Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Pilot & Today has received a national award for its summer series about the Yampa River.
The Inland Press Association announced Monday that the newspaper won first place in Explanatory Reporting for "Shifting Currents," a six-part series that explored many aspects of the river that defines and sustains Northwest Colorado.
Inland is a nonprofit association of more than 800 newspapers nationwide.
"It is an honor to be recognized by our peers nationally," editor Scott Stanford said. "I'm extremely proud of the staff. I believe this is among the best journalism we have ever done."
Pilot & Today reporters Tom Ross and Mike Lawrence, photographer Tyler Arroyo, city editor Brent Boyer and copy editor Jayme Elrod worked on "Shifting Currents," which published as special inserts on six consecutive Sundays from July 23 though Aug. 27.
The series examined the importance of the Yampa to Routt and Moffat County residents, including ranchers and recreational users, as well as downriver users in western Colorado, Utah and Arizona.
Lawrence and Arroyo traveled to a ranch outside of Vernal, Utah, to spend time with members of the Chew family, who, in addition to their historical Utah ranch, own ranches in Maybell and Clark and depend on the Yampa River to sustain their cattle and crops.
Ross traveled to St. George, Utah, to talk to downriver users of the Colorado River. St. George residents access Colorado River water from Lake Powell. The Yampa is part of the Colorado River system, and users of the Colorado are expected to seek additional water rights from upstream sources.
Boyer edited the stories, and Elrod designed the series and produced the informational graphics.
The series is available on the Web at www.steamboatpilot.com
The Payson (Ariz.) Roundup, also owned by WorldWest LLC, received second place for its series on affordable housing. The Roundup also won first place in the personality profile category. Former Pilot & Today reporter Autumn Phillips is the editor in Payson.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today won in the category for newspapers with circulations of less than 10,000. Other circulation category winners were The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, S.C.), 10,000 to 25,000; and the Beaver County Times (Beaver, Pa.), 25,001 to 75,000.