David Fletcher's Government and Technology Weblog : news & perspectives from a long-time egov advocate
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Monday, February 03, 2003
Utah / Mexico

The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce is a great resource for companies looking to do business with Mexico and should be available through the state's developing business portal.  Governor Leavitt is in Mexico City this week to enhance Utah's business ties to Mexico, for which I applaud him.   I lived in Guadalajara for a year and there are some great business opportunities there.   The Governor's visit, which will include talks with Presidente Vicente Fox is unprecedented in several ways.  The Wiring the Border initiative looks like an excellent public-private initiative to enhance telecommunications in the border region.  Several weeks ago, I mentioned the CANAMEX project which also has some excellent potential for enhancing technology development in the region.  Utah is one of several states with trade offices in Mexico.

Governor Leavitt presents President Fox with an Olympic torch.

6:27:51 PM    
Road Conditions
After our first major snowfall yesterday, I checked the State's up-to-date road conditions report to see how well it is maintained.  The data is current for almost every location throughout the state.  There are three exceptions which were last updated on Friday afternoon. Peak in on dozens of locations, including Parley's Canyon before heading up to Park City at Utah's CommuterlinkSnotel reports, which were looking pretty bleak, should improve this week.
9:08:47 AM    
Remembering Columbia

Wikipedia summarizes the missions of the space shuttle Columbia beginning in 1981.  The Columbia and its crew were lost during re-entry on the morning of February 1, 2003.  The Kennedy Space Center is broadcasting daily briefings on the tragic incident.

My cousin, James C. Fletcher, was responsible for launching the shuttle effort after his appointment as NASA Administrator back in 1971.  During his second term at NASA, he was largely involved in efforts to recover from the Challenger accident and was in charge of the agency when the Space Shuttle finally returned to flight on September 29, 1988He passed away several years ago.

The shuttle's loss obviously is being covered heavily by mainstream media and blog.  Dougal Gunters has written a haiku about it.  Dave McNamee expresses his sentiments after viewing the disaster.  Jim Stewart is proud to be an American.  The flag remains at half mast.

8:12:05 AM    

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