Today's News

  • Set treatment guidelines can streamline delivery of medical care

    An important change is about to happen in the New Mexico workers’ compensation system.
    Potentially, it could make the system both more cost-effective, and more compassionate to the injured workers who receive medical care under this system.
    It’s likely to be quite messy for a while, as medical people and insurers figure out how to work with it. That became clear in vigorous discussions recently at the annual conference of the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Association.
    The concept is called treatment guidelines. The use of such guidelines is not unique to workers’ compensation, but the introduction of a particular set of guidelines as a recognized standard is. Here’s what it means.
    Treatment guidelines are protocols for doctors, advising them how to treat every kind of injury using “evidence-based medicine” — what has been found to work best in the majority of similar cases.
    The guideline for a particular injury might recommend an MRI, 12 sessions of physical therapy, restrictions on movement and activity for a specified period, a specific medication and so on.
    You may be incensed at this idea of cookbook medicine, but hang on. There are several pieces to this concept.

  • Spurs can’t hang on to late lead Tuesday as Heat force Game 7

    MIAMI (AP) — When LeBron James’ greatness almost wasn’t good enough, officials began preparing for a San Antonio celebration.
    Miami’s championship reign would be over. Someone in Spurs black would replace James as NBA Finals MVP.
    James and the Heat wouldn’t let it happen.
    “To be a part of something like this is something you would never be able to recreate once you’re done playing the game. And I’m blessed to be a part of something like this,” James said. “And I’m happy about the way we dug down and was able to get a win. It didn’t look like we could muster up at some point in the game.”
    James powered Miami to a frantic fourth-quarter rally and overtime escape as the Heat beat the Spurs 103-100 on Tuesday night to extend the NBA Finals as far as they can go and keep Miami’s repeat chances alive.
    Losing his headband but keeping his cool while playing the entire second half and overtime, James finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, making the go-ahead basket with 1:43 remaining in the extra period.
    “It’s by far the best game I’ve ever been a part of,” James said.
    He wouldn’t let the Heat lose it — or their NBA title.

  • Sports Briefs 06-19-13

    Splash N Dash returns June 26

    The Splash N Dash series, which is hosted by Triatomics Multisport Club, will return June 26.
    The series is designed for those interested in training for the Los Alamos Triathlon, which is scheduled for Aug. 17.
    Participants can choose either a 400-yard swim and 5K run or 200-yard swim and 3K run. All Splash N Dash events start at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Registration is done about 30 minutes prior to the start at the aquatic center. There is no fee but registration will be limited to the first 75 entrants.
    More information can be obtained by visiting the club’s website, triatomics.org.

    LA football camp slated for July 8-11

    The Hilltopper Youth Football Camp is scheduled for July 8-11 at Sullivan Field. Registration is currently underway.
    The camp is for students entering grades 4-8. The camp will focus on basic offensive and defensive philosophies and proper techniques.
    Price for participation is $55. Registrations can be made to Garett Williams, 994 Nambe Place, Los Alamos.

    County to host mud volleyball tourney

  • Foursome shoots 58 to win tourney

    The team of Matt Schmidt, David Fox, Mike Harris and Cliff Fortgang earned a tiebreaker win in Saturday’s Family YMCA golf tournament.
    The Strong Kids Classic, a fundraising event for the YMCA’s Strong Kids program, which provides activities and scholarship money for needy families in northern New Mexico, attracted 21 teams. The tournament, played at Los Alamos Golf Course, is scramble format and is the major fundraising event for the Strong Kids program.
    Schmidt, Fox, Harris and Fortgang shot a 58 gross score for the tournament. That equaled the total of Bruce Norman, Marti Hill, Ted Ball and Jeanne Ball. Those two teams finished three strokes ahead of the their next-closest competitors.
    Prizes were awarded for the top finishing teams in both gross and next score — Wayne Taylor, Lynne Taylor Tom Gravlin and Bill Wolfe had the best net score of 59. Additionally, more than $40,000 in raffle and hole-in-one prizes were available at the tournament.

    Here are the results from the Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ Strong Kids Golf Classic:

    Matt Schmidt, David Fox, Mike Harris, Cliff Fortgang, 58.

    Bruce Norman, Marti Hill, Ted Ball, Jeanne Ball, 58.

    Isaac Martinez, Kevin Brake, Cody Martin, Nick Nagomler, 61.

    Alexi Appert, Raul Roybal, Noah Marriott, Johnny Osden, 61.

  • Obama urges 'bold' nuclear cuts in Berlin speech--Video Extra

    BERLIN (AP) — Summoning the harsh history of this once-divided city, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cautioned the U.S. and Europe against "complacency" brought on by peace, pledging to cut America's deployed nuclear weapons by one-third if Cold War foe Russia does the same.

    The president also declared that his far-reaching surveillance programs had saved lives on both sides of the Atlantic, as he sought to defend the controversial data-mining to skeptical Europeans.

    Speaking against the soaring backdrop of the Brandenburg Gate, Obama said that "bold reductions" to the U.S. and Russian nuclear forces were needed to move the two powers away from the war posture that continues to seed mistrust between their governments.

    "We may not live in fear of nuclear annihilation, but as long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe," Obama said as he closed a three-day visit to Europe, his first trip to the continent since winning re-election.

  • Today in History June 19
  • Raw: Huge Fire Near Yosemite National Park

    Fire officials in California say an unattended campfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park has grown into a blaze that has led to the evacuations of 800 homes and 1,500 people.

  • Audit questions $6M in labor charges by NM agency

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Federal auditors are recommending that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recover more than $6 million in grant funding from New Mexico.

    The EPA's Office of Inspector General says three bureaus within the New Mexico Environment Department did not always comply with federal requirements when it came to charging labor, fringe benefits and indirect costs to federal grants.

    The auditors say the Air Quality Bureau and Drinking Water Bureau charged the costs based on budget allocations instead of actual activities performed by workers. The Surface Water Quality Bureau submitted personnel reports that didn't meet requirements.

    The department acknowledged Tuesday that some work wasn't sufficiently documented.

    However, agency officials say the problem has been corrected and all activities required by the grants were completed and that no funding was misused by the department.

  • Solar Power Chargers in NYC Parks

    After Superstorm Sandy left so many New Yorkers without power, New York City and phone provider AT&T partner to install 25 solar powered charging stations over the summer.

  • Work begins to counter effects of NM wildfires

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildfires have charred nearly 100 square miles of dry, rugged terrain across New Mexico since the end of May.

    The largest fire is still raging in the Gila National Forest, but teams of scientists are scouring dozens of square miles in northern New Mexico to assess the damage from two other blazes that are nearly contained.

    The teams are looking at the severity of the burn, damage to the soil and possible effects to streams and roads throughout Pecos Canyon and at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    In all, the Tres Lagunas Fire north of Pecos and the Thompson Ridge Fire on the preserve burned more than 53 square miles in less than three weeks.

    Both blazes were 90 percent contained Tuesday.

    The Silver Fire burning in the Gila is only 5 percent contained.