Some of the greatest achievements go uncredited because of the humility of the doers. The Idaho Mountain Express is counting on local women's admirers, family or friends to flush the unsung from the bushes for public accolade by nominating them for Woman of the Year.
The criterion is simple: The woman of the year is someone who has made the area a better place for all of us through her spirited contributions and tireless commitment. The nomination process is simple, too. Go to www.mtexpress.com/womanoftheyear to nominate the valley woman you think most deserves the title. All entries must be submitted by Sunday, Jan. 30, by 5 p.m.
All submissions must be done online to preserve the integrity of the vote. Please include the reasons behind your nominee or nominees. The tallies of the top five will be posted Monday, Feb. 7, for another online vote, with the winner being announced in the Valley Woman special section of the newspaper on Wednesday, March 23.
Last year, more than 250 people nominated 60 women for review, with 1,200 voting on the top five to elect Blaine County Senior Center Executive Director Kimberly Coonis.
People who don't have a nomination for woman of the year can still share an admirable woman with us. The Express will be looking for women in three other categories—those in traditionally male occupations, those who deftly balance home, work, family and self, and those who are high achievers in their field. Anyone who knows of women who fit into those categories can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Other Notable Women" in the subject line. Include a description of how she meets the criteria and how to contact her. Deadline for those submissions is Friday, Feb. 25.