PET OF THE WEEK

Beau came to the Meridian Valley Humane Society as a 7-month-old puppy with no training or set boundaries. The humane society soon discovered Beau, who is now 9 months old, had what is called “confrontational play,” which meant he would challenge his handler by either going after their feet, or by grabbing their arm. He was not aggressive at all but just wanted to romp and play. This could have turned into a bigger issue if not corrected, so a trainer was asked to work with Beau. After about three weeks of training, Beau is ready for his new home, and is a happy, well behaved boy. He is neutered, up to date with his shots and plays well with other dogs and cats. He would like to find a home where he will be included in daily activities. He needs plenty of exercise and will sit nicely to receive a good treat.

GOING PLACES

David Langhorst has been selected as the new director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. He most recently served as a commissioner for the Idaho State Tax Commission and was an Idaho state senator from 2002-08. As the director of the parks department — starting Aug. 4 — Langhorst will oversee the operation of 30 state parks, recreation programs and many recreational trail ways. He succeeds Nancy Merrill, director since 2009. Sandy Jones, head of Jail Reentry Programs and Alternative Sentencing for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, will be the next executive director of the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole, Gov. Butch Otter announced this week. Jones will start her new job managing day-to-day operations and administrative support for the five-member Commission of Pardons and Parole in mid-August with the retirement of long-time Executive Director Olivia Craven. Sally Jeffcoat, president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System, will transition into the role of executive vice president CHE Trinity Health West/Midwest Group. She plans to continue to live in Boise and commute to Michigan. Rodney Reider, president of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, will become interim president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System.

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