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July 2011

Lab High-Priority Flood and Erosion Control Work Complete

Lab work crews have installed 600 feet of water diversion barriers and removed more than 1,200 cubic yards of sediment in anticipation of flash flooding as a result of Las Conchas Fire damage.

It’s the first phase of additional work to help stabilize canyons that run through Lab property and minimize the ability of flood waters to stir up trace levels of Cold War-era contaminants in canyon bottoms.

Although the fire burned only one acre of Lab property, it charred parts of two major canyons upstream. The lack of vegetation and a water-repelling crust on the burned areas could allow storm water to rush down-canyon instead of soak in.

“There is little doubt that we will see ash in the water reaching the Rio Grande,” said Dave McInroy, program director for the Lab’s flood and erosion control efforts. “This is what you’d expect after any fire in New Mexico. We’re working to minimize the transport of any contaminants that have attached to sediments in the canyon bottoms.”

For more information, go to http://lanl.gov/news/news_releases/2011/July/07.11_LANL_completes_high_priority.shtml.

Jeanette Wallace Receives New Mexico First Award

State Representative Jeanette Wallace, who passed away in April, has been posthumously awarded New Mexico First’s Spirit of Bipartisanship Award. Wallace had served Northern New Mexico as a legislator for more than 20 years and was recognized by many for working tirelessly to improve the region through her bipartisan work.

During the awards’ ceremony, ABC’s Sam Donaldson, the event’s moderator, read the following tribute.

“The passing of State Representative Jeanette Wallace this spring leaves a huge void for the district she served that stretched from Jemez Springs to southern Santa Fe County. She was elected in 1990 and she was sent back eleven times. No wonder. During her tenure she went to every residence in her district. She visited nearly 13-thousand homes!  And she took her constituents concerns to the round house and worked with fellow Republicans and Democrats to improve northern New Mexico. She particularly worked closely with longtime Democratic house speaker Ben Lujan, and together they worked to assure that the Rio Grande Corridor was well represented.”

For more information on the award, go to http://nmfirst.org/announcements/the-late-jeanette-wallace-receives-spirit-of-bipartisanship-award.

New Mineral Named After Lab Leader Terry Wallace

In 2005, outside of Lima, Peru, a rare mineral was discovered by William Pinch. In turn, the substance was characterized by a University of Arizona mineralogy team lead by Robert Downs. The Downs team then suggested the name “Terrywallaceite” in honor of the Lab leader’s extensive work on silver minerals and his service to the mineral-collecting community. Wallace currently serves at the principal associate director for the Lab’s Science, Technology, and Engineering organization. Use of Wallace’s first and last names avoids confusion with the previously named mineral “wallisite.”

The mineral itself is made up of slender, needle-like, metallic-black crystals that were found in the Julcani District of Peru.

To view the complete story, go to http://www.lanl.gov/news/stories/mineral_named_for_wallace.html.

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