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Scenes Hiking Behind North Mesa Stables In Los Alamos

A painted rock resting in a dead tree is spotted during a hike Monday along a horse and hiking path behind the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Wider view of the scene Monday behind North Mesa Stable. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

View during a hike Monday behind North Mesa Stable. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

View during a hike Monday behind North Mesa Stable. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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Daily Postcard: Acorn Woodpecker Tackles Jumbo Peanuts

Daily Postcard: She’s got this! An Acorn Woodpecker is not daunted in the least as she settles down on a railing to tackle a pair of jumbo peanuts recently near Mountain Elementary School. Acorn Woodpeckers are unusual in that they live in large groups, hoard acorns and breed cooperatively. Group members gather acorns by the hundreds and wedge them into holes they’ve made in tree trunks or telephone poles. Acorn Woodpeckers also spend considerable time catching insects on the wing. Source: allaboutbirds.org. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

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Travel Virtually With LANL Physicist Martin Cooper Friday

A jaguar about to swim the Three Brothers River. A free Zoom presentation by Martin Cooper will take place this Friday. If you have already requested an invitation, you are asked to request again due to a technical glitch, by emailing Director@losalamosseniorcenter.com. Photo by Martin Cooper

By BERNADETTE LAURTZEN
Executive Director
LARSO

Many may know Martin Cooper as a LANL physicist, but this week you can see him through the eye of the camera lens, a virtual tour, from before the world changed the very meaning of travel.

Friday, seniors enduring the pandemic who find the need to “get out”


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PAC 8 ‘Meet The Farmers’ Videos: Montoya Family Orchard

PAC 8 received a MainStreet grant to create three videos about local farmers who sell their produce at Los Alamos Farmers Market. ‘I feel it is important for the public to see how the farmers grow their produce and where it comes from. It’s also nice to meet and get to know the farmers you buy food from,’ PAC 8 Executive Director Jean Gindreau said. Gindreau added that she hopes these videos will encourage more people to go to the market. The video series is called ‘Meet the Farmers’ and will air on PAC 8 and YouTube. The second video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3vJRbn4fm0  features Montoya


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Daily Postcard: Firewheel Flower Blooms In Water Canyon

Daily Postcard: A brilliant firewheel flower spotted peeking out of the shadows Wednesday during a hike in Water Canyon. Firewheel flowers (Gaillardia pulchella), bloom profusely from early spring to late fall. It is a native self-seeding annual, popular with pollinating insects. At times, a single flower can be seen with two or more honeybees foraging enthusiastically. Butterflies, bumblebees and native bees also spend much time among firewheel flowers, one of the most planted wildflowers in North America. Source: naturesseed.com. Photo by Marc Bailey


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Learn About A Molecule Named ‘Braveheart’ Oct. 19

The first 3-D images have been created of an RNA molecule known as ‘Braveheart’ for its role in transforming stem cells into heart cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

What is the human heart truly made of? Why can it become diseased? With the right tools, could scientists actually grow healthy ones?

Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a team leader in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, will answer these questions and more in the Science on Tap virtual talk, “Secrets of the heart: imaging the dark matter of the genome”,  5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. Register here.

The lecture


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BLM Taos Field Office Plans Burn Near Tres Piedras

BLM News:

TAOS — Beginning Tuesday Oct. 20, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting a 1,750-acre prescribed burn in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument on Cerro Montoso, 12 miles northeast of Tres Piedras.

This operation is weather dependent and will take approximately 30 days to complete, with the end date expected to be Nov. 30.

Smoke from the burn may be visible to surrounding communities, including U.S. Highways 285 and 64. People who are either susceptible to or affected by COVID-19 may have health conditions that also make them vulnerable to wildfire smoke exposure.


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STEM Pathways For Girls Virtual Conference Nov. 13-15

SSF News:

STEM education has suffered during the pandemic with distance learning.

In response, STEM Santa Fe expanded programming virtually, offering a math festival and five STEM summer camps. They are continuing this effort by launching their annual STEM Pathways for Girls Conference.

This conference kicks off STEM Santa Fe’s monthly program which aims to spark interest in STEM education for girls in 5th-8th grade. With hands-on workshops led by women in STEM, the goal is to keep girls engaged in STEM education while providing a local support system of like-minded peers and role models.


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