Sky-Hi staff wins 11 statewide awards for news coverage |

Sky-Hi staff wins 11 statewide awards for news coverage

Sky-Hi News staff report
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News | Sky-Hi Daily News

The Sky-Hi News won 11 statewide awards Saturday in Denver during the Colorado Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.

The 2010 contest brings the three-year total for the Sky-Hi News to 41 CPA awards in three different circulation categories, including the 2009 Photo and Design Sweepstakes Winner for Class II newspapers and the 2010 Editorial Sweepstakes Winner for Class III newspapers.

Awards for 2010 were:

• Photographer Byron Hetzler, 1st place, Best News Photo, for his shot of Grand County EMS personnel training in the Grand Park Community Recreation Center’s foam pit; 1st place, Best Sports Photo, for a photograph of the West Grand volleyball team; and 2nd place, Best Feature Photo, for a picture of the bean bag toss during last year’s Kremmling Days.

• Editor Drew Munro, 1st place, Editorial Writing, for “Liquor decision will help define Granby”; 2nd place, Editorial Writing, for “Just say ‘no’ to more transbasin diversions”; and 3rd place, Best News Story, for coverage of the sentencing of the man convicted of holding police at bay during an armed standoff in Winter Park.

• Reporter Tonya Bina, 2nd place, Best Deadline News Reporting for her story about a fire in Grand Lake that leveled three buildings; 2nd place, Best Agricultural Story, for her report about the 100th anniversary of the Murphy Ranch in Granby.

• Reporter/copy editor Reid Armstrong, 2nd place, Best News Story for her article about a Denver woman who led searchers on multi-day hunt that ended in the Williams Fork area.

• Sky-Hi News staff, Editor Sweepstakes Winner, for amassing more points in writing categories than any other Class III newspaper.

• Sky-Hi News staff, 3rd place, Best Editorial Layout and Design as judged on one randomly chosen edition and one submitted edition.

“This contest is especially gratifying because it is judged by our peers from other states,” said Munro. “I think the record this newsroom has compiled over the past three years is outstanding.

“They have consistently outperformed substantially larger publications with more staff, regardless of the challenges. I offer my sincere thanks to them – again – for a job well done.”

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