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La Plaza Open House and Celebration

La Plaza Telecommunity held an Open House on Tuesday, August 15th to celebrate five years of service to the Taos community, unveil a mural painted in the Learning Center Lab by community artists and to recognize Nancy Montano, Outreach/Content Coordinator for La Plaza for receiving the national Community Technology Center CTCNet 2000 award.

Ira Schwartz

Ira Schwartz, Vice President of the La Plaza Board of Directors gave a brief history of La Plaza and introduced Town of Taos Councilman Bobby Duran.

Town of Taos Council member Bobby Duran presented Nancy Montano with the Community Technology Centers Network (CTCNet) 2000 Innovative Initiative award that was announced at the annual conference of the organization on June 23, 2000. The award is intended to recognize the contributions of an individual from a CTCNet affiliate center, who has initiated and carried out activities that have extended the reach of the center to people who otherwise would not have equal access to technology. Nancy was recognized for her work in reaching out to the entire Taos community, from Hispanics and Native Americans, to the elderly and youths.

Mr. Duran then read a proclamation issued by Mayor Fred Peralta designating August 15, 2000 Nancy Montano Day in Taos and thanked Nancy for "promoting our community and for her hard work and acts of good will."

Councilman Bobby Duran and Nancy Montano
Councilman Bobby Duran and Nancy Montano

Bobby Duran, Judith Pepper, and Bobby Gonzales

Taos High School Superintendent Bobby Gonzales thanked La Plaza for it's work in helping the school district meet it's technology goals and announced that this fall, the schools will have new computers in labs, classrooms and the creation of websites for every classroom.

Judith Pepper, Executive Director spoke to the many accomplishments that have occurred since La Plaza's inception including the Kellogg Foundation Teacher training, Penasco Wireless system and current funding from the National Library of Medicine and National Cancer Institute for health information projects and Benton Foundation Open Studio Project.

La Plaza Executive Director Judith Pepper
La Plaza Executive Director Judith Pepper

Lorrie Bortner and Nancy Montano

Nancy Montano introduced Lorrie Bortner, a local artist and Open Studio participant who spearheaded the painting of a mural in the La Plaza Learning Center and public access lab. Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Lorrie as well as the other artists who helped complete the mural. They were Tom Johnson, Kate Fox, Tanya Lopez, Renata Walczuk and Miko Walczuk. La Plaza acknowledged the local business's who donated paint and supplies for the mural: Randall Lumber and Hardware, Vargas Paint, Ace Hardware - Questa Lumber and Artisan/Santa Fe Inc.

La Plaza Patio    La Plaza Patio

A banner with La Plaza's new logo was unveiled and was received with enthusiasm by attendees. Community members toured the La Plaza facility and were particularly impressed with the beautiful mural that was painted in the Learning Center lab.

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