To the Editor:

The Board of the Blue Mountain Translator District is grateful for community support after a year of historic change. BMTD has spent the last two years listening to community concerns and taking action, resulting in the Legislature’s adoption of SB 393 and 394.

SB 394 allows BMTD to seek new revenue opportunities by creating a TV channel with local news and information and upgrading to next-generation TV technology that will enable us to utilize your airwaves for additional data delivery initiatives. SB 394 also permits BMTD to work with stations to transmit local emergency alerts on our signals, and a grant from Wildhorse Foundation allowed us to purchase new equipment to upgrade our network with this capability.

We are grateful for the legislative support of Sen. Bill Hansell, Sen. Cliff Bentz, Rep. Greg Barreto and Rep. Lynn Findley. Our success in Salem was possible only with the assistance of Union County; the cities of Elgin, Imbler, Island City and North Powder; the RFPD’s serving Imbler, La Grande, Medical Springs, North Powder and Union; Union County Chamber of Commerce; and Union County Farm Bureau.

Government agencies likes BMTD are responsible to the people, and we look forward to continued dialogue with the community to improve the telecommunications infrastructure of Northeast Oregon.

BMTD Board of Directors

Alex McHaddad, executive director

Tim Wallender, president

Jean Innerarity, Mike Kenny and Christina Wood, directors

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