What once was an overburdened animal shelter has now become one that is cutting edge and nationally recognized due to the introduction of new programs, and, of course, community support.
In the “old days,” the majority of animals at Panhandle Animal Shelter (PAS) in Ponderay were housed long term, sometimes for months and even years, until new families were found. The stress on the animals and the impact on their health and the shelter staff were overall unsustainable. They knew they needed to change.
Those involved with the shelter began to ask themselves: “Could we do this better?” “What needs to change?” “Can it change, and if we do change, how do we go about it?”
“The key was being vulnerable and admitting we did not know the answers and sometimes even the right questions to ask,” recalls Executive Director Mandy Evans.
The tide began to turn when Evans consulted Dr. Sandra Newbury, DVM and director of the University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine program. These consult calls were a game changer for the shelter.
“Dr. Newbury’s advice and support helped us better understand why outbreaks and illnesses occur in shelters and how the flow of animals through the shelter makes a significant impact to health, welfare and even the bottom line,” said Evans.
Looking forward, successful convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) will be a driving force behind business-growth initiatives. Through the integration of these two disciplines, companies can utilize real data to drive efficiencies and productivity that will accelerate product-to-market times and boost demand while reducing costs and risks. It also creates opportunities for economic growth that strengthen communities.
While operational technology brings value to the manufacturing industry through sensors and devices, information technology supports the software used to process the required information to manufacture products and run the business.
Overcoming challenges posed by the traditionally competing priorities of the two groups is crucial to successful convergence; these include merging strategies, governance and protocol, as well as security and data.
Two Inland Northwest companies are leading the charge with significant examples of how IT/OT convergence creates competitive advantages and fuels innovation.
It’s been an interesting past two summers with construction, reversion to two-way streets and more for the Downtown Sandpoint area. While commuters may have found it to be an inconvenience, downtown business owners have felt a much larger and direct impact on their day-to-day operations, especially given the fact that construction typically takes place during their busiest season from May through October. So, when the City of Sandpoint began to plan for another phase of construction next year, they carefully considered the impact it would have on our local businesses in the downtown corridor. Working together to come up with a proposal that would not only work within their budget and allow them to do construction during the non-summer months but would also not devastate the local business economy was a challenge. But Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad, Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton and Public Works Director Amanda Wilson, who was hired earlier this year, weighed many options and presented their proposal in late October to a group of downtown business owners and interested citizens.
More than 30 years after its debut, another sequel is in the works that many ‘80s action fans are eagerly anticipating. Cinema’s most famous pilot is back for “Top Gun; Maverick.” The long-awaited sequel to the original 1986 “Top Gun” has been in the works for some time, and production on the sequel began earlier this summer. Only a few details of the plot have emerged, but according to “Variety,” Tom Cruise’s character will now be an instructor, with the film exploring “a world of drone technology, fifth-generation fighters and the end of the era of dog-fighting.”
The movie made Cruise and Val Kilmer household names, and the sound engineering and battle scenes were groundbreaking for its time. The original story is centered around a group of real-life aviators, one of whom has ties to North Idaho.
Christopher “Boomer” Wilson, a resident of Hope at the time of his 2010 death, was a 28-year veteran of naval aviation, having accumulated more than 5,400 hours in the air for the U.S. Navy and taking the controls of 30 different types of aircraft.
People throughout the world caught a glimpse of Wilson’s distinguished career as it was Wilson who was the inspiration for “Viper,” the commander of Top Gun played by Tom Skerritt.
Some of the best childhood memories are of days spent outdoors with friends. For many who were fortunate enough to go to summer camp, those experiences were ones we will likely never forget.
For children in Sandpoint, there are many opportunities to experience great adventure, and one of those opportunities just got even better.
Camp Kaniksu, which is operated by Kaniksu Land Trust, began its summer outdoor camp program in 2017. This upcoming summer, the camp will move from the previous location at the University of Idaho property on Boyer Avenue to the soon-to-be-acquired Pine Street Woods property.
“We’re very excited to be able to move camp to Pine Street Woods next summer. One of the many things which our campers do is choose a ‘special place’ during camp, which they are encouraged to re-visit with their family outside of camp,” said Cami Murray, programs and development associate for Kaniksu Land Trust. “The permanence of Pine Street Woods will take this idea to new levels.
Looking for a little levity to relieve the stress before the holiday season? Come to the Panida Theater to enjoy two one-act comedies put on by the Panida Playhouse Players and the Unknown Locals on November 15,16 and 17 at 7:30pm and on November 18 at 3:30.
The first play, “Thanks A Lot”, was written and is being directed by Sandpoint’s own Becky Revak of the Panida Playhouse Players. The second, “True Believer,” was written by Chris Herron, who is part of the Unknown Locals group.
While the title of “Thanks A Lot” may imply the show is of a Thanksgiving theme, Becky shares that the show is in fact about a case of mistaken identity. “True Believer” will also provide comedic relief while providing a Christmas theme.
Becky and Chris have known one another for along time but have never collaborated on a project until now. “We held auditions from both the Panida Playhouse Players and the Unknown Locals,” said Becky. “It’s the first time we’ve been able to appreciate and combine the talent from both groups. Chris and the Unknown Locals have been great about bringing theater back to the stage.”