The Blue Mountain Eagle won 10 awards at the annual Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2016 Better Newspaper Contest.
The Eagle took home first place for Best Special Section for their 2015-16 Explore Grant County Visitor Guide.
Eagle publisher Marissa Williams said the honor was earned as a team effort by the staff.
“We are thrilled to bring home first place for the 2015 Explore Grant County visitor guide,” she said. “This guide represents our beautiful county and people who live here and wouldn’t be possible without the support of local businesses and community members.”
She added, “To be recognized in 10 categories by others in our industry is an honor, and I am proud of our staff at the Eagle. A notable amount of awards were received for our coverage of the Canyon Creek Complex fire. This was a difficult event that affects everyone in the county, and to be able to share their stories with others and be recognized for our work is a great honor.”
In addition to the Best Special Section honor, the Eagle garnered two additional first-place awards, three second place awards and four third place awards.
The first-place awards were in:
• Best Graphics, to editorial graphic designer Alan Kenaga, for “An Apocalypse” Canyon Creek Complex fire map.
• Best Page One Design, to graphic designer Randy Wrighthouse, for “An Apocalypse” front page.
The Eagle also received second-place for Best Writing, with the honor going to Cheryl Hoefler for “Program Assists Folks in The Golden Years,” “Sociable Toddler Progressing Well a Year After Brain Injury” and “Grateful For my Dance With Cancer.”
Two additional second-place awards went to Angel Carpenter for Best Feature Photo “Together Forward” and Best Spot News Reporting for the article “An Apocalypse.”
Four third-place awards included: Best Writing, Angel Carpenter, “Team Spirit,” “Lampton Gets 30 Years in Prison” and “HAY FEVER Rolls Into Town”; Best News Photo, Angel Carpenter, “Together. Forward.”; Best Enterprise Reporting, Scotta Callister and Angel Carpenter, “DEQ fumes” series; and Best Graphics, Alan Kenaga, “The State of New Idaho.”