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Salmon-Cobalt and Leadore ranger

districts welcome new district ranger

The Salmon-Challis National Forest recently announced Kyra Povirk as the new Salmon-Cobalt and Leadore District Ranger.

Povirk moved to Salmon from Greybull, Wyo., in 2001 to open an office for a small business based out of Idaho Falls. Subsequently, she started and ran her own natural resource consulting business for six years prior to joining the Bureau of Land Management’s Salmon Field Office in 2009 as a rangeland management specialist. Povirk comes to the Salmon-Challis National Forest from the BLM’s Challis Field Office, where she has worked as assistant field manager since September 2016.

“Kyra will be a great addition to the Forest Leadership Team where her rangeland ecology and management background and line officer experience will serve the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger and Leadore Ranger Districts well,” said Chuck Mark, Salmon-Challis National Forest supervisor, in a news release. “Kyra has relationships with city, county and state governments, special-use and range permittees and other external partners and cooperators which are key to successful land and resource management.”

ISU names Anita Smith

as dean of School of Nursing

Anita Smith, Ph.D., is slated to become the new dean of Idaho State University’s School of Nursing in late August.

Smith will oversee programs at both the Pocatello and Meridian campuses, an ISU news release said.

“We are very excited about the incredible experiences and leadership that Dr. Smith brings to ISU,” said Rex Force, ISU vice president of health sciences.

Smith received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Washington and subsequently received her doctorate from the University of San Diego. She is currently with the Bureau of Navy Medicine at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Va., serving with the rank of captain.

She previously held academic appointments at the University of South Alabama and Point Loma Nazarene University. She also has held leadership positions with the Veterans Administration, the release said. “Her diverse nursing background includes several deployments to active military action to Iraq and Afghanistan and maternal/child, trauma, school and post-operative nursing,” the release said.