Executive Director's Report
September 15, 1998
International Community Outreach
Tore Jorgensen, Professor, contacted me from Norwegian University of Science
and Technology, Trondheim Norway, regarding a visit at La Plaza. Mr. Jorgensen
is bringing a study-tour of 25 Norwegians to USA in November 1998 and the
main objective is to study how Information Technology can be utilized for
electronic commerce, product design, distance work, community development
and learning. The group will visit Las Vegas, Nevada, Arizona University,
Durango Colorado, Denver Co., and Taos.
Mr. Jorgensen has requested a visit at La Plaza on November 24 to learn
about building a community network. He also requested a meeting with
public officials and others that decided to establish the Telecommunity.
We will develop a presentation of the vision and implementation of La
Plaza. We will also develop an agenda for public input; City manager,
School officials –- Questa, Penasco, Taos, health care providers, youth
and family members, business owners, lab users, etc. I am planning
a reception with the PMS Foundation director for the group at the Fechin
Inn, (to be underwritten by a private source.)
Computer Camp: Five campers, ages 12 – 14, 3 boys and 2 girls
during the week of August 10 – 14. Each camper developed one
web page during the week. Nancy Montano and Loretta Suazo managed
the camp and lessons learned will be valuable in planning for the future.
I am working with a group of business people representing the Chamber of
Commerce, Lodgers Association, Taos Ski Valley, and Town of Taos.
This group has developed a strategy, Destination Taos, to provide marketing
collaboration for the above mentioned 4 entities. La
Plaza will assist with a list serve for the group of participants and each
committee. La Plaza will also provide training to the businesses
that want to design their own web site, rather than pay a professional
Questa Project: presentation by Chris Gillespie, State Division of
Communications at the Board meeting.
Presbyterian Medical Services Foundation: I have met with Jeff Morgan,
PMS Foundation director, and discussed two projects:
a collaborative project involving the Questa Youth Center’s programs and
services, including public access costs. A funding request will be
developed for the Turner Foundation once the specifics are known with the
a collaborative project to host the group visiting from Norway in November.
Remote Site Collaboration
Nancy Montano and I met with Amos Atencio, Director of Sciente
de Norte a nonprofit community based organization located in Embudo.
We discussed collaboration with the agency to develop a public access site
for the Dixon, Embudo, and Vadito communities and to develop La Plaza’s
presence as an ISP.
I am tasked with discussing with USWest the possibility of service into
Embudo as it is in GTE service territory. We will also meet at Embudo
Rio Grande Center and visit the offices for possible public access.
We will also begin discussion with funding sources implementation dollars
of such a project.
Field Support Technician: Tim Corcoran was hired effective September
14, 1998 as the part-time FST. Tim has a BS in Computer Science from
Purdue University and is experienced in programming, UNIX, both PC and
Mac platforms, and the Internet.
Bookkeeper: Rose Concha was hired and will begin the job October
4, 1998. Rose has 18 years experience as a bookkeeper and is completing
her Associates degree in Accounting at Northern New Mexico. Pamela
Alfred supervised her, the CPA La Plaza engaged for the 1997 audit.
August Monthly Statistics
Public Access Users
|La Plaza (Taos)
Questa public access was not open.
||# of Participants
|Intro to Email
|Intro to WWW
|New Primary Accounts
|New Secondary Accts
|Past due balances of >51 days
|Per User Request
(17 indicated they were moving)
(1 indicated they were not using)
(1 opened in error)
(1 have two accounts, need only one)
(1 computer down)
(1 son took computer)
(11 no reason given)
Net Change In Accounts: 88 gained
|Tech Support Calls
||Connect Time (hrs)
(74% of total users)
Judith Pepper, Executive Director, La Plaza Telecommunity