Recognize a community assset

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

The annual Community Asset Awards search is underway and the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Chamber of Commerce want to know who you think stands out for 2012.
The Community Assets Awards strives to recognize the things people do — in and around Los Alamos — to make the community or the world a better place.
“I love that the Community Asset Awards honor those unsung heroes, those people who are not looking for praise or attention, but just do good things for the community because they enjoy doing them,” said Katy Korkos, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services Director. “ I love it that people who have a good idea and follow through with it are honored.”
Each year, people of every age and background are nominated to receive recognition, with a youth and an adult recognized to receive the Director’s Choice Award and someone who will receive the Spirit of the West Award.
The Spirit of the West Award was created to honor former Los Alamos County Councilor and Leadership Los Alamos alumni Jim West. Before his passing away, West knew the award was created, in his honor.
The annual event has several categories including youth, individual, couple, business and organization. There are eight asset categories from which to choose, based on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets. The categories include support, empowerment, boundaries/expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies and positive identity.
Nomination forms can be requested by calling Assets In Action at 661-4846 or by downloading it on the JJAB website at losalamosjjab.com. To fill one out online, visit AssetsInAction.info.
Last year, KRSN’s Gene Mortensen received the Spirit of the West Award for his dedicated service to community athletics. Mortensen was at a basketball game that day and received his award in front of the home crowd, presented by JJAB Chair Judge Alan Kirk.
“Everyone who has been nominated in the past has been wonderful. What I’ve learned is that it just means that average everyday people are really interesting, once you know their story,” Korkos said. “And everybody’s contribution is important.”
The deadline for nominations is at 5 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved in advance, for the Jan. 5 event by calling the assets office.