los Alamos Medical Center. The program gives students a better understanding of the emergency services available to the community and to build confidence and familiarize them with how these services work. The first stop as the students arrived was to receive a backpack containing a small teddy bear and other goodies. The students were filled with excitement. Photo by John McHale/

In the emergency room nurse Claire Garrett treats Teddy for a hurt leg.

Kiwanis: Dr. Paul Daly Addresses Measles Outbreak

on May 9, 2019 - 9:06am

Dr. Paul Daly, a physician at Los Alamos National Laboratory speaks about the current status of measles in the U.S. during Tuesday's Kiwanis Club's meeting at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Dr. Daly reported so far this year there have been 704 cases of measles in the U.S. However, no cases have been reported in Los Alamos or elsewhere in the state. Measles, Daly said, is highly contagious to those who are not immune.The virus is spread through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms can include a high fever, conjunctivitis and a rash. It's important to keep immunizations current, he said.

Los Alamos County Council Approves Contract For Additional Services At Public Health Office

on May 9, 2019 - 8:46am
County Social Services Manager Donna Casados
Los Alamos Daily Post
In December 2016, the New Mexico Department of Health cut back hours of operation and services at the Los Alamos Public Health Office; however, during Tuesday night’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, those services were restored.
A $1,050,000 contract with Las Clinicas del Norte, which is a non-profit corporation, was approved on the consent agenda during the meeting.
Approving the contract means that services not provided through the Public Health Office will be

SFCC Respiratory Care ‘Meet The Department’ Today

on May 9, 2019 - 8:43am
SFCC News:
Considering a career in respiratory care? Come to Respiratory Care Program “Meet the Department” event 3 to 6 p.m. today, May 9 in Room 433 in the Santa Fe Community College Health and Sciences Center, 6401 Richards Avenue.
Get information, advising and assistance with your application.
Respiratory therapists who earn a degree find good jobs with excellent salaries in hospitals, emergency rooms and more. If possible, bring a copy of your unofficial transcripts. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 1.
For more information visit SFCC’s respiratory care webpage