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Senators Udall, Capito, Heinrich Announce Measure To Build And Strengthen America’s Caregiving Workforce

on September 2, 2018 - 7:19am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced a bipartisan amendment to build and strengthen America’s caregiving workforce.
The amendment to the fiscal year 2019 Defense-Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations minibus would dedicate $5 million in grants to place volunteers in communities to care for seniors and individuals with disabilities and help them remain independent, also known as the “Care Corps” program.

Rev. Duncan Lanum Takes On 1,500 Mile Bike Ride

on September 2, 2018 - 6:15am
Reverend Duncan Lanum, 80, is undertaking a 1,500 mile bicycle ride in Santa Fe to honor the memory of his beloved wife. Courtesy photo
Many Mothers News:
SANTA FE For the third year in a row, the Reverend Duncan Lanum, 80, is undertaking a 1,500 mile bicycle ride in Santa Fe to honor the memory of his beloved wife, Joy Rose Lanum and raise awareness and funds for Many Mothers.
In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Duncan Lanum rode his bike across the country to raise funds for The Joy Rose Lanum Fund.

LAMC CEO Promotes Community Support

on August 30, 2018 - 2:46pm

LAMC CEO John Whiteside at the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday talking about the importance of community involvement. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

John Whiteside arrived in town in August 2016 to take over the reins of Los Alamos Medical Center. Since that time, he has immersed himself into the local community.

He explained during a recent interview at the Los Alamos Daily Post the importance he believes LAMC plays in the support and well-being of the community.

“In the more than two years I have lived and worked

Therapy Dogs Excellent For Cancer Patients

on August 27, 2018 - 10:16pm

The two elderly retrievers were walked home thanks to information on their tags. Courtesy photo

A white dog with spots did not have tags but was successfully reunited with his owner. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

I really should carry a leash in my walking pack.

At least every other weekend my training walks have been interrupted by a dog running loose without its owner. So far I have encountered seven or eight dogs while training.

I figure that it’s some sort of karma for the number of times my Husky Bayley escaped and ran amuck on North Mesa.

Federal, State And Local Partnership Identifies Analytical Strategies For Responding To Opioid Crisis

on August 27, 2018 - 10:12pm
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice today announced publication of a multi-agency research study identifying recent advancements and examining recognized challenges in the fight against synthetic opioids.
The open access article is the product of fourteen subject matter experts from NIJ, government, industry and academia, who looked at potential solutions concerning information sharing and the availability of resources, as well as gaps in knowledge for further research.
Today’s announcement complements NIJ’s portfolio of

Scenes From Los Alamos Relay For Life 2018

on August 26, 2018 - 9:16am

Scenes from the 2018 Los Alamos Relay For Life Saturday at Smith's Marketplace that included walking along Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by John McHale/

Scenes from the 2018 Los Alamos Relay For Life Saturday at Smith's Marketplace. Photo by John McHale/

Scenes from the 2018 Los Alamos Relay For Life Saturday at Smith's Marketplace. Photo by John McHale/

Scenes from the 2018 Los Alamos Relay For Life Saturday at Smith's Marketplace. Photo by John McHale/

Scenes from the 2018 Los Alamos Relay For Life Saturday at Smith's Marketplace.

Relay For Life In Los Alamos Saturday!

on August 23, 2018 - 2:50pm
Scene from a previous Relay for Life. Courtesy photo
The community is invited to this year’s Relay For Life in Los Alamos Saturday at the Canyon Rim Trail at Knecht Street and Smith's Marketplace.
Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society. This event is designed to bring communities together to celebrate (cancer survivors and caregivers), remember (loved ones lost to cancer) and fight back (against cancer by raising money, awareness, and participation).
Four teams have registered to walk and raise funds for Relay for Life Los

Los Alamos Fire Department And New Mexico Resuscitation Academy In Taos Oct. 13-14

on August 21, 2018 - 3:20pm


LAFD News:


The Los Alamos Fire Department and The Maryland Resuscitation Academy (RA) are conducting two consecutive one-day Resuscitation Academies.


These full-day RAs are Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14 at the John Gonzales Building, 202 Chamisa Road in Taos.


