Pilot & Today wins awards in national contest
The Steamboat Pilot & Today won two awards in a national contest sponsored by the Inland Press Association.
"Crossing the Line," the Pilot & Today's six-part series on immigration in Northwest Colorado, was honored with second place in Explanatory Reporting. The Craig Daily Press, the Pilot & Today's sister newspaper, assisted with the series. Staff members who worked on the series include Autumn Phillips, Allison Miriani and Tyler Arroyo. Michelle Perry and Andy Smith of the Craig Daily Press also assisted with the series.
The Pilot & Today Editorial Board won third place in the Editorial Excellence category for a series of five editorials, including commentary on a proposed Bible course in Steamboat Schools, an open records challenge to the Routt County commissioners, the school district's distribution of materials policy and advocacy of Amendment 37 in the 2004 election. The six person editorial board included Editor Scott Stanford, Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, former City Editor Melissa Roddy, reporter Tom Ross and two community representatives.
Online candidate selector can help voters decide
The Steamboat Pilot & Today has developed a "candidate selector" tool on its election Web site.
The candidate selector is a multiple-choice test on city issues that the Pilot & Today gave to all City Council candidates. Candidates were asked to select the answer that most closely resembled their views. The responses were entered into a database on the Web site. Users can take the same test and see which candidates' views most closely reflect their own.
The candidate selector is not scientific, but it is interesting and fun. Users can test the selector at the Pilot & Today's online Election Guide at www.steamboatpilot.com/section/election_2005/.
In addition to the candidate selector, the online guide provides detailed information about each candidate and the election. Direct questions about the site to the editor at 871-4221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIFT-UP has agriculture commodities available
LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek are distributing U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities on a quarterly basis. The distribution cycle continues through Dec. 31. Food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 870-8804 between 1 and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to ask about income-eligibility requirements.