Category: Health Care

Former LCC employee fired for pot use sues for wrongful termination

Former LCC employee fired for pot use sues for wrongful termination

From the Las Vegas Optic Luna Community College is facing a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former employee who alleges Luna violated his state constitutional rights by firing him for using medical cannabis. At the center of the lawsuit is an employee’s right to use medical cannabis, and whether an employer can terminate someone…

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Here to stay?: Measures implemented during pandemic could become commonplace in court system

Here to stay?: Measures implemented during pandemic could become commonplace in court system

From the Las Vegas Optic As cases of the coronavirus began spreading across the country in early 2020, San Miguel County officials were busy making preparations, anticipating that the virus would spread to New Mexico, and to the county. New Mexico reported its first case March 11, 2020. Eight days later, San Miguel County reported…

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Changes made during pandemic influence hospital design

Changes made during pandemic influence hospital design

From the Idaho Business Review As we emerge from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, one sentiment persists: We’re entering a “new normal” that will lead to changes in our daily lives, including the design and development of hospitals and medical facilities. In the wake of the pandemic, developers are rethinking the future of building…

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‘Thank you, Las Vegas’: Samaritan House executive director moves on

‘Thank you, Las Vegas’: Samaritan House executive director moves on

From the Las Vegas Optic George Lyon will soon depart Samaritan House, where he’s been the executive director since 2016, but he’s not leaving San Miguel County. Lyon originally moved to the Las Vegas area for a faculty job in the political science department at New Mexico Highlands University. After two years at NMHU, Lyon…

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Mora moves to ‘green’ as San Miguel remains in the ‘yellow’

Mora moves to ‘green’ as San Miguel remains in the ‘yellow’

From the Las Vegas Optic Mora County moved to the “green” level of the state’s color-coded COVID-19 mapping system Wednesday, while San Miguel County will stay at the “yellow” level. Mora’s move from yellow to green means businesses and churches will be allowed to operate with fewer restrictions, while those in San Miguel County will…

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Lawsuit: County owes Alta Vista $2.6M for inmate health care

Lawsuit: County owes Alta Vista $2.6M for inmate health care

From the Las Vegas Optic Alta Vista Regional Hospital is seeking payment of more than $2.6 million from San Miguel County for health care services provided to incarcerated inmates at the San Miguel County Detention Center. The county denies it owes that amount, and asserts it shouldn’t be billed for inmates’ health care at all,…

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In-person learning allowed to resume Feb. 8; local districts unsure of plans

In-person learning allowed to resume Feb. 8; local districts unsure of plans

From the Las Vegas Optic By Phil Scherer and Ryan Lowery Local school districts remain unsure whether they will return to the classroom in early February, following Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s announcement Tuesday that districts would have the option to return to the classroom during her annual State of the State address. Most schools have…

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Gov. tightens COVID-19 restrictions; officials warn hospitals could fill to capacity

Gov. tightens COVID-19 restrictions; officials warn hospitals could fill to capacity

From the Las Vegas Optic By Phil Scherer and Ryan Lowery Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico will be putting its strictest restrictions back in place for the next two weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. At a press conference Friday, Lujan Grisham announced that from Nov. 16-Nov. 30,…

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City manager tests positive for COVID-19; San Miguel County sees rise in positive cases

City manager tests positive for COVID-19; San Miguel County sees rise in positive cases

From the Las Vegas Optic San Miguel County has seen a steady rise in positive coronavirus cases throughout October, with 17 new cases Friday through Sunday alone. By contrast, the county reported just 19 cases for the entire month of September. At least one of the county’s recent COVID-19 cases has come from inside Las…

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