Genevieve Block is saved

Ghoncheh Jebsen celebrates the announcement that the Cafe Genevieve block had reached its fundraising goal with Jackson Hole Land Trust President Laurie Andrews. They met during the 38th annual Land Trust Picnic on Sunday at Snake River Ranch.

The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has chosen its annual award winners, recognizing a handful of individuals and businesses “who are making an impact in Jackson Hole.”

This year’s winners come from “a diverse group ... that exemplify everything from employee recognition, to leadership style to overall lasting effect on the community,” a news release stated.

“We look forward to recognizing leaders, co-workers, friends and family at this great time of the year,” chamber President Anna Olson said, “when we can take a moment to look around and appreciate the great community we live, work and play in.”

The Save the Block contributors — all those who helped preserve the Cafe Genevieve block downtown — were named this year’s “Citizens of the Year,” with special recognition for Jackson Hole Land Trust Executive Director Laurie Andrews, who led the campaign.

Bar J Chuckwagon is the winner of the “Ride for the Brand” award, which goes to individuals and families that “demonstrated respect for the place we call Jackson Hole” by contributing to the economy, community and environment.

Shelby Read is this year’s “Rising Star,” given to a citizen under the age of 40 who is “blazing the streets of Jackson with their innovation and service — both professionally and personally.”

The Riverwind Foundation was named the winner of the “Green to Green” award for a business that follows environmentally conscious practices.

And Jackson Hole Airport was named “Business of the Year” in the large category, while Valley Bookstore won in the small-business category.

Winners will receive their awards at the chamber’s annual celebration set for Oct. 25 at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The event is open to all.

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Johanna Love steers the newsroom as editor. Her time off is occupied by kid, dog, biking, camping and art. She loves to hear from readers with story tips, kudos, criticism and questions.

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