Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Innovations of Securus Technologies

Securus is a new form of video chatting that is made specifically for inmates and families of inmates which gives them the opportunity to have visits more often and makes the whole process of phone calls and visitation days much more convenient. In the article it is mentioned that this app can also be used to schedule reminders for visit days as well as phone call times. This mobile app has been available for Android phones for about six months and just recently became compatible with iPhones as well. In total with both apps, Securus has totaled over 65,000 times.
In a report published by PR Newswire, Securus broadened their leadership in December of 2015 with new Vice President of Sales, John Bell. With an extensive career working for companies such as Verizon and IBM, this was a good move for this successful company. Bell can assure that people like me who have multiple family members who are in prison are able to connect with my family without having to worry about my own schedule and travel. This mobile app offers more than just video calling as well, with features like inmate self-service, emergency response and much more. According to their wikipedia page, Securus works with over 3,400 facilities across North America providing their services to about 1.2 million inmates and their loved ones.



Andy Wirth’s Groundbreaking Gondola Plan

Andy Wirth is the Chief Executive Officer of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings is the parent company for both the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts. Wirth has over 20 years of experience working in the mountain resort and hotel industry. Wirth has received multiple community service awards including the Chairman’s outstanding Service Award bestowed to him by the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees.

Andy Wirth has also been named the Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year. Wirth has also received the Community Five Award. Recently, it was announced in Powder Magazine that Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has started to build a gondola that would connect Squaw Valley to Alpine Meadows. Learn more about Andy Wirth:

The gondola operates in three separate parts. It starts at the bottom of Squaw Valley, going over the ridge between the mountains,and then stopping at the bottom of Alpine Meadows. Wirth says that this plan has been in the making for over a decade. The new gondola will share the Western edge of the stretch of land known as the White Wolf. The White Wolf is connected to the Granite Chief Wilderness Area. Learn more about Andy Wirth:

The gondola is rumored to pass through the United States Forest Service Land. The gondola announcement comes during a time where Squaw Valley is moving forward with its plans to expand the base area village. Some local skiers have argued against this proposal. Squaw Alpine will look for support from the United States Forest Service, as well as Placer County. Wirth says that the snow pack will not impact the gondola – Andy Wirth – Squaw Valley CEO and Philanthropist.

There will be some instances where the KT Ridge may run as a stand alone segment of the gondola. Wirth says the implementation of the gondola could make Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows one of the largest ski areas in the lower 48.

Andy Wirth says that getting the input and involvement of the community is very important to the project. Wirth says that improving the snow service levels should be the main focus at this point for Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.