La Plaza Telecommunity
Executive Director's Report
August 10, 1999
Monthly Statistics for July 1999
Public Access Sessions
Location Total Sessions Total Hrs Avg Sesssion
La Plaza 833 837.62 1.01 hour
Penasco 298 439 1.47 hour
Questa 753 350.35 0.47 hour
Of the 833 visits to the Taos lab 110 are from registered users.
The increase in Questa is due to the Open Studio classes in the lab
and the public access use by the artists
Class Title #of Participants
Public Orientation 13
Intro to Email 5
Intro to WWW 11
Easy Web Design 7
Provided full day training to the 6 employees of Taos County Chamber of
Commerce on Outlook 97 Fundamentals. It was very successful and is being
used as the model to begin the training with the curriculum we purchased.
New Registrations for July 99
New Primary Accounts 93
New Secondary Accts 38
Scholarship Accts 1
Employee Accts 2
Accts opened in err 3
26 of the Secondary Accts are for the Open Studio Artists. These accounts
are unbillable accounts for the duration of the project.
Closed Accounts July 99
Past due balance of >50 days 59
User Requested 31
Not using 3
Unable to access 2
No reason given 3
System Administrator: as was posted, Oban Lambie was hired as the
System administrator and began work on July 26, 1999. He dealt with the
T-1 line problem efficiently and effectively by communicating with ANS,
our Internet provider from Albuquerque, and USWest until the problem was
solved on Friday, August 6, 1999.
La Plaza Server: The system hardware funded by LANL Foundation has
been ordered, once all the equipment and software is received an engineering
consultant will come from Integrity Networking Systems to install and provide
TA to the technology staff. Board will be kept informed of the actual dates
and time lines for the install and transition from the old to the new hardware.
Penasco School Board awarded La Plaza Telecommunity the 1999/00
contract for Internet service. La Plaza, Integrity Networking Systems,
Penasco Schools, and La Jicarita Enterprises will be meeting in Penasco
on August 11, 1999 to develop the installation and implementation process
for the wireless connection.
Town of Taos awarded La Plaza another contract for Internet service.
The Town will be upgrading their wireless connection with sectorial antennas
and radios to the Town offices and to the new Youth and Family Center southwest
of town on Canon Bypass. This install will begin within the next few weeks.
Questa Schools decided to use Kit Carson Electric Coop as their
ISP for school year 1999/00. As their contract ended July 31, 1999, I have
requested the schools be removed from the Questa demonstration project
radios as they are no longer paying for any service from La Plaza. The
State General Services Department, Information Systems Division has issued
the instruction to the engineering department and the deactivation will
be completed by August 13, 1999.
Questa Demonstration Project:I met with John Dawson, State Informations
Systems Division, regarding La Plaza's ability to take possession of the
State radio equipment in Questa. An RFP has been created and reads: " This
RFP invites offerors to apply for use of space at a specific location and
asks them to present their needs and propose suitable lease amounts. The
scope of the proposal consists of use of State radio system capacity extending
from San Antonio Mountain, New Mexico, to the Village of Questa, New Mexico,
and establishing a lease related to this use with monthly payments made
to the state." The proposal is due Monday, September 6, 1999, 4:00 PM.
Third Party Funding Opportunities
National Cancer Institute (NCI) notifed the American Medical Services
(AMC) in Denver, the grant that was submitted for intervention and prevention
of cancer in Hispanic populations in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado
was approved. La Plaza will be the implementation agency in Northern New
Mexico and will collaborating with AMC, UNM Albuquerque, and Colorado State
University. The grant is for 4 years and the submitted budget is being
negotiated with AMC and NCI. La Plaza will receive $130,000 to $160,000
each of the 4 years for our project activity. Barbara Hau, La Plaza's project
director, and I will begin preplanning with the collaborating agencies
in October or November.
AOL Foundation: La Plaza has revised and will be submitting a $100,000
proposal to the AOL Foundation. This original proposal, to train 75 nonprofit
agencies in Taos County in use of email, Internet, web design for better
collaboration and communication, was submitted to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Community Support Organization initiative. The grant concept fits so precisely
in the mission of La Plaza and was written with such integrity, we will
continue to submit until we find funding.
Benton Foundation: La Plaza will apply to the Benton Foundation
for a second funding cycle to train more local, underserved artists in
Taos County. The 2nd phase allows for only $10,000 for budget; thus, we
will be requesting supplemental funding from several New Mexico sources;
PNM Foundation and Mc Cune Foundation.
The Taos Tango III Charity Golf Tournament yielded $2,429 dollars to purchase
computers for the 2nd annual essay contest for youth in Taos County. Nancy
Montano is in charge of the contest and will begin developing the contest
beginning in September.
I will be sending a separate email with attachments to the board members
for an amended budget reflecting the increase of revenue due to the increase
in fees and the monthly actuals for July.
Judith Pepper, Executive Director, La Plaza Telecommunity