Firestone celebrates thirty years of medical practice
On November 17, El Pueblo Health Services hosted an open house at
their medical facility to celebrate Dr. Alan Firestone’s first
thirty years of practicing medicine in Bernalillo. The clinic’s
thousands of patients are grateful that the winds of change over
the years have only strengthened Firestone’s resolve to stay
in town and provide health care where there once was none.
In 1976, Firestone was assigned to work in
Bernalillo by the National Public Service Corps, and El Pueblo Health
Services, a nonprofit primary-health clinic, was formed. He stayed
in town when the corps left.
Firestone was appointed the first medical director
of Sandoval County Ambulance in 1986. He has taught medical students
at UNM for twenty-five years. In 1996 he was awarded a professorship
and was named New Mexico’s Physician of the Year by the New
Mexico Academy of Family Physicians.
Firestone says he has no plans to retire. He
is active in the community and still plays soccer in a local adult
league. “Being involved in the community, soccer, music, and
my practice, I have no reason to leave. My family is here and I
work with a wonderful group of people. The board of directors at
El Pueblo makes sure that I don’t have to worry about the
business side of the practice. Most of them have been here as long
as I have. Teaching at the university gives me constant exposure
to other physicians, so I’m not isolated in a private practice,”
he explained. “I can leave the office and go for a walk when
there’s time. It’s really a perfect fit.”
Report on Las Huertas Creek available
The report Las Huertas Creek: Monitoring of Selected Water Quality
and Quantity Parameters 1995-2005 represents the work of Bosque
School students and teachers during ten years of participation in
the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish sponsored New Mexico
Watershed Watch program.
Although every reasonable attempt has been made to provide quality
assurance, there should be an assumption that each individual measurement
or test has some modest degree of inaccuracy. The data in the report
can be most effective when looked at over time. Trends and data
ranges emerge from such a longitudinal study. It is hoped that the
findings will be helpful as you consider the health and well-being
of the Las Huertas Creek and its associated watershed.
The support of program partners, the New Mexico Department of
Game and Fish and River Source, the USDA Forest Service, and the
Sandia Ranger District in the New Mexico Watershed Watch program,
is appreciated. If you have questions or need data not addressed
in the report or wish to receive copies of the report, contact Daniel
Shaw, at 898-6388 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic copies of
the report may be downloaded at www.bosqueschool.org, by clicking
on Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Programs and then Reports.
Nominate a woman you admire for the Governor’s
The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women is accepting
nominations for the twenty-second annual Governor's Award for Outstanding
New Mexico Women from December 1, 2006, through Friday, February
“The Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women is
one of the state's most prestigious awards honoring women,”
says Kathy Chavez, event planner for the commission.
This year's award banquet will be held on Friday, May 4, 2007,
at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. Invited guests will include
Governor Bill Richardson and First Lady Barbara Richardson, Lieutenant
Governor Diane Denish, former governors, and other special guests.
Nominations are encouraged from every community in the state.
Forms can be requested by contacting the commission office in Albuquerque,
at 222-6600, or toll-free, at 1-800-432-9168. TTY/TDD users, please
call NM Relay, at 1-800-659-8331. Forms and instructions are also
available at www.state.nm.us/womenscommission.