Director Bower outlines goals
to continue ITD's momentum
Interim Director Dwight Bower
discussed his goals and detailed organizational
changes in a meeting held Tuesday with the department’s
executive team and division business managers.
Dwight is serving as the department’s
interim director for five months while the transportation
board begins a search for a permanent director.
Dwight outlined five priorities for the immediate
DMV administrator Pam Lowe named deputy director
Pam Lowe returns, after a short respite, to the Idaho
Transportation Department as the new deputy director,
succeeding Charlie Rountree who recently announced his
retirement. Interim Director Dwight Bower announced Lowe’s
appointment to the department’s No. 2 position this
week. She began her new assignment Thursday (Sept. 7).
Lowe served as Administrator of ITD’s Division of
Motor Vehicles for nearly two years before leaving in
Ekern selected as new Director of Virginia DOT
Dave Ekern, who retired last months after serving as Director
of the Idaho Transportation Department, was named this
morning as director of the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Virginia Gov. timothy M. Kaine made the announcement during
a 10:30 a.m. (MDT) news conference in Richmond.
safety summit targets traffic fatalities
Safety professionals and
law enforcement officials will gather in Boise on Tuesday
for the Idaho Highway Safety Summit. The event is sponsored
by the ITD's Office of Highway Operations and Safety (OHOS)
and will be at the DoubleTree Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden
Blvd. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summit sessions will focus
on efforts to achieve a goal of eliminating deaths on
to participate in emergency workshop
The Idaho Transportation Department, emerging
as a major partner in disaster preparedness and training,
joins other local, state and federal agencies this month
in focusing on a cooperative approach to emergency responses.
Representatives from all six ITD districts and Headquarters
are expected to participate in the 2006 Idaho Prepared!
Conference next week in Burley.
Lifesaver emphasizes rail/highway safety
A licensed train engineer from Pocatello, Chris Arvis
has experienced 15 train/vehicle collisions, involving
too many fatalities during his career. Although he still
is licensed to operate locomotives, Arvis spends his days
working to improve rail crossings through an aggressive
educational campaign, better engineering and increased
stresses that lead to burnout
Most of us at times have felt overwhelmed by the pressures
of work and the demands of family life. Usually, we can
find ways to put life back on an even keel: take a day
off, get a good night’s sleep, or talk things over
with a trusted friend or loved one. "Burnout"
happens when strategies like these fail, and a person
feels physically and emotionally drained by the stress
of daily life.
event planned Sept. 15 for Chuck Winder
employees have an opportunity to thank Chuck Winder for
his 11 years of service on the transportation board and
to wish him well in his continued business and public
service pursuits during an informal reception Friday,
Sept. 15 at Headquarters. The reception will be from 9
a.m. to 11 a.m. in the auditorium.
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