Executive Director's Report
October 13, 1998
Questa Project - the following activities were completed:
I attended a meeting for the 3rd Tango in Taos Golf Tournament
and fundraiser for nonprofit organizations in Taos, which will be held
in June, 1999. I propose the Public Relations Committee take this project
as fundraiser for 1999.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has submitted the 2nd round of RFP’s
for the Managing Information in Rural America projects, (MIRA). I have
met with Bill Swan and he is interested in facilitating the project with
the community to form the necessary teams and develop the RFP to send to
Kellogg. La Plaza’s only participation will be to assist Bill with the
grant application. If the MIRA grant were approved, then La Plaza will
submit the application to be a Community Support Organization to support
the teams with their special projects.
La Plaza Telecommunity and Presbyterian Medical Services Foundation sent
a cooperative request to the Ted Turner Foundation for 2 year funding of
the public access site at the Questa Youth Center. Included in the request
are dollars for the Community Outreach Trainer, an assistant for the computer
lab, Field Tech Support, and some hardware. Included in the hardware dollars
is money to purchase a new server for La Plaza, and upgrade the computers
in the Youth Center computer lab. We will be notified in December if the
grant request is approved.
National Rural Telecommunications Conference: Nancy Montano and I attended
the Rural TelCon Conference in Aspen on October 5 and 6. The conference
attendees are organizations providing telecommunications in rural America,
i.e.; telephone companies, universities, federal and state agencies, telecommunities,
and private vendors. La Plaza Telecommunity continues to have a positive
national reputation among the attendees. One attendee stated she reads
the Board minutes on line, and is amazed at the accomplishments of La Plaza
over the past 19 months! I networked with several people, the most interesting
being Peter Law from the University of Virginia. Peter is coordinating
with the 4-H youth groups in Virginia a technology project that teaches
the youth the use of computers. I will meet with Taos County 4-H and begin
a dialogue of possible collaborative projects for our youth.
Chris Gillespie and I met with Menice Santistevan-Manzanares, Questa Village
Administrator, and discussed the wireless connection for the Questa community.
Menice is excited about being included in the pilot project and will participate
in the maintenance of the equipment after the 12 months.
A presentation was made to the Utilities and Telecommunications Legislative
Subcommittee on Monday, October 5, 1998 by Michael Bearden, Chris Gillespie,
and Elmer Salazar regarding the project. The subcommittee is very interested
in the project and the impact on the health and education facilities.
I met with Nick Shields, Polson-Mercer Insurance representative, regarding
the liability insurance for the 30-foot tower. As the tower will be installed
on the property leased by La Plaza, the existing liability insurance provides
the necessary coverage.
I received approval from Mike Stanford, property owner of La Plaza lease,
for the install of the tower. Mr. Stanford requested a letter, which has
been sent, stating La Plaza would hold Mr. Stanford harmless should there
be any accidents relating to the tower.
Michael Bearden will upgrade the modem software to V.90. V.90
is a modem communication standard developed by and agreed upon by the creators
of both Kflex and x2 modem communication standards. It standardizes the
communication protocol for 56K Modems. Previously, x2 modems could only
communicate with x2 modems and 56K Modems could only communicate with Kflex
modems at 56K. With the change to V.90, La Plaza can now communicate with
both x2 and 56K modems.
September Monthly Statistics
Public Access Users
|La Plaza (Taos)
Questa public access will be open in the next several weeks,
after the training is complete for Rene Martinez, Questa community outreach
||# of Classes
||# of Participants
|Intro to Email
|Intro to WWW
|Easy Web Page Design
|Marketing Your Web Page
Loretta Suazo held a class for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for
10 youth and covered use of email and the WWW. She also completed a 6-week
training session for 9 non-English speaking woman referred by the Community
Wellness Council. These women did not have computer experience nor had
they been in a recent classroom situation. Loretta held all classes in
Spanish; Introduction to Computers, Windows 95, Internet, Email, and WWW.
The 9 women successfully completed the classes and a several women asked
for a one-hour time slot with Loretta to continue coming to La Plaza as
|New Primary Accounts
|New Secondary Accts
|Past due balances of >51 days
|Per User Request
(17 indicated they were moving)
(2 indicated they were not using)
(2 unable to access)
(11 no reason given)
Net Change In Accounts: 68 gained
|Tech Support Calls
||Connect Time (hrs)
(75% of total users)
Number of Memberships / October 8, 1998
Judith Pepper, Executive Director, La Plaza Telecommunity