The Steamboat Pilot & Today won nine awards Friday, including the prestigious Joe McGowan Award for General Excellence, at the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters Banquet.
The awards, presented during a ceremony at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, included first- place honors in the special section and sports photo categories, and second place in graphics, series, environmental reporting, education reporting, feature photo and photo illustration.
The Pilot & Today competed in the small market category for newspapers with circulations of 10,000 or less.
Judges in the Joe McGowan Award for General Excellence reviewed three editions of the Steamboat Pilot & Today and praised the newspaper for its design, photos and local coverage. Second place went to the Durango Herald.
The staff of the Pilot & Today won first place for "Locals," the special section focusing on local personalities that the newspaper publishes each April.
John Russell won first place for his sports photo of a freestyle skier who lost his pants in mid-air. Russell won second place for a feature photo of three young boys cooking pizza during a Parks and Recreation class during the summer.
David Taylor won second place for his graphic depicting the route and other information for the Steamboat Marathon. Taylor and Doug Crowl won second place for a photo illustration depicting winter turning into spring.
Kelly Silva won second place for an education story about a Steamboat Springs High School debate on evolution versus creationism. Avi Salzman earned second place in environmental reporting for "River Exam," a story about water testing in the Yampa River.
Tom Ross won in the series category for his detailed coverage of the turbulent year that the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation endured.
Steamboat Pilot & Today joined The Daily Camera of Boulder and the Rocky Mountain News of Denver, which also garnered general excellence honors in the 2000-2001 awards.
The Rocky Mountain News also was cited for public service.
Also, The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, The Daily Times-Call of Longmont and the Rocky Mountain News were cited for spot news coverage.
In addition, the Rocky Mountain News and photographer Pat Davison won the ''best of show'' award for a 20-photo essay on fish stocking in Colorado.
The awards were among 145 prizes for journalistic excellence presented for news, sports and feature reporting, photography and graphics work done by Colorado's daily newspapers from September 2000 through August 2001.
The association is made up of members of The Associated Press, a not-for-profit news cooperative with a bureau in Denver.
The Steamboat Springs, Boulder and Denver newspapers won the Joe McGowan Award for General Excellence for overall content during three pre-designated days in June 2001.
For public service, the Rocky Mountain News was recognized for ''Her Name Was Candace,'' a story on violent therapies against children.
For spot news, The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent and reporter Dennis Webb were honored for coverage of a plane crash that killed 18 people in Aspen in March 2001.
The Daily Times-Call of Longmont and reporter DeeDee Correll were recognized for a story about a husband who tried to kill his wife with a gun and a truck.
The Rocky Mountain News' staff was cited for its coverage of the capture of the ''Texas Seven'' fugitives near Colorado Springs in January 2001.
The Denver Post, The Durango Herald, The Pueblo Chieftain and The Greeley Tribune also were cited in multiple categories.