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December 16, 2017
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Martinez Receives Citizen of the Year Award
(2008-01-18)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Local businesses and citizens were honored at the Durango Chamber of Commerce annual awards Celebration.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner has that story.

SARAH: Jerry Martinez, owner of CJ's diner in Durango received the Citizen of the Year Award at the Durango Rocks Annual Celebration.
Martinez was one of many receiving an award last night, including Indiana Reed.
Reed was the recipient of the Barbra Conrad Award.
INDIANA REED: IT IS A GREAT HONOR BECAUSE BARBRA CONRAD WAS A WONDERFUL WOMAN, GREAT WOMAN AND I TRULY BELIEVE SO MUCH IN LEADERSHIP LAPLATA AND WHAT WE DO FOR THE COMMUNITY. I DO WHAT I DO NOT TO GET AWARDS AND I'LL JUST CONTINUE BEING A HUGE PROPONENT OF LEADERSHIP LAPLATA AND GETTING MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED AND EDUCATING MORE PEOPLE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY SO IT BECOMES A BETTER COMMUNITY.
Other award winners included Dan Lin receiving Agriculturist of the Year from the Cattlemen's Association.
The Morley Ballantine Award was given to Pam Patton.
Morehart Chevrolet Subaru received the Spirit of Durango Award.
The Southwest Institute for Education and Conservation won Non-profit of the year.
The Green Business Leadership Award was given to Durango Coffee Company.
Winning the small business of the year category went to Mountain Bike Specialists, while First National Bank of Durango received Business of the Year.
Entrepreneur of the year was given to Joe Lloyd owner of Durango Joe's Coffee Company.
The Durango Diplomats presented Breta Dodd with the Diplomat of the year award.
And lastly volunteer of the year was given to Liz Cary.
Jack Llewelyn, executive director of the chamber of commerce, says that each award is special in their own right.
JACK LLEWELYN: WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE COMMUNITY AND THE MAKE UP OF EVERYTHING I THINK THERE'S BIG WHEELS AND LITTLE WHEELS AND THEY'RE ALL TURNING TOGETHER SO I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S ONE SPECIFIC ONE. I KNOW THAT CITIZEN OF THE YEAR REALLY STANDS OUT. BECAUSE THAT JUST TELL ME THERE'S ONE PARTICULAR PERSON THAT GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE THIS PLACE EVEN BETTER. SO THAT'S ONE OF THE ONES THAT JUST STANDS OUT. BUT I THINK YOU HAVE THE SMALL BUSSINESS, THE VOLUNTEERS, YOU HAVE THE NON-PROFITS I MEAN EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IS WHAT MAKES DURANGO GREAT.
According to Llewelyn the winners are determined by a committee comprised of chamber members and members of the board of directors.

From KSUT, Four Corners public radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner.
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