The Maryland RA is a one-day, intensive course dedicated to improving survival rates of patients suffering pre-hospital cardiac arrest, and is suitable for EMS supervisors, medical directors, Fire/EMS chiefs, EMS personnel of all levels and hospital and emergency department staffs across the state of New Mexico and

Partridge: Veterans Are Impacted By Cancer

on August 21, 2018 - 6:25am

Members of the USS Los Alamos Commissioning Committee and the Veterans of the USS Los Alamos AFDB-7 meet for dinner Aug. 10 at Tomasita’s in Santa Fe. From left, USS Los Alamos Commissioning Committee members Susan Larson, Elmer Torres, Nancy Partridge and USS Los Alamos Veteran Keith Werner. Courtesy photo

USS Los Alamos Commissioning Committee Chair Jim Nesmith, right, and USS Los Alamos AFDB-7 Veteran Keith Werner. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Two years ago Jim Nesmith and I were in CB Fox discussing merchandise to support fundraising for the effort to get a Virginia

Luján Calls For Martinez Administration To Provide Continuity Of Behavior Health Services For NNM

on August 20, 2018 - 5:46am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Following the announcement that Tri-County Community Services will close at the end of this month, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) wrote to Gov. Susana Martinez and New Mexico’s Departments of Health, Human Services, and Children, Youth, and Families, calling on them to take swift action to provide northern New Mexicans with continuity of behavioral health services.
“After speaking with Secretaries Earnest and Gallagher, as well as the Governor’s Chief of Staff, I am encouraged that all parties involved will be able to

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Stands With Community In Raton To Support The Southwest Chief Railroad Route

on August 19, 2018 - 6:20am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich rallies with local the community Saturday in Raton to fight for the Southwest Chief. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

RATON – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich joined local elected officials and community leaders Saturday in Raton to rally in support of the Southwest Chief.

Speakers at the event included Martin Heinrich, Raton Mayor Neil Segotta, Raton City Manager Scott Berry, Colfax County Commissioner Roy Fernandez, Director of Business Operations at Philmont Scout Ranch Shelley O’Neill, and local business owner at Patchwork Phoenix Laura

Science On Tap: Sensor Diagnosis Of Infectious Diseases – The Need For Speed Aug. 20

on August 18, 2018 - 5:26am
Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland
The next Science On Tap, “Sensor Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: The Need for Speed” is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at UnQuarked - The Wine at 145 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recognizing the global health threat from drug-resistant bacterial infections, have developed a rapid diagnostic tool that promises to revolutionize the way hospitals test for infection.
Join Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland, with the Lab’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, for a discussion about

Fox In Fort Sumner Tests Positive For Rabies

on August 16, 2018 - 10:55am
NMGF News:
DE BACA COUNTY A landowner near Fort Sumner who killed a fox July 17 that was exhibiting behaviors common with rabies, contacted Conservation Officer Jacob Laobato.
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish submitted the fox for testing at the State Laboratory Division. Results came back positive for rabies.
“The public should be vigilant and stay away from any animals behaving strangely,” said Dr. Kerry Mower, wildlife disease specialist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “People should ensure their pets’ vaccinations are current.”
According to the

Udall Statement On EPA’s Proposed Asbestos Rule

on August 16, 2018 - 8:30am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the EPA’s budget, released the following statement Tuesday on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Asbestos Problem Formulation document and Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for asbestos:
“I’m always troubled when I learn that EPA has ignored its own expert staff, but what most alarms me is that the EPA is proposing to conduct a risk evaluation that excludes among the most common exposures to the known carcinogen asbestos.

Cold War Patriots Hosts Town Hall Meetings For Sandia, LANL And Uranium Workers Aug. 14-16

on August 12, 2018 - 10:36am
CWP News:
DENVER, Colo. Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource organization that is the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for worker benefits, will host free town hall meetings for nuclear weapons and uranium workers in New Mexico at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 14, 15 and 16.
With a new format this year, CWP is making it easier for workers to get the specific information they need about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) or the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
The morning sessions, starting at 10 a.m.,

Luján Sends Bi-Partisan Letter Calling For House Hearing On Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

on August 11, 2018 - 5:04pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM-03) sent a bi-partisan letter calling on the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing to examine the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
Earlier this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining the Eligibility Requirements for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program to Ensure all Downwinders Receive Coverage.” Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Tina Cordova with the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, and Jonathan Nez, Vice President of the Navajo Nation,

Get In Immunization Routine: Vaccinations Support Individual And Community Health

on August 10, 2018 - 7:51am

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Courtesy image

LAMC News:

With summer drawing to a close, it will soon be time to focus on getting back into more “normal” routines. After-school practices, homework, carpool duties and the like become the order of the day once more.

But there’s another routine that shouldn’t be ignored amid all of the excitement of a new school year – immunizations. August is National Immunization Awareness Month and serves as a great reminder of the important role that regular immunizations play in making communities healthier.

Immunizations are

Partridge: Cow Man Offers Support To Cancer Walkers

on August 9, 2018 - 12:15am

Nancy Patridge and Cow Man in Charlotte, NC. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

I had to look twice, actually three times, at the black-and-white lawn ornament the first time I walked past it.

It stands out among the plethora of eclectic lawn ornaments dotting the yards in White Rock. There are big and small pink flamencos, white swans, Kokopellis, lizards, pinwheels, minions, gnomes, pots pouring glass stones, stone benches and all manner of birdbaths. There are turkeys, bears, deer, cattle and ram skulls, metal cats and ceramic dogs and bike chain rattlesnakes.

But this one

On 3rd Anniversary Of Gold King Mine Spill, Udall, Heinrich And Luján Denounce EPA’s Continued Failure To Compensate Victims

on August 5, 2018 - 2:35pm

The Gold King Mine toxic spill as it looked three years ago. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the 3rd anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (all D-N.M.) denounced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s ongoing failure to compensate victims in the Navajo Nation and New Mexico – despite repeated promises to do so from former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The New Mexico lawmakers have successfully secured millions in funding for a long-term water monitoring plan for

Local Allergist Gives Talk At Aspen Allergy Conference

on August 4, 2018 - 2:33pm

Cliff Han presents a talk during the Aspen Allergy Conference. Courtesy photo


ASPEN, Colo.,- Allergists attending last week’s Aspen Allergy Conference had the opportunity to review evidence showing too much oral hygiene and antibiotic usage could be the culprit behind rising allergy rates-and that prebiotics may be the answer to permanent, drug-free allergy relief.

Cliff Han, Ph.D., founder of Knoze Jr.

Luján, Kennedy Introduce Bill To Strengthen Kids’ Access To Health Care

on August 3, 2018 - 10:00am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and David McKinley (R-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation July 26 to streamline the reimbursement process for care provided to children outside the state where they are enrolled in a Medicaid program.
The “Accelerating Kids’ Access to Care Act” would create an enhanced screening and enrollment process for Medicaid’s pediatric providers and suppliers when there is a low risk for fraud, waste, and abuse.
“Medicaid coverage is integral to keeping

Partridge: Raising Money For Cancer While Putting Miles On Walking Shoes

on August 2, 2018 - 6:10am

Cancer research and medical equipment comes with hefty prices tags. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Between training for the Los Alamos Relay for Life 5K Aug. 25, the Susan G Komen 3-Day 60-mile walk in Seattle Sept. 14 -16 and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Santa Fe Oct. 6, I’m putting hundreds of miles on my shoes.

Shoes only last about 400 miles before they wear out. The outsole system begins to break down like tread on car tires. The midsole, where the cushioning and support are located, compresses.

Rose Nyenhuis at Fusion MultiSport knows what equipment I

LANL: Computer Simulations Predict Spread Of HIV

on August 1, 2018 - 4:06pm
Thomas Leitner, computational biologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo
Principal decay of paraphyletic signal. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
In a recently published study in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory show that computer simulations can accurately predict the transmission of HIV across populations, which could aid in preventing the disease.
The simulations were consistent with actual DNA data obtained from a global public HIV database, developed and maintained by Los Alamos.

Rep. Luján And Others Introduce Bipartisan RUSH Act To Improve Access To Care At Skilled Nursing Facilities

on July 31, 2018 - 8:38am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Joe Crowley (D-NY), Adrian Smith (R-NE), Diane Black (R-TN), and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) introduced the bipartisan Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalization Act (RUSH) Act of 2018, H.R. 6502, to improve access to care at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).
SNFs are often faced with few options to treat residents in need of emergency care, leading to excessive and costly hospital transfers.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Fights To Improve Services For Native American Veterans

on July 27, 2018 - 6:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) this week to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve VA outreach, health care and benefits for Native American veterans through establishment of a VA Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs.
The Advisory Committee will facilitate communication and understanding between the VA and Tribal governments to better address the unique barriers Native American veterans face when accessing the VA.
“Native veterans, including