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Council Hears Options For Public Health Office

on April 8, 2018 - 8:26am
Community Services Director Brian Brogan gives a report on the Los Alamos Public Health Office during the April 3 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Regarding the Public Health Office in Los Alamos, the Los Alamos County Council faces two choices: either continue the office as is or contract with a Federally Qualified Health Center while the New Mexico Department of Health provides supplemental services.
County Community Services Department Director Brian Brogan presented these two

Local Photographer And Dentist Raise Funds For Operation Smile

on April 8, 2018 - 8:15am

Local photographer Jessica Booton becomes friends with Andreas Lee, son of Chris and Somi Lee, prior to his photo session Saturday during a Celebration of Smiles event to raise funds for Operation Smile. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Andreas Lee stands with a little assistance during a photo shoot Saturday watched by his father, Chris Lee, as his mother, Somie keeps out of sight behind photographer Jessica Booton. Also pictured is Jessica Gallegos who assisted Booton during the event. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Andreas Lee tries to escape during his photo shoot

State Awarded Grant To Improve High School Outcomes

on April 7, 2018 - 1:27pm
HSD News:
SANTA FE  New Mexico’s high school students will have an opportunity to explore future career options in mental health and substance abuse, Human Services Department Secretary Brent Earnest has announced.
New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Services Division partnered with the University of New Mexico’s Community Behavioral Health Division to host the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Workforce Forums.
“The national need for mental and behavioral health workers is growing.

County Council Declares April ‘Donate Life Month’

on April 6, 2018 - 6:45am

Cathy Walters of the Donate Life Committee and County Councilor Rick Reiss, center, along with donors and donor recipients hold up a proclamation, which declares April ‘Donate Life Month’ during Tuesday’s County Council meeting. ‘I want to thank the County Council for doing this again,’ Walters said. She emphasized the importance of being an organ donor, saying, ‘The donors are the real heroes.’ Photo by Kirsten Laskey/




During the regular Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday evening in Council Chambers, Councilor Rick Reiss presented a proclamation on

Hadassah Sponsors ‘Run For Her Life’ April 22

on April 5, 2018 - 9:11am


Join the 8th annual Run for Her Life, a fundraiser sponsored by the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah for breast cancer research at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel.

The 5k/10k run/walk is 9 a.m. Sunday, April 22 at East Park on East Road (Hwy 502). Registration is open on Event Brite. For more information, visit the Los Alamos Hadassah Chapter Facebook page.

The first 70 participants will receive a 2018 “Run for her Life” T-shirt. Water and energy refreshments will be available.

One of the leaders in the fight against breast cancer is Dr.

CDC: Drug Overdose Deaths In U.S. Continue To Rise Fueled By Synthetic Opioids

on April 5, 2018 - 8:51am

CDC News:

An in-depth analysis of 2016 U.S. drug overdose data shows that America’s overdose epidemic is spreading geographically and increasing across demographic groups.

The report, from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appears in today’s issue of MMWR.

Drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths (66%) involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Overdose deaths increased in all categories of drugs examined for men and women, people ages 15 and older, all races and ethnicities, and across all levels of urbanization.

Shin: Japan’s High Life Expectancy A Result Of Healthy Diet … Not Single Payer

on April 3, 2018 - 8:03am
Candidate for House Dist. 43

A brief commentary on Richard Skolnik’s thoughtful and well-written response (link) to my editorial, “Single Payer is Not the Answer.” First, he completely avoids the question, “How are we going to pay for it?” because he knows the answer, “massive taxes.” New Mexico simply cannot generate the tax revenue necessary to fund single payer, as other states have discovered. Notably, policymakers aimed to encourage healthier drink options with a soda tax but Santa Fe citizens turned out in record numbers last year to vote it down.

Secondly, other

Third Annual Run 4 Your Life 5K Run May 5

on March 31, 2018 - 7:17am
R4L News:
The 3rd Annual “Run for Life!” 5K Run/1 Mile Walk will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018.
Registration Fee = $25 Adult, $15 Student, $5 under 12, $20pp for group of 8 or more adults Packet pick up will begin at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Both the 5K Run and 1 mile walk will begin and end at the cul-de-sac at the top of Santa Clara Peak Rd, in Española. (just past MVD and Magistrate Court).
The course will be run on 31 Mile Road and is an off-road, packed dirt course, taking in beautiful views and panoramas of the Santa Fe & Jemez Mountains and

TopNotch Pilates Expands With New Location And Equipment

on March 29, 2018 - 5:01pm
Bill and Lynn Godwin on the reformer. TopNotch Pilates specializes in duet sessions as well as private one-on-one sessions. Courtesy photo
Scott Backhaus demonstrating the beginning of a hanging pull-up on the Cadillac Trapeze Table. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

TopNotch Pilates has a new home at 166 East Gate Dr. in Los Alamos. The new space is three times the size of the old in order to accommodate new equipment and growing clientele, owner and teacher Sabrina Svard said.

Svard has a loyal following of clients.

“Pilates breaks

Health Committee Considers Three Luján Bills In Response To Opioid Crisis

on March 29, 2018 - 7:58am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Three bills authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) were considered by the House Subcommittee on Health, an important step as the legislation advances in the House.
The bills will help states address the on-going opioid abuse crisis, improve services for patients seeking treatment and deal with critical shortages in the behavioral health care workforce.
The New Mexico lawmaker noted that today, due to lack of services, those who battle mental health and substance abuse issues often cycle between emergency