Patrick Farrell serves the town of Mitchell in a variety of capacities. He's the mayor. He's also the barber, pastor, bus driver and the operator of the Spoke'n Hostel.

Patrick Farrell serves the town of Mitchell in a variety of capacities. He’s the mayor. He’s also the barber, pastor, bus driver and the operator of the Spoke’n Hostel.

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  • While service providers in big cities often use big telecom companies for cellular and internet connections, many small telecommunication providers in rural areas rely on more affordable technology from Chinese companies, such as Huawei. An executive order banning purchases from companies that pose a national security threat includes Huawei. That’s causing worry among rural service providers. We hear from Eastern Oregon Telecom CEO Joe Franell.

 

  

  • Mitchell, Oregon, Mayor Patrick Farrell also serves as the town’s pastor, barber and school bus driver. He and his wife also operate the Spoke’n Hostel, an inn for cyclists passing through Mitchell. We talk with Farrell about the many hats he wears in Mitchell and his hopes for the town’s future.

 

  

  • Wheeler County is Oregon’s most sparsely populated county and has the oldest average population of any county in the state. This year, the graduating class of Wheeler High School in Fossil has three students. We talk with Katie Jaeger, one of the newly graduated seniors about growing up in Wheeler County and her plans for the future.

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