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Marilyn Malkmus named citizen of year

by Mellisa Murphy, staff writer

Marilyn Malkmus received the 1999-2000 Citizen of the Year Award from the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority for her efforts as a book repair volunteer for the Douglas County Library and her involvement in Project Santa Claus.

The award was one of seven presented at the 55th annual Installation and Community Awards Thursday.

The festivities, designed to honor residents and businesses for their dedication and positive impact on their community, featured an impromptu 64th birthday tune for Gov. Kenny Guinn as well as entertainment provided by guitarist George Hanepen and Friends.

Outstanding Service Organization of the Year went to the Minden Rotary Club, accepted by member John Hamer, who acknowledged the diligent efforts of fellow nominees, the Carson Valley Active 20/30 Club and the Carson Valley Historical Society. Minden Rotary has been active in the community for 74 years, most recently raising funds for scholarships through the first Valley hot air balloon race.

“To be selected is humbling,” said Suzy Stockdale, owner of Stockdale Creative Marketing and Advertising and recipient of Business Person of the Year. “I’m proud to be a member of this beautiful community. It’s so easy to be active here.”

Sharkey’s Casino was honored as Business of the Year for having a positive impact on the community through its committment to providing aid to those down on their luck. Elaine Agnuson accepted the award on behalf of Sharkey Begovich, whom she described as a “big man with a big heart.”

The Environmental Excellence Award was presented to Bently Agrowdynamics to honor the company’s dedication to creating high crop yields while using less water and fertilizer.

Douglas High School senior Sarah Wise received the Outstanding Young Citizen of the Year Award. Wise, a career Girl Scout who donates her time to tutoring elementary school students and to the Carson Valley Animal Shelter, thanked her parents.

“If it’s fun for you, do as much as you can to be involved,” Wise said. “When kids say there’s nothing to do – I’ve found plenty to do.”

Wise plans to study veterinary medicine when she graduates.

The final award of the evening, for agriculture, went to Jaques Etchegoyen for his 27-year involvement with the Mack Ranch and his advocacy of agriculture and the preservation of open space.