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Taking steps to expand broadband

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Lyon County and other nearby counties took a positive step last when they joined together for a broadband feasibility study in the region. On Tuesday, Lyon County commissioners heard a report from that study. One possibility offered would be “hybrid” option building a network of both fiberoptic cable and wireless broadband. One of the advantages of the hybrid, according to the report, that it would bring fiber access to more people in Lyon County, while leaving infrastructure that could be expanded later. The second option of the study looked at bringing fiber access to towns in the study area and serve rural customers with wireless broadband. Board Chairman Paul Graupmann said public forums are planned.

Learning to be ‘good digital citizens’

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“I had no idea,” would be a common thought after reading the Independent account of a technology presentation by Marshall Public School teachers. Computer technology is just flying and Marshall students are apparently on board. While these students are using this valuable computer technology, one of the teachers said “her No. 1 goal is to teach the middle school students to be good digital citizens.” That’s good to hear.

What we have here is a failure to communicate

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There seems to be a failure to communicate in Murray County. Sheriff Steve Telkamp told commissioners during the Tuesday meeting that the personnel committee was working on a conspiracy to retaliate against sheriff’s employees, including getting some fired. The accusation was made after Telkamp was informed the board was to consider the employment status of intermittent deputy sheriff Devin Gillette. There was confusion over the “intermittent” status by commissioners and they complained the sheriff didn’t attend budget meetings to clear up the confusion. Telkamp argued that he wasn’t asking for more money or more personnel, just to be left to organize the manpower he had in a way that was already working. “Let us do our jobs,” he told commissioners. “We can’t do that efficiently if you cut my budget,” he also said. At one point, Auditor/Treasurer Aurora Heard said the sheriff didn’t turn in the correct form to reclassify Gillette’s position. Commissioner David Thinner rightly concluded “we need better communication.”

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