Steamboat Springs Five Routt County residents took home New Pioneers of the Yampa Valley awards Saturday night.
The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley held the dinner and awards presentation at Olympian Hall in Howelsen Lodge. The alliance's board of directors chose three winners, and the audience selected a fourth. The honorees were chosen for promoting and practicing sustainable measures, alliance organizer Steve Aigner said.
The New Pioneer awards went to Laura Lamun, of Little Moon Essentials; Les Liman, of the Twin Landfill in Milner; and Dean and Jim Rossi, of R&R Land and Livestock. The people's choice award went to Mike Roberts, president of Habitat Construction.
"The three winners were chosen after the nomination process and reviewing all their materials and the arguments for their candidacy," Aigner said.
The Community Alliance aims to honor people in different categories. Lamun was chosen in the business arena, Liman was chosen because of his resource conservation and recycling through Twin Enviro Services, and the Rossis were chosen because of land stewardship, Aigner said.
Lamun said Sunday that she was overwhelmed to be selected out of the nine nominees. Her company creates natural, chemical-free body care products.
"I think it's important we realize what goes on our bodies goes into our environment," Lamun said. "What goes on our bodies gets washed down into our water supply. People don't think of that."
She said she was pleased that the Community Alliance recognized her team for its efforts.
"I really believe in what the Community Alliance is doing," Lamun said. "And I think they're one of the only organizations that stand up for the environment in our town, and I'm proud of what they do."
Jim Rossi said he wasn't surprised R&R Land and Livestock earned an award, because it was the only agriculture-related nominee.
"It was nice that people do recognize some of us that do stuff like that," Rossi said. "There's a whole lot of us that do it, and we're just one of the few that got a mention."
Aigner said about 110 people attended the event Saturday night, which also was a fundraiser for the alliance. The people's choice award was part of that fundraiser: Participants voted for their favorite nominee by putting a dollar in a jar marked with that person's name. That's how Roberts won, Aigner said.
Deep Roots Local Food Trust created a menu and helped prepare food, he said. The event included an address by Tammie Delaney and Marsha Daughenbaugh about Vision 2030, Aigner said. The only hiccup was a sound system failure, he said.
"We had to get a speaker and sound system from a DJ that happened to be in the audience," he said. "But we worked it out, and we had a very good time."
The event went about 15 minutes longer than planned, because speech-givers were excited to praise the award nominees, Aigner said. "It went better than I expected, actually," he said. "I was pleasantly surprised."