Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Pilot & Today swept the sweepstakes honors and received the General Excellence Award as the best newspaper of its size in the state Saturday night at the Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
The Pilot & Today won top honors in all three sweepstakes categories -- advertising, photo and design and editorial -- in the competition among weekly newspapers with circulations of 4,000 or more. It is the first time in eight years that a newspaper other than the Aspen Times Weekly has won the General Excellence Award in the largest weekly category.
The Hayden Valley Press won the sweepstakes award in photo and design in the circulation class for weekly newspapers with circulations of 1,750 or less and Steamboat Today won the sweepstakes award in advertising for daily newspapers with circulations of 10,000 or less.
All told, the Pilot & Today, the Today and the Hayden Valley Press collected more than 60 awards at the Colorado Press Association convention, which was held at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.
In addition to the sweepstakes awards, first-place winners for the Pilot & Today included best series for "The Great Divide -- Housing in Steamboat Springs," best sustained coverage for the Winter Olympics; best special section for "Locals;" best public service for "The Great Divide;" best headline writing for artist David Taylor; creativity for advertising director Bryna Larsen's business card design; best photo essay for sports editor John Russell's "Cowboy Up -- Life on the Road" feature about a bull rider; best single page design for Taylor's design of the "Cowboy Up" stories and photos; best layout and design; best informational graphic for Taylor; best use of color in an advertisement for advertising consultant Karen Gilchrist for a Toys and Moore ad; best advertising campaign for Gilchrist for a series of real estate ads for Prudential Steamboat Realty; best newspaper promotion for the newspaper's Best of the Boat campaign; best circulation promotion for Circulation director Ross Sessions for a series conducted with Curve Market; and best classified page or section for advertising consultant Matt Windt.
Second-place awards for the Pilot & Today included Autumn Phillips for feature writing; Christine Metz for sports writing; Tom Ross for agricultural writing; the staff for creativity; Russell for sports photograph; Deb Proper for best black and white ad; the staff for advertising layout and design; and the staff for best circulation promotion.
Third-place awards for the Pilot & Today included Russell for sports writing; Ross and Danie Harrelson for sustained coverage; the staff for special section; Russell for sports column writing; Russell for feature photograph; Gilchrist and Taylor for best advertising campaign; and the staff for newspaper promotion.
First-place awards for Steamboat Today included Metz for sports writing for her story about a youth hockey team's match with the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team; best special section for the reprint of "The Great Divide" series; best public service for "The Great Divide"; creativity for the video forum on affordable housing hosted by the newspaper; Tyler Arroyo for best sports photo for his picture of a chariot racer; Taylor for best single page design for a 4-Points Front & Center layout; Gilchrist and Melanie Levy for best black and white ad for a Steamboat Brewery & Tavern ad; Nicole Hubbard for best small-space ad for a Ceramica ad; best advertising layout and design; and Taylor for best newspaper promotion for his Sound Off promotions.
Second-place awards for the Today included Gary Salazar for sustained coverage; and Russell for news photograph. Third-place awards for the Today included Editor Scott Stanford for editorials; former intern Susan Bacon for news writing; Phillips for feature writing; Ross for sports column writing; Russell for sports photos; Kerry Crimmins and Taylor for best use of color in an ad; and Windt for best classified page or section.
First-place awards for the Hayden Valley Press included Arroyo for best feature photo for a photo of a child on a rope swing; and Stanford for best single page design.
Second-place awards for the Hayden Valley Press included Harrelson for sports writing; Russell for sports photos; the staff for layout and design; and Crimmins for best black and white advertisement. Third-place awards for the Hayden Valley Press included Melinda Mawdsley for sports writing; the staff for sustained coverage; News Editor Brandon Swank for headline writing; advertising consultant Suzi Mariano for advertising campaign; the staff for advertising layout and design; and Windt for best classified page or section.