Saturday, February 23, 2002
Denver The Hayden Valley Press received 19 awards, including the General Excellence Award as the best newspaper of its size, during the Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Awards Saturday night at the Brown Palace Hotel.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today Sunday received 15 awards in the category for weekly newspapers with circulations of 4,000 or more, and the Steamboat Today received 11 awards in the category for daily newspapers with circulations of 10,000 or less.
The Hayden Valley Press swept the sweepstakes awards, given to the best newspaper overall in each category editorial, advertising and photo and design. It is the second consecutive year that the Hayden Valley Press has won the General Excellence Award.
Reporter Gary Salazar won several awards including first place in deadline news reporting and second place in feature story, sports story, deadline news reporting and sustained coverage.
News Editor Terrance Vestal won first place for his headlines in the Hayden Valley Press. Photographer Tyler Arroyo won first place in the feature photo category and third place in the news photo category. John F. Russell won first place in sports photography.
The Hayden Valley Press finished third in the editorial layout and design category.
In advertising, Kerry Crimmins won first place for the best small space ad and the best advertising campaign. Valerie Dietrich won second place in the advertising campaign category, and Melanie Guerra took third in the best classified page category.
The Hayden Valley Press finished second in the best advertising layout and design category.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today Sunday won the sweepstakes award in advertising and first place in the editorial layout and design category.
The newspaper took first and third place in the best special section category for its 2001 Hunting Guide and Locals, respectively.
David Taylor won first place in the best informational graphic category.
Taylor also won first place in two advertising categories best newspaper promotion and best circulation promotion.
Taylor and former Pilot & Today circulation director Brooke Lachman also took second and third place in the best circulation promotion, and Taylor also won second place in the newspaper promotion category.
The advertising staff won second place in advertising special sections.
Taylor and Crimmins took second place in the small space ad competition, while Deb Proper was third in the best black and white ad competition.
Russell won third place in column writing, and Taylor was third in headline writing.
Avi Salzman and Tom Ross picked up a second place award in deadline news reporting.
Steamboat Today collected four first place awards Ross won first place in business writing; Russell won first place in sports photography, Taylor won first place in informational graphics; and Taylor and former ad director Kathy Hirschboeck won first place for best use of color in an ad.
Other Steamboat Today awards included Salazar and Doug Crowl, third place in deadline news reporting; Salazar and former Editor Mark Louden, second place in sustained news coverage; Arroyo, third place in feature photography; Taylor, second place in single page design; and Proper, second place in the best small space ad category.
The newspaper also took third place in public service for its 2000 Voters Guide and second place in editorial layout and design